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 2017 with parades, performances and more family events in southeast Michigan.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 17, 2017. 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 2017 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.

Live Music Series: Fable, Grable & Bearly Able at the Royal Oak Public Library

March 4, 2017

  • Address: 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3700
  • Time: 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

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.

Painting of Shamrocks at the Gaelic League of Detroit

March 10, 2017

  • Address: 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-475-4675
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Join in the grand St. Patrick’s Day parade preparations sponsored by the United Irish Society and help paint traditional shamrocks on the parade route. Meet at the Gaelic League 11 a.m. with UIS Officers, Grand Marshals, Queen of the Detroit UIS, and the Court of St. Brigid and expect a march to the Irish Plaza at 11:30 a.m. to turn the streets green. The Most Holy Trinity School of Choir will be performing and a reception at the Gaelic League will follow.

St. Patrick’s Mother/Son Dance at Waterford Recreation Center

March 10, 2017

  • 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 early; tickets are non-refundable.

12th Annual St. Patrick and St. Joseph Party at the American Polish Century Club

March 11, 2017

  • Address: 33204 Maple Lane (14 Mile & Hoover roads), Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-264-7990
  • Time: 6-11 p.m. (dinner served until 8:30 p.m.)
  • Cost: $25/person

Join in the fun and celebrate with a jig at this party, which is sponsored by AOH Fr. Solanus Casey Division and the American Polish Century Club. Both Polish and Irish music will be on loop, plus there’s food. Seating is limited, so buying tickets in advance is strongly suggested.

Irish Music and Fun with Caper Kin at the Mount Clemens Public Library

March 11, 2017

  • Address: 150 Cass Ave., Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-469-6200
  • Time: 2-3 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.

Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak

March 11, 2017

  • Address: Starts at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-761-6073
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

The annual parade starts at 11:30 a.m., stepping off from Royal Oak Middle School and heading 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.

59th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Corktown, Detroit

March 12, 2017

  • Address: Starts at Sixth Street and Michigan Avenue, Historic Corktown Neighborhood, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-475-4675
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. parade; Corktown Races start 9:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

This 59-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 Brian Dunleavy. The fun kicks off at the Corktown Races, which includes the Kids Quarter Mile at 9:30 a.m., the Emerald Mile at 9:40 a.m., and the Corktown Race at 10 a.m.

The Story of St. Patrick’s Day at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester

March 12, 2017

  • Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: $5/nonmember 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 Day Game Celebration at the Troy Public Library

March 15, 2017

  • Address: 510 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3538
  • Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

There are loads of St. Paddy’s Day games at the library, and attendees can either play on their own or form a team. Activities will include hot potato and a search for gold left behind by a pesky leprechaun. Program is for ages 5 and up.

St. Patrick’s Day Social at the City of Oak Park Recreation Center

March 16, 2017

  • Address: 14300 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park
  • Phone: 248-424-7081
  • Time: 6-8 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. Register for this event by March 8.

St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunch Sale at Catholic Charities – Flint

March 16, 2017

  • 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 on rye), 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.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2017 by Aleanna Siacon.


  • 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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