St. Patrick’s Day Fun in West Michigan

Celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish with parades, cocktail specials, Leprechaun races, and more this St. Patrick’s Day! 


South West Michigan

Join Stuart Avenue Inn in Kalamazoo for their Irish Tea & Trivia event on Thursday, March 16th from 2pm-4pm. Green beer and lively dancing are great ways to celebrate St. Pat’s Day. But if a quieter homage to the culture and tradition of the Emerald Isle is more your style – join them for an Irish Tea Party. Tea is the favored drink of the Irish. You’ll be treated to traditional Irish savories, sweets, and beverages, sprinkled with a wee bit’o Irish trivia. Call (269)330-5350 to secure your reservation today.

On Saturday March 18th, Saugatuck/Douglas will have two fun ways to continue your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Dress in green or your favorite Irish costume for the Shamrock Run Walk or Roll, where a prize will be given to the most spirited participant. Activities begin at 11:30am with a 1/2 mile Kids Dash, and then the 1.5 mile and 3.3 mile runs begin at 11:45am. Then, plan to stay in town for the 3rd Annual Shamrock Pub Crawl from 2-6pm, where exclusive drink and food specials will be featured at participating venues. Prizes will be available, and all money raised will be given to Operation Hope for Allegan Youth and the Douglas Park Project. For more details, see the events page on their website

Bell’s Oberon Day is just after St. Patrick’s Day, taking place on Monday, March 20th. The official annual release day of Bell’s Brewery’s sunshine in a glass and the unofficial first sign of spring in Kalamazoo! Join them this year at the Eccentric Cafe as they celebrate 31 years of Oberon Ale. 

Central West Michigan

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing your favorite green apparel and running the Irish Jog 5k & 10K on March 18th in Downtown Ludington! Register online, or sign up on race day at 7:30am at Legacy Plaza. Later, head to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts for an afternoon of traditional Irish music by Selkie and Ben Traverse on March 12th. This musical performance will have your toes tapping! 

For St. Patrick’s Day, the CBD Store of Michigan in Fremont will have sales throughout the store for you and your pet, as well as discounts on all apparel and jewelry. They will also have their spring fashions on the racks for purchase, and all items are made from hemp. Stop by the CBD Store of Michigan or shop online

Visit Spring Lake for their Shamrock & Roll event on Friday, March 17th at Tanglefoot Park. Complete with live music, cash bar, Irish food, darts tournament, dancing, and much more for all to enjoy. Best of all, you can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a pot of gold! This is a family-friendly event, but you must be 21+ to drink.

Celebrate the end of winter and support local businesses at the River Country Clover Crawl on March 25th! Experience a county wide bar/restaurant crawl where you can enjoy drink specials, exclusive access to safe transportation and a complimentary drink. Learn more here.

The St. Patrick’s Day fun kicks off March 11th with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Holland. Settle into a sunny spot to watch Irish dancers and bagpipers stream by, grab a flag, and join the procession. Afterwards, 8th Street celebrations continue into the evening at Curragh Irish Pub, Hops, and New Holland Brewing. Need more Irish festivities? The following weekend hosts the 5k Leprechaun Chase. Sprint or jog your way through Downtown Holland to Windmill Island Gardens and back. Irish costumes, though highly encouraged, are optional. 

The annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns for its 10th year on March 18th!  The fun, family-oriented parade marches down Western Avenue from 6th to 2nd Street in downtown Muskegon. And, there is a great cause behind it! Entry fees to participate in the parade are non-perishable food and pantry items – and spectators are encouraged to bring them too! So, grab some canned goods and get gussied up in your green garb! Watch the floats, marching bands, dogs, live music, catch some candy and cheer for this year’s Grand Marshall. 

This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, head to Mt. Pleasant, for the 48th Annual Clare Irish Festival! Here you can expect great bands, fun times with friends, and even better craft beer.

Northern West Michigan & Upper Peninsula

Although St. Patrick’s Day, like much of the winter, is geared toward locals on Mackinac Island, the Irish heritage runs strong in this small community. For more information on Irish history, visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau website

Join Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center at Pins Bar and Grill for themed cocktails and your favorite Irish inspired special of the day. View their menu online here

Marquette’s notable breweries and restaurants invite visitors and residents alike to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. As a craft brewery hotspot, you can enjoy some of the Midwest’s most sought-after breweries, each offering their own tailor-made brews and unique settings to make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember. 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Weekend on Walloon Lake! Visit Barrel Back Restaurant for specials available March 17th-19th featuring corned beef, cabbage, and St. Patrick’s day classics.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Northern Michigan’s ski resort, Shanty Creek Resort. Spend the day on the slopes, sign up for or at least cheer on the competitors at the annual Slush Cup on March 11th. Watch the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as skiers and riders attempt to cross the 60’ icy pond. Cheer for those with crazy costumes and more at Michigan’s most popular events. Head back to Shanty Creek the following weekend to continue the St. Patrick’s celebration with great skiing, delicious food, cold drinks, and plenty of entertainment around the nearly 6,000-acre property.


Check out My Michigan Beach and Travel’s guide to the best St. Patrick’s Day events in Michigan, including things to do and special events to celebrate St. Pat’s.

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