The luck o’ the Irish is with you if you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids – because we’ve got all sorts of wonderful ways to celebrate with friends and family. The Irish were among the first immigrants to this area, coming here in the early 19th century to help dig canals along the Grand River, so Irish heritage is Grand Rapids heritage. Get your green on and join in the fun!
Join the crowds for downtown’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – new this year is a float competition between area breweries! The festivities kick off at 10 am on March 17.
Stay downtown after the parade for Irish on Ionia, Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party, complete with live music, food and beer (green and otherwise). March 17 from 7 am to 10 pm.
The Not So Irish Food Truck Rally is just a block away from Irish on Ionia, giving you the opportunity to take a break from the party and refuel with some fantastic street food. March 17 from 7 am to 11 pm.
Pubs & Breweries
You can enjoy Irish food, beer and music all year long at Flanagan’s – and the downtown pub really kicks it up a notch for its annual St. Practice Day (March 10) and St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) celebrations.
Quinn & Tuite’s Irish Pub, in the city’s North Quarter neighborhood, observes the holiday with an Irish buffet, huge selection of Irish liquors and beers, and a day full of live music, from 12:30 pm to close. March 17.
Get an eyeful of goddesses in green – and enjoy the music of Dr. Rocktagon & the Shamrockers – at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill ‘s Shimmy Shack Burlesque St. Patrick’s Day. March 17.
O'Tooles Public House, will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day all weekend including specials and an Irish breakfast on Sunday, March 18.
Green beer may not be on the menu at every local craft brewery – but you’re sure to find lots of Irish-themed selections and specials all weekend long.