This weekend is so full of fun that some might attribute it to the luck of the Atlantans! Like gold at the end of a rainbow, you’ll find St. Patrick’s Day events—including Atlanta’s longest-running event, the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade—to choose from, the Harlem Globetrotters, multiple family performances, and more. Keep reading for everything you need to know about chasing the proverbial rainbow this weekend.


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135th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back for 2017, making it the longest-running event in Atlanta’s history. This year’s parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and 15th streets and continues south on Peachtree to the intersection of 5th Street. The event will feature over 2,000 dancers, musicians, cheerleaders, clowns, and Irish dignitaries. Sat. Event details.

Designing with Minecraft at MODA
Designers in grades K-2 will explore Minecraft by using it as a tool for designing and building a peaceful, daylight-only creative world. They will learn some computer programming basics and improve their math skills by using the heads-up displays and debug screen to improve game play, and they’ll also investigate notable structures throughout history to have a deeper understanding of architecture through building in Minecraft. Sat. Event details.

Second Sunday Funday at The High
Check out this series on the second Sunday of each month offering free admission for all visitors from 12 to 5 p.m. and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Sun. Event details.

CreateATL at The Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment—including free activities—every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, make your reservation here. Sun. Event details.


Harlem Globetrotters at Phillips Arena
Blow their minds with a trip to see the world famous Harlem Globetrotters and their on-court antics of astounding athleticism, choreography, and A+ attitude. Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta

Free Skateboarding Classes on the BeltLine
Head to the BeltLine for a one-hour skateboarding class sponsored by Coca-Cola and led by expert instructors. The beginner class will walk you through topics such as learning to balance, the stance, and your first turns. The intermediate class will cover topics such as how to turn, how to drop in, and basic tricks. Confirm class schedule prior to arriving. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Daffodil Day at Oakland Cemetery
In partnership with the Georgia Daffodil Society, Historic Oakland Foundation presents the third annual Daffodil Day. Enjoy a day in Oakland’s Victorian gardens with guided walks, garden presentations, a cut flower display, dialogue with local daffodil and gardens experts, children’s activities—including crafts and story time—and more. Sat. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Shamrock the Station
Head to Central Park in Atlantic Station at 1 p.m. for free kid-friendly games and crafts, Irish dancing, and live music (which kicks off at 5 p.m). Sat. Event details.


Artful Stories at the Carlos Museum
Children will hear a selection of origin stories from Long-Ago Stories of the Eastern Cherokee by Lloyd Arneach, including a story of how a huge dog and a basket of cornmeal helped create the Milky Way. After taking a close look at the Cherokee baskets in the special exhibition Coiling Culture, children will head outside to weave a collaborative sculpture. Sat. Event details.

John’s Creek

Beauty and the Beast Ballet
Head north to see the Perimeter Ballet’s rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast in Perimiter Church Sanctuary. Belle can’t wait to see you. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Where will you take the leprechauns this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey