We love how Muskegon goes all Irish during the month of March! Even during a pandemic year, there are more varied events for all tastes and ages, in person and virtual, 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!
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.
Take a Gander at “Green” Art
Visit City Center Arts for their “Earth En Plein Air Show; Recycled and Repurposed”. All the pieces have been created completely from recycled and re–purposed materials, including found art.
Get in on the Go Green Goose Chase
Families and teams are invited to join Muskegon 4-H and Greater Muskegon JCI on a family-friendly, fun-filled, and educational St. Patrick’s Day Goose-Chase Scavenger-Hunt on Saturday, March 13! The search will consist of a variety of missions that will encourage folks to explore Muskegon, see some sights, and support local businesses. Before completing this registration, each team needs to download the GooseChase app at https://www.goosechase.com/download/ and set up an account. Teams who collect over 1000 points will be entered into a drawing for various prizes donated by local businesses and organizations! This event is FREE!
Try MI Irish Stout!
Muskegon’s other local craft brewery; Pigeon Hill Brewing Company. “Hop” in and try a pint of their MI Irish Stout. If you love it (and you will!) you can find cans to purchase in select stores.
Shamrock In Your Shanty!
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in downtown Muskegon by bringing your own shanty to the social district!
Spend the day drinking and eating with your friends and family on Western Ave. You cannot bring your own alcohol to this event but you can enjoy social district drinks in your shanty from participating establishments. This event is FREE but you must register to reserve your shanty.
Be an Irish Couch Potato
𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐒𝐭. 𝐏𝐚𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤’𝐬 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡…o𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡!
Michigan Irish Music Festival will stream a FREE virtual concert on Saturday March 13th at 8pm EST. Watch on the MIMF Facebook page, IGTV and YouTube channel.
You might want to make dancin’ room by pushing your coffee table aside – there will be special performances from Doolin’, Seamus Kennedy, The Friel Sisters and Dave Curley!
St. Patrick’s Day Cornhole Madness
We know, corn isn’t very Irish but you can pretend you are tossing potatoes in the Rad Dad’s St. Patrick’s Day Cornhole Madness. Teams can enter with a $40 registration fee then toss the day away to try to win great prizes.
Go Ahead, Get a Little Unruly
Celebrate St. Paddy’s with some energetic Irish rock and great craft brews. Unruly Brewing and The Barley Saints are teaming up once again to bring you the wildest ‘wearing o’ the green’ party on the Lakeshore.
Music in the North
The White Lake area is in on the craic too. An Dro returns to the Playhouse of Whitelake to help celebrate St Patrick’s Day weekend! This is the Playhouse’s first, LIVE, in-person event in nearly a year. Join them for a musical adventure, both personal and universal. You’ll hear traditional Irish melodies, medieval French songs, Breton dance tunes, Scandinavian refrains, Appalachian influences, Arabic rhythms, and African grooves all performed with joy and freshness. AnDro translates literally as “The Turn” and is an apt description for music that is alive and ever changing. This evening will offer you dance music, but also listening music, featuring musicians Michele Venegas, James Spalink, Carolyn Koebel, and Cara Lieurance.
Take and Make Crafty Craic
Capture some luck of the Irish with a delightful four leaf clover covered in tissue paper! Free craft kits are available to pick up from Hackley Public Library throughout the month of March (while supplies last). Grab yours then watch the instructional video here.
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.
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!
Use hashtags #visitmuskegon and #watchmUSkegonIRISH