By Marlena Turner
How does one celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta? In a city where there is no shortage of activities, there is always plenty to do when an awesome holiday such as St. Patrick’s Day rolls around. Atlanta is the perfect place to let loose your festive spirit and enjoy a many of things including pub-crawls, 5k runs, all you can eat Irish feasts, or your traditional family-friendly festival that’s fun for all. Here are the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta.
Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Peachtree Street at 16th Street
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Date: March 17, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Did you know, the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is Atlanta’s longest-running event? The parade dates back to 1858, started by the city’s Hibernian Benevolent Society. For many years, the parade has attracted locals and groups around the South to take in the fun-filled event that included bagpipes, floats, dancers, bands, drum corps and more. It’s the perfect way to start off your St. Patrick’s Day. Arrive by 11 am, the parade starts at noon. Marta is encouraged, however parking can be found near Colony square.
4th Annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade 5K Run/Walk
1197 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30361
Taking place right before Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, join iWeLife for their 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K. The route begins and finishes on Peachtree Road and winds through Midtown, Piedmont Park and ends on Peachtree Street. All participants over the age of 21 that finishes the race will receive complimentary Reformation Brewery draft beer, and have the option of additional food specials from surrounding Colony Square restaurants and cash prize raffles will be giving away. Come out, have fun running the 5K and stick around for the St Patrick’s Day Parade sand more during St. Patrick’s day!
2018 Atlanta Streetcar St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl
Edgewood Avenue Southeast
On St. Patrick’s Day, join Carson + Spencer for the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Streetcar Bar Crawl. If you’re visiting Atlanta for the first time, this will be the perfect excursion to tour some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods including Edgewood Centennial Park, Peachtree District and more! One general admission ticket includes 1 day pass ride, 5 complimentary drinks, food and drink specials, access to an exclusive after party, entrance to other participating venues, special giveaways and more.
Shamrock Rock’n Roll Road Race
1380 Atlantic Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30363
Date: March 17, 2018 at 8 a.m.
Hosted by the Junior League of Atlanta, the 14th Annual Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race is a premiere event during St. Patrick’s day where all proceeds are used to financially aid projects and programs of the Junior League of Atlanta’s area community partners and to train and educate Junior League of Atlanta members for effective community service. There are 3 different races that take place, 1K, 5K, and a 10K starting and finishing at Atlantic Station. There will be a vendor village, entertainment and food at the event. Dogs and strollers welcome too at the family-friendly event.
Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest
Suwanee Town Center
300 Town Center
Suwanee, GA 30024
The 8th annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest is an event that tugs at the hearts of many participants. Proceeds from Swanee’s American Craft Beer Fest supports the Cooper’s Crew Cooper O’Brien Scholarship Fund, a Suwanee-based organization that was created in honor of Cooper O’Brien, who lost his battle to a rare form of cancer called Clear Cell Sarcoma at the young age of 14. Recognized as one of the biggest and best craft beer festival in the Southeast, the festival attracts people far and wide for unlimited tastings of over 350 craft beers from close to 100 different breweries not to mention live music, games, local food vendors, and a home brew contest. Tickets start at $50 for general admission.
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