March is around the corner and we love how Muskegon goes all Irish all month long! There are more varied events for all tastes and ages than you can shake a shillelagh at!
“County Muskegon” is teeming with Irish and Celtic themed culture, activities, music and fun. We’d like to highlight some of them here for you.
Muskegon Sounds Like Ireland!
Did you know there is a Muskegon radio station that hosts an Irish music program? If you tune in to Muskegon 100.9 FM from 5-7 pm EST you will find that Muskegon “Sounds Like Ireland” every Thursday! The program is hosted by “Voice of the Michigan Irish Music Festival” Bill Marshall and is “jammers” full of jams to get you in the mood for March!
Start getting your Irish on right at the beginning of the month. Bring your musical instrument and join a “Trad Session” at Unruly Brewing. An Irish traditional music session (seisiún) is an informal collection of folks gathered together to play traditional Irish music. Unruly Brewing hosts such sessions twice every month. Even if you don’t play, you can still come and enjoy the music! More Info HERE
March 1 and March 15
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Get Ready to Tap Your Toes!
Save the date for this performance of Celtic music by Uneven Ground at Hackley Public Library. Uneven Ground ushers in “Irish American” month with a night of vibrant and traditional Celtic music. Blending talented vocals and lively instrumentals, they their audience a unique and engaging performance to remember. Free More Info HERE
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
But, There are Four of Them?
Always a sensation at the Michigan Irish Music Festival, We Banjo 3 are coming to The Playhouse at White Lake! This Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet, comprised of two sets of brothers, seamlessly converge the varied traditions of Americana, Bluegrass, and Celtic music with pop-sensible songcraft and create a truly unique and gratifying signature sound. More Info HERE
See the Book of Kells
A MUST see, while you are at the Hackley Public Library, is their rare copy of the “Book of Kells”. Only 1,480 facsimiles of this breathtaking illuminated manuscript exist in the world. The original, housed in Trinity College Dublin, is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. As far as we know, ours and the copy at Washington Centerville Library are the only two available for public viewing in a library. You can learn more about this treasure in this Hackley Library Video HERE
Mark your calendar for a night of learning, and discover details and history about this centuries-old illuminated manuscript at a special Book of Kells Presentation. More Info HERE
Get a Running Start
Saturday morning gets a “running” start at 9 am with Run Muskegon’s Shamrock Shuffle, this festive 5K encourages participants to dress for the holiday – and awards prizes for the best costumes. More Info HERE
Go on Green Goose Chase!
Get a team together, or search on your own, during the second annual “Go Green! Scavenger Hunt” Presented by Michigan State University Muskegon 4-H this free event will have you searching the downtown Muskegon area to complete various fun, missions that may be Irish history, trivia, photo/video or riddle based. This scavenger hunt uses a free, downloadable app called GooseChase. More Info HERE
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Look for Irish Treasures
The Michigan Makers Market debuts at VanDyk Mortgage Convention Center. This indoor shopping event is presented by the Lakeshore Art Festival and will feature 80-100 craft and fine art exhibitors from the state of Michigan. More Info HERE
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Gobble Green Eggs and Ham
Take the wee ones for a Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club! The ladies are celebrating Reading Month, Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the whole green theme with a delicious breakfast that includes a free Dr. Seuss book and visit from a Dr. Seuss’ character. More Info HERE
10:00 – 11:00 am
Everyone Loves a Parade
Be sure to finish your breakfast or run by 11:00 am! This is when the 9th Annual Muskegon St. Patrick’s Day Parade is presented by the Greater Muskegon Jaycees. The fun, family oriented parade marches in Downtown Muskegon; and there is a great cause behind it!
Entry fees to participate in the parade are non-perishable food and pantry items – and spectators are encouraged to bring them too! Volunteers will push shopping carts along the parade route collecting the items. Or, look for collection barrels located along the parade route. So grab some canned goods and get gussied up in your green garb! Watch the floats, marching bands, dogs, live music, catch some candy and cheer for a very special Grand Marshall! More Info HERE
Route: Along Western Ave between 6th – 2nd Streets
That’s No Blarney
Make a wish and kiss the Muskegon version of The Blarney Stone! Superior Monument are bringing their version of the the famous limestone landmark. Seek it out near the Olthoff Stage and see if you can get the gift o’ gab.
11:00 am – 4 pm
Set Up Camp for the Day
Shamrockin’ In Your Shanty returns to Western Ave in Downtown Muskegon! Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by reserving a spot for your “shanty” (ice shanty, small pop up tent or just seating)! Spend the day with your friends in the social district. You cannot bring your own alcohol to this event – but you can enjoy social district drinks in your shanty from participating establishments. Prizes awarded for Best Decorated Shanty! $15 More Info HERE
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Kick Up Your Heels at a Free Outdoor Concert
12:15 – 4:00 pm
Unruly Music, Dancers and Craic
Unruly Brewing to celebrates St. Paddy’s all day on March 12, 2022! The craic begins at 9 am for “St. Patrick’s Parade Pre-Party”. Throughout the day there will be and Irish DJ keeping the spirit going and live performances from Mona Shores Fiddlers, Ardan Academy of Irish Dancers, Leprecons, O’Malley’s Cousin and The Barley Saints. Free. Schedule and More Info HERE
Ardan Academy of Irish Dance is a school teaching traditional step and Ceili dance classes for all ages. The dancers vie in state and national Feis competitions; including the Michigan Feis that takes place every September right here in Muskegon. They send qualifying dancers to the Mid-American and international Oireachtas each year. Come be amazed at their skills as they kick up their heals during a free performance at Unruly Brewing on March 12th
Get Jack’d and Do a Jig
The Muskegon Lumberjacks hit the ice against U18 – USNTOP at Mercy Health Arena. They will also be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a special performance from the Muskegon Regional Police Pipes and Drums. More Info HERE
Try MI Irish Stout!
Muskegon local craft brewery; Pigeon Hill Brewing Company invites you to “Hop” in to the Brewer’s Lounge – Pigeon Hill and try a pint of their MI Irish Stout; the official stout of the Michigan Irish Music Festival! If you love it (and you will!) you can find cans to purchase in select stores while supplies last.
The Pipes, the Pipes are Calling
Whatever Downtown Muskegon business you are at on March 12th (and hopefully the 17th!) there is a good change the Muskegon Regional Police Pipes and Drums will wander in for an impromptu performance. See our TikTok of them performing on Western Ave in 2021 HERE
Raise the Flag, Raise the Roof
St. Patrick’s Day Free Music
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Go Ahead, Get Unruly
Unruly Brewing opens the doors to the tasting room at 11:00 am on March 17th. At Noon the first round of March madness plays on multiple TVs. At 5:30 the “Irish DJ” takes musical requests and at 7 pm the “stylistically unique World Folk” group Whorled Band hits the stage. More Info HERE
11:00 am – Midnight
Something to Cherish
Cherish the Ladies perform with the West Michigan Symphony at the beautiful Frauenthal Center. The Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group is one of America’s most heralded Irish music ensembles. You won’t want to miss their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing. More Info HERE
Don’t Be Quiet About This
One dollar admission gets you in to the Playhouse at White Lake to see this classic film on the big screen! The Quiet Man is the beloved film set in scenic Ireland, directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara! More Info HERE
Can You Wait Until May?
We have waited two years – I guess we can wait until May! “House of Hamill, Celtic fiddle!” were originally scheduled to perform in March of 2020 at The Block. But the pandemic had other plans. Finally, Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan will be able to perform in this welcoming and cozy space. This duo create exciting and original jigs, reels and songs while breathing new life into traditional Irish fiddling.
Dig Into the Roots
Find out why Muskegon has such deep Irish roots; visit the Lakeshore Museum Center’s “Voices of Muskegon” display which shares the story of the Irish diaspora to the West Michigan area. Listen to the Muskegon History and Beyond podcast on the Irish Diaspora to Muskegon HERE
See the Home of Our Most Famous Irish American
The Hume House of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site was home to lumber baron Thomas Hume. Thomas was very proud of his Irish ancestry. While tours do not begin until May, you can still wander the grounds and take in the marvel of these two Queen Anne style mansions, located in Downtown Muskegon. In the meantime, learn more about Thomas Hume HERE, in this Lakeshore Museum Center video.
Information for all these events, and many more, can be found on our website www.visitmuskegon.org
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” Visit Muskegon wishes you a happy and safe St. Patrick’s celebration and would LOVE to see your photos on social media!
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