Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Traverse City Opera House with an all-Irish concert featuring the Finals of the 33rd Danny Boy Singing Contest (over $1,500 in prizes!), Song of the Lakes (their 30th Anniversary Performance!), the Wild Sullys, and many more! All proceeds benefit the UpNorth Media Center and its outreach programs to support regional nonprofits. Doors open at 6:30 pm, performances 7-10 pm, on Saturday, March 16. General Admission is $17.50 in advance but $20 at the door, or reserve a table for 8 for $200!

Here’s what to expect:

Your rendition of Danny Boy could earn you big prizes and the title of Best Singer in Traverse City! Three finalists will be selected in each of three categories to sing at the City Opera House on Saturday, March 16 as part of the Absolutely Irish Teleganza.

The entry fee is $10, with two ways to audition:

1. Audition on stage at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Lucky Leprechaun Ball on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. — Call (231) 929-3696 to register

Join the fun at Kilkenny’s Irish Pub in Traverse City! In-person tryouts limited to the first 15 Youth entrants (age 17 and under), the first 15 Adult entrants (age 18 and up), and the first 6 Groups (two or more people), so don’t wait! Call (231) 929-3696 to register.

2. Audition online via YouTube by Wednesday, March 6 at 5 p.m. — Audition online

Can’t make it to the Lucky Leprechaun Ball? Submit a YouTube link of your Danny Boy performance using our online form. Unlimited entrants, but you need to submit your video for consideration by Wednesday, March 6 at 5 p.m.


Youth Category (age 17 and under)
First Prize: $500 Scholarship
Second Prize: Family tickets for a cruise on the Tall Ship Manitou
Third Prize: $50 gift certificate to Incredible Mo’s

Adult Category (age 18 and up)
First Prize: $500 Cash
Second Prize: Two tickets for a cruise on the Tall Ship Manitou
Third Prize: $50 gift certificate to Amical

Group Category (2 or more people) First Prize: Trophy and $500 donation to a nonprofit of your choice

People’s Choice ($1 per vote!)
First Prize: $50 gift certificate to Amical

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