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.

St. Patricks Day Events Southeast Michigan

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.


  • Hi Christina..I just wanted to let you know about our Irish event as well. I run an Irish performance dance group for the past 14 years…”Tir Na N’Og Gaelic Dance & Music” located in the Lapeer area. We have been performing all over the Oakland, Lapeer, Tecumseh area for the past 14 years. We will of course be busy tomorrow , this past weekend and the weekend afterwards. But…I would like people to know about our 10th Annual Irish Dinner Dance we will be having on March 28, 2015. We cannot have ours, til we are done helping all the other community fundraisers etc. We will have two live Irish Entertainer bands performing, Tir Na N’Og Dancers, pot luck dinner, door prizes and raffles. We raise money if the crowd is big enough to help local charity programs. If you would like to include us in events, I could send you a copy of our flier. The cost is $14.00 adults, kids $5.00, tots free, it is being held at the American Legion in Lapeer.
    Thank you
    Debbie Freeman

    • Megan K.

      Hi Debbie, thanks for sharing your event with us! We referenced the flyer on your Facebook page and the information you provided us with here, and we added your event to our online calendar and this roundup of St. Patrick’s Day events. Have a great day! – Megan


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