St. Patrick’s Day Events in Metro Detroit

Prepare for an Irish-themed takeover this March as metro Detroit gears up for St. Paddy's Day 2018 with parades, performances and more family St. Patrick's Day events.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 17, 2018. 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 in metro Detroit.

These family-friendly Detroit events 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 2018 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.

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

March 4, 2018

  • 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.

Painting of Shamrocks at the Gaelic League of Detroit

March 9, 2018

  • Address: 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-964-8700
  • 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, 2018

  • 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 a DJ. Register early; tickets are non-refundable.

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

March 10, 2018

  • 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun and Party at Beacon Park in Detroit 

March 17, 2018 

  • Address: 1901 Grand River Ave, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-600-9663
  • Time: 1-11 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Detroit’s newest greenspace is offering old-fashioned St. Paddy’s Day fun including Irish dancing, face paintings and crafts from 1-5 p.m. and then a massive St. Patrick’s Day party full of lawn games, beer and Irish-inspired eats from 5-11 p.m.

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

March 17, 2018

  • 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 10, 2018

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak area
  • Phone: 248-761-6073
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

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.

60th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Corktown, Detroit

March 11, 2018

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

This 60-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.

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

March 15, 2018

  • 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.

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

March 16, 2018

  • 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 at the Sterling Heights Nature Center 

March 17, 2018

  • Address: 42700 Utica Road, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-446-2710
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

Shamrock crafts and green games take over the nature center. Check out the critters and go on a scavenger hunt, too.

X Marks the Spot at Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights 

March 17, 2018

  • Address: 30300 Hales St., Madison Heights,
  • Phone: 248-585-0100
  • Time: 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person

Come in green and search the nature center to see if you can find the slippery leprechauns as you learn about letterboxing. Crafts and snacks included. Registration required.

St. Patty’s Day Sleepover at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield 

March 17-18, 2018 

  • Address: 29350 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield
  • Phone: 248-352-8000
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday-7 a.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $65-$75

At this overnighter, wee Irishmen and little ladies chase a leprechaun on a scavenger hunt, swim, bounce and hang out. Registration required.

This post was originally published in 2014 and is updated regularly 

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