Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Irish On Ionia To Celebrate Fifth Year As Michigan's Largest St. Patrick's Day Party

Written by  Paul Starr
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Irish on Ionia 2015, hosted by BarFly Ventures, will celebrate its fifth year as Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street festival on Saturday, March 14 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Grand Rapids.
In honor of the five-year milestone, Irish on Ionia will expand its geographic footprint for a third consecutive year. Stretching up Ionia from Oakes to Fulton, and across Weston from Ionia to Commerce, the event will now consume three city-blocks, raising capacity for more than 20,000 attendees. Despite the increased capacity, BarFly will continue the zero-waste policy that was implemented in 2014. By using all biodegradable products, nearly 100 percent of the waste produced at Irish on Ionia is diverted from landfills.
Fifth annual, Irish on Ionia 2015:
  • McFadden’s Kegs and Eggs buffet style breakfast from 7 – 11 a.m. (free to first 300 guests)
  • Live entertainment from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Irish inspired food court
  • Green and Irish beer tents and Michigan craft beer tent
  • Jameson Lounge and Red Bull House
  • Shamrock, paper, scissors tournament hosted by Todd Chance, MLive Concierge
  • Hammerschlagen, a traditional European game
  • Celtic dancers & Bag Pipers

Ticket options include:

  • $15 – general admission following presale, Feb. 14 – Mar. 14
  • $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)

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About Barfly Ventures

Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2008, BarFly Ventures is the parent company of HopCat, a craft beer bar named “No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine, “No. 2 Beer Bar in America” by and “No. 1 Brewpub in the United States” by HopCat has locations in Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Indianapolis and Detroit with new locations under construction in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Madison, Wisc. BarFly Ventures also owns and operates Stella’s Lounge, a whiskey and retro-arcade bar in Grand Rapids with Giant Stuffed Burgers named “Best in America” by GQ Magazine. BarFly also owns the award-winning Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Michigan’s only certified organic brewery, and McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, host of Irish on Ionia, Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Street Party.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.