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Here are the events coming up for St. Patrick's Day in Gainesville, Braselton, nearby
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Downtown Gainesville - photo by Scott Rogers

With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, we know you’re looking for the place to get your fix of all-things green. Gainesville and the surrounding areas have plenty to offer, and this year there are some new things in store.

St. Patrick’s Weekend on the Square

What: St. Patrick’s Day festival

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17

Where: Downtown Gainesville square

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St. Patrick’s Weekend on the Square

It’s the first year the Gainesville Business Coalition — a new group of downtown Gainesville businesses — is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event on the square. The festivities are set for 4-9 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

There will be beer tents, local food vendors and live music throughout the weekend.

Redneck Blonde, a group that covers some of the current hits and hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, will headline the event on Saturday. Some of Let There Be Rock, a new music school in town, will also perform.

Rounding out the weekend on Sunday, Waldorf & Wonder Children’s Workshop will have activities like leprechaun house building and slime making (joy of joys, parents) along with squishy toy decorating, for the kids.

Part of the proceeds from the event will go toward the Children’s Hope & Healing Center, a Gainesville organization fighting the exploitation and sexual abuse of children.

“The whole point of this is not only for us and for the community, it’s to give back to the community as well,” Endrick Ordonez, owner of Love Is All You Knead, said in a February interview with the Times. “Whether we’re giving back in entertainment, music, fun or outings, we also want to give back to our own to take care of Gainesville.”

Paddy's Day PathFest and PathQuest

What: Golf cart parade and scavenger hunt-type race

When: 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16

Where: Braselton LifePath

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Paddy's Day PathFest and PathQuest

The third-annual PathFest in Braselton will feature decorated golf carts, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, wagons and more as groups of friends and family travel along the Braselton LifePathto celebrate the holiday.

Guests can join in the parade as it makes its way from Ace Hardware toward Monterrey Mexican Grill and back to Jeffrey’s Sports Grill, where an award for best-decorated mode of transportation will be handed out.

It’s an effort to get residents and guests of the town out into the community to visit local businesses along the path.

“I think it’s important to focus on businesses and to support your local businesses,” said Peg Sheffield, an organizer for the event. “You want them to be successful and that, to me, is what it’s all about. It’s about being local and supporting local businesses and shopping local.”

The real fun will come after the parade, though, as PathQuest gets underway and teams work together, racing from business to business in Braselton to answer questions, solve puzzles and complete challenges, in hopes of earning more points than the other teams.

The winning team will receive a prize package and bragging rights for the year.

This year’s theme is “Visitors from Outer Space,” which will include games that play off Martians visiting and exploring Braselton.

“We just thought it would be cool to have it all about being local,” Sheffield said. “But it’s also about welcoming visitors and tourists to Braselton, too. So this year, we have some Martians coming to meet the leprechauns in Braselton.”

Other events

St. Patrick’s Day brings plenty of fun for all ages, too. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is hosting an event for just $1 (plus the price of admission for non-members) for kids to create their own leprechaun to help celebrate the holiday through March 17.

Flowery Branch is also hosting a kid-friendly event from 5 to 9 p.m. March 16: the Tween Green Dance and Ice Cream Social at Flowery Branch City Hall. Admission is $5 and will include music, a green costume contest with prizes and plenty of green fun.

If you’re wanting some live music, at 8 p.m. March 16, The Crimson Moon in Dahlonega is hosting Jamie Laval and Megan McConnell as they perform traditional Scottish music. Tickets are $20.

Branch House Tavern in Flowery Branch is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party at 9:30 p.m. March 16 with Under the Wheel performing live music.
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