Spending St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta? Here’s What’s Happening.

St. Patrick's Day parade attendees
Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Atlanta is a great city to visit at any time of the year. With a population of about 450,000, the city is the cultural and economic hub of the Atlanta Metropolitan area, and teeming with interesting and exciting things to do. It’s one of the few cities in the United States to boast permanent professional performance companies in all of the performing arts, and it’s home to several world-renowned art museums, including the High Museum of Art and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Outdoor activities and sightseeing are plentiful, and great restaurants and exciting nightlife abound.

But if you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta this year, you’re in for a special treat. From the city’s spectacular St. Patrick’s Day parade to a host of nighttime pub crawls, it’s a day where residents and visitors alike join to celebrate the city’s history of diversity in an atmosphere of family-friendly fun. Here’s a rundown on some of what’s going on.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 5K

Presented by IWeLife in partnership with Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Parade, the 4th Annual 5K fun run starts at 10 a.m. March 17, 2018, at Colony Square Plaza. The route traverses Atlanta’s midtown and continues through Piedmont Park, finishing at historic Peachtree Street. The run is hosted by Colony Square and benefits the nonprofit Atlanta Midtown Neighborhood Association.

If you’re interested in this St. Patrick’s Day event, sign up online by 11:59 March 15. Fees are:

  • Adults: $30 if registered by Feb. 11, 2018
  • Adults: $35 if registered after Feb. 11, 2018
  • Adults: $40 on race day
  • Kids 12 & under: $20

All participants receive a T-shirt ( register by March 10th to secure yours!) a finisher picture and a finisher gift. Adults 21 and over will also be treated to a free draught beer from Reformation Brewery after the race and discounted food provided by Colony Square restaurants. Free face painting is also available for children and adults.

St. Patricks Day Parade

One of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the nation,  the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day parade was started by the Atlanta Hibernian Benevolent Society in 1858. Today, it’s produced by Atlanta St. Patricks Parade Inc. and features representatives from a host of Irish organizations, including the Hibernian Benevolent Society, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Clan NaNGael, the Fire Emerald Society and several more.

But participation in the parade isn’t limited to just the Irish. Thousands of people from Atlanta’s diverse and eclectic population take part in the event. Featured attractions include dozens of floats, clowns, dancers, and musicians, including the Atlanta Bagpipe & Drum Corps.

The parade starts at noon, and will be followed by an afternoon of festivities at Colony Square, including live musical performances, green beer, Irish cuisine, and more. Children are welcome!

If you’re going to the parade, the event coordinators strongly encourage you to take MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) and exit at either the Colony Square or Arts Center stops. If you’re coming to the city by car, parking information and the parade route are available here

Shamrock the Station

Hosted by ALT 105.7 FM and Atlantic Station, Shamrock the Station begins at Atlantic Station at 2 p.m., with children’s activities and Irish dancing. At 4 p.m., the adult festivities begin, with live music, discounted food and, of course, green beer. The event is preceded by a 1K – 10k Shamrock & Roll road race through the streets of Atlanta, sponsored by the Junior League of Atlanta.  See the Shamrock & Roll website  more information on the race, including entry fees and route.

Pub Specials

What would St. Patrick’s Day be without a trip to a local pub or two? And there’s no shortage of bars and restaurants to visit in Atlanta’s downtown. But if you’re interested in a good old-fashioned pub crawl for a really great price, here are a few ideas.

  • PubCrawls.com is offering a Luck of the Irish St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl with all-day access and discounted drink specials at all participating venues for $10 (prices will increase closer to the event.) As of this writing, participating venues include Joe’s on Juniper, Einstein’s, Hudson Grill, and MSR My Sister’s Room.
  • Atlanta Streetcar Bar Crawl: Hosted by Carson + Spencer, the 4th Annual Atlanta Streetcar Bar Crawl takes place between noon and 4 p.m. on March 17. General admission is $20 + $3.16 fee and includes a day-pass for the Atlanta Streetcar with unlimited on-and-off access, five complimentary drinks, food and drink specials at all participating venues and access to an exclusive afterparty at the Odd Fellows Building and Auditorium from 4 to 7 p.m. Participating venues include Atlanta Braves Bar & Grill, Side Bar, Harolds Chicken & Ice Bar, Noni’s Bar & Deli and more.
  • Irish Stroll: Sponsored by Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, this event offers free admission and discounted drinks at all participating venues between 12 noon and 2 a.m. for $10. (Times may vary by location.) Participating venues include the Daiquiri Factory Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, Zocalo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina, 10th & Piedmont, G’s Midtown and more. You can prepurchase your one-day ticket online and pick it up at the Daiquiri Factory on St Patrick’s Day.
  • Luckyfest: Presented by Spiral Entertainment, this all day event is held at the Park Tavern at 500 10th Street in Atlanta. A $10 ticket buys you all-day access to live entertainment, drink specials, green beer and cocktails, and a whole lot of fun.  

Obviously, this is far from a comprehensive list of everything that’s going on in Atlanta to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year. But we hope you found at least one event that suits your fancy.  If not, feel free to contact your host at Atlanta Family Vacation Rentals for some more ideas. And, of course, while your having fun,  remember to drink responsibly and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. 

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