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10 Family-Friendly Things to Do Around Ann Arbor for St. Patrick’s Day

You won’t have any trouble finding St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with green beer around Ann Arbor this weekend! But if you’re looking for something to do with the kids for St. Patrick’s Day, here’s our top 10 family-friendly activities that include causes, fitness, food, crafts, and music. Best of all, most of them are free!

1. Virtual- Blarney Stone 5k/8k/10k/Half Marathon

Who: All Ages
What: Fitness, Support a Cause
Where: Anywhere!
When: 9am – 12pm
Cost: $28 – $35
Link: Virtual Blarney Stone Marathon

The Blarney Stone can be run from anywhere. You can run ’round the neighborhood with friends or you can run on your treadmill! Not near a St. Patty’s race? Don’t want to join because of parking hassles or too many drunken revelries? You can be a Virtual Blarney Stone runner! This race is running parallel to a physical race. Each finisher will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, medal, age group awards for those who qualify. Proceeds will help the Mid Michigan Cat Rescue.


2. Kerrytown Leprechaun Parade

Who: All Ages
What: Entertainment, Crafts, Food
Where: Kerrytown Market and Shops | Ann Arbor
When: 10am – 12pm
Link: Kerrytown Leprechaun Parade
Cost: FREE

Leprechaun Mask Making Merriment starts at 10am, where you can make a mask for the parade! Materials and snacks will be provided. Meet in the hallway on the second floor near the Kerrytown Chime. The Leprechaun Parade begins at 11am. Wear your masks and join the parade! The route will take you through Kerrytown Market and Shops, the Farmers Market and along streets nearby. Don’t forget to wear green!



3. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!

Who: All Ages
What: Food, Crafts, Entertainment, Outdoor Fun
Where: Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets | Ypsilanti
When: 12pm – 3pm
Link: Fresh Thyme St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Cost: FREE

Be it for the love of fresh produce or the hopes of finding a lucky four leaf clover, sport your green attire and start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with Fresh Thyme!
Come sample a variety of St. Paddy’s themed foods and beverages and bring the family to participate in kids crafts and local entertainers. Don’t forget to stop by the giveaway table for a chance to win a basket!




4. St. Patrick’s Day Party & Leprechaun Hunt

Who: All Ages
What: Outdoor Fun, Food
Where: Heavenly Horse Stables | Pinckney
When: 12pm – 4pm
Link: Heavenly Horse Stables Leprechaun Hunt
Cost: It’s free to join the party, additional fees for Handled Horse Rides($5), Leprechaun Hunt ($10)

This is an organized scavenger hunt where participants, on horse or by foot, receive their Leprechaun base at check-in, then follow the different trails for the 5 remaining checkpoints to collect all the components to craft their leprechaun when they end at Heavenly Horse Stables! Equestrians, hikers, and runners from all over are invited to participate in this event for some outdoor fun! There will be food for all participants, with the option to purchase food for additional attendees. The Leprechaun Hunt is a relaxed, fun event where you can take as long as you want to hang out with friends, enjoy the trails, and have some good food.



5. St. Patrick’s Dinner Benefit

Who: All Ages
What: Food, Support a Cause
Where: Ann Arbor Eagles #2154 | Ann Arbor
When: 12pm – 8pm
Link: Ann Arbor Eagles St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Cost: $8 – $10

Every year the Aerie and Auxiliary presidents choose a charity that the proceeds from the dinner will go to. This year all proceeds will go Great Day To Be Alive, a local charity fighting against cancer. Dinner includes either corned beef and cabbage or Shepard’s pie and sides and dessert.


6. Magic! Songs & Stories of Ireland & Scotland

Who: All Ages
What: Music/Entertainment
Where: Dexter District Library | Dexter
When: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Link: Irish and Scottish Music & Stories at the Dexter Library
Cost: FREE

The beautiful and joyful songs, stories, scenery and dance of Ireland and Scotland. Celtic harper and singer, Carol Kappus, presents her yearly St. Patrick’s Day extravaganza with songs and stories from Ireland & Scotland played on Celtic harps with many other talented friends joining in. This year Carol debuts her spectacular new electric harp! Carol will be joined by several other harpers, singers, dancers, and some classical musicians.


7. St. Patrick’s Day Border To Border Trail Walk

Who: All Ages
What: Outdoor Fun/Fitness
Where: Parker Mill County Park Information Pavilion | Ann Arbor
When: 2pm – 3pm
Link: Border to Border Trail Walk
Cost: FREE

Meet at the Parker Mill County Park Information Pavilion, 4650 Geddes Road for a 45-minute walk, looking for green sprouts, on a section of the new Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail. Walk canceled if raining, or winter storm advisory/warning at walk start time. Sponsored by the Friends of the Border To Border Trail.


8. Irish Airs: A Carillon Concert

Who: All Ages
What: Music/Entertainment
Where: Burton Memorial Tower | Ann Arbor
When: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Link: Irish Carillon Concert
Cost: FREE

Ever wondered how the tower bells are played? Looking for something to do Saturday afternoon? Come enjoy an afternoon of Irish and other Celtic-inspired pieces at the top of Burton Tower! Hosted by the University of Michigan Student Carillon Guild.



9. St. Paddy’s Day with Grant and Jacob at Avalon

Who: All Ages
What: Music/Entertainment, Food
Where: Avalon Cafe & Kitchen | Ann Arbor
When: 5pm – 8pm
Link: Grant and Jacob at Avalon Ann Arbor
Cost: FREE

Join Grant Flick and Jacob Warren for a St. Paddy’s Day celebration. In the spirit of the holiday there will be many fiddle tunes, and a whole lot of other music as well, so don’t miss it!




10. 2018 St. Paddy’s Day Sober Skate & Pizza Party

Who: All Ages
What: Indoor Fun, Fitness, Food
Where: Yost Arena | Ann Arbor
When: 7pm – 9pm
Link: Ice Skate & Pizza Party at Yost
Cost: FREE

Join EMU Students for Recovery, U-M CRP and Wolverine Wellness as we celebrate our 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day Sober Skate Party at Yost Ice Arena. Free admission, free skate rental, and pizza too!



Do you know of a unique St. Patrick’s Day celebration/activity in the Greater Ann Arbor area? Let us know in the comments!


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