St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta: 2022 Festivals and Events

Once again I have compiled a lucky number of 7 family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day events taking place across Metro Atlanta this year. From parades and races to live music and dance, there are plenty of ways for your family to join in on the St. Paddy’s Day fun. 

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Saturday, March 12th at noon. The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is celebrating its 138th running since 1858, making it Atlanta’s longest-running event. 

St. Patrick’s Parade 5K: Saturday, March 12th (9:45 am start time). Prior to the parade, the St. Patrick’s Parade 5K runners will fill the streets of Atlanta. The race is open to all ages and online registration is open until Thursday, March 10th.

Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters St. Patrick’s Day Picnic: Saturday, March 12th (1 pm – 5 pm). Following the parade, the Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters (APFF) will host their seventh annual St. Paddy’s Day picnic fundraiser.

Luck of Avalon: Friday, March 11th (5 pm – 9 pm). Live music and Irish flair will be featured at Alpharetta’s Avalon shopping pavilion.

Cookie Decorating at Scotsdale Farms: March 15th and 16th (10 am – 10:30 am) and March 17th (10:30 am – 11:30 am). On the 15th and 16th, little ones will decorate shamrock cookies, complete with unlimited sprinkles, and then the group will finish with a St. Patrick’s Day story. The 17th is an adult class where students will learn from a local pro to create beautiful and delicious St. Patrick’s Day themed cookies.

Shamrock the Station: Thursday, March 17th (12 pm – 8pm). Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with family-friendly entertainment including DJ Chika Takai, Irish dancers, balloon artists, airbrush tattoos, a live band, a bagpiper, giveaways and more throughout the day!

Children’s Museum of Atlanta: Thursday, March 17th (event times vary). Learn to dance the Irish jig, create Celtic knot art, explore the science of the rainbow, design your own tool to mine leprechaun gold, and enjoy an Irish folk tale at storytime. It’s your lucky day! 

Looking for ways to celebrate at home? Here are 41 St. Patrick’s Day craft ideas that young children (and parents) would love to do. Or, here are 5 fun-food ideas that anyone would enjoy. And lastly, if you would like to make a traditional Irish meal, Food Network has 47 delicious recipes to choose from.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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