Family Events Family St. Patrick’s Day Events in Southeast Michigan Prepare for an Irish-themed takeover this March as southeast Michigan gears up for St. Paddy's Day 2016 with parades, performances and more family events in southeast Michigan. « Previous Next » Jessica Schrader • February 18, 2016 Read Comments (3) Tweet St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Thursday, March 17. If the luck of the Irish is on your side, your family will get the chance to experience at least one of these great St. Patrick’s Day events nearby. Scattered throughout the metro Detroit area, these family-friendly gatherings give adults and kids a fun way to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland – along with shamrocks and all things green. Several days in March 2016 are packed with family-friendly St. Paddy’s Day events. So, dust off your green stockings, turn on your Irish pride and head out to one of these fantastic events right in your own backyard. Kona Shamrock Run in Plymouth March 6, 2016 Address: Downtown Plymouth Phone: 248-912-8747 Times: 6:30 a.m. registration, 7:30 a.m. 10K, 8 a.m. one-mile run, 9 a.m. 5K, 9:30-10 a.m. awards Cost: $23-$68 (depends on the race you choose) Get a jumpstart on working off the winter calories with this annual race, which features a 10K, 5K and one-mile run. The rock-and-roll themed run also has a costume contest for the best-dressed runner, so be sure to wear as much green as possible. All participants will receive a L. Jordan brand “tech shirt” with an Irish flag on the sleeve. The Story of St Patrick’s Day at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester March 6, 2016 Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester Phone: 248-656-0999 Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $5/non-member child, $3/member child (parents must attend) Find out what unfolds when a group of furry friends find their own lucky four-leaf clover at this TriceraTots Puppet Theatre show. Kids even get to decorate their own four-leaf pins to wear on St. Patrick’s Day and take a walk around the preserve. Registration is required and space is limited. St. Patrick’s Mother/Son Dance at Waterford Recreation Center March 11, 2016 Address: 5640 Williams Lake Road, Waterford Phone: 248-674-5441 Time: 6-8 p.m. Cost: $12/resident, $14/non-resident Moms and their favorite little men will enjoy refreshments and photographs while they dance the night away to their favorite songs spun by DJ Marky Mark. Register by March 7; tickets are non-refundable. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Orchestra Hall March 11-13, 2016 Address: 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-576-5111 Time: 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. March 11, 8 p.m. March 12, 3 p.m. March 13 Cost: $19-$100 Irish American folk singer Cathie Ryan, formerly of Cherish the Ladies, will sing Celtic classics at four performances during this St. Patrick’s Day event. Irish Music and Fun with Caper Kin at the Mount Clemens Public Library March 12, 2016 Address: 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens Phone: 586-469-6200 Time: 3 p.m. Cost: Free Kids will enjoy a special day of traditional Irish music and tons of Irish-themed fun when this St. Patrick’s Day event returns to the library. 2016 Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak March 12, 2016 Address: Starts at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave., Royal Oak Phone: 248-761-6073 Time: 11:10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Lucky Dash starts at 10 a.m. Cost: Free/parade; Lucky Dash registration: $34-$40/adults, $17-$20/youth A 5K Lucky Dash kicks off this year’s fun at 10 a.m. followed by the annual parade at 11:30 a.m. The parade steps off from Royal Oak Middle School and heads south on Washington Avenue to Seventh Street. See floats put together by local Irish clans, step dancers and bagpipers, as they show off what it means to be Irish. Get there early to get a good spot. St. Patrick’s Day Crafts at the Troy Public Library March 12, 2016 Address: 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy Phone: 248-524-3538 Time: 1-1:45 p.m. Cost: Free There are loads of leprechaun-themed crafts at this St. Paddy’s Day event at the library. All ages are welcome. Live Music Series: Fable, Grable & Bearly Able at the Royal Oak Public Library March 12, 2016 Address: 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak Phone: 248-246-3700 Time: 3-5 p.m. Cost: Free Come visit the library’s Friends Auditorium for a great concert by Fable, Grable & Bearly Able, an acoustic trio featuring flute, penny whistle, guitar and octave mandolin. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the band will perform Irish music favorites along with lesser-known tunes from the Emerald Isle. Registration is required. St. Patrick’s Parade in Corktown, Detroit March 13, 2016 Address: Starts at Sixth Street and Michigan Avenue, Historic Corktown Neighborhood, Detroit Phone: 313-475-4675 Time: Noon Cost: Free This 58-year tradition brings Irish pride to the streets of Corktown. Don your green and take to the sidelines to see pipe and drum bands, step dancers and your favorite floats and clowns at this two-hour event featuring Grand Marshal Kitty Heinzman. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. with the 34th annual Corktown Race, which includes the Dublin Mile Dash at 9:40 a.m. and the Kids Quarter Mile at 9:30 a.m. St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunch Sale at Catholic Charities – Flint March 17, 2016 Address: 901 Chippewa St., Flint Phone: 810-232-9950 Times: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Costs: $7/lunch Looking for a little Irish flavor to round off your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations? This sale offers yummy boxed lunches, complete with a sandwich (corned beef and Swiss cheese), chips, coleslaw, pickles and a treat that’s sure to satisfy. There’s even a drive-thru if you’re too busy to pop in. Campfire Family Night – Your Lucky Day at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester March 18, 2016 Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester Phone: 248-656-0999 Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $3/person, $12/maximum cost for family This event is full of family fun with a focus on “lucky” things like shamrocks, lucky charms and other unusual lucky items. Then everyone in your clan can try out some yummy green s’mores around the campfire. St. Patrick’s Day Social at Novi Parks & Recreation Center March 18, 2016 Address: 45175 W. 10 Mile Road, Novi Phone: 248-424-7081 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $10/participants, $5/caregivers This special St. Patrick’s Day event invites adults 18-plus with developmental disabilities to enjoy a pasta dinner, music and dancing. Caregivers must attend. Irish Cake Walk at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit March 19, 2016 Address: 1345 Gratiot Ave., Detroit Phone: 313-567-3100 Time: 5 p.m. Cost: $12.50/adults, $7/ages 6-12, free/children 5 and younger Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit invites families to the Huegli Auditorium for a fun cake walk to win a delicious prize. There’s a buffet of Irish food and Gaelic dancers, too. Price includes food and one cake walk ticket.