If you’re hoping to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids, you’re in luck. There’s no shortage of wonderful events to enjoy with your friends and family. From parades to live music, all you’ll need is your green attire, a few shamrocks and a bus pass to observe this holiday.
Riding The Rapid to get to your St. Patrick’s Day destinations means you can enjoy that extra mug of green beer or just save yourself the worry of finding a parking spot. Travel responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day by letting us be your designated driver. And if you’re out later than we are, don’t forget that there’s always Uber and Lyft to get you home safely.
Here are a few ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
Laugh like the Irish
Gilda’s LaughFest Presents: The Irish Comedy Tour
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Laughfest! The Irish Comedy Tour takes the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combines it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans. This event takes place on Thursday, March 16 at 20 Monroe Live. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this 18+ comedy event. Get your tickets now!
Listen to Irish music
St. Patrick’s Day at Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill
Come celebrate a night of green things with live music from British Racing Green, Stellar and RUKUS. Tip Top will also be featuring beer specials from Big Lake Brewing.
St. Patrick’s Day at Flanagan’s Pub
From March 16 – 19, stop by Flanagan’s to enjoy local musicians carrying on the centuries-deep Irish heritage of celebrating life and culture with a pint and a fiddle.
Routes 6, 9, 11, 13 and the Silver Line
St. Patrick’s Day at Quinn & Tuite’s Irish Pub
Starting at 7 a.m., Quinn and Tuite’s is opening their doors up for a traditional Irish buffet, Guinness and a day of live music from Conklin Ceili Band, Branden Loughrey from Donegal, Ireland and Colin Tobin.
Dig into traditional Irish pub fare and enjoy live music from The Willeys, a Michigan band with a Celtic twist, on March 17 from 6-11 p.m.
Routes 1, 4, 14, 15 and the Silver Line
Enjoy the music if the Emerald Isle from March 17-19 at DeVos Performance Hall. Cathie Ryan will be singing Celtic classics we know you’ll love.
Routes SL, 11, 13, 50
Enjoy Irish cuisine
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at 6th Street Hall
Dig into corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and soda bread while you celebrate your Irish side! Just $9 a plate to eat-in or take-out from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m on March 17.
Routes 9 & 18
Ride with us to The B.O.B. on Monroe for a day full of festivities on March 17. Starting at 2:00 p.m. there will be the Peanut Butter Porter bottle release, a selection of several craft beers and a great line-up of live music! There’s no cover charge for this event.
Route 1,4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Celebrate in the street
Irish on Ionia
Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party is back for another year of fun. This all day event begins bright and early at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 118. Taking place on Ionia St., the street party will stretch from Oakes to Fulton and Weston to Commerce ending at 10: 00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15-60. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance!
Route 1, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15