March Festivals In Atlanta

Enjoy a whole lotta festivals during the month of March.
  • Who doesn't enjoy St. Patrick's Day? There are celebrations around the city.
    Who doesn't enjoy St. Patrick's Day? There are celebrations around the city.
  • The Doggie Dash is a great way to exercise your dog -- and yourself!
    The Doggie Dash is a great way to exercise your dog -- and yourself!
  • "Canoe" imagine how much fun you'll have at the Atlanta Science Festival?
    "Canoe" imagine how much fun you'll have at the Atlanta Science Festival?

From beer and bourbon to St. Patrick's Day and beyond, these fun March festivals in Atlanta offer plenty of ways to celebrate.

  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, March 2
    It may be called Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, but there are a lot more “B"s involved -- such as boots, bacon, biscuits and Bluegrass, along with a lot of fun. For the fifth year in a row, Atlantans come out to enjoy smoked meat, beer and bourbon along with cigar smoking and music. There are more than 60 beers and 40 bourbons available. In addition to barbecue there are vendors with chicken wings, alcohol-infused cupcakes and other culinary delights. Also look for sessions on ciders and how to be an educated whiskey consumer.

  • Cardboard Con, March 2
    Cardboard Con describes itself as the “world’s most affordable science fiction/fantasy convention” and the first dedicated to the art of cardboard costuming. Started in 2010, Cardboard Con starts at 7 p.m. at Meehan’s Irish Pub at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel then progresses to the nearby Marriott Marquis and on to Trader Vic’s at the Atlanta Hilton, followed by photo ops at various bars.

  • Pub Crawl on the BeltLine, March 2
    Hosted by the Atlanta Sport and Social Club, the Pub Crawl showcases some of the city’s best restaurants on the Eastside Trail from Inman Park to Piedmont Park. Enjoy up to five complimentary beverages along with awesome food and drink specials.

  • Oyster Crawfish Festival, March 2
    It’s the 11th annual oyster crawfish festival, so come enjoy the seafood and dance to the rhythms of Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Saved by the Band and DJ Raetone. Enjoy a platter of boiled crawfish as well as Bluepoint and Gulf oysters and buckets of 18 steamed oysters as well as fried oysters, fried shrimp, gator bites and chick baskets.

  • WRFG’S Americana In The Park, March 3
    Enjoy food and listen to great music including the Bonaventure Quartet, Ghost Riders Car Club, and Russ Still & The Moonshiners. Hear yodeling by Catherine Thompson and watch a special guest appearance by the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band.

  • Atlanta Salsa Bachata Festival, March 7 -- 11
    It's all about dancing. 

  • Jewish Music Festival, March 7 -- 16
    The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival shares and celebrates Jewish heritage through music and artistic experiences. Among the artists are the Bill Charlap Trio, Lawrence and Ben Sidran.

  • Atlanta Brunch Festival, March 9
    Who doesn’t love brunch? Come to Atlantic Station and see what some of the city’s best chefs whip up for brunch — as well as Bloody Marys, mimosas, beer and wine. Enjoy everything from biscuit beignets to doughnuts to cinnamon toast crunch French toast sticks and shrimp and grits. There’s something for everyone.

  • Luckyfest, March 9
    Celebrate all things green at Luckyfest where there is live music, food and lots to drink. Among the performers are Caleb Warren and the Gents and the Groove Orient.

  • Atlanta Science Festival, March 9 -- 23
    The Atlanta Science Festival features hands-on activities, performances, presentations and a general celebration of science and technology. The festival’s Exploration Expo takes place March 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Piedmont Park and features more than 100 hands-on interactive science booths from local organizations, universities and companies. Go to the Expo and you can touch a human brain, pet a python and make your own gummy worms.

  • Atlanta Dog Festival, March 10
    The Rescue Dog Games brings together pet rescues and organizations to help save lives and have fun. Among the events is a VIP Fashion show with adoptable dogs and field games as well a dog photo booth and art projects. Although there are plenty of adoptable dogs, feel free to bring your own pet and participate. In addition, enjoy food, drink and music.

  • Doggie Dash & 5 K, March 10
    Join in the fun with all the proceeds going to maintaining and enhancing the Piedmont Park Dog Parks. The dash is approximately one mile but there also is a 5K run. After the races, hang out at the sponsor circle for cool swag. You don’t even need a dog.

  • St. Patrick’s Green Mile Block Party, March 15
    Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Party in Midtown where more than 20 establishments celebrate with drink and food specials. Among those participating are: Fado’s Irish Pub, RiRa Irish Pub, McCray’s Tavern, Publico Kitchen & Tap, and Tin Lizzy’s.

  • Banff Mountain Film Festival, March 16
    If you love the outdoors, this festival may be perfect for you. Go mountain climbing, right from your seat.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 16
    You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The large parade features clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, drill teams and more. The emphasis is on children and families, and -- for just one day -- everyone is Irish.

  • Lucky Leprechaun, March 16 and 17
    Enjoy Irish-themed comp shots and food specials at several Buckhead restaurants including Fado Irish Pub, the Elbow Room, Moon Dogs, Lost Dog Tavern and Hole in the Wall.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Festival, March 16 and 17
    It’s a two-day extravaganza in and around Fado Irish Pub. The streets are closed in the vicinity of Shops Buckhead Atlanta for a block party that includes two days of beer, cocktails and food. In addition there are Irish dancers, a live DJ and music.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 17
    Enjoy live music and family-friendly activities as Limerick Junction Irish Pub celebrates St. Patrick Day and its 30th anniversary. The block party starts at 2 p.m.

  • St Patrick’s Day Kegs & Eggs, March 17
    Start the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a brunch pub crawl including 10 of Virginia-Highland’s best restaurants. Tickets include themed Irish/brunch beverages, drink specials and complimentary Irish-themed brunch items and other food specials. Among the participating restaurants are Tiki Iniki, George’s, Moe’s & Joe’s and Limerick Junction. Register at Neighbor's Pub.

  • Atlanta Fermentation Festival, March 24
    This free event focuses on everything fermentation from kombucha to kraut to beer.

  • Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, March 30 and 31
    Come to Blackburn Park to celebrate the start of spring with food, art, music, Kids Zone, classic cars and a pet parade.

  • Indie Craft Experience Spring Market, March 31
    Calling all lovers of craft and vintage objects. Come for the spring market at Yaarab Temple and enjoy local food vendors, DJ Zano plus clothing and objects that you won’t find anywhere else.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications.  

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