15 St. Patrick’s Day Events and Specials Happening in Metro Detroit

Celebrate the Irish holiday with green beer, craft classes, family-friendly outdoor events, live entertainment, and more
St. Patrick's Day events - Blake's Cider Mill
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day-themed donuts at Blake’s Cider Mill. // Photograph courtesy of Blake’s

From green beer and Irish desserts to leprechaun coin hunts and craft classes, there’s plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events and specials happening in metro Detroit this year. Along with wearing your favorite green attire, don’t forget to mask up, social distance, and check out venue and event websites for additional COVID-19 protocols.

St. Patrick’s Day Specials at Blake’s Cider Mill and Tasting Room

Blake’s Cider Mill and Tasting Room are offering special menu items to celebrate the Irish holiday. On March 17, guests can stop by the Tasting Room to enjoy donut stout Irish stew, a corned beef dinner, and drinks like green beer, green hard cider, and Irish Sangria. And through the entire month, the Tasting Room is offering beef brisket potato skins, a Rueben sandwich, and a cinnamon party pretzel. From now through March 17, the cider mill’s festive specials include a chocolate Irish cream donut, chocolate Irish cream fudge, and Lucky Charms donut and hot cocoa bomb. Blake’s Tasting Room and Cider Mill, 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada; blakefarms.com  

Detroit United Irish Societies Virtual Trivia Night Fundraiser

The United Irish Societies is hosting a virtual trivia night fundraiser ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. UIS is made up of more than 35 Irish organizations across metro Detroit. Each year, the group puts on the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which was canceled for 2021 due to the coronavirus. The virtual doors for the trivia night open at 6:45 p.m., and the games begin at 7 p.m. A $20 donation to the Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade is required for entry. March 13. Virtual; facebook.com

Irish Specials at Mudgie’s Deli & Bar 

Following a temporary closing in February to renovate, Mudgie’s Deli & Bar is now back open with Irish and St. Patrick’s Day-themed food and drinks. Specials include the Mudgierock Shake, made with mint chocolate ice cream, Irish cream, and Calder Dairy natural milk; corned beef and cabbage; Irish bacon; mushroom beef barley with Irish whiskey; and an Irish Rueben, a corned beef sandwich with Irish cheddar, stout kraut, and beer mustard on grilled rye. Mudgie’s Deli & Bar, 1413 Brooklyn St., Detroit; 313-961-2000; mudgiesdeli.com

Painting with a Twist Classes

Get creative over at Painting with a Twist. Some local studios are hosting St. Patrick’s Day-themed classes this year. At the Ferndale location, you can learn how to paint a St. Patrick’s Day bouquet; the Farmington spot is painting an Irish “LOVE” sign; and the Roseville Painting with a Twist is offering a beer painting class. Due to COVID, space is limited, so be sure to register ASAP if you’re interested. $38+. March 17. Visit paintingwithatwist.com for locations 

Sharin’ O’ The Green

Most Holy Trinity Parish, a Catholic church based in Detroit, is holding two St. Patrick’s Day masses this year — one at 12 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. — to accommodate social distancing. Masks must be worn. Overflow seating will be available at Most Holy Trinity School, and the masses will also be live-streamed on Facebook. Instead of the parish’s usual holiday luncheon, attendees will get to enjoy a tour of the new Peter and Connie Cracchiolo Community Center at the school and will be offered coffee and to-go treats. No cost; Most Holy Trinity welcomes donations. March 17. Most Holy Trinity Parish, 1050 Porter St., Detroit; 313-965-4450; mhtdetroit.org

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Kid’s can search for gold coins at Lucky Leprechaun Day. // Photograph courtesy of Canterbury Village

Lucky Leprechaun Day

Canterbury Village is welcoming little ones to its grounds to search for gold coins left behind by leprechauns. Kids who find one of each of the six colors of coins will win a prize. Open-air markets with local artists, crafters, food, and more will also be open. The family-friendly event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No cost with the donation of four cans or non-perishable food items to benefit Woodside Food Pantry; pre-registration is required. March 13. Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion; leprechaunday.com

Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery

All month long, Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery is offering St. Patrick’s specialties. The Redford-based e-commerce shop’s corned beef and cabbage pasties are cooked in-house with traditional spices and beer. The Irish stew pie, meanwhile, is filled with ground sirloin, potatoes, pickled onions, and gravy, and the Irish soda bread is topped with golden raisins. Items can be purchased online or via phone for shipping or curbside pickup. Shop at ackroydsbakery.com

St. Patrick’s Day Cookie/Brownie Decorating

The Westland-based Chocolate Drop Shop is hosting a cookie and brownie decorating event ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. A limited number of guests will get the chance to decorate six St. Patrick’s Day-themed cookies and brownies. $25; message M and P Chocolates/Chocolate Drop Shop to reserve your spot. March 13. M and P Chocolates/ Chocolate Drop Shop, 204 S. Wayne Road, Westland; 234-729-0466; facebook.com

St. Patrick’s Day at Old Shillelagh

This Irish pub is hosting days of St. Patrick’s festivities. The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. today. Catch a DJ set on the Old Shillelagh rooftop at 7 p.m. On March 12, the bar will open at 12 p.m., and on March 13, all three floors of Old Shillelagh will open by 12 p.m. and guests can enjoy the bar’s annual parking lot parties. The following day, on March 14, Old Shillelagh is one of the Greektown bars participating in Shamrock Bar Crawl (more info on that below). And on St. Patrick’s Day, the bar opens at 7 a.m. Old Shillelagh, 349 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-964-0007; oldshillelagh.com

Shamrock Bar Crawl 2021

Join the Old Shillelagh, Ready Player One, Level Two Bar & Rooftop, and more Greektown bars and restaurants for this bar crawl. Bar crawl participants get up to 50 percent off drink specials, up to 30 percent off select food items, and can enjoy DJs and other entertainment at participating venues. Masks and social distancing are required, and capacity limits will be enforced by all participating bars and restaurants. $15 for early-bird admission (ends March 11), $20 for general admission. March 14. Greektown Detroit, eventbrite.com

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Detroit City Distillery is serving up whiskey drinks outside its Eastern Market Tasting Room. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit City Distillery

St. Patrick’s Day with Detroit City Distillery

Join Detroit City Distillery at its Eastern Market Tasting Room for outdoor cocktails and other St. Patrick’s Day activities. During the socially distanced event, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the distillery is selling whiskey cocktails and Beaubien Fine Foods is selling hot corned-beef pasties. No cost. March 17. Detroit City Distillery Tasting Room, 2462 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-338-3760; detroitcitydistillery.com 

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

This indoor-outdoor event features a pop-up shop, photoshoot opportunity, mobile bars, food vendors, and a mystery raffle. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Limited number of free tickets, $20+ general admission. March 17. The Ultimate Craft Studio, 28370 Joy Road, Livonia; eventbrite.com

St. Paddy’s in the Park

This outdoor event from the St. Clair Shores Hockey Association and St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation takes place from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday and features food trucks like Lil Bros Burgers, Island Noodle, and Corned Beef Daddy & Pizza. Guests can enjoy Irish music and craft and Irish beer from Guinness, Murphy’s, Kuhnhenn’s, and more. No cost. March 14. Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, facebook.com 

St. Patrick’s Day Non-Party Party

Stop by Cork & Gabel for a day of Irish activities, including performances by dance troupe Motricity Irish Dance and the Barley Brothers band. The Corktown restaurant will also offer food and drink specials. Guests will be limited to an hour and a half for seating and masks and social distancing will be enforced. No cost, but reservations are strongly encouraged. March 13.  Cork & Gabel, 2415 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-638-2261; facebook.com

Pure Roots St. Patrick’s Day Promotion

Ann Arbor dispensary Pure Roots is giving customers an opportunity to win a bit of gold this St. Patrick’s Day. Five “golden tickets” — each redeemable for $1,000 —have been randomly placed in the shop’s pre-rolled cannabis options. The more you buy, the more opportunities you have to win. The promotion kicked off yesterday and runs through March 17. In-store shopping and online shopping with curbside pickup is available. Pure Roots, 3430 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor; 844-325-3900; followpureroots.com