Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – March 2018

March 2018
best events in Atlanta

Cardboard-costume event

March 3, 2018

0 miles

Cardboard*Con is about making cheap science-fiction and fantasy cardboard costumes to wear, and then roaming among downtown hotels.

Motocross racing

March 3, 2018 (6:30 p.m.)

1 mile SW

Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at AMA Supercross in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Pub crawl

March 3, 2018 (12 to 4 p.m.)

2 miles NE

A ticket to Pub Crawl on the BeltLine includes a free drink at multiple venues plus food discounts.
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Oyster festival

March 3, 2018

2.5 miles NE

Oyster Crawfish Festival has live New Orleans music with oysters and crawfish for sale at the Park Tavern for age 21+.

Blues, beer & BBQ

March 8, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)

3.5 miles NW

A ticket to Winter Blues gets you live blues music, tastes from the barbecue contest, and beer at Monday Night Brewing to support charity.

Jewish Music Festival

March 8 - 25, 2018

Atlanta locations

Atlanta Jewish Music Festival includes jazz, sacred, folk, orchestral, kids’, and rock ’n’ roll music.

Underground art show

March 9, 2018 (8 p.m.)

0.9 miles south

The Atlanta Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition of 100 artists, with pancakes, live music, body painting, and multimedia displays at GA Freight Depot for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Science festival

March 9 - 24, 2018

Atlanta locations

Atlanta Science Festival features hands-on activities, performances, presentations, and facility tours at 30 venues to celebrate local science and technology.

Brunch festival

March 10, 2018

1.7 miles NE

Enjoy tasty bites from 20 restaurants and beverages (Bloody Marys, Mimosas, beer, and wine) with music from a pop tribute band at Atlanta Brunch Festival at Atlantic Station for age 21+. No pets.

Family obstacle course

March 10, 2018

2.2 miles NE

You and your kids age 3+ can take the KidFitStrong Fitness Challenge, which includes 10 fitness stations in Piedmont Park. Free, but nearby rides are not free.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 10, 2018 (3 p.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Join the crowd wearing green costumes at Lepre*Con, which has zany contests and two stages of music outside Park Tavern for age 21+.

Forsythia Festival

March 10 - 11, 2018

62 miles SE

Forsythia Festival features 100 juried arts-and-crafts vendors, live entertainment, a children’s fair, a 5K, and a one-mile fun run in Forsyth. No pets. Free.

Easter egg hunt on the farm

March 12, 2018

8 miles north

Kids search for colorful eggs, play games, and create springtime crafts during Magic Monday: Egg Hunt at the Atlanta History Center.

Cocktails at the aquarium

March 16, 2018 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Adults can wander Georgia Aquarium enjoying live music, cocktails, and appetizers at Sips Under the Sea. Visit the website to buy tickets and see the theme.

Chocolate and Art Show

March 16 - 17, 2018

3.7 miles SW

The Chocolate and Art Show features artists, live body painting, live music, face-painting, and free chocolate at The B Complex for age 21+.

Craft show

March 16 - 18, 2018

11 miles NW

Find 225 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home-decor artists at the American Craft Show at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Cherry blossom festival - Macon

March 16 - 25, 2018

85 miles SE

International Cherry Blossom Festival includes 80 events, a parade, arts & crafts, concerts, food trucks, a street party, and 300,000 flowering cherry trees.

Daffodil Day

March 17, 2018

2 miles SE

See flowers, shop for plants, hear talks, and take garden walks during Daffodil Day, with kids’ activities at Oakland Cemetery. Free.

St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 17, 2018

2.2 miles north

The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade has 2,000 dancers, musicians, and Irish enthusiasts, plus giant balloons, floats, and marching bands in Midtown that go south on Peachtree St. from 15th St. NE to 5th St. NE.

Shamrock race

March 17, 2018

3 miles north

Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race is a walk or run (kids fun run, 5K, and 10K) with Irish entertainment that begins at Atlantic Station.

Doggie field day

March 17, 2018

17 miles NE

Your dog doesn’t have to be a “rescue” to compete in the Rescue Dog Olympics, which includes dog-related vendors, music, food trucks, and a beer garden at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Free.

Beer festival

March 17, 2018 (12 to 5 p.m.)

32 miles NE

Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest offers tastes of 300 craft beers, local restaurant food, and live entertainment at Suwanee Town Center Park.

Welsh festival

March 17, 2018

47 miles NW

WelshFest has Welsh music, stories, vendors, a 5K, kids’ area, and kilt contest in tiny Rockmart. Free.

Model Train Show

March 17 - 18, 2018

11 miles NW

The Model Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors at Cobb Galleria Centre.

Marathon & fitness expo

March 18, 2018

0.5 miles west

The Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon begin and end Sunday at Centennial Olympic Park. A free Health & Fitness Expo is Friday and Saturday in Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

Auto show

March 21 - 25, 2018

0.5 miles west

Atlanta International Auto Show includes 400 new cars, light trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles at Georgia World Congress Center.

Modern dance

March 23 - 24, 2018 (8 p.m.)

1.8 miles NW

See world premieres by choreographers versed in aerial dance, industrial engineering, and freelance art performed by Dance Canvas at Ferst Center for the Arts.

Home show

March 23 - 25, 2018

11 miles NW

Spring Atlanta Home Show is billed as Georgia’s largest home show and features 350 home-improvement companies at Cobb Galleria Centre. Repeats in Sept.

St. Patrick’s Day party

March 24, 2018 (7 p.m.)

23 miles north

Your ticket to Shamrockin’ for a Cure includes food, drinks, live music, dancing, and a charity auction at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta.

Beer festival

March 24, 2018

23.8 miles north

Roswell Beer Festival promises 300 beers, great food, and killer bands at Roswell Town Square.

Cherry blossom festival - Brookhaven

March 24 - 25, 2018

13 miles NE

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival has arts and crafts vendors, family activities, live music, a 5K run and a 1K walk on Saturday, and a pet parade and costume contest on Sunday at Blackburn Park.

Cherry blossom festival - Conyers

March 24 - 25, 2018

33 miles east

Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival features 300 arts & crafts booths, international music and dance, food vendors, and a big children’s area at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Macon arts festival

March 24 - 25, 2018

85 miles SE

Browse arts and crafts while the cherry trees bloom in downtown Macon at Mulberry Street Festival. Free.

Colonial reenactment

March 29 - April 1, 2018

49 miles NE

See life in 1790s Georgia at the 18th Century Colonial Market Faire, including historical crafts, games, military drills, music, and treats at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder.

Bacon festival

March 31, 2018

2.4 miles NE

Enjoy sizzling bacon, barbecue, local bands, games, and beer at BaconFest outdoors at 569 Ezzard Street for age 21+.

Easter egg hunt in the garden

March 31, 2018

4 miles NE

Buy a ticket online & bring a basket to hunt for candy-filled eggs at Eggstravaganza. Meet the Easter Bunny, shop for baked goods, and enjoy kids’ activities at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Park across the street at Atlanta Metro Cathedral. Rain will cancel.

Taste of Forsyth

March 31, 2018

39 miles NE

Buy tastes from 25 restaurants for $1 to $4 at Taste of Forsyth, which has a kids’ zone and Easter egg hunts on the lawn at Cumming Fairgrounds. Free. The Warbington Farms EGGstravaganza is 10 miles away.

Easter at Callaway Gardens

March 31 - April 1, 2018

82 miles SE

Easter Weekend events at Callaway Gardens include a brunch, a lunch, a 5K race, a kids’ race, an Easter Bunny, egg hunts, tethered hot-air balloon rides, entertainment, and a sunrise service.

Family event

March 2018 (undated)

0.3 miles west

Register online for Be Healthy Georgia Festival, which includes two kids’ races (ages 1-6 and 7-14), games, sports activities, team mascots, and a fitness expo at Centennial Olympic Park. Free.

Inman Park Restaurant Week

March 2018 (undated)

2 miles east

Get a special deal on a three-course fixed-price meal at a dozen restaurants during Inman Park Restaurant Week in Inman Park. Repeats in Oct.

No technology party

March 2018 (undated)

5.4 miles north

Turn off your cellphone and stop talking about work at Unplug Atlanta. It promises beer & chocolate tasting, live body painting, live music, and games at SweetWater Brewing Company. Get tickets at the door unless you want to register for the 11:30 a.m. yoga.

Restaurant week

March 2018 (undated)

11 miles south

Get a special deal on a lunch or dinner meal at a dozen restaurants during ATL Airport District Restaurant Week in East Point and College Park.

Quilts in a mansion

March 2018 (undated)

21 miles north

See hundreds of locally made quilts at the Quilt Show in historic Bulloch Hall in Roswell.

Hip Athens festival

March 2018 (undated)

70 miles NE

Slingshot has international and local musical acts on stage, boundary-pushing art, films, and tech talks with leading innovators in downtown Athens.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration

March 2018 (undated)

3 miles north

Shamrock the Station begins at 1 p.m. with kids’ activities and Irish dancing and then adds live music at 5 p.m. with beer in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Irish costumes and accents optional.

St. Patrick’s Day block party

March 2018 (undated)

3.1 miles NE

Billed as Atlanta’s oldest Irish pub, Limerick Junction is holding an outdoor St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Must be 21+ after 6 p.m. (Enter promo code “limerick30” and then buy the second ticket that includes a free drink.)

St. Patrick’s Day in Smyrna

March 2018 (undated)

15.6 miles NW

Smyrna St. Patrick’s Day Fest promises live music both days, plus a green fountain and kids’ activities on Saturday in and around Atkins Park Tavern in Smyrna.