Who needs luck when you’re an Atlanta parent? With one of the nation’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parades downtown, Snake Day at Fernbank Science Center, a Touch a Truck in Decatur, and more, your little leprechauns will be leaping with joy. Keep reading for seven lucky ways to find fun with the fam. 

Photo:  City of Greeley via Flickr


Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back for 2017! On Saturday, March 17, Midtown Atlanta is hosting the 135th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade, making it the longest-running event in Atlanta’s history. The event will feature over 2,000 dancers, musicians, cheerleaders, clowns, and Irish dignitaries. Sat. Event details.

Luck of the Square at Colony Square
After the parade, head to the square for live music, food trucks, family activities and more. Sat. Event details. 


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Children’s Museum 
The Children’s Museum knows how to do a holiday right. With Irish step dancing, a four-leaf clover scavenger hunt, “Clever Tom and the Leprechaun” read-aloud, and more, you’ll be doing a jig all the way home.
Sat. Event details. 

Atlantic Station

Shamrock Family Zone
Check out Irish stilt walkers, make your own shamrock magic wand and other crafts, snap a pic at the photo booth, enjoy face painting and a performance by Burke Connolly Academy of Irish Dance. Sat. Event details. 

Druid Hills

Snake Day at Fernbank Science Center
Slither on over to Fernbank to learn about Georgia-native and exotic snakes and even learn about having snakes for pets. Sat. Event details. 


Touch a Truck
Watch them roar with delight when they encounter heavy equipment and rescue vehicles up-close. Sat. Event details.


Model Train Show at Cobb Galleria Centre
This large show includes operating trains on model layouts, including some made entirely of LEGOs. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Where will the rainbow lead you this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey