Spring is around the corner, and we can’t wait. Luckily March is full of exciting Atlanta events to keep us busy while we hold out for warmer weather. From St. Patrick’s Day Parades to Easter Extravaganzas, and from family-friendly arts adventures to raucous and fun sporting events, March is packed with gripping fun for everyone.
Don’t miss the Easter Events at the bottom of this post.
All of March: Beech Mountain Ski Deals
March 5, 2016: Music for the Very Young/ASO
This introduces a variety of contrasting musical elements with storytelling, which are brilliantly interwoven to create a unique, interactive musical journey. Through the use of small percussion instruments and singing, responding to the beginning and ending of pieces and the incorporation of musical ideas like articulations and phrasing, this program is designed specifically for early learners to be able to actively engage in the performance alongside our live musicians. Sessions at 9:30am and 11:30am.
March 5, 2016: Harlem Globetrotter Discount Tickets/Infinite Energy Arena
Enjoy the Original Harlem Globetrotters on March 5 at Infinite Energy Arena (formerly The Arena at Gwinnett Center.) Two shows are at 2pm and 7pm. Use the link here to save $8 per ticket (no code necessary.) Must purchase three tickets or more to qualify for the offer. Valid online only on select price levels, while supplies last. Offer ends at 11AM on MAR. 5.
March 5 – 20, 2016: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe/ Alliance Theatre
Based on the beloved novel, this magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion, Aslan, and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country and its talking animals and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most enjoyed stories of our time. See more here.
March 8, 2016: Kids Kitchen Pasta Class
Enjoy time with your kiddo while learning something together! This hands-on cooking class with the Chef of Bellina Alimentari is for you and your kids (8-12 years old). Make pasta from scratch – a playful experience that will connect your kids to good food from an early age. $45 covers you and your little one.
March 8, 2016: Mommy’s Night Out
Every mom deserves a fun night out, so Avalon invites mothers to spend an evening shopping, sipping wine and pampering themselves. Check in at Concierge to receive a map of all the special offers. The first 50 moms to check in will receive a complimentary Avalon bag and glass of wine. The retailer specials for Mommy’s Night Out are not yet finalized;keep an eye on the website for more info.
March 8, 2016: Heirloom Antiques Lecture and Exhibit /Hill and Dales
Antiques expert Spaulding Nix will present a program about antique furniture. During the presentation Nix will provide tips on determining age, type of wood, style and provenance of the furniture pieces. This program will help you learn more about your own family heirlooms or become a more discerning buyer. The presentation will be accompanied by a small exhibition of antiques that Spaulding will analyze and interpret. The lecture and exhibit will be accompanied by a reception.
March 8 – 13, 2016: Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance is a rollicking, fun show with serious operatic chops. Our romantic adventure into the gentlemanly pirates, beautiful maidens and modern major-generals is a first for The Atlanta Opera. The story of how Frederic, apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates, and Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, fall instantly in love has been delighting audiences since 1880. Sung in English, Pirates pays tribute to the master works of Verdi, Mozart and Schubert, but does so with a light-hearted bit of parody and a wink of the eye.
March 10 – April 17, 2016: Into The Woods
Presenting a modern twist on the magical fairy tales of the beloved Brothers Grimm, Aurora Theatre invites audiences to experience the enchanting presentation of six-time Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods. Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim unveils the consequences that come when acting upon one’s deepest desires and wishes. Will good overcome evil? Will the price paid be enough? This vibrant adaptation of the global phenomenon transports audiences into the woods alongside favorite fictional characters to find out what happens after happily ever after! Although based on fairy tales, this musical is not a children’s show.
March 11 – April 3. 2016: Galapagos George, the Little Tortoise That Could
Based on the true story of the last tortoise to be found on the Pinta Island in the Galapagos archipelago, this uplifting eco-fable follows George as he grows from a hatchling to a not-so-little tortoise. As a special treat, on Saturday, March 12, the Center is pleased to announce that guests will have the added opportunity to visit with a live tortoise from Zoo Atlanta! Free to all Center visitors, this one of a kind experience will take place onsite between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. As part of the Center’s ASD initiative, guests are invited to enjoy a sensory-friendly showing on Sunday, March 13 at 1 p.m. This special afternoon will allow guests with autism sensory disorder to experience the show, Create-A-Puppet Workshop and tour the museum in a comfortable and safe setting with staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD.
March 12, 2016: 134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade/Midtown
The 134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a family-friendly Atlanta tradition, returns to the streets of Midtown on Saturday, March 12. The annual parade is one of the oldest parades of its kind in the U.S. and is the longest running event in Atlanta’s history. Started in 1858 by the Hibernian Benevolent Society, a Catholic and Protestant fraternal organization, the parade celebrates the city’s Irish culture and history.
Highlights from this year’s parade will include the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, local dignitaries, and all types of performers: clowns, dancers, and musicians alike. Musicians will be a strong feature in this year’s parade, with pipes, drums, and nine marching bands all joining the fun. Several high school marching bands will being going to represent Atlanta in far-flung places: the Rose Bowl, in New York City, and even in Ireland.
The parade, a rain or shine event, will step off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree Street and 15th Street, and continue down Peachtree to 5th Street. It is a FREE event open to the public. (Above photo courtesy of the 2015 Parade!)
March 12 & 13, 2016: Harlem Globetrotter Discount Tickets/Philips Arena
Enjoy the Original Harlem Globetrotters on March 12 and 13 at Philips Arena. Use the link here to save $7 per ticket (no code necessary.) Must purchase three tickets or more to qualify for the offer. Valid online only on select price levels, while supplies last. Offer ends at 11AM on MAR. 5.
March 12 – 20, 2016: Inaugural ATL Airport District Restaurant Week
Formerly known as College Park Restaurant Week, this year’s event will expand to include the delicious dining destinations located within the College Park and East Point communities. Throughout the nine-day culinary event, local Atlantans and visitors will have the exclusive opportunity to experience the area’s most acclaimed restaurants at exceptional prices as participating restaurants will feature $9, $19 or $29 prix fixe menus or signature dishes at a 20 percent discount.
Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Participating restaurants include: Burger Theory, Bole, Brake Pad, The Corner Grille, Debbie’s Delights, East Point Corner Tavern, Kafenio, Louisiana Bistreaux, Malone’s Steak & Seafood, Silver’s Delight, Simon’s Steak & Seafood, Southside Lounge, Tasty Taste, The Pecan, The Pig & The Pint, Tony Morrow’s BBQ, TP Productions/Three Southern Girls Tearoom, Urban Foodie Feed Store and Voya Bistro.
March 13, 2016: Family Fun Festival/Woodruff Arts Center
On March 13 the Woodruff Arts Center and Alliance Theatre will host a FREE Family Fun Festival. Experience free family programming including acting workshops, performances of The Lizard and El Sol by the Alliance’s Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young, performances of Music for the Very Young by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and free admission to the High Museum of Art. Other activities include face painting, a photo booth, costume making, props making, an instrument petting zoo, and more. Tickets for the 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. performances of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are also free with pre-registration online – http://familyfun.woodruffcenter.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=96360 . Festival is from 1:00-4:00pm. See more here.
March 13, 2016: Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra
Meet the next generation of stars before they hit it big. Each year, the 120 dynamic and talented young artists of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) energetically tackle masterworks of classical and modern music under the baton of Joseph Young. The ASYO presents a vibrant three-concert series each year. Tickets are only $10, and provide a great introduction to classical music for the novice, or an affordable family opportunity to learn about great, live music.
March 14, 2016: Pi Day – $3.14 Concrete /Shake Shack
Shake Shack is getting mathematical in honor of Pi Day. For one day only, guests can enjoy a Pecan Pie Oh My concrete for $3.14 (usually $4.59), a blend of creamy vanilla custard and H&F Bread Co. pecan pie.
March 14 – 20, 2016: St. Patrick’s Day Shake/Shake Shack
Skip the green and indulge in chocolate on St. Patrick’s Day with Shake Shack’s chocolate mint custard, available in-store from to celebrate the holiday.
March 19, 2016 (and beyond!) Pirate Adventure Island
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta will debut a booty-full new attraction this March, featuring a giant pirate ship, an aquatic building area and a bounty more of fun! Titled Pirate Adventure Island, the new exhibit will anchor ashore in the Phipps Plaza attraction beginning March 19.
Pirate Adventure Island is designed to encourage both children and adults alike to participate in free play and tactile activities. Families can explore treasure island themed build spaces to create their own LEGO® sandcastle or treasure map, construct a LEGO® pirate ship and set sail through an aquatic obstacle course and battle fellow shipmates by setting off air cannons. The new exhibit will have a soft play element and send guests on a pirate adventure as they climb the rigging, walk the plank, capture the flag!
Deal Alert! From now until March 17, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta will offer guests a buy one, get one free “Pardon Our Dust” ticket offer to those wishing to visit the center during the install. Visit http://bit.ly/LDCdust and enter promo code “DUSTY” to redeem the offer!
March 18 -19, 2016: Winthrop Corey’s Snow White
This dazzling production is a fresh take on the classic fairytale. The wickedly jealous Queen plots evil towards Snow White, who is now the fairest in the land. Snow White narrowly escapes harm from the wicked Queen’s Huntsman and the Forest Nymphs lead her to the cottage of the adorable Seven Dwarfs. But when Snow White eats a poison apple she falls lifeless. The Dwarfs are heartbroken but celebrate when the kiss from her handsome Prince awakens her. From start to finish, the show is a visual delight and a must see for all ages. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
March 19, 2016: Superhero Science Night
Calling all kid superheroes and mad scientists! Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to go up, up and away at its annual Superhero Science Night on Saturday, March 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kids can come dressed up as their favorite superhero and learn how to save the world with the power of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This special event will feature various science stations set up throughout the Museum with hands-on activities and experiments as well as a “Science Spectacular Show” from Professor Labcoat. Children will even go home with their own pair of colorful safety goggles! Don’t miss out on all the fun – suit up and save the day with science!
Space is limited, so families are encouraged to act quickly! Tickets are $6 for members/$15 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door. For tickets, visit bit.ly/1TEfupP
March 19 – 26, 2016: Atlanta Science Festival
Curious people of all ages will be in for a fascinating and mind-bending scientific adventure during the Atlanta Science Festival, culminating in a free, Exploration Expo in Centennial Olympic Park.
This year’s festival offers 100 STEM/STEAM activities over eight days that will take place at more than 50 Atlanta locations. Experiments, performances, discussions, workshops, tours, tastings and more will connect scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs with those interested in the role science plays in today’s world. A complete list of events can be found at the link above.
March 20, 2016: Musical Story Time with the ASO
Music often tells us a story, which is why so many stories have been adapted for orchestras. Under the baton of Joseph Young, Conductor, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brings you and your family some of the most exciting musical stories of all time, including Huckleberry Finn from Mississippi Suite, Empress of the Pagodas from Mother Goose Suite and the retelling of a West African tale made famous by a children’s book, “Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.”
March 20, 2016: Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and SweetWater Brewery ‘Que and Brew Fundraiser/Sweetwater Brewery
On Sunday March 20th from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30p.m., Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and SweetWater Brewery are hosting a fundraiser for Cynthia Montoya. Cynthia, a long-time Fox Bros. employee and current general manager, was diagnosed with Stage II pancreatic cancer in 2015. The Fox Bros. called upon some of their friends – who just so happen to be among the best pitmasters and chefs in the country – to put on this fundraiser to help with Cyndi’s medical expenses. Tickets are $30 and include food tastings, a tour of SweetWater, and six 6 oz. SweetWater beer tastings. Live music will be provided by opening act Main Street Exiles and headliners The Sundogs present “The Tom Petty Show”. A silent auction will be held at the event, featuring great items including a signed Falcons jersey, VIP tickets to the Shaky Knees Festival, and passes to the 2016 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. We’ll be there! Hope to see you!!
March 25 – 26, 2016: Alice in Wonderland
March 25 – 27, 2016: Easter Egg Concrete & Hunt/Shake Shack
In celebration of Easter, Shake Shack will offer an Easter Egg concrete, featuring vanilla custard, Mast Brothers buttermilk chocolate and salted caramel sauce, between Friday, March 25, and Sunday, March 27. Hunt for a gold sticker under your Easter Egg concrete cup for a chance to find a gold sticker and win prizes.
March 26-Aug 14, 2016: Creatures of Light- Nature’s Bioluminescence/Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Explore the natural phenomenon of ‘living light’ with an array of organisms at, from the flickering fireflies in your backyard to the deep-sea fishes in our oceans’ darkest depths. The ability to generate light is rare among plants and animals that live on land, but up to 90 percent of animals below 2,300 feet provide the only source of light in the depths of the ocean.
Spark your curiosity with larger-than-life models, live fish, and interactive displays in this exhibition. Move through a series of re-created environments to discover the glowworm webs on the ceiling of New Zealand’s Waitomo caves, the ‘pyrotechnic’ plankton in Puerto Rico’s Mosquito Bay, and special lighting on the coral walls of the Cayman Island’s Bloody Bay.
March 31, 2016: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!
The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!
Now thru March 13: Peter and the Starcatcher
In this prequel to Peter Pan, you will be hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. Close your eyes and imagine a magical evening of madcap fun! You will marvel at the limitless possibilities of make-believe as a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters in this swashbuckling adventure. Fun for the whole family! Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Now thru May 7, 2016: Treehouses: Look Who’s Living in the Trees! Exhibit
Immerse yourself in an indoor tree house and explore firsthand who lives in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. The lively setting will have visitors roaming from tree to tree to house as they discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small-and people too! GwinnettEHC.
Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room Easter Brunch is an egg-citing way to spend the holiday. It’s an exclusive RSVP-required event inside Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room. Princes & princesses (aged 2+) will be whisked into the Olivia’s dress up closet with attire for boys and girls. Olivia’s has more than 100 dresses for girls, teens and tweens. Boys can select suits and armor for a prince. They’ll greet the Easter Bunny, enjoy Easter Brunch snacks and “tea,” story time, take photos and get an Easter keepsake to take home. $35 per child | Sibling discount available Sunday, March 20th from 10:30a-12:30p
Follow the bunny trail to Avalon this month for visits with the Easter Bunny and an eggs-stravagent Easter egg hunt at the Alpharetta community. The annual Hop-A-Long Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, March 26 and the Easter Bunny will be available for meet and greets March 12 through 26.
The Rock Ranch hosts a FREE Easter Egg Hunt as their gift to the community. Children can hunt for more than 40,000 plastic prize eggs. This event will include a presentation of the Easter story from the Bible just before the egg hunt. Kids can also get photos with the Easter Bunny (no charge) at this popular Georgia event. Don’t forget your camera! Concessions are available.
Southern Art invites guests to make Easter Sunday a family affair this year and hop on over to the Southern restaurant for an EGG-citing day of holiday festivities for the whole family to enjoy. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., friends and families enjoy a delicious brunch spread of assorted breads and pastries, artisanal ham, charcuterie and cheeses, seafood, soups and salads. Traditional Easter brunch options will also be available at the various carving, omelet and dessert stations. After brunch, children can spend the afternoon hunting for Easter eggs (at 1 and 2 p.m.), enjoying the petting zoo, meeting the Easter Bunny and getting their faces painted. $75 for each adult, $40 for children 12 and under and complimentary for children 6 and under. To make a reservation, please call 404.946.9070.
Cherokee County Parks and Rec is holding an Eggs-traordinary Extravaganza. The event will be held on March 26 from 2pm-5pm at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center. There is an Underwater Egg Hunt from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm for ages 4-10, an Outside Egg Hunt from 2:15 pm-2:30pm for ages 1-3, and the Extravaganza is from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. Stay a while and enjoy inflatables, face painting, egg decorating, contests, prizes and maybe even a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny himself. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER DUE TO LIMITED SPACE $10.00 per child – Through March 19th; $15.00 per child– After March 19th
The Alpharetta Welcome Center welcomes the Easter Bunny as he makes his debut on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop in for an individual or family photo with the bunny of the hour. A photo will be printed onsite for you to take away and emailed instantly so you can share with family and friends. This is a free event and refreshments will be served. No reservations required. The photographer will be using a “green screen” so please do not wear the color green as it will interfere with the photo quality.
The Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is offering an extravagant celebration on Easter Sunday, March 27. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring the Easter Bunny, egg hunts every hour on the hour and even an exotic petting zoo with animals including kangaroos, camels and monkeys. There will also be an extra-enhanced culinary selection, including 25 cheeses, caviar, hand-rolled sushi, an espresso station, ice sculptures and more. Reservations for EasterBrunch are available now. The cost is $125 per person, and $69 for children.
Egg-citing Hike Hunt at Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA on Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt. Ages 2 and younger, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 10 a.m., leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch. $2 plus $5 parking.
Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad Easter Eggspress on Saturday March 26th, 2016! Trips will be at 1:00 PM and at 3:00 PM. Bring your Easterbasket and we will travel a few miles to Farmer Brown’s field to gather Easter eggs and greet the Easter Bunny. A great time will be had by all! Total trip time is approximately 1 hour.
Park Tavern will once again host a special Easter brunch on its expansive patio overlooking picturesque Piedmont Park and the Midtown skyline. Ideal for both adults and children, guests are invited to enjoy an exuberant buffet including chef-attended omelet and carving stations, Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, Applewood Smoked Bacon and sausage, cheese grits, green beans almondine, sweet potato soufflé, and many more traditional favorites. Conveniently located on the Atlanta BeltLine, a special appearance by theEaster Bunny will take place at 12 p.m., which will kick off Park Tavern’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Guests are invited to bring their cameras and take pictures with the Easter Bunny for free. Admission is $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for kids ages 7 to 12, and kids 6 and under are free.
Atkins Park in Virginia-Highland hosts Easter Sunday brunch along with dinner specials later in the evening.
The Culinary Club at Bellina Alimentari in Ponce City Market is hosting an Italian seafood dinner table – think fish carpaccio and squid ink spaghetti with shrimp and shellfish – on Wednesday, March 23 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Enjoy a three-course meal accompanied by three wines for $65 per person. Be sure to check out Bellina’s Market for Easter baskets with sea salt chocolate, orange and lemon chocolate-coated Dragées, apricots in syrup, honey and almond brittle and vanilla black tea for $32 each, as well as a decadent candy collection.
HOBNOB in Midtown features brunch service from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., including bottomless mimosas for $16.95. Dinnertime brings an Easter dinner special: ham, melted cheddar, grilled pineapple wheel and Cabernet gravy all on brioche bread with HOBNOB fries for only $13.95.
Downtown Atlanta visitors can join Ray’s in the City for an Easter brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Brunch is $37.95 per adult and $18.95 for children 5-10. The regular dinner menu is served between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Gather around the table at Revival for an all-day Southern buffet from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The feast – $39 for adults, $12 for children – features Easter favorites like lamb, ham and fried chicken in addition to seasonal trimmings and a dessert table just like at Grandma’s house.
The Southern Gentleman, located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, hosts brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the regular à la carte dinner menu is featured alongside chef specials for the holiday occasion.
Every Easter basket needs a sweet treat, and Sublime Doughnuts has just the one with its Hot Cross Bun doughnut for $2.25. This cinnamon currant glazed doughnut is available between Friday, March 25 and Sunday, March 27.
Roswell favorite Aqua blue is hosting a brunch buffet between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. featuring carving stations, made-to-order omelets, blue ribbon sushi, desserts and more. It’s all available for $34.95 for adults and $9.95 for all children under 12. No brunch is complete without bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, and Aqua blue has them for only $15.
Celebrate in historic Crabapple with Easter Sunday brunch at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails. Executive chef Derek Dollar presents a luxurious prix-fixe brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The three-course meal includes options such as sticky toffee pecan beignets, stout beer-braised lamb and fudgy brownie mason jar. Brunch is $32 for adults and $16 for children 12 and younger. A kids menu is also available.
Known for its award-winning Easter buffet, Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs satisfies holiday guests of all ages between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $45.95 for adults and $22.95 for children 5-10. Ray’s at Killer Creek is providing a buffet for Alpharetta diners from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and serving its à la carte dinner menu between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The buffet price for adults is $37.95, and children 5-10 dine for $18.95. Ray’s Rio Bravo serves its brunch buffet between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The price is $22.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 5-10. The regular dinner menu is available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Big Ketch in Roswell is hosting an Easter lunch to celebrate the holiday with daily fresh fish, half-shell oysters and renowned grouper sandwiches.
Focusing on a stylish and playful approach to American cuisine, Seed Kitchen & Bar in East Cobb has a Sunday brunch menu of delicious dishes like smoked salmon, crab eggs Benedict and smoked brisket hash. Chef Doug Turbush will offer specials specifically for the Easter holiday.