St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17th, but that isn’t stopping West Michigan businesses from celebrating both earlier in the month and throughout the holiday weekend. The festivities start early to get you in the mood for this Irish holiday, with parades, fun runs, Irish food, and more! You’ll find even more fun throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend: the peak of this festive holiday. There’s plenty of St. Patrick’s Day fun to go around, no matter your March schedule!
St. Patrick’s Day in Southern West Michigan
The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor is taking the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day to a new level when it welcomes Rockin’ Road to Dublin to the main stage on Saturday, March 17th at 8pm. Before this new generation rock and dance concert hits the stage, the Shamrocked Irish Feast Pre-Show Party will feature a spread of everyone’s favorite Irish foods beginning at 6:30pm. Rockin’ Road to Dublin is the new sizzling sensation that fuses the intensity of a live rock concert experience with the energy and artistry of Irish dance. This stylish, can’t-miss spectacle is co-created by Irish dance World Champion Scott Doherty and Celtic rocker Chris Smith.
Wear green to the Saugatuck Antique Market on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 10th, and March 11th, to receive 20% off your purchase! You’ll find many treasures inside the 24,000-square-foot facility from over 175 dealers. See what you can find during your visit, and save by simply wearing green!
Visit Saugatuck Brewing Company for the 7th Annual St. Patrick’s Breakfast on Saturday, March 17th. Your ticket will include an all-you-can-eat traditional Irish-style breakfast, your first drink, and live music from Jeff Ward! Come back later in the day for live music by Megan Dooley and a classic Irish dinner.
Salt of the Earth in Fennville is recognized as a premier listening room by touring musicians and music lovers alike. Enjoy full dinner and beverage service in the bar and experience the best roots musicians on the scene. For St. Patrick’s Day, they’re celebrating on Sunday, March 18th with a performance by Soltre. Tickets are available online, along with a full schedule of other performances.
Pastrami Joe’s Deli in Marshall is hosting their 5th Annual Reuben Race, which includes a 10K and 5K run and a 5K walk. The route makes its way through the streets of historic downtown Marshall. After the run, Pastrami Joe’s will serve Reuben sandwiches, with all proceeds from the event going to the Fountain Clinic and the Kari On Memorial Scholarship. This will be a small part of an entire weekend of events that the City of Marshall has planned.
Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo is hosting an Irish Breakfast and happy hour on Saturday, March 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Irish Breakfast will feature corned beef hash, sausage, eggs, and toast with a 10oz tier 1 beer for only $10. Happy hour runs from 3pm to 5pm, with $3 tier 1 beers and $5 appetizers. Of course, to coincide with the holiday, live music will be performed throughout the day.
The Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill located inside the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo is opening at 9am on St. Patrick’s Day to start the celebrations early! Enjoy drink specials, including green Bud Light, Guinness, Irish Car Bombs, and more holiday-themed favorites.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek is getting ready for some fun this March! Visit them on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th, and you could win a share of up to $38,000 in cash and prizes. Two winners will be selected every hour from 5pm to 9pm to receive $1,000 in Red Hot Credits and a chance to roll the dice for a bonus cash prize. Then, at 10pm, one winner will receive $5,000 in Red Hot Credits and a chance at an additional $5,000 in cash! Plus, everyone is eligible to receive a free FireKeepers St. Patrick’s Day tee shirt by visiting the event center with your Red Hot Rewards Club Card between noon and 7pm.
The 5th Annual Comedy Festival and St. Patrick’s Day Bash makes its way to Coldwater on Saturday, March 11th. As one of the area’s favorite funny events, the annual stand-up comedy event has become a great escape from the winter blues. This year features Michael Palascak, Jim Flannigan, and Dusty Slay, and their original and funny form comedy. All events take place at the Tibbits Opera House on Saturday, March 17th.
Dubbed “The Biggest Little St. Patrick’s Day Parade” in West Michigan, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hastings is the perfect opportunity to dress up and have some fun in the streets! This family-friendly event starts on South Jefferson Street at 1pm, with music, floats, and shenanigans! Come join the fun, then stay and enjoy some of downtown Hastings’ unique shops and restaurants.
Located west of Lansing, the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Grand Ledge is an annual event set in the historic downtown area on Saturday, March 17th. The event consists of an Irish Stew Cook Off, live music, Irish dance performances, and a grand parade.
St. Patrick’s Day in Central West Michigan
Rockford Brewing Company in Rockford has a series of specials and performances to get you in the St. Patrick’s Day mood. Enjoy $1 off Sheenhan’s Irish Stout, Cernunnos, and O’Brien’s Irish Red. Live music also takes the spotlight during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with a performance by An Dro on Friday, March 15th, and Peat in the Creel on Saturday, March 16th. A visit to Rockford Brewing Company over the holiday weekend means lively music and drink specials to help you celebrate.
Visit the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids for their adults-only Warm Up the Irish Way event. Begin the night by dipping pretzels into your homemade beer cheese, while you make classic brown butter soda rolls and Irish sausage. Then, experience a traditional Irish colcannon, a delicious medley of softened cabbage, leeks, and potatoes. Finally, warm up with homemade Irish coffee or Guinness!
Holland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be on Saturday, March 17th at noon, beginning at the Civic Center and heading downtown. The parade will feature Irish Dancers, bagpipers, and more. Wear green to show your St. Patrick’s spirit!
Great Legs Winery, Brewery & Distillery in Holland is hosting live music for St. Patrick’s Day. On Saturday, March 17th, the air fills with live Irish music from Daniel Holland and DJ Danny Fresh. Come back on Saturday, March 24th for Great Legs’ anniversary party! Whether you’re looking for delicious wine, beer, or spirits, Great Legs is the place to be!
Boatwerks in Holland will be serving Green Beer alongside Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish-inspired meal.
Visit the Muskegon area for two fan-favorite annual events. Wake up bright and early for the 4th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K on Saturday, March 17th. Get festive and wear green, a kilt, or dress up like a leprechaun for a chance to win prizes! The race is followed by the Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11am, beginning at 4th Street and Clay Avenue and marching east along Clay to Jefferson Street. Families, organizations, fraternal groups, businesses, marching bands, churches, and schools are invited to join in the fun and march in this exciting event!
While the Michigan Irish Festival in Muskegon may not be held until September, their annual St. Patrick’s Party & Fundraiser will be held on March 16th and 17th. There will be live music, featuring headliners Jimmy Keane and Dennis Cahill. Keane is an all-Ireland star on the piano accordion and Cahill is considered one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music. There will also be performances by Brother Crowe and The Ardan Academy of Irish Dance. Tickets are available for either or both nights of this festive fundraiser.
Join an all-day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Ludington, starting off with the Irish Jig Run and Kegs & Eggs. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way through downtown at noon, full of dozens of creative entries, from pets dressed in holiday attire to Irish floats. More activities take place throughout the day, including a pub crawl, live musical performance, and tap takeover.
St. Patrick’s Day in Mt. Pleasant means plenty of live music and a pow wow! Catch the Stone Clover Band at Soaring Eagle Casino on Saturday, March 17th for Irish music, fun, and excitement. The weekend also brings the 29th Annual Celebrating Life Pow Wow on March 17th and 18th, which is an opportunity for the community to actively learn about Native American culture through traditions, including drumming and dancing. No matter how you want to spend your St. Patrick’s weekend, there’s plenty of fun festivities to go around!
Enjoy St. Patrick Day in Mecosta County with an Irish-inspired meal at one of the area’s local restaurants. Menus will include green scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, bacon, French toast, and corned beef hash. Local restaurants will also be serving drink specials, so expect to see some green beers and Irish-based beverages available.
St. Patrick’s Day in Northern West Michigan
Cheers to a fun-filled St. Patrick’s weekend at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, with plenty of activities for everyone. There will be plenty of Irish fare, dancers, and green beer to go around. The day is capped off with a live performance by Brena! Their wide variety of songs offer a little something for everyone, ranging from oldies to current top 40 hits.
Celebrate the luck o’ the Irish at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire during the Irish Weekend and Blarney Stone Rail Jam on Saturday, March 17th. Gather atop Schuss Mountain’s Monster Park for an afternoon of hits, grabs, and big air while competing for prizes. The Irish weekend continues with a host of additional activities and fun, including games, the NCAA Tournament on the big screen, beef brisket, and green beer.
Crystal Adventures in Thompsonville is offering discounted vacation rentals beginning on Saturday, March 17th in addition to their St. Patrick’s Day Party. Bring your family and friends out for a mini vacation, enjoying food delivered directly to your cabin.
Portage Point Inn in Onekama is hosting their St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 17th and 18th. Grab a proper pint, and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on the waterfront. The party includes a traditional Irish menu, cash bar, Irish jig dance-off, Leprechaun Limbo, and more. Reservations are required by Saturday, March 10th for this exciting event!
Vernales Restaurant in Harbor Springs is one of the premier dining destination in northern Michigan. Their menu is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day plans, with delicious food, drinks, and atmosphere. Stop by between 4pm and 5pm for their Early Dinner menu, which includes all of their finest dishes at a special price. Plan your upcoming holiday meal at Vernales!
You won’t need the luck of the Irish to run for the gold at the National Cherry Festival’s 8th Annual Fifth Third Bank Leapin’ Leprechaun St. Patty’s Day 5K foot race! Take to the streets of Traverse City on Saturday, March 17th and put on your best green outfit as you make your way across the finish line. After your run, stay for the Post Race Party and St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Sault Ste. Marie is a great destination for St. Patrick’s Day. Many of the area’s bars will be celebrating this holiday. The BARmuda Triangle consists of 13 bars within three city blocks in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. Stop by one bar or do a full-on bar crawl with your friends during this festive holiday!