March 17 marks St. Patrick’s Day, a day to celebrate Irish culture and commemorate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The day has been observed as a holiday by the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church since the 17 century and is typically celebrated with parades and festivals, céilithe or Irish traditional music sessions, and by wearing shamrocks and the color green.

This year, there are a variety of celebrations and events for the day in Flint & Genesee, from longstanding traditions like getting a boxed lunch from Catholic Charities to hanging out at your favorite local bar.

Find out how you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Flint & Genesee:

St. Patrick’s Paint and Sip

All Natural Healing Associates and Pickman’s Pallette are hosting a 2-hour class for St. Patty’s Day. Supplies are provided to each student and participants will be able to take home a 16x20 inch painting. The event is BYOB since a little liquid courage gets the creative juices flowing.

42nd Annual Pot o Gold 4 Mile Run and Walk

Join in this annual tradition on St. Patrick’s Day. Spend the day with friends in downtown Flint, see historic parts of Flint on a flat fast course and enjoy the after-race party with eats, refreshments and music.

St. Patrick’s Day 2022 With Elvis at Sherman’s Lounge

Head to Sherman’s Lounge for St. Patrick’s Day with Shades of King Elvis tribute from 4 – 6 p.m. and Square Lucy from 7 – 11 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Boxed Lunch Sale

A yearly tradition, Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties is hosting a Boxed Lunch Sale. Each lunch includes a corned beef sandwich, chips, coleslaw, a pickle and a treat for $10. By purchasing your lunch order, the local organization can feed a family of four in its soup kitchen.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Barley & Vine

The local bar is hosting its second annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. With hours from 8 a.m. – 2 a.m., Barley & Vine will be serving up a full Irish breakfast, lunch and dinner along with festive drinks and their full beer menu. The bar will also have live music throughout the day.

St. Patrick’s Day at Cranberries, with music by Riley McLincha

In Goodrich, Cranberries Café is celebrating St. Patrick’s day with Irish-inspired food and drink specials and music from Riley McLincha from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Buddha’s St. Patrick’s Day 2022

In Fenton Township, Buddha’s Bar and Grill is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party with Buddha’s Mom’s corned beef and cabbage sandwiches, boiled dinner and cabbage soup. The bar will also host music from a live DJ both day and night.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl Fenton

For the third year in a row, Fenton’s St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl will feature stops at five different bars from 3 – 8 p.m. Stops include The Barn, Corner Bar & Grill, The Fenton Pub, The Fireplace and Ponemah Lakeside Lodge. Check in begins at 2 p.m. on March 12.

Black Irish St. Patrick's Day Tour

Thursday, March 17, Chris Hampton and Kerale C. present a tour of primarily Black-owned restaurants celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Featured restaurants include Prime Eight Ten, the Kickback, Vibez, Vets and JW's Whiskey Hill. A $30 wrist band gains you entry into all venues. The event starts at 11 a.m. 

Have a St. Patrick’s day event to add to the list? Submit your event to the Explore Flint & Genesee Events Calendar.