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, celebrating authentic Irish music, dancing, people and culture. The parade kicks off at 11 am on March 16.
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 16 from 7 am to 10 pm.
Pubs & Breweries
You can enjoy Irish food, beer and music all year long at Flanagan’s – and the downtown pub pulls out all the stops for its annual St. Practice Day celebration. This year, Flanagan’s is hosting three live bands on Saturday (March 16) and another three bands on Sunday (March 17).
Green Beers for St. Patrick’s Day at HopCat Downtown spotlights beers from some of the country’s greenest – meaning eco-friendly – breweries. March 15 from 6 pm to mindnight.
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.
The Irish are famous for their humor – so what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than attending LaughFest, our community-wide celebration of laughter? There are 30+ fun-filled events to choose from on March 16 & 17.
IRISH I was a Queen: World’s Largest Drag Brunch at JW Marriott features fabulous drag queens plus dueling DJs, delicious food & drinks and lots of surprises. March 17.
Head to the Ultimate Sports Show for products and seminars that will help you make the most of the great green outdoors – fishing, hunting and more. March 14-17.
A Taste o’ the Green
Two Polish heritage clubs pay tribute to their European peers – Kosciuszko Hall serves up a choice of three traditional Irish entrees on March 15 starting at 4:30 pm, and Fifth Street Hall offers a Kegs and Eggs breakfast from 8 am to noon on March 16.
Warm up the Irish Way at the Downtown Market – it’s a hands-on cooking class that will teach you how to make traditional Irish colcannon, sausage and more. March 16.
Learn to make Irish-inspired soda bread, corned beef, cabbage and cake at Sur La Table’s St. Patrick’s Day cooking class. March 17.
Race for the Green
The 36th Annual Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K follows a USA Track & Field-certified course around East Grand Rapids. March 16.