Spring is coming and Atlanta is alive with festivals including those celebrating science, St. Patrick’s Day and tattoos.
Americana in the Park, March 1
Hear four bands play country, rockabilly and rock outside of Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. Hosted by WRFG 89.3 FM; food and drinks are available.
Atlanta Tattoo Arts Convention, March 6-8
You could finally get that tatoo you've been wanting.
Learn about tattoos or get one at this celebration of body art at Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. Among the celebrity tattoo artists attending are “Buck Wayne” Mansell, 36 Ghosts and Adan Sanchez. Entertainment is also on tap with an aerial burlesque show by Shannon Sexton as well as entertainers Dr. Blasphemy and Marlo Marquise. Don’t miss the tattoo contests and workshops.
Atlanta’s Tiki Weekend, March 6-8
Bring your best island-y self to the tiki fest.
Enjoy ukulele music, a tiki bar tour, classes, contests, panel discussions, vendors and entertainment at this third annual festival at Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Also available are a four-course meal and entertainment at Trader Vic’s Atlanta on March 6 in the Atlanta Hilton Hotel for $75.
Atlanta Science Festival, March 6-21
Kids love science.
The Atlanta Science Festival is a celebration of all things science and is aimed at children of all ages (with a few events, such as the Science of Wine and Bitter Spirits, for adults). Located throughout metro Atlanta, there are more than 140 events featuring everything from snakes to a BeltLine Scavenger Hunt to robots and meeting a female scientist. The highlight is the Expo, which takes place March 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piedmont Park. At the Expo you can touch a human brain, freeze a marshmallow and meet animal predator.
Atlanta Brunch Festival, March 7
Join Atlanta’s best restaurants for brunch, along with Bloody Marys, mimosas, Brunch Punch, beer and wine at Atlantic Station. Music is provided by Coast Guard and DJ Qtip. Brunch samples are $3 paid directly to each restaurant.
Irish Lights Festival, March 7
The Irish Lights Festival at Park Tavern is an all-day party with multiple areas of entertainment, including the high-energy DJ trio Keys N Krates and Irish Lights.
KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge, March 8
Adults and children as young as 3 can take part in the KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge, which includes 10 fitness stations (including sprinting, push-ups, walls crawls and jumping jacks). There is a cost for Xtreme rides, such as Bumper Balls.
Jewish Music Festival, March 12-15
Now in its 10th season, the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival features a variety of musicians, including Grammy-winning artists and up-and-coming bands, that showcase the Jewish influence and perspective in music. Among the musicians are the Bill Charlap Trip, Duchess and Lawrence.
St. Patrick’s Green Mile Block Party, March 13
Join more than 2,000 party-goers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ri Rá Irish Pub with 20 participating bars, restaurants and clubs, and five complimentary themed Irish shots as well as drink specials, Irish themed food, live music, DJs and party beads. Among the participating restaurants are Fadó Irish Pub, McCray’s Tavern and Einstein’s.
Shamrock ’N Roll Road Race, March 14
Participate in the 10K, 5K or Kids 1K race in an Atlantic Station event sponsored by the Junior League of Atlanta. Proceeds are used to financially aid projects and programs of the league’s community partners and to train and educate league members for effective community service. This race is a qualifying event for the Peachtree Road Race.
Atlanta Lucky Leprechaun, March 14
More than 10 Buckhead bars and restaurants are signed up for this event at Hole in the Wall. Participants get Irish-themed comp shots and food specials as well as deals on drinks and food. Among the participating restaurants are Moon Dogs, Elbow Room and the Red Door Tavern.
Paddyfest, March 14
Crescent Street is closed off for this St. Patrick’s Day Block party that promises five bands, DJs, Irish dancers and a beer truck at Ri Rá Irish Pub.
Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade, March 14
Maybe you'll have the luck of the Irish at the St. Pat's parade.
You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this annual parade that includes individuals and groups from around the city and the South. Cheer on clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, dancers, drill teams and others who gather to celebrate the Irish.
Atlanta Urban Vegan Fest, March 15
Find virtually everything vegan here.
Doggie Dash & 5K, March 15
The 7th annual Doggie Dash is a dog friendly event, but you don’t need to have a dog. There is a 5K as well as a shorter 1-mile Dash. This run benefits the Piedmont Park Conservancy that manages the Piedmont Park Dog Parks.
Kegs & Eggs Block Party, March 15
Head to Neighbor's Pub to join in the pub crawl brunch party with more than 10 restaurants and bars participating, including Diesel, Moe’s & Joe’s, and the Warren City Club.
Bloody Mary Festival, March 15
Stop at The Fairmont to enjoy more than two hours of tasting the city’s best Bloody Marys created by the finest bars and restaurants in the city. There also are tastings from local food and beverage artisans, temp tattoos and photo ops. Among the participating restaurants are Leon’s Full Service, Sister’s Sauce and Firepit Pizza Tavern.
Rescue Dog Games, March 15
Rescue Dog Games is an interactive field day of silly and competitive games for dogs and their humans. In addition there are pet vendors, a St. Patrick’s Day-themed dog costume contest, adoptable dogs, beer and food. It all happens at Piedmont Park.
Chocolate and Art Show, March 20-21
The Chocolate and Art Show showcases the talents of local artists, vendors and musicians along with artisan chocolatiers. This is an over 21 event at the B Complex.
Pub Crawl on the BeltLine, March 21
Walk the Eastside Trail from Inman Park to Piedmont Park and enjoy some of the best restaurants and bars in Atlanta. Tickets include up to five complimentary beverages along with fantastic food and drink specials. Among the partner bars are Après Diem, Pure Taqueria and New Realm.
Fermentation Fest 2020, March 22
The fourth annual Atlanta Fermentation Fest at Cultured South is a celebration of all things fermented-beer, wine, cheese, kombucha and sauerkraut, among others. There are a variety of activities including yoga, music, a libation lounge, demonstrations and kombucha on tap. Proceeds benefit Georgia Organics and The Farmer Fund.
Inman Park Restaurant Week, March 23-29
Dine at some of the city’s best restaurants as Inman Park again celebrates its top restaurants including Sotto Sotto, Kevin Rathbun Steak, CHAR, and Hampton + Hudson.
Southeastern Regional Concert Festival, March 25 and 26
It's a big event at the Rialto for middle and high school bands.
Italian Film Festival, March 26-29
For the 14th year, Cinema Italy returns to Atlanta's Plaza Theatre to showcase six new films as well as celebrate the Italian film industry. Enjoy dinners and cocktails both on-site at the Plaza Theatre and at sponsoring restaurants such as Varuni Napoli, Storico Fresco and Osteria 832.
Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival, March 28
This event is one part festival and one part “theatrical weirdness,” courtesy of Dad’s Garage. In addition to beer, rides and food, attendees go one-on-one with Dad’s Garage improvisers in games and carnival booths such as “Redneck Wine Tasting” and “Bad Caricatures.”
Edgewood Mac & Cheese Festival, March 28
Who doesn’t love mac & cheese? Go to Arkwright Place in one of Atlanta’s favorite neighborhoods and enjoy the Edgewood Mac & Cheese Festival. Your ticket gets you unlimited access to the samples from more than a dozen local restaurants. There are other food and beverage options for sale as well as a kids’ station with crafts and activities. Among the participating restaurants are Dish Dive, Ray’s, Revival and BQE Restaurant Lounge. The festival benefits Neighbor In Need.
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, March 28 and 29
Shoppers, take note: There's a big artist market here.
Indie Craft Experience Spring Market, March 29
It's a shopper's paradise.
Shop more than 60 vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, home goods and food at Yaarab Shrine.
Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.