Music, Film, Bacon: March Festivals in Atlanta

Pack up all your cares and woe, then head to a festival in Atlanta.
  • Baconfest promises an outdoor bacon-stravaganza. (image courtesy Baconfest)
    Baconfest promises an outdoor bacon-stravaganza. (image courtesy Baconfest)

March festivals celebrate music, food, drink and, yes, bacon. Which festival goes on your must-do list?

  • Jewish Music Festival, March 2 - 19
    The Jewish Music Festival celebrates contemporary Jewish music in an effort to entertain and educate the general public on the Jewish culture and unite Atlanta’s young Jewish community through the power of music.

  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, March 4
    Enjoy a day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’ and barbecue eatin’. Have fun with the all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon as well as seminars in the tasting theater.

  • Oyster Crawfish Festival, March 4 and 5  
    In Park Tavern, adjacent to Piedmont Park, the Oyster Crawfish Festival features the best of New Orleans cuisine with oysters and crawfish, music and craft beer. Bands include Garfish, Atlanta Brass Connections, Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project, and Cowboy Mouth.

  • St. Patrick's Day ParadeMarch 11
    Atlanta celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in grand style with parades and celebrations in local restaurants. Of course, Peachtree Street is the scene for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade that features more than 2,000 Irish dancers, musicians, balloons, floats and local dignitaries. The parade starts at the intersection of 15th and Peachtree streets and goes south on Peachtree.

  • Atlanta Brunch Festival, March 11
    Enjoy tasty bites from 20 restaurants as well as appropriate beverages and music from a pop tribute band. Must be 21 or older.

  • Atlanta Science Festival, March 15 - 25 
    Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is free and open to adults and children. The Exploration Expo takes place on the 25th at Centennial Olympic Park and features more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and performances. The festival launches with astronaut, Capt. Mark Kelly, who spent more than 50 days in space as well as other exciting scientific events.

  • LuckyfestXL, March 17 and 18
    Green beer, live music, people dressed in green. Get it?

  • ATL Airport District Restaurant Week, March 18 - 26
    Enjoy the best restaurants around the airport with ATL Airport District Restaurant Week where 18 restaurants in East Point and College Park delight diners with fantastic culinary experiences.

  • Atlanta Film Festival, March 24 - April 2
    Now in its fourth decade, the festival is one of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying festivals in this country. One of the largest and longest-running festivals, the Atlanta Film Festivals attracts more than 25,000 film lovers who come to watch hundreds of independent, international, animated, documentary and short films from around the world.

  • BaconFest, March 25
    The ultimate homage to bacon takes place in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward where all things bacon are celebrated. Kevin Bacon has even attended. There’s lots of food, fun and music.

  • Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, March 25 - 26
    The third annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival takes place with lots of family fun, food and even a dog agility performance by Gail Mirabell and the Dynamo Dogs.

And the fun doesn't stop with festivals. Find our other picks for the top things to do in Atlanta in March here.

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


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