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Let Us Be Your Designated Driver This St. Patrick’s Day

Parades, Irish cuisine, live music, whatever you’re seeking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Grand Rapids has it. While the official celebration may land on Tuesday, March 17  this year, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the festivities. 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 to get you home safely. Here are seven great events to check out:

1. Cook Like The Irish
Downtown Market: Luck of the Irish

The monthly Around the World cooking class series continues at Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SW, at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13. Market Chef Jacob will guide you through the steps of preparing delicious Irish cuisine including lamb stew with soda bread, chicken stuffed with cheddar, bacon and cabbage, and stout cake with ice cream.
The class is for ages 21 and older for $55 per person. Preregistration is required at Registration closes Thursday, March 12, at 5 p.m.

Rapid routes nearby: Route 1, 2, 5, Silver Line

2. Spend All Day On Ionia
Irish On Ionia

Irish on Ionia with Irish music, beer and activities. The St. Patrick’s Day-themed festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., offers two stages of entertainment with dancers, DJs, and live music including Paddy’s Cure, Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, The Tosspints, The Waxies and Stone Clover.

Tickets are $15-$55 at or at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 58 Ionia Ave. SW. More details on Facebook.

Rapid routes nearby: 1, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15

3. Celebrate At The B.O.B.
St. Patrick’s Day at The B.O.B.

Guinness, Peanut Butter Porter, and the inescapable green beer are waiting at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, on Saturday, March 14.

Festivities start with a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. ($5 donation to Pets for Vets) and continue with live music from 3 p.m. until close featuring Dave O’Neill, The Saltbound Band, Dueling Pianos, and Hip Pocket. There is no cover charge for entry before 9 p.m. Details at or 616-356-2000.

Rapid routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 50

4. Get The Full Irish Experience
Quinn and Tuite’s Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day Party

The winner of MLive’s regional poll for best neighborhood bar, Quinn and Tuite’s Irish Pub, 1535 Plainfield Ave. NE, is known as Grand Rapids’ home of Irish music and has won awards for perfect pours of Guinness drafts.

Expect large crowds when the bar’s celebration begins at noon Saturday, March 14. Music on Saturday will be provided by the Conklin Ceili Band, Gasta, and The Billies. Festivities continue Tuesday, March 17, with The Saltbound Band and Brendan Loughrey.

Details at

Rapid routes nearby: 11

5. Ice Cream And Dancing For A Cause
Irish Ceili & Ice Cream Social

On Friday, March 20 Fountain Street Church is hosting an Irish ice cream social. Learn easy Irish dancing from an expert caller and enjoy dessert from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  This fundraiser for Character School is only $10/person and $25/family to get in. Learn more here.

Rapid routes nearby: 1, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15

6. Don’t Miss The Parade
Grand Rapids St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Grand Rapids’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m. The parade starts on Lyon Street NW, west to Monroe Avenue NW, south to Monroe Center NW, east on North Division Avenue, and finishes heading north to Library Street. More information on Facebook.

Rapid routes nearby: 1, 4, 6, 9, 14, 15, Silver Line

7. Dance For Good Luck
Big St. Patrick’s Day Swing Dance 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by dancing and wearing green at Woodland Skating on Tuesday, March 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is just $6 to get in. Never swing danced before? There will be lessons! Don’t forget to bring a partner.

Rapid routes nearby: 5, 28

Have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to travel responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.