GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The fifth annual Irish on Ionia festival has been expanded to make room for more than 20,000 attendees this year.
The St. Patrick’s Day street festival in downtown Grand Rapids will now take up three city blocks, stretching up Ionia from Oakes to Fulton and across Weston from Ionia to Commerce.
Irish on Ionia runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday with live music happening from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The first 200 people in the gates will get a free McFadden’s Kegs and Eggs buffet style breakfast from 7-11 a.m. and a free beer mug.
Ticket options include:
- $15 – General admission
- $25 – O’Malley Ticket (general admission with Camp O’Malley T-shirt & Food Buffet Voucher from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. – all proceeds benefit Camp O’Malley)
- $55 – Very Irish Person (VIP) package includes: Fast Pass allowing Re-entry, Irish on Ionia T-shirt, 22oz Irish on Ionia mug (gets you 22oz for the price of 12oz all day)
BarFly will continue the zero-waste policy that was implemented in 2014. Organizers said by using all biodegradable products nearly 100 percent of the waste produced at Irish on Ionia is diverted from landfills.
Special Events Manager for BarFly Ventures Shane Philipsen joined Daybreak to talk about the event and the coin scavenger hunt they have going on where more than $3,000 in VIP tickets are being given away. Watch his entire interview by clicking on the video above.