Things to do this St. Paddy’s Day weekend

Irish on Ionia crowd DJ stage Grand dowtown Rapids
Irish on Ionia crowd DJ stage Grand dowtown Rapids. Grand Rapids Magazine file photo.

In addition to Irish on Ionia (which hails the return of the popular outdoor street party, back after a three year hiatus), there’s a diverse range of activities taking place throughout the city this weekend, starting tonight with some ‘Pop’ stars from Muskegon:

Pop Evil’s “Skeletons” album release show at The Stache March 16
Pop Evil is an American rock band that was formed in North Muskegon, Michigan, in 2001 by Leigh Kakaty. The band’s roots reside in TenFive, a group formed in the 1990s by Kakaty and guitarist Jason Reed. Pop Evil won “Song of the Year” for “Trenches” in 2013. There will be no opening band for this all ages event. The Stache is located at The Intersection, 133 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, in downtown Grand Rapids. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here

Comedian Katt Williams at Van Andel Saturday, March 18, 8 p.m.
Comedy legend Katt Williams has a career spanning over 20 years. Williams has earned a worldwide reputation as one of today’s top entertainers, having developed a career seeded with thousands of sold-out arenas, an expansive list of starring roles on the small screen, and memorable performances in major box office hits. His latest stand-up special, “Katt Williams: World War III,” on Netflix tackles the subject of conspiracy theories, delivering a realistic but humorous critique of some prevalent theories. Purchase tickets here

Enjoy St. Paddy’s Day with the Gilmore Collection March 17 & 18
Gilmore Collection is inviting people to enjoy corned beef and cabbage and other traditional Irish fare at several of its downtown (and outskirts) locations starting with Paddock Place in Eastown. The special menu items that will be offered are corned beef dinner, classic Reuben. There will also be drink specials and live music. After Irish on Ionia, the The B.O.B is inviting folks to an afterparty where corned beef & cabbage will be served. There’s also a wood-fired pizza buffet and drink specials on agenda. Rose’s on Reed’s Lake is serving up some special corned beef & cabbage, Guinness beer cheese dip and Irish potato cakes (yum).  Kirby House in Grand Haven will also be serving corned beef & cabbage, Reuben egg rolls, cottage pie and more!

West Michigan Women’s Expo at DeVos Place, March 17-19
The West Michigan Women’s Expo will feature hundreds of exhibits, interactive areas, shopping, and fun that aim to provide a weekend of entertainment, education, and enjoyment tailored to women and their families. Health, home and decor, style, shopping and fun.
Hours: Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18,; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For show and ticket information, visit here

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