Free family-friendly events in Detroit for St. Patrick's Day 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is a family-friendly celebration that will be enjoyed by kids and adults in Detroit, Michigan. Take the family to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Detroit or one of the events in the surrounding areas in 2018.

60th Annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade
March 11 @ 12:30 p.m.
6th & Michigan, Detroit, MI 48202

The largest St. Patrick’s Day event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in the Corktown neighborhood. The neighborhood is named after a county in Ireland. Irish immigrants settled in the Corktown area in the mid-1800s. The parade will include marching bands, pipe & drum bands, color guard units, floats, clowns, colorful characters, and more. The family-friendly parade will last about two hours.

Spring Forward
March 11 @ 11 a.m.
Belle Isle Nature Center, 176 Lakeside Dr., Detroit, MI 48207

Spring forward into Daylight Saving Time as Belle Isle Nature Center while learning about frogs, amphibians, and amphibian conservation.  The family will enjoy making frog masks, leapfrog games, and storytelling. All activities will be free.

Village of Pinckney St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 @ 10 a.m.
Village of Pinckney, MI 48169

The small village of Pinckney will hold a day of activities, including the Cutest Leprechaun Contest for children 5 and under, Irish dancers on Main Street, the 9th Annual Paddy Wagon Bed Race, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

64th Bay City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18 @ 2 p.m.
Bay City, MI 48706

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be a family-friendly that will be fun for kids and adults. The parade will include the Queen’s float, pipe bands, marching bands, drum and drill teams, colorful floats, and lots of Irish themed fun.

St. Patrick’s Day in Windsor
March 17
Riverside Royal Canadian Legion, 5645 Wyandotte St. E., Winsor, Ontario

The Riverside RCL Br 255 will be holding a day of music and fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Everyone is welcome. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Note* The following events are not free, but still fun:

Corktown Race
March 11 @ 9:30 a.m.
Michigan Central Station, Michigan & Vernor, Detroit, MI 48216

The St. Patrick Parade Corktown Races have become one Michigan’s largest 5km races. The race day has grown to over 8,000 participants. The races include the Emerald Mile, the Corktown Race, the Dublin Dublin (mile + 5K), and Kids Quarter Mile.

22nd Annual Irish Fest
March 17 @ 2 p.m.
Hellenic Cultural Center, 36375 Joy Road E. of Newburg, Westland, MI 48185

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish entertainment, music, dance, and food. Tickets are $10 at the door, kids are admitted free.