Michigan St Patricks Day Events 2023: 23 Awesome Ways to Celebrate! Clare Irish Festival, Pub Crawls, Parades! Detroit, Grand Rapids and Across the State

Michigan St. Patrick's Day | By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated March 16, 2023

St Patrick's Day 2023 is on Friday, March 17, 2023

We've got 23 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Michigan St Patricks Day 2023! Do you crave green beer, shamrocks, salty pretzels, colorful parades, Irish festivals and all things Irish?  We've got you covered!

Check out the Clare Irish Festival! It's super popular!

  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ludington, Bay City, Kalamazoo, Saugatuck, Holland, Grand Ledge

What is the Meaning of St. Patrick's Day?

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and has a long history of teaching people about Catholicism and Christianity. He incorporated the many traditions and Irish culture into his everyday life.

America started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in 1762 when homesick Irish soldiers organized a fun parade with lively Irish music including bagpipes and drums. The parade brightened their spirits and the rest is history!

23 Unique Ways to Celebrate Michigan St Patricks Day-2023

Leprechaun Days, March 11-12, 2023, 11 am - 5pm, at Canterbury Village, 2357 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360. Pictures with leprechauns, kids DJ, petting zoo, fire pits and coins hidden throughout the village!  Advanced tickets only. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown Holland, March 11, 2023 at 12 pm. This fun parade travels east down 8th Street from the 8th Street Marketplace (150 W. 8th St.) to the corner of 8th Street between College Avenue and Columbia Avenue, where celebrations continue at Celebrations continue along 8th Street at New Holland Brewing Company, Hops at 84 East, Curragh Irish Pub, and City Sen.  Families and individuals wearing green are invited to carry Irish flags in the parade!   See Irish dancers, bagpipers, and kilt-wearers!

St Patrick's Evening Lighted Parade - Downtown Coloma Lighted Parade is March 11, 2023 at 8:30pm. 

St. Practice Bar Crawl 2023, Main Street, Royal Oak, MI. Sat, March 11, 2023, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Get the Bar Crawl Map!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Grand Ledge, Michigan. March 11, 2023, 2:00 PM Parade in Downtown Grand Ledge. If you have Celtic Pride or enjoy a Wee Bit of Irish, join everyone at Bridge Street to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day parade!

2023 Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade - The 65th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade is March 12, 2023 at 1:00 pm. The parade attracts 80,000-100,000 people, making it one of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in the country and it features floats, marching bands, color guard units and more.  We have the honor of having Mr. Kevin Murphy as our 2023 Grand Marshal!

Detroit Corktown Races - March 12, 2023. The St. Patrick Parade Corktown Races have become one of the largest 5K races in Michigan. The event has seen steady growth to over 8,000 participants. Register early for the Detroit Corktown Races! Exciting Michigan St Patricks event!

Clare Irish Festival, Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - Sunday, March 19, 2023, 5:00 PM-2:00 AM. The Annual Clare Irish Festival attracting thousands of spectators for a one of a kind celebration!  It's definitely a favorite way to celebrate Michigan St Patricks Day.

St. Patrick's Party for Kids - Bring the kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on their day off from school 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023! This green-themed party in Greenmead Historical Park's Alexander Blue House will include games, crafts, snacks, and more! Registration required at LivoniaParks.org. 

St. Patrick's Day Party, March 17, 2023 at Canterbury Village, 2357 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, MI 48360.

St Pats Party with the Rockshow, March 17, 2023 at 8:30 PM. O's Pub & Grill, 123 E. Midland Road, Auburn, MI.

Shamrock Walk & Roll Saturday March 18, 2023, at Wick’s Park Bar & Grill, Saugatuck, Michigan. 10:45am

3rd Annual Shamrock Crawl Saturday March 18, 2023, at Wick’s Park Bar & Grill, Saugatuck 1pm – 6pm

Clare Irish Festival Road Race - Saturday March 18, 2023. This year's race will begin at Clare High School, 306 Schoolcrest Ave. Clare, MI 48617. The race features a 5K Run, 10K Run, and 2 Mile Walk.  The 10K Run will start at 9:00am, the 5K run will start at 9:05am, and the 2 Mile walk will begin at 9:15am.  The start/finish line is in front of Clare High School.  T-Shirts are limited to the first 500 participants to sign up, and each participant in the 5K, 10K, or 2 Mile walk will also receive a free pancake breakfast. Sign up early for the Clare Irish Road Race!

St. Patrick's Day Ludington, Michigan. March 18, 2023 at 9:00am. Irish Jig 5k/10k – Route is from the corner of Loomis St. and Rath Ave. and back. Sign up for the St. Patrick's Irish Jig! What a fun Michigan St Patricks event!

St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl, Exodos Nightclub & Rooftop 529 Monroe Street Detroit, MI 48226 Sat, March 18, 2023, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT.  Throw on some green and grab your favorite drinking buddies for that whiskey won't drink itself!  Advanced tickets are best!

St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Bay City, Michigan.  March 19, 2023 at 2 pm. Come out for a very special Bay City St. Patrick's Day parade down historic Center Avenue, ending at Wenonah Park. This annual celebration and parade is everything Irish, it's one heck of a show! Shamrocks, lively floats and candy galore! We will be there for sure! 

St. Patricks Celebration at MI Table, March 19, 2023. 9 AM – 6 PM. Drinks, food, live Celtic music. Reservation recommended. 

Kalamazoo K-Wings-“World Famous” Green Ice game, March 17, 2023 at 7:00 PM. 3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI.  My friends, if you want a good time, I highly recommend a K-Wings hockey night.  I absolutely love hockey in this arena as the energy is high and the view is amazing if you spring for the closer seats. What a fun Michigan St Patricks event!

St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Ludington, March 18, 2023. 

  • Irish Jog 1 Mile Run/5k/10k – Route is from the corner of Loomis St. and Rath Ave. and back.
  • 10 am-6 pm – Rainbow Scavenger Hunt. Free and open to the public. 
  • 10 am – Keg & Eggs at Sportsman’s Restaurant & The Mitten featuring corned beef hash and breakfast bowls.
  • 1 2pm – See the colorful Shamrock Parade beginning at the corner of James & Melendy Streets.

Irish on Ionia festival - Ionia Ave, Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 18, 2023. Michigan's largest St. Patrick's day street party!

Taste the Luck of the Irish for St. Patrick's Day in Grand Rapids! Cheers!

Flanagan’s Irish Pub - 139 Pearl Street, Grand Rapids. Enjoy their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with live Irish music, drinks and food.

Quinn & Tuites Irish Pub, 1535 Plainfield NE, Grand Rapids, MI Come on out for the Paddy’s Day Celebration!

O’Toole’s Public House -  448 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI, Offers Guinness on tap, Irish whiskeys and crowd pleasers like the Filthy Tater Tots, Truffle Grilled Cheese and their delicious Reubens. 

Grattan Irish Pub about 20 miles northeast of downtown GR, is a friendly neighborhood pub with a large, from-scratch food menu.

More Exciting Things to Do in Michigan in March!

There are tons of festivals, events and things to do in Michigan in March! It's time to get outside and explore Michigan!

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