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Michigan St Patricks Day 2023: Celebrate with Events, Festivals, Things to Do and More

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan: Events, Festivals, Pub Crawls and More

No one does St. Patrick’s celebrations quite like Michigan: from St. Paddy’s parades and festivals to 5K Races and pub crawls, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for what to do on St. Patrick’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day Events near me, read on. We’re sharing everything you need to know about St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan!  

What is St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, which was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. Aside from its religious roots, this day celebrates the heritage, culture, and traditions of the Irish in general, making it popular among the Irish diaspora worldwide. 

Who is St. Patrick?

St. Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland who is best known for introducing Christanity to Ireland in the 5th century. He is venerated as a saint in Catholicism and in the Eastern Orthodox Church and throughout Ireland for influencing the country’s traditions and culture. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 to honor his traditional death date. 

Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated with parades, festivals, and traditional Irish social gatherings full of music and dancing called céilís. Catholics and other Christians also attended church services, followed by a feast where dietary restrictions from Lent were lifted, setting the precedent for the modern tradition of drinking alcohol. 

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock cookies

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan

From Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to southeast Michigan and beyond, Michigan is filled with fun things to do for St. Paddy’s Day. 

Things to Do for St. Patrick’s Day in East Michigan

Corktown Races

Detroit, MI
March 13

One of the largest 5K races in Michigan, the Corktown Races in Detroit are a favorite way for Michiganders to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. With steady growth over the years, the event now boasts over 8,000 participants, to be sure to register early to secure your spot. 

Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade

2068 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
March 13

On Sunday March 13 the 64th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade starts at 1:00PM. After the last two years were canceled due to COVID-19, the parade is back and ready to transform Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, Corktown, into a celebration of Irish history and culture. 

Various Bars in Detroit
March 19, 17, 19

Throughout March, get out in Detroit and embrace the city’s nightlife and high energy with a St. Patty’s Day pub crawl. Stop at all you favorite Detroit bars for drinks and fun with all your friends. 

Leprechaun Day

2359 Joslyn Ct, Orion Twp, MI 48360
March 12-13 

In Canterbury Village of Lake Orion, the leprechauns have scattered coins all around. Explore the 21-acre village to find each of the six different color coins to exchange for a prize at the shops. This kid-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration is fun for the whole family. 

People running Shamrock 5K for post on things to do for St. Patrick's Day in Michigan

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in West Michigan

Irish on Ionia

Ionia Street in Grand Rapids
Cancelled 2022

Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party is hosted in downtown Grand Rapids. Come on down for music, drinks, and plenty of Irish fun and entertainment to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Holland

150 W. 8th St., Holland, MI
March 12

Holland’s community goes Irish for a day on March 12 for the annual St. Patty’s Day Parade. Watch as a wave of green travels down 8th street complete with Irish dancers, bagpipers, and more. Celebrations continue at New Holland Brewing Company, Hops at 84 East, and the Curragh Irish Pub. 

K-Wings Green Ice Game

3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
March 18

In Kalamazoo, the local K-Wings hockey team celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with their annual Green Ice Game on March 18 at 7:00 PM. keep the celebration going one day later with $2 Fridays complete with hot dogs, sodas, and green beers!

Couple drinking green beer at a St. Patrick's day Pub crawl in Michigan
People drinking beer at a St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Central Michigan

Clare Irish Festival – Clare

Clare, MI
March 16-19

This massive Irish Festival in Clare draws in thousands to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day over the course of several days filled with traditional Irish food, music, and fun. Leading up to the festival, on March 12, the Clare Irish Festival Road Race will feature a 5K run, 10K run, and 2 mile walk with a free pancake breakfast for participants. 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Grand Ledge

Grand Ledge, MI
March 12

In Grand Ledge, the 12th of March is full of St. Patrick’s Day spirit as the celebration of the holiday rings out through the community. Whether you’re celebrating your Celtic Pride or just looking for a wee bit of Irish fun, the parade at Grand Ledge is the perfect place to go.

Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3733 E, Wilder Rd, Bay City, MI 48706
March 20

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Bay City with the 67th annual parade to commemorate Irish heritage, culture, and pride. The parade begins at 2:00 PM and will feature members of the community and potentially a leprechaun. 

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Northern Michigan

Blackthorn Concert in Grayling

219 Michigan Avenue, Grayling, MI
March 12 @ 7 p.m.

Michigan’s favorite Irish band performs all of your favorites from the Fair Isle at this concert in northern Michigan. Whether you decide to partake in green beer, and the wearing of shamrocks or not, you’ll want to join along as this popular Irish band from metro Detroit sings all of your favorite songs at the AuSable Artisans Village.

PRO-TIP: Make a weekend out of it and take follow the beautiful AuSable River all the way to Oscoda on the shores of Lake Huron.

St. Patrick’s Day – Ludington 

March 19

In Ludington, St. Patrick’s Day is an all-day event. Celebrations kick off at 7:30 AM with an Irish Jog Run Packet Pick-Up at Legacy Plaza. Festivities continue throughout the day, ending at night with live music at The Mitten.

Traverse City Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown Traverse City MI
March 12

Take to the streets of Traverse City for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Traverse City. This family-friendly parade event starts at Kilkenny’s Irish Pub on West Front Street and loops through downtown.

One of the largest 5K races in Michigan, the Corktown Races in Detroit are a favorite way for Michiganders to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. With steady growth over the years, the event now boasts over 8,000 participants, to be sure to register early to secure your spot. 

Petoskey’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Fundraiser

1322 Anderson Rd, Petoskey, MI 49770, Petoskey, MI
March 17

Friendship Centers of Emmet County in downtown Petoskey is participating in March for Meals and hosting a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Meals on Wheels Program. This fundraiser is open to all ages.

Order your dinner of Corned Beef, Cabbage, Red Potatoes, Carrots, Dinner Roll, and a St. Patrick’s Day Dessert for $10 per meal by calling the Petoskey Friendship Center at 231-347-3211. Orders must be placed by Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Shamrock Spring in Marquette MI

429 W. Washington St, Marquette, MI 49855
March 17 at 5 p.m.

Head to downtown Marquette MI and Flanigan’s Bar for the the 1st Annual Shamrock Sprint, presented by Queen City Running Company.

This point-to-point, one-mile race will be downhill and fast paced. The race starts at the corner of McClellan Avenue and West Washington Street on the bike path, and will finish on the backside of Flanigan’s Bar (still on the bike path) where we will have a post-race shindig. Must be 21-or-over to participate.

Sault Ste. Marie’s 5th Annual Cup of the Day – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 12 at 11:45 a.m.

Bring your floats, cars, trucks, pets, groups, bands and yourself and come be a part of the 5th Annual Cup of the Day, Sault Ste. Marie’s, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Michigan’s eastern U.P.

The parade will start lineup around Pingatore Cleaners at 11:45 and start at noon, heading north on Ashmun Street. We will end at the Farmers Market.

Be sure to stop down at Cup of the Day before of after the parade for great Corned Beef Sandwich specials and Irish themed Lattes & Cappuccinos! Great drink specials all day long like a Nutty Irishman Latte; Irish Creme coffee for $1; or a Green Mint Cappuccino! Hot, iced or frozen.


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