GR celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish on Ionia Saturday

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Downtown Grand Rapids will be awash in green Saturday as Irish on Ionia returns.

The event billed as Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street festival will take over Ionia Avenue, from Fulton Street to Oakes Street SW and across to Commerce Avenue.

The event kicks off at 7 a.m. with a free “Kegs and Eggs” buffet-style breakfast for the first 200 people who show up at Waldron Public House. The meal is available for purchase until 10 a.m.

Through 10 p.m. Saturday, ticketholders can enjoy games, live music, Irish jig and Celtic dance performances, and of course, beer.

>>Photos: Irish on Ionia 2018

There’s an extra layer of green to this event: BarFly says all products used during Irish on Ionia are biodegradable, meaning nearly 100 percent of waste from the festival will be diverted from landfills.

The daylong event is hosted by BarFly Ventures, which owns HopCat, Stella’s Lounge and Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Tickets are available at those three bars and online. Admission is $25 through March 15 or $30 at the gate on Saturday. VIP tickets are $65 and come with merchandise and the option to re-enter the event throughout the day.



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