What: St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta with Kids
Where: Throughout Atlanta
When: Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, 2013
Cost: See below
My heritage traces all over Europe and Scandinavia, however, you’d think from the way my older relatives talk that we are 100% Irish. Of course this weekend, everyone is Irish.
Forget Valentine’s Day. My kids love St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta. For starters, they get their very own box of Lucky Charms. Then there’s Lucky, our Leprechaun who visit each year and is inseparable from my youngest until he goes back to Ireland on March 18. Our favorite activity is the St. Patrick’s Day party we attend each year. Although none of us are particularly fond of corn beef, boiled potatoes or soda bread, it’s a must on March 17. There’s always a party on St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta and here are some family friendly options for you and your little leprechauns to enjoy.
131th St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Where: Parade Begins at Peachtree and Ralph McGill
When: Pre-Parade Performance at 11:30 am and Parade kicks off at noon
More than 80,000 Atlanta residents and visitors are expected to flock to downtown Atlanta for the 131st Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade to celebrate Irish culture in the community. More than 2,000 dancers, musicians and Irish enthusiasts hailing from the Southeast and as far away as Ireland. My favorite in the parade, besides the Irish dancers, are the 501st Stormtroopers in kilts. The parade finale is one of the world’s largest Irish walking flags. Don’t miss the pre-parade performance by local singer/songwriger and kid favorite Reed Ferguson and the Irish step dancers.
St. Patricks Day in Atlanta at the Atlanta Fair
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 1 – 11 pm
Where: Grey Lot, Turner Field, 655 Central Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
Cost: $5 until 6 pm. $8 after 6 pm. Kids under the age of 11 are complimentary from 1 – 5 pm
Sponsored by 104.7 The Fish, this family focused day includes free photos with Lucky the Leprechaun, live music and more. The fair itself includes a carnival midway.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Bodies…The Exhibition
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Where: Premier Exhibition Center, Atlantic Station, 265 18th St., 2nd Floor, Escalator 5, 11 – 7 pm (last ticket sold at 6 pm)
For one day only, Premier Exhibitions is offering a $17.00 adult ticket to each exhibition, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and BODIES…The Exhibition, for anyone wearing green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
ShamRock the Station Party
When: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Where: Atlantic Station, Central Park, noon – 10 pm
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 day of the event Kids 12 and under are free
Billed as Atlanta’s biggest family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, activities include Irish dancing, games, face painting, balloon art, bagpipers and live music. Rock U, a band made up of kids ages 7 – 17 will play from 12 – 3 pm with face painting, hair painting, balloon art and a kid-sized tennis sport court available from 12 – 5 pm. At 9:45 they will be lighting fireworks.
Touch a Truck in Kennesaw
Where: Near the Depot, 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144
When: March 16, 2013, 10 – 2 pm
Ok, so this isn’t really a St. Patricks Day in Atlanta item, but I needed one more to make five and I think Touch a Truck is such a great idea. The event is sponsored by the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department and takes place from 10am to 2pm. The event allows kids of all ages to get up close and personal with over 40 cars, trucks, and construction vehicles. Some of the vehicles include a heavy construction, public safety, cool cars, specialty vehicles, and even a flying machine. Kids will learn about the functions they serve and even meet the drivers.