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.
St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta with Kids
Green your Soles St. Patrick’s Day 5K
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 9:30 am
Where: Race morning packet pick-up/t-shirts will be at Fado Midtown Irish Pub (8th and Peachtree St)
The annual pre- St. Patrick’s Day Parade 5K run/walk through Midtown will get your blood pumping before the parade. The top male and female overall race winner will be invited to ride on a special float in the parade. There is free face painting for kids and adults, and runners 21 and over receive a free beer upon completion.
134th St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 12, 2016
Where: Parade Begins at Peachtree in front of the High Museum of Art
When: Noon (Arrive around 10 a.m. for best viewing opportunities along the route.)
More than 80,000 Atlanta residents and visitors are expected to flock to midtown Atlanta for the 134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade to celebrate Irish culture in the community. This is one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the US and the longest running event in Atlanta. I’d say there is a lot of tradition there. 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 final ‘float’ if you will is the worlds largest walking Irish flag. Last year my son was conscripted to walk. It’s fun to see the flag floating down Peachtree.
St. Patricks Day in Atlanta at the Atlanta Fair
When: Feb. 26 – April 2, 2016
Where: Grey Lot, Turner Field, 655 Central Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
Cost: Kids under the age of 11 are complimentary from 1 – 5 pm with the coupon you’ll find here.
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.
ShamRock the Station Party
When: March 12, 2016
Where: Atlantic Station, Central Park, noon – 11 pm
Shamrock the Station is billed as a family friendly party and has lot of music from award winning new artists, something that would interest my teens. Musical acts include JR JR, Grizfolk, The Strumbellas (I’d like to hear them just because they have a cool name) and Declan McKenna, who is a 16-year-old musician who won the Emerging Talent Competition in Glastonbury UK last year.
Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and receive free skating admission at Sparkles Kennesaw. Sparkles is open 4 – 8 pm.