Chattanooga's Premier St. Patrick's Day Event
Looking for the luck of the Irish? Visit Rock City’s 13th annual Irish celebration and festival—Shamrock City! This premiere St. Patrick’s Day event includes live Irish music, Irish jig lessons, Irish food, specialty beer, dance performances, costumed characters, and fun for the whole family! You can even see the High Falls flowing green! Visit and see why the Southeast Tourism Society has consistently chosen Shamrock City as a Top 20 Event!
Cancelled for 2020
Hours & Pricing
Cancelled for 2020 |
- Rock City Premiere Event Pricing
- Free with valid annual pass
Shamrock City Activites
Shamrock City Activites
St. Patrick’s Day Activities at Shamrock City
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the fun activities at Shamrock City! You’ll find fun for the whole family with Irish music, dancing, food, and more. Check out the event activities below, and don’t forget to pick up a souvenir!
(see calendar of events above for event details)
- Live Irish, Scottish, Celtic and Highlands Music in the Pot of Gold Pavilion (see details on Musical Entertainment tab)
- Irish Inspired Dance Performances and Lessons
- Suffolk Sheep Encounter by Bagby’s Critter Corral
- Roaming Pipers – Members of the Chattanooga Pipe Band will be present and roaming throughout the gardens.
- Caricature Art, Jerry the Mime, Panning for Gold*, (Sham) Rock Quest*, and more!
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Dining & Menus
Dining & Menus
New for 2020:
- Dublin Coddle – Try this delicious Irish meal filled with favorites like potatoes, onion, sausage, and more! Served in the Pot of Gold Pavilion.
- Roasted Broccoli Reuben – This vegetarian option is a must try! Roasted broccoli made into a substitute for a traditional Reuben is sure to have guests talking. A great vegetarian option! Served at Cafe 7.
Open 11am – 4pm (No alcohol until 12pm on Sundays)
- Loaded Irish Nachos with an Irish BBQ Sauce
- Traditional Reuben
- Roasted Broccoli Reuben
- Corned Beef Grilled Cheese
- Irish Pub Salad
- Guinness Cake with Guinness Cream Cheese Frosting
- Guinness Floats
Food/Beer served Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm
- Dublin Coddle with sausage, potatoes, and onions
- Corned Beef & Cabbage
- Specialty Beer on Tap from Chattanooga Brewing.
Big Rock Grill
Open 10:30am – 5pm
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Mulligan Stew
- Green Mint Milkshake
- Over the Rainbow Fudge
- Pot O’ Gold Marshmallows
- Fresh-squeezed Limeade
Additional Food Stands
- Kettle Corn – green kettle corn and beer served daily. Located near Prospector’s Point
- Clumpies Ice Cream – Daily selections will include Chocolate, Strawberry Hibiscus, and special St. Patrick’s Day Flavors like Lucky Charms and Guinness Stout. St. Patrick’s Flavors may vary each day. Located near Pot of Gold Pavilion.
- Georgia Winery – featuring their specialty Green wine – Muscadine Gold – with a Shamrock City label.
- Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte – smooth and creamy matcha sweetened just right and served with milk over ice.
- Don’t forget to try the Starbucks NITRO Cold Brew.
Shamrock City Musical Entertainment
Shamrock City Musical Entertainment
March 14 – 11:00am & 12:30pm
Presenting a fun mix of exciting instrumentals and ear-catching vocal numbers, including some classic singalongs, Stringer’s Ridge crosses musical and geographic boundaries. Their music has diverse and eclectic influences with a strong focus on Celtic, Old Time, and String Band music – but they can veer off into other eclectic/world/fiddle genres or even put their unique twist on an old pop song that is sure to get the listeners’ attention.
Stringer’s Ridge celebrates its second band anniversary in March 2020, and continues to push the boundaries with concert stage, club performances, fairs, events, and more in Chattanooga and beyond. They have been featured on numerous festivals and radio broadcasts, and played at breweries, restaurants, coffee houses, and for private parties. Since November 2019, they have been a part of the regular lineup for Celtic Saturday Nights at Honest Pint.
Butch Ross – dulcimer
March 15 – 11:00am & 12:30pm
Chattanooga multi-instrumentalist and mountain dulcimer maestro Butch Ross has tackled everything from Radiohead to Bach and come away with a renewed appreciation for what the humble dulcimer is capable of. No genre is off-limits, nor is there a limit to what Ross has envisioned for this specific instrument. The dulcimer is an unassuming thing, with a handful of strings and a history that feels embedded in the lineage of countless Appalachian musicians. But Ross has taken it and made it something more, something remarkable and versatile. His music is born from his respect for its abilities, a respect born from the years he’s spent prying apart its pieces and discovering new sounds where none existed before. It is this groundbreaking and iconoclastic approach that caused ukulele-virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to comment, “Now I know what a dulcimer is supposed to sound like.” Ross had been a touring singer/songwriter when he was given a mountain dulcimer for his birthday. At first, the instrument was a curiosity but before too long it became his instrument of choice. A chance meeting with musician, author, and producer Robert Force (himself a dulcimer iconoclast) led to the 2005 release The Moonshiner’s Atlas and a complete change of focus. Since then, Ross has become an in-demand performer at folk and dulcimer festivals through the US and Europe. He’s performed at such festivals as the Central Ohio Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, the Lancaster (UK) Music and the prestigious Philadelphia Folk Festival.
The Molly Maguires
March 14 & 15 – 2:00pm & 4:00pm
The Molly Maguires are a local Chattanooga favorite featuring some of the best Irish, Celtic, and Scottish tunes around. “We’re the Irish band your mother warned you about.”
March 21 & 22 – 11:00am & 12:30pm
The Wolfhounds are an Irish/Celtic acoustic folk duo based out of Chattanooga, TN. The band features an eclectic mix of instrumentation and perform a “wide variety of high-energy Irish tunes, ranging from the Clancy Brothers to the Pogues and everything in-between.”
March 21 & 22 – 2:00pm & 3:30pm
Olta, a Chattanooga original band, delights audiences throughout the area with traditional Celtic tunes.
Chattanooga Pipe Band
March 14, 15, 21, & 22 – 9:00am until 5:00pm
Members of the Chattanooga Pipe Band will be present and roaming throughout the gardens daily performing some of their favorite Irish tunes.
Celtic / Irish Harp Performances
March 14, 15, 21, & 22 – 10:00am until 4:30pm
Local harpists will be performing classic Celtic and Irish tunes on the harp.
March 14 & 15 – Ellen Shiraef
March 21 & 22 – Rachel Payne
In March, look for Serviceberry, Red Maples, and Pansies blooming in our gardens. Don’t miss the breathtaking views from Lover’s Leap as spring blooms at beautiful Rock City Gardens!
Partners & Sponsors
Rock City is proud to once again partner with the MDA (Chattanooga District of the Muscular Dystrophy Association) for Shamrock City and participate in their Shamrocks for Dystrophy fundraiser.
Rock City will be selling Shamrocks for Dystrophy ($1 green, $5 gold) throughout the park beginning March 1 and throughout our Shamrock City event.
What your dollars will buy by supporting the MDA:
- $30 – One Flu Shot
- $70 – One minute of research
- $100 – One support group session
- $150 – One physical, occupation, or respiratory therapy consultation
- $200 – Initial diagnostic work-up at an MDA clinic
- $500 – Assists one person for one year with the repair of a wheelchair or leg braces
- $800 – Sends one child to MDA Summer Camp
The money raised during the Shamrocks against Dystrophy Campaign will help provide the above services to individuals living right here in our community.