GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Irish on Ionia, the annual St. Patrick’s Day street party in Grand Rapids, will be bigger than ever, organizers tell 24 Hour News 8.
The fourth annual event will be from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, hosted by McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, and stretch from Oakes Street to Fulton Street, one block further than previous years. It is available for people aged 21 and older.
Organizers are expecting a crowd of 20,000 people. There will be more entrances and extra security.
Tickets are available online and at the gates of McFadden’s, HopCat, Grand Rapid Brewing Company, and Stella’s Lounge while supplies last —
- General admission — $15
- O’Malley Ticket — general admission with a Camp O’Malley T-shirt and food buffet voucher, valid 2- 8 p.m., all proceeds benefit Camp O’Malley — $25
- Very Irish Person/VIP Ticket — fast pass, allows re-entry, an Irish on Ionia T-shirt and a 22 oz. Irish on Ionia mug, 22 oz. drinks for the price of 12 oz. all day — $55
There will be road closures in the area, beginning at 12 a.m. Saturday — Ionia Avenue will be blocked from Tavern on the Square to Fulton Street.
The event is going for zero waste this year, using biodegradable cups and plates. So organizers want patrons to reuse their cups.
The festival has expanded and will include two stages, more beer tents, the Jameson Lounge, the Red Bull House and more Irish food. Celtic music bands will play at the stage behind Stella’s Lounge, and DJs will play on Weston Street.
This year’s lineup –
- Tallymoore — 10-11:30 a.m.
- Peat in the Creel — 12-1:30 p.m.
- Paddy’s Cure — 2-3:30 p.m.
- Arden Academy of Irish Dance — 3:30-4:15 p.m.
- The Billies — 4:45-6:15 p.m.
- The Tosspints — 6:45-8:15 p.m.
- The Waxies — 8:45-11 p.m.