St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids: 33+ Things to Do

St. Patrick’s Day 2020 Line Up

Grand Rapids is a contender when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, we’ve got green beer, bar crawls, and a parade — but wait, there’s more!

Before we go any further, though, take a sec to do a wardrobe check. You’re gonna wear green, right? It only matters if you want to celebrate Irish festivities without the pinches. Trust me, you’ll have more fun in green.

From dancing, drinking and corned beef eating — Grand Rapids is full of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (FYI – St. Patrick’s Day is officially on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, but expect many celebrations to take place the weekend before.)

Some of Our Top St. Patrick Day Event Choices

⫸Start your day with Nitro Oatmeal Stout at Founder’s Irish Breakfast.

⫸Stretch your lungs and sing along to Celtic songs in the Beer Choir hymnal at Perrin Brewing Co (with special guest Embellish Handbells.)

⫸Partake in St.Patrick’s Day shenanigans at the Grand Woods Lounge – part of the Lucky Bar Crawl.

⫸Cheer on the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

⫸Watch the puck drop on a St. Paddy’s weekend Griffins hockey game.

⫸Test your luck in a game of Name that Green Beer – where you’re tasked to identify 7 colored samples at Craft Beer Cellars.

⫸Join the masses at Irish on Ionia as the event turns 10 this year. Spanning 3 city blocks, this giant street party runs from 11 am – 10 pm.

⫸Eat a classic corned beef and cabbage dinner at Knights of St. Casimir Aid Society.

⫸Top it all off with music, a 5K, comedy routine, beer, beer, and more beer, and sooooo much more!

Don’t Let Us Tell You How to Celebrate – Here’s the Full Run Down of St. Patrick’s Day Events in GR

We’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in the area, including the Irish Jig 5K, a festive parade, and even a blind tasting of seven different GREEN beers. So, get out there and have a great (but safe) time!

As the saying goes – on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish!

Consider this your go-to resource for all things St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Rapids.

*We’ll be adding more events as they are announced. Also, prices and details are subject to change without notice. Contact event coordinators directly for final details, pricing, and availability.

One Last Thing – Safety Measures

The last thing anyone wants as a St. Patrick’s Day souvenir is a DUI or a side of coronavirus.

Before you head out, plan to use these safety tips to keep yourself and those around you healthy and safe.

Virus Protection

  • Wash your hands (often) with soap for more than 20 seconds.
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue (toss that tissue into the trash ASAP.)
  • If you’re lucky enough to own a travel bottle of hand sanitizer, use it.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth — or that really itchy spot.
  • Stay home if you feel ill. There are plenty of events happening in Grand Rapids every day. Get back out when you’re 100%.

Getting Home on St. Patrick’s Day

Before you go out and start enjoying yourself, remember to plan your exit. How will you get home safely?

Will you schedule a taxi or cab, or plan to use rideshare like Lyft or Uber (prepare to pay surge pricing) bring along a DD, or book a hotel room.

Whatever your choice, please plan now to ensure you make it home without getting behind the wheel over a holiday known for its heavy drinking culture.

St. Patrick’s Day Event List

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