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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

You don’t have to be Irish to get in on the St. Patrick’s Day fun! West Michigan is celebrating with parades, festivals, pub crawls, Leprechaun races, Irish music, and more throughout the month of March.

Check out the events calendar for more St. Patrick’s Day planning.

**Please call ahead to confirm venues are open and holding events as planned.**

St. Patrick’s Day Events for the Whole Family

Join the Holland Museum Spark!Lab to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by using your inventor skills to build your very own leprechaun trap, Saturday, March 14th, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. Legend has it that if you can catch a leprechaun, it must grant you one wish, so come by and try your luck!

From Irish festivals and live music to paint nights with friends, the Mt. Pleasant Area is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with fun for everyone! Celebrate at the 46th annual Clare Irish Festival, a four-day celebration featuring contests, food & drink, live music, competitions, and more. Looking for a more relaxed St. Patrick’s Day? Join a St. Patty’s Day special paint night, where attendees can paint festive gnomes.

St. Patrick’s Day is always a wonderful day to celebrate in the Mecosta County area. From special St. Patrick church services to St. Patrick’s Day roasts and dinner specials at restaurants and bars throughout the area, you’re sure to find ways to show your Irish spirit! Find details and event schedules at the Mecosta Community Events Calendar

Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Buffet at Hotel Frankfort. Extend your visit and add a 3rd night for free when you book two nights at this boutique hotel in Frankfort during the month of March. 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire with one of Michigan’s most popular winter events for more than 40 years: the annual Slush Cup by Short’s Brewing Company, March 14th. Watch the thrill of victory and agony of defeat as skiers and riders attempt to cross an icy 60’ pond. Some take it to another level with crazy costumes. Other weekend events include a frozen fish toss, snow shovel races, and a seal slide. Head back to Shanty Creek the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day, March 21st-22nd, to continue the winter celebration with the Cardboard Classic, the annual race down Schuss Mountain in a sled you make yourself – from cardboard, tape, and glue. Cardboard Classic prizes will be awarded for best design, best use of the Shanty Creek logo, and fastest sled.

Irish Music

You won’t want to miss the Irish grub and live music throughout the day on March 14th in Ludington. Find “Kegs & Eggs,” “Boozy Brunch,” and corned beef all day, as well as Irish drink specials at a number of Downtown Ludington establishments. The Steel City Rovers perform two sets at the Mitten Bar: 12:30 pm–3:00 pm and 9:00 pm–midnight.

Join the Michigan Irish Music Festival for their annual St. Patrick’s Party March 13th & 14th at Bella Maria’s Event Center in Muskegon. The party will feature live entertainment, including live Celtic music, the traditional Irish dancing performances, auctions, and live music both nights. 

Brought to you by EZ Market of Onekama, Irish Night returns to the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee March 13th at 7:30 pm. Enjoy a full show by Celtic band CrossBow, a cash bar, and small bites throughout the event. Tickets are $20 and include food and music. 

Running Leprechauns & Other Races

Cheers to a fun-filled St. Patrick’s weekend at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, with plenty of activities for everyone, including  the epic Kayak on the Snow Race on March 21st. Wear your green garb and get ready to party!

Grab your green and throw on those lucky socks for the 10th annual Fifth Third Bank Leapin’ Leprechaun 5K foot race in Traverse City! The race begins on Saturday, March 14th, at 9:00 am in Traverse City’s Warehouse District. After your run, stick around for the Post Race Party at Workshop Brewing Company! 

Start the holiday off on the right foot at the Irish Jig 5K/10K in Downtown Ludington, March 14th. A 1-Mile Fun Run is also available. Register on race day at Ludington Pub starting at 7:30. Races start at 9:00 am.

Head to Muskegon Saturday, March 14th from 9:00 am–10:30 am, to meet the folks from Run Muskegon at Fricano’s Muskegon Lake for the “Shamrock Shuffle 5k!” Registration is now open for this fun St. Patrick’s event. 

Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the 4th annual St. Paddy’s Leprechaun Chase 5K, Saturday March 14th at Holland Civic Center Place. Participants are encouraged to dress for the occasion in green or their favorite Irish costume. Activities start at 8:30 am with a half-mile Wee Chase around the Civic Center for kids 8 and under. At 9:00 am the 5K begins at the Civic Center. This run winds through downtown Holland and Windmill Island. Pre-registration is requested. Enjoy an Irish breakfast and a special menu for kids, along with an Irish coffee bar and beer options at Holland’s Leprechaun Brunch & Beer Garden. Purchase tickets for this event at the Holland Civic Center Place office.

 

 

Parades, Pub Crawls & More Shenanigans

On Saturday, March 7th, be a part of the first ever New Buffalo St. Patrick’s Parade & Party in Harbor Country. In the spirit of the day, they’ll be dyeing the Galien River green! Then kick it up a notch as the inaugural parade steps off at the North Whittaker Street Bridge at 11:00 am. With a bevy of floats, classic cars, custom choppers, bagpipers, performers, and more, you won’t want to miss this inaugural St. Patrick’s Parade. Find more Shamrock Shenanigans at the After Party at Dooley’s Lakehouse Pub. A New Buffalo St. Patrick’s Parade Celebration wouldn’t be complete without great food, cold beer, and warm Irish hospitality. Head to the heated big-top tent at Dooley’s Lakehouse Pub beginning at 11:00 am as well as after the parade for Irish fare, green beer, Guinness, live music, dancing, and revelry.

Michigan City’s (Indiana) Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held Saturday, March 7th at 1:00pm, stepping off from 11th Street, marching north on Franklin Street, and ending at 4th Street. The celebration continues with a Pub Crawl at 3:30 pm; paddy wagon buses available.

Leave the green beer at home and join the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council in Benton Harbor for the third “unofficial” St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl on March 14th.

It feels like St. Patrick’s Day all year around at Griffin Grill & Pub in Battle Creek, with Guinness on tap and fish ‘n’ chips on the menu. However, they do go all out in March with two parties: St. Practice Day on March 16th and St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. There are Irish bands and a special menu that includes Irish stew and corned beef with cabbage.

You are invited to bring your furry friends to join in the Saugatuck Douglas 18th Annual Erin-Go-Bark People & Pets Parade Saturday, March 14th, beginning at Wicks Park on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Most Funny, & Best Overall – Owner/Pet combo. Parade line up begins at 1:30 pm and steps off at 2:00 pm.

The Holland St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 14th. The parade travels east down 8th Street from 8th Street Marketplace (150 W 8th St) to the corner of 8th Street and College Avenue, where celebrations continue at New Holland Brewing and the Curragh Irish Pub. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and kilt-wearers are just a few of the parade highlights! Families and individuals wearing green are invited to carry Irish flags in the parade!

Muskegon’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is stepping off Saturday, March 14th, at 11:00 am from 4th St and Clay Ave 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! Sponsor your “clan” and walk the parade route or design a float and ride through downtown Muskegon along “O’Clay Street!”  

Put on your green garb and join in the celebration at the Ludington St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by Sportsman’s Irish Restaurant & Bar, beginning March 14th at 12:00 pm on Ludington Avenue. After the parade, grab a map and pint glass for the Pied Piper Pub Crawl! Follow the piper to each bar in Downtown Ludington or venture out on your own. Buy your glass at The Mitten Bar between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Receive electronic clues and make your way through the Downtown Ludington District for a chance to win prizes during the Follow the Rainbow Scavenger Hunt! The first clue will be given Saturday morning, and the hunt runs from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.