5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Northeast Georgia
Paddy’s Day Path Fest
Braselton way of life is offering a day of active vacation fun with its sixth annual Paddy’s Day PathFest, scheduled for Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm along the LifePath sidewalk that runs parallel to Ga. Highway 211.
The celebrations begin with a crowd of decorated golf carts, bikes, scooters, skateboards, wagons and walking groups walking down the LifePath beginning at Ace Hardware and heading towards the Monterrey Mexican Grill before ending at Primrose School.
Locals can watch from shop windows or other surrounding locations. Lineup begins at 8:30am and no fee or registration is required to participate in the parade. Decorated carts must check in before 9:30am to be eligible for judging.
The PathQUEST event, set to begin immediately after the parade, is a scavenger hunt that requires teams to scurry through shops along the LifePath in search of clues to complete a quest challenge.
Teams must be between two and five people and include at least one adult 18 years of age or older. Teams must also check into the Braselton tent in the Primrose School car park to receive the necessary materials for the competition.
Children ages 5-11 can take part in a new Junior Quest that offers unique, kid-friendly challenges at each adult quest stop.
teams that Register online before March 10, additional points can be earned, although participants can also register in person on the day of the event.
When: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 12
Where: Along Ga. Highway 211, Braselton
Tap It party in the alley
The Tap It Growlers’ first-ever St. Patrick’s Day party will be held on Maple Street Alley on Thursday, March 17 from 2pm to 9pm
Hosted in partnership with Frazier’s Harley Davidson, the fun begins with a bike rally and wash before live music with The Murphs begins at 5:00pm. The taproom will also officially open its rooftop bar to guests.
Tap It promises a day of bikes, beer, food and live music for everyone interested. More information about the event can be found on the taproom’s Facebook page.
When: 2pm-9pm March 17th
Where from: 110 Maple St., Gainesville
Chateau Elan St Patrick’s Day Festival
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort offers guests a more “authentic” celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at its Irish Pub. Those interested in an evening of authentic Irish food, beer wagons, Irish dancers, live music and lawn games can visit the venue on March 17th from 4pm to 8pm.
Patrons can enjoy a $45 buffet that starts at 5 p.m. Buffet tickets are available ordered online or in front of the door. Dinner includes dishes such as Guinness Guinness short rib, shepherd’s pie, corned beef with cabbage, sausage and mashed potatoes with garlic confit and fish and chips.
The happiest day of the year comes twice at Chateau Elan, which is hosting a follow-up party on Saturday March 19 for those who can’t make it to Thursday’s celebrations. For more information, see the Chateau Elan website.
When: March 17 4pm-8pm; 12 to 8 p.m. March 19
Where from: 100 rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton
Flowery branch farmers market
The Flowery Branch Farmers Market is taking over Main Street for its own St. Paddy’s Day celebration on March 17th. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite shade of green and join in for an evening of fun, starting at 4:30pm
In addition to a variety of vendors who will be there with homemade produce and baked goods, there are shops downtown that boast special products. Beer Me sells green beers and other craft brews from 4pm to 8pm, while Whole Being Café is open until 6:30pm for specialty coffees and smoothies
Traditional Irish tap dancing takes place from 4.30pm to 5.30pm
Attendees include Lone Hickory Farm, Sweet Things Craft Baking Company, Sabor Provisions, Paw Paw’s Peanuts, Pasta Milani, B&B Enterprises, Bounded Brew and Jessica Lynne Creations.
More details about the market and its providers can be on Facebook.
When: March 17, 4:30 p.m
Where from: Main street, flower branch
Block Party on Bradford Street
Downtown Drafts and Hopscotch team up to give locals a St. Patrick’s Day block party with specialty drinks and all things green. Guests looking to party can visit Bradford Street on Thursday, March 17 from 5pm
The city will not close the street for the party, so the sidewalks in front of the shops will be the main party. Hopscotch has a live DJ and dance party that starts at 7pm
Downtown Drafts is offering green Pabst Blue Ribbons and $2 slushies, among other beer and wine discounts. Hopscotch offers holiday-themed cocktails.
According to Downtown Drafts general manager Lauren Williams, partygoers will be able to see staff and managers dressed like a leprechaun, a pot of gold and a rainbow throughout the event.
“It’s going to be some lighthearted, goofy St. Patrick’s Day fun,” Williams said. “We are also dog friendly.”
The festivities will end around midnight, according to Williams.
More information about the party can be found on Facebook.
When: 5pm to midnight March 17th
Where from: Bradford Street, Gainesville