Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Atlanta!
Atlanta is a melting pot— a city with a rich history and many cultural backgrounds. Not only does this make for some of the best food in the country, but also some of the best cultural celebrations - especially St. Patrick’s Day! It’s time to bust out your green everything and cue Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran (or Dropkick Murphy’s if you want to get a little rowdy) cause this weekend is gonna be a big one! Full of lucky thoughts, green beer, and of course Irish dancing. There’s so much to do, that it’s going to be hard to pick! We’ve curated some top hits you won’t want to miss this weekend, from the top o’ the mornin’ to the wee hours of the night!
Racing Around Town
Start your day with a bang! Midtown Atlanta is hosting not ONE, but TWO lucky runs on Saturday, March 16th. Atlantic Station kicks off the annual Junior League of Atlanta SHAMROCK N ROLL 10k, 5k and 1k race at 8:30am. Dogs, children, and of course leprechauns are all welcome!
After you wrap up at the Shamrock, if your legs aren’t too tired yet, head over to Luck of the Square in Colony Square for another quick jog! The run starts at 10am and is followed by Atlanta’s Official St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Live music, food and drinks will be happening at the square from 10am-3pm, so stick around!
Southern Pedaler will be hanging out at Colony Square with a place for you to rest your tired feet (after your intense run!) and sample some local beer from Reformation Brewing. You’ll also have a nice elevated and covered place to sit for the parade!
Parade Down Peachtree
Atlanta’s St. Patrick's’ Day Parade is one of the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country, dating back to 1858. The streets will be swimming in green, white, and orange as the parade participants (ie- dancers, musicians, entertainment galore!) make their way down Peachtree St. It’s a celebration of Irish culture, Atlanta’s diversity, and the blending of the two; the parade organization insists that on St. Patrick’s day, everyone is Irish!
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry...then Eat and Drink some more!
There will be no shortage of St. Patrick's Day parties popping at some of Atlanta's favorite pubs, some of which will be spilling out onto the street!
Cypress Pint and Plate St. Paddy’s Day: Our partners over at Cypress will be throwing down on the 16th and 17th, because St. Paddy deserves more than one day. They’ll be serving up Irish food specials, with live music and Jameson on the side.
RiRa’s PaddyFest: Join them for the inaugural PaddyFest outdoor block party on March 16th! If you wanna skip the family friendly activities and go straight to drinking, this could be the place for your. Starting at 8:30am, Ri Ra’s will be open and streaming rugby and serving up the most Irish of breakfasts: Guinness!
Hampton and Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Brunch: Join them on Saturday or Sunday for an Irish themed brunch. From corned beef and cabbage to fava bean and sausage stew, they’re cooking up some yummy specials to begin your day with a lucky twist! And of course, they aren't skimping on the Irish themed adult beverages either! Plus, there will be a costume contest so bring on the green!
Whether you decide to go all out or just a wee bit, we hope the luck of the Irish is with you this weekend!