13 things to do on St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta

Go for a run, watch soccer and basketball, and party all day long
Things to do Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade
Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Photograph courtesy of Katherine Redding

2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 12 p.m.
As one of the country’s oldest celebrations of the holiday, this Midtown parade is a staple for any Atlantan’s celebrations. Running down Peachtree Street between 15th and 5th streets, the parade features floats, dancers, bands, bagpipe and drum corps, dogs, and much more.

March 17, 1 p.m.
Park Tavern
Get your green on and join the shenanigans at this all-day party at Park Tavern, which will serve up pints on pints of green beer and feature live music from bands including Coast Guard, Taste, and more.

Green Mile Midtown Block Party
March 16, 7 p.m.
Rí Rá Irish Pub
Get your party beads out and celebrate St. Paddy’s a day early. A ticket to this block party will get you free admission into over 15 participating bars, food and drink specials, and complimentary Irish-themed shots. The night starts at Rí Rá Irish Pub, where party goers can register, and goes until last call.

Shake Your Shamrock
March 17, 6 p.m.
Mall of Georgia
Geared towards all ages, this St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Village at the Mall of Georgia will have live entertainment from the Throwback Experience and Drake Irish Dance Buford, bounce houses, and tons of family-friendly activities. Over 21? Grab a cocktail, beer, or wine from participating restaurants while hanging out in the Village.

2018 St. Patrick’s Parade 5K
March 17, 10 a.m.
Colony Square
Beginning before Atlanta’s historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the 5th annual race is the perfect way to feel better about those pints of Guinness you’ll toast later. The route begins and ends at Colony Square, going through Midtown, into Piedmont Park, and up to Peachtree Street. Runners who are 21 and over will receive a complimentary Reformation Brewery draft beer after finishing the race.

Limerick Junction St. Patrick’s Day Festival
March 17, 2 p.m.
Limerick Junction Irish Pub
The Virginia-Highland bar celebrates its 30th anniversary with an outdoor block party featuring live music, kids activities such as face painting and balloon art, and plenty of beer.

Shamrock the Station
March 17, 2 p.m.
Atlantic Station
Atlantic Station and ALT 105.7 teamed up for this family-friendly celebration, featuring live music from the Wrecks, Dreamers, the Glorious Sons, and New Politics. Rain or shine, come out and celebrate with drinks, Irish dancing, and activities for all ages. Atlantic Station is also hosting a 10K/5K in the morning, the Shamrock ‘N Roll Race.

Atlanta United vs Vancouver Whitecaps
March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
While not technically a St. Patrick’s-themed event, you can guarantee that a huge population of Atlantans will be partying down at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Atlanta United is hot off winning their home-opener last weekend. (They also set an MLS attendance record—again.) Just make sure to add a little green to your red-and-black outfit.

Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest
March 17, 1 p.m.
Town Center Park
Also not specifically St. Pat’s-themed but still fun, this festival features tastings of more than 300 beers from both local (Monday Night, Eventide, Orpheus, Red Brick) and national (Bell’s, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Magic Hat) breweries. There will also be several food trucks and vendors, live music, backyard games (think cornhole and giant Jenga), and a home brew competition.

St. PAW-trick’s Day
March 17, 11 a.m.
Brook Run Park
The Rescue Dog Olympics is the cutest thing you might not have heard of. Come celebrate the holiday with your four-legged friend at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody; you can register your dog to participate in the games, enter them into the costume contest, and support local rescues. FYI: there’s also going to be green beer (humans only, though).

Psycho Disco
March 17, 10 p.m.
The Music Room
For those looking for a dance party, the Music Room on Edgewood Avenue is hosting the St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Psycho Disco, with two floors of house music from multiple artists.

St. Patrick’s March Madness Shenanigans
March 17, 12 p.m.
ASW Distillery
This Armour Yards distillery has everything you need to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without missing any of the March Madness action. Enjoy green cocktails, eats from the Doggy Dogg food cart, and live music—while watching the games, of course.

Sober St. Patrick’s Day Comedy Night
March 17, 7 p.m.
Georgia Public Broadcasting
GPB is hosting a comedy night with featured comedian John Lehr, a performer, writer, and producer working in television, film, and theater (remember the Geico Caveman?) who speaks openly about his journey in sobriety and having an authentic sense of humor. All proceeds from the event will go to the Caron Solutions Adolescent Scholarship Fund.