There may not be many true Blarney Stones anywhere near Atlanta, but residents of Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Vinings wishing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day will have plenty of other events to celebrate the life of St. Patrick, an Irish saint (c. 385-461).
This year, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated March 15 through 17, with some events even earlier. Residents will have numerous local spots to observe this annual event and experience a little luck of the Irish, and many of these venues will be offering discounted tickets prices, special promotions, charity events and hours of live music.
Here is a recap of venues inviting residents to celebrate at their establishments:
The Park Tavern, 500 Tenth St. in Midtown, will present its annual Luckyfest event March 9 beginning at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $15 and include admission and entertainment geared to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Food and beverage tickets, which are not included with admission, but can be purchased with cash or tickets sold at the event. Any unused tickets can be returned for a refund. Those taking part are encouraged to wear green, and the event is for guests 21 and up.
March 16 will be the date and Midtown the place for the 137th Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade.
The parade begins at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and 15th streets, will continue down Peachtree to 5th Street and conclude at 1:30 p.m.
Those in attendance will see a multitude of St. Patrick's Day-related parade participants from Atlanta and across the Southeast, including floats, bands, bagpipe & drum corps, children, dancers, animal groups and drill teams as well as Irish and local dignitaries, including elected officials.
Leading the parade as grand marshals will be the 2018 U.S. Gaelic Athletic Association Junior C Football Champions, Atlanta GAA, who will have the championship cup. New in the parade this year is The Big Idaho Potato Truck, which weighs more than four tons and is the largest potato on wheels.
Those looking for pre-parade action can visit the Colony Square Luck of the Square festival, which will begin at 11 a.m. just steps away from the beginning of the parade route. The free event will feature live music, beer, food and more. In addition, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation will also host its Brave the Shave head-shaving challenge. Sponsored individuals will shave their heads for childhood cancer awareness.
Rí Rá Irish Pub, 1080 Peachtree St. in Midtown, is hosting a block party March 16 beginning at 11 a.m. on Crescent Avenue, which will be blocked off. There will be five live bands, DJs, traditional Irish dancers and a few notable surprises. The four bars and a beer truck will make sure the party keeps going strong until the wee hours. Tickets are $15. The pub will open early for English Premier League soccer.
In addition, get ready to volunteer for or donate to the nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. There will also be a special cocktail menu available for partygoers to drink while the restaurant will donate the proceeds. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization, with the exception of the U.S. government.
Meehan’s Public House, which has locations in Atlantic Station, downtown Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Vinings, will host St. Patrick's Day parties at each of its restaurants the weekend of March 17. Each pub will put on live music all day with festivities and drink specials and prize giveaways.
Tickets are on sale, and the events are for those 21 and over. The Sandy Springs event will also be held in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The 14th annual Shamrock 'N Roll Road Race, 10K, 5K and Kids 1K races, will be conducted St. Patrick’s Day at Atlantic Station, and the event is also dog- and stroller-friendly. Attendees are encouraged to bring their entire family and friends to the St. Patrick's-themed races. Registration check-in starts at 7:30 a.m., and the races begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 10:20 a.m.
Kilts and green tutus are encouraged. Prizes will be given for best costumes, top dogs, top stroller and top winners in each distance. Registration ranges from $15 to $40 depending on the race. Proceeds from the race are used to finance aid projects and programs of the Junior League of Atlanta’s area community partners and to train and educate league members for effective community service.
Fado Irish Pub’s Buckhead and Midtown locations will present a St. Patrick's Day block party from noon until closing. Fado’s Buckhead location on Buckhead Avenue will close that street for its block party. Fado’s Midtown location’s block party will take place on 8th Street, where the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will go by.
March 16, Fado’s Buckhead location will also host St. Practice Day at 7:30 a.m. for international sports on television. Doors open at 11 a.m. for those 21 and older. Live music starts at 1:30 outside and 5 p.m. inside. March 17, the Buckhead pub opens at 7:30 a.m. with live music starting outside on the main stage at 23 p.m. and inside at 7:30 p.m. shaving event March 16 at its Buckhead location to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Olde Blind Dog
Olde Blind Dog is an Irish pub that has locations in Brookhaven and Milton. The Brookhaven location will feature a St. Paddy's Day block party March 16 from 1 to 11 p.m.
This is its seventh annual outdoor festival and the pub will have live music throughout the day featuring a wide array of bands, from from Irish to rock and roll. There will also be food, liquor and wine. This is a cash-only event with with no cover charge before 1 p.m.. Although the outside party ends at 11 p.m. the pub will continue to celebrate until 2 a.m. The events will go on rain or shine with activities indoors and outdoors.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive in downtown Atlanta, will host a family friendly St. Patrick’s Day event March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be Irish dancing, music and "movement" programs and a special story-time reading of "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day," Guests will have a chance to continue the magic in the museum's art studio with a special 45-minute workshop.