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Irish on Ionia 2013



14,000 revelers expected at Irish on Ionia, 2013.

Irish on Ionia, the 3rd annual St. Patrick's Day street party hosted by McFadden's Irish Saloon, will be back for a third year on Saturday, March 16. The festival stretches down Ionia Avenue from Weston to Oakes. Last year, Irish on Ionia served up 280 kegs of green beer. With last year's attendance and sales reaching a new record, Irish on Ionia is Michigan's largest St. Patrick's Day street party. For 2013's event, McFadden's expects to sell more than 14,000 tickets.

· Irish on Ionia 2013:

o March 16, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

o Ionia Avenue between Weston and Oakes – Downtown Grand Rapids

o McFadden's Kegs and Eggs buffet style breakfast from 7 – 10 a.m. (free to first 300 guests)

o Serving green and Irish beer, specialty cocktails, wine and fresh street cuisine from Stoner Tacos

o Performances by:

§ Irish rock band, The Waxies

§ Local favorite, The Crane Wives

§ Other entertainment includes: Peat in the Creel, An Dro, Gasta, Ardan Academy of Irish Dance,

Millish, and The Billies.

o Shamrock, paper, scissors tournament

o Traditional European game Hammerschlagen

o A live circus troupe

· SHAMROCKING PARTY: A Benefit fundraiser for Camp O' Malley in the Pearl Room at McFadden's.  Raise some Green for Camp O'Malley.  Complimentary  Irish Appetizer Station, Drink Specials, and Live Irish Band.  4-7pm.

· Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 16 at McFadden's, HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Stella's Lounge and online at

o $10 – presale general admission

o $15 – general admission "day of" at the gates

o $20 – Shamrocking Camp O'Malley Party

o $55 – Very Irish Person (VIP) package LIMITED QUANTITIES (available at McFadden's & Ticket Web)


§ Very Irish Person T-shirt

§ 22oz Irish on Ionia mug

§ Re-entry option with no standing in line

"Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!" exclaimed Mark Sellers, McFadden's and BarFly Ventures owner.

About BarFly Ventures:

BarFly Ventures was founded by Grand Rapids native Mark Sellers and his wife Michele as a holding company for the couple's pubs. BarFly's flagship establishment, HopCat, opened in 2008 and has been rated No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine and the No. 2 Beer Bar in America by the readers of  In 2010, BarFly purchased McFadden's Irish Saloon in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2012 GQ magazine declared the burger at BarFly's Stella's Lounge as the "Best Burger in America." In December 2012, BarFly opened the state's first all-organic brewery, Grand Rapids Brewing Co., in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2013, Barfly will open HopCat (East Lansing).


Saturday, March 16, 2013
07:00 AM
11:00 PM

$10 - $55


58 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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