Northern Michigan Holidays: We've got the round-up of Northern Michigan's St. Patty's Day celebrations. Races, parades, live music, green beer... find your pot of gold below!
Get a healthy kick-start to your St. Patricks Day at the 2nd Annual Fifth Third Leapin' Leprechaun 5K Race on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 9am in Traverse City's Warehouse District. Racers will receive a t-shirt, accurate timing and results, medals for top finishers and best Irish costume, and a complimentary beverage (beer for those 21+). Click here for more information and to register.
Green beer, decorations, costumes...anything goes during Traverse City's Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl. Hop from bar to bar with a group of fellow Patty-fans along the designated downtown TC pub course. Make sure to pace yourself, drink responsibly and find a designated driver- this hoopla starts at 12pm at Minervas and continues all afternoon and night.
Celebrate all things Irish at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, March 16-18, 2012. Schuss Mountain will host a weekend of festivities dedicated to St. Patricks Day, including pot of gold coin tosses, saucer races, food and drink specials, and more! Visit shantycreek.com for details.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Cafe Sante in Boyne City on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17. Listen to Irish music (featuring Sean Ryan and Friends), enjoy Happy Time Zone Specials and get festive with green beads, Irish whiskey and all kinds of fun! Buy a pint of O'Haras, Smithwick's, Guinness or Murphy's and keep the logo'd pint glass.
According to the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce, "On Saturday, March 17th, the place to be in Northern Michigan is America's Emerald Isle, Beaver Island!" Celebration includes the classic cart race, fish toss, tug-o-war between the Fish Chokers and the Hay Seeders and indoor games at the Shamrock. Here's how to get there!
Head to downtown Pentwater from 12-3pm. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at the South end of the Village with stops at The Antler Bar for refreshments and parade prizes, and at the Holiday Inn Express in Ludington.
Experience an evening of Celtic and Celtic-inspired music at the AuSable Artisan Village in Grayling from 7-9pm. Live music will be provided by Kelly Shively, Pam Luce and Dan House. Read more about this concert.
Do you know someone you would love to see with a bald head? Collect as much money as it takes and come to Jolly Pumpkin and The Peninsula Room on Friday, March 16th from 6-8pm for a charity head shaving to benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation. All the money raised will be donated to fund cancer research for children. There will also be live music, limited edition St. Patrick's Day pint glasses for purchase, and $2 refills all weekend long.