As the saying goes, “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.” So why not put on your favorite green clothes, and check out some of these upcoming events in Genesee County?

The day before, March 16, take part in a Flint tradition and enjoy a Reuben sandwich from Catholic Charities’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunch Sale fundraiser. The boxed lunch costs $7 and includes a sandwich stacked high with corned beef and Swiss, chips, coleslaw, a pickle and a treat. For details, or to place a pre-order, click here

On Friday, March 17, take your pick from several local events carrying a St. Patty's Day theme. You might:

  • Enjoy green hard cider and shamrock donuts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Spicer's Winery.
  • Dance along to live Irish music performed by The Black Sheep at White Horse Tavern from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Listen to Irish folks songs performed by The Dibbleville Dolls from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille.
  • Complete the Pot O’Gold 4 Mile Run & Walk in downtown Flint. The Blarney Trot kicks off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the run at 6 p.m. and the walk at 6:01 p.m. Bonus: Participants who take their bib number to the Flint Farmers Market will receive free entry into the St. Patty's Beer Fest, detailed in the next bullet point.
  • Enjoy beer, live entertainment and Irish-themed food during the St. Patty's Beer Fest and 1/2K Draft Dash from 6-10 p.m. The event will officially kick off with a 1,640-foot race at 5:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, which include a full beer at the finish line, a t-shirt, a pint glass and 10-2oz sample tickets, click here.

The day after, March 18, check out the festivities at the Davison Farmers Market, which will be visited by Lucky the Leprechaun. Visitors can also check out different Irish recipes, and pick up the ingredients while they're at the market. For details, click here.