Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Around Metro Atlanta with Kids

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Here are some of the event’s happening around Atlanta to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with your family! These are family friendly events that don’t involve going to a bar or Savannah.

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 11 2017 12pm-1:30pm
Website: http://atlantastpats.com

Where: The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade begins at 12:00 noon, the parade officially steps off on Peachtree Street in Midtown.  Be sure to arrive by 11 a.m. for best viewing opportunities along the route.

What: The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is held annually in downtown Atlanta.

About: Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day parade – started by the city’s Hibernian Benevolent Society (a Catholic and Protestant fraternal organization) – dates back to 1858, making it one of the country’s oldest.
Produced by Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade, Inc., the Parade features representatives from the various Irish groups that are an integral part of Atlanta’s Irish community. Members of the Hibernian Benevolent Society, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Clan Na NGael, Fire Emerald Society of Metro Atlanta (FESMA), the Irish Information Center and the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society (MAPES) are all active members and participants.

Among the goals of the group are the education of the public about the significant contributions made by the Irish to Atlanta, the South and the United States. Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Participation in the parade is not just an “Irish thing”. The parade attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the South including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. All groups are encouraged to participate as long as their unit is appropriate for a “family” event. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Atlanta’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.”

Luck of The Square
March 11 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us out on The Plaza for the official St. Patrick’s Day Post-Parade Party

Colony Square is excited to be hosting our second annual Luck of The Square celebration! At the top of the morning (10a), we will send and cheer on hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day 5k runners/walkers where the race and starts + finishes at The Square.

Then at 12p, Midtown goes green for the 135th annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy our premium parade viewing area on Peachtree Street and all the sights + sounds you’ll experience. You might even spot a leprechaun or two…

After the parade wraps up, The Square becomes the official post-parade and St. Patrick’s Day party zone. Experience live musical performances featuring Party Nation, beer and fare, dancing and more shenanigans. Bring your lads and lassies and may the Luck of The Square be with you!

For more information or questions, contact experiencemakers@colonysquaremidtown.com

Atlantic Station


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Atlantic Station – 8:30am

The JLA’s Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race will be held on March 12, 2017 at Atlantic Station and will feature a family friendly 5K Run, 10K Run, and 1K Belk Kids Run. Register Today!

Click here for more information and registration



Radio 105.7Meehan’s Public House, and Atlantic Station present SHAMROCK THE STATION on Saturday, March 11, 2017!

Atlanta’s biggest FREE St. Patrick’s Day party kicks off at 1:00PM with the Family Zone, featuring kid-friendly activities, Irish dancing, and more.

Stick around for live music beginning at 5:00PM! This year’s lineup includes:

Atlanta’s own Kick the Robot




Judah & the Lion

This event is absolutely FREE and open to all ages!

21 or over? There will be multiple bars pouring Guinness and more. (Must purchase a $5 wristband at gate, which includes one free drink.)


Attending Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade earlier in the day? Perfect!

Park at Atlantic Station and ride our FREE shuttle to the Arts Center MARTA Station. You’ll be within walking distance to the parade route and can easily come back to Atlantic Station to enjoy more St. Patty’s Day activities!


Where: Avalon in Alpharetta

WHEN: Friday, March 17

HOURS: 6PM to 10PM

COST: Free to attend, food & beverage prices vary

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Luck of Avalon

Enjoy Irish music, dancing and green beer at Avalon on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Avalon invites lads and lassies to the first-ever Luck of Avalon to enjoy an evening of Irish music, dancing and – of course – green beer. One of the most requested bands of the year, Az Izz, will transform Avalon’s plaza into a dance floor for a special Motown performance.

Follow all the action and join in the conversation with #LuckOfAvalon.

Shake Your Shamrock, Mall of Georgia

 Families are invited to Shake Your Shamrock, Mall of Georgia’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Friday, March 17 from 6-9 p.m. in The Village! Festivities throughout the day will encourage guests to go green and show off their shamrockin’ dance moves. With live entertainment from The Throwback Experience, performances by the Drake School of Irish Dance, a photo booth, giveaways and more, Shake Your Shamrock has something for guests of all ages!

For lucky leprechauns over 21 years old, craft cocktails, beer and wine from participating restaurants, including Marlow’s Tavern, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, P.F. Chang’s and Smokey Bones, can be enjoyed openly throughout The Village during this block party style event.

WHAT: Shake Your Shamrock at Mall of Georgia

Enjoy FREE, festive fun with live entertainment from The Throwback Experience, performances by the Drake School of Irish Dance, bounce houses, a photo booth giveaway and more!

WHEN: Friday, March 17 from 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Mall of Georgia – The Village Amphitheatre

3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519

HOW: This event is FREE to the public. Those interested in vendor opportunities should contact Teresa Holloway at tholloway@simon.com.

Also, check out Shamrock City on Lookout Mountain for their Irish festival.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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