Friday, March 11-12 >> Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Ledge lets its Irish pride shine with two days of St. Patrick’s Day events. The weekend kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with music and dancing with the Glen Erin Pipe Band at the Grand Ledge Opera House. Saturday’s festivities include a free children’s movie at noon at the Sun Theatre, a 2 p.m. parade through downtown Grand Ledge, an Irish stew cook-off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and more. Some events have a cover charge, see web for details. glstpats.org.
Friday, March 11 >> ShamROCKS at Dublin Square Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early and support a worthy cause at Friday’s ShamROCKS event. The fundraiser supports Kelleigh's Cause, a nonprofit trying to find a cure for arteriovenous malformation, a rare artery/ vein condition. The evening’s entertainment features rock ‘n’ roll from Time2Play and Irish ballads from Cahill & Murphy. Mar. 11. 5:30-10 p.m. $15. Dublin Square, 327 Abbot Rd, East Lansing. (517) 351-2222, kelleigh.org.
St. Patrick’s Day at Ellison Brewery Ellison Brewery taps some special brews for the day, including Patty’s Dry Stout, Shamrocked Mint Stout and Ellison Scotch Ale. Live music is provided by Rob Klajda (noon-3 p.m.), Max Robinson (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) and Craig Hendershot (8 p.m.-11 p.m.). Noon-midnight. Ellison Brewery & Spirits, 4903 Dawn Ave., East Lansing. (517) 203-5498, ellisonbrewing.com.
Saturday, March 12 >> Grovenburg United Methodist Church What’s St. Patrick’s Day without a hearty meal of corned beef? Grovenburg United Methodist Church offers a community corned beef dinner, including veggies, a drink and dessert. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Ted Johnson Memorial Food Bank Garden, which grows fresh produce for the Holt Community Food Bank. Reservations are encouraged. 5-7 p.m. $10/$5 children 5-11/FREE for children under 5. Grovenburg United Methodist Church, 1368 Grovenburg Road, Holt. (517) 648-5730.
Monday, March 14 >> Rory Makem at Dublin Square Rory Makem, a seasoned Irish musician and son of legendary Irish singer Tommy Makem, leads an Irish sing-along Monday at Dublin Square. Rory Makem regularly performs with Irish music trio Makem and Spain, a staple group in the Irish music festival circuit. Advance tickets are available online; any remaining tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6 p.m. 7:30-9 p.m. $10. Dublin Square, 327 Abbot Road, East Lansing. (517) 267-0410, singingfestival.com.
Saturday, March 12 >> Steampunks support the Food Bank Some throw on a green T-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day, while others take their outfits to the next level. Local steampunk group Capitol Steam hosts a fundraiser party March 18, and attendees are encouraged to deck themselves out in steampunk, Renaissance, pirate or Irish/Scottish duds. A packed lineup of local musicians provides live music all night. Proceeds from the event benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $5 or two cans of non-perishable food. Kelly’s Downtown, 220 S. Washington Square, Lansing. ow.ly/Z4zn3.
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Friday, March 11-12 >> Jackson Irish Festival The Jackson Symphony Orchestra kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day season with two days of live music and family activities. The festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a Celtic rock concert featuring the Moxie Strings, an instrumental fusion trio. The festival picks up again Saturday at 1 p.m. with a free event that features storyteller Yvonne Healy accompanied by at an Irish harp and flute/pennywhistle duo. If you still haven’t had enough Irish music by then, Irish band Limerick performs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday’s concert is $15/$5 children; Saturday’s events are FREE. Call or see web for event locations. (517) 782- 3221, jacksonsymphony.org.
St. Pat’s at Mac’s Mac’s Bar celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a stacked lineup of live hip-hop music. The evening features performances by Homeboi, Classic FR, Jones Heraux, Radio Raheem, Diamond Jones and more. Crack wings from Eastside Fish Fry are available while supplies last. 8 p.m. $12/$10 adv. Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-6795, macsbar.com.
No Damn Green Beer Party at Lansing Brewing Co. Lansing Brewing Co. celebrates its first St. Patrick’s Day with a full day of music and food and drink specials. The event includes a special St. Patrick’s Day beer, Pog Mo Thoin Irish Stout, as well as traditional bangers and mash and not-so-traditional Irish sushi. Live music is provided by Shelby & Jake (1 p.m.), Buddy Popps (4:30 p.m.) and Dragspell (8 p.m.) 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Lansing Brewing Co., 518 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing. (517) 371-2600, lansingbrewingcompany.com.
Claddagh’s HUGE St. Paddy’s Day Party The Claddagh Irish Pub celebrates its Irish roots with live music and Irish food specials all day long. The celebration kicks off at 8 a.m. for a “kegs and eggs” breakfast, and live music starts at noon. The slate of performers features an Irish mix from Mike Vial (noon to 4 p.m.), classic rock from New Rule (4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and more Irish tunes from Mark Sala (9 p.m. to midnight) to cap off the evening. 8 a.m.-midnight. Claddagh Irish Pub, 2900 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing. (517) 484-2523. claddaghirishpubs.com/lansing.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Green Door The Green Door opens early for St. Patrick’s Day, kicking things off at 11 a.m. with Irish lunch options like corned beef sliders and patty melt sandwiches. Live music starts at 1 p.m. with Buddy Popps and continues with Streams of Whiskey (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Tell Yo’ Mama (9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.). The bar also offers Irish beer and liquor specials all day. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. The Green Door Blues Bar & Grill, 2005 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. (517) 482-6376, greendoorlive.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at Crunchy’s Don’t freak out if you don’t have a green T-shirt, because Crunchy’s has you covered. Pre-sale tickets for the bar’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities ($15) include a reserved seat, breakfast buffet (including green eggs and ham, of course) and a T-Shirt. If you’re not a morning person Crunchy’s will have green beer and food/drink specials all day. 8 a.m.-2 a.m. $15 Crunchy’s, 254 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. (517) 351-2506, crunchyseastlansing.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Waterfront Bar and Grill David “Mad Dog” Demarco from 790AM the Game gets in the Irish spirit by hosting his afternoon radio show from the Waterfront. At 6:30 p.m., a DJ provides the tunes to keep the party going. The all-day celebration includes food and drink specials, including green beer and “shamrock shots.” 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Waterfront Bar and Grill, 325 City Market Drive, Lansing. (517) 267- 3800, waterfrontlansing.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at Buddies Buddies Pub & Grill celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with two happy hours at two locations. The Okemos and Holt locations both offer specials on corned beef and cabbage, shepard’s pie and Guinness short ribs. Happy hours are at 2 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. 11 a.m.-midnight. Buddie’s Pub & Grill, 1937 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos, (517) 347-0443; 2040 N. Aurelius Road Suite 13, Holt, ((517) 699-3670. buddiesbars.com.
St. Patrick’s Day at Coach’s Coach’s celebrates the day of the year that we seek out food that has turned green with specials on green beer. The pub also offers corned beef and cabbage to pair with your beverage. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Coach’s All- American Pub & Grill, 6201 Bishop Road, Lansing. (517) 882-2013, coachspubandgrill.com.
March 15-17 >> Piazzano’s Specials Sure, the name sounds Italian, but according to Piazzano’s, everyone is Irish on March 17. For three days straight, the restaurant serves up specials on corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, Reuben sandwiches and Reuben rolls. 1825 N. Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 484-0150, piazzanos.com.
March 15-17 >> St. Patrick’s Day (and more) at the Unicorn The self-proclaimed “only Greek Irish bar in town,” the Unicorn Tavern offers a plethora of drink specials for St. Patrick’s Day, including specials on domestic beers, Irish car bombs, Jameson and Bushmills. Frog & the Beeftones play live music every evening from the 15th through the 17th. 9 a.m.-midnight. Unicorn Tavern, 327 East Grand River Ave., Lansing. (517) 485-9910.
St. Patrick's Day at Moriarty's Irish dancers and pipers from all over Mid-Michigan stop in at Moriarty's, whose menu for the day includes traditional Irish fare. The bar serves a number of whiskeys and Irish beers, including Guinness and Smithwick's. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Moriarty's Pub, 802 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. moriartyspublansing.com.