March is notoriously a dead month in Atlanta, with post-holiday celebrations long over and summer festivals just out of reach. Despite a lack of noteworthy events, there are a few worth mentioning to tide you over until the festival madness begins in April.
Atlanta Events – March 2016
Atlanta Brunch Festival
My most anticipated festival of the spring, the first-ever Atlanta Brunch Festival will be held on Saturday, March 5th at the Historic Old Fourth Ward Park.
As a city that loves brunch, Atlanta has readily embraced this festival – over 8,000 people have clicked “Going” on the event’s Facebook page, and VIP tickets have sold out. With food and drinks from 20 Atlanta-area restaurants, in addition to live entertainment, the Atlanta Brunch Festival is sure to be a new local favorite.
Tickets for the festival are $15 before February 25th – your ticket includes admission, 1 drink ticket, and 1 food ticket. After Feb. 25th, the tickets go up to $20, then $25 the day of the event. Additional food ($3/taste) and drinks ($5/drink) can be purchased on site. Snag your tickets for the Atlanta Brunch Festival here.
St. Patrick’s Day
There are tons of events going on for St. Patrick’s Day – although it is officially on March 17th, festivities start the weekend before with Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Parade on March 12th. Atlanta’s longest running event (since 1858!), the parade starts at 15th Street in Midtown, and runs to 5th Street just a few blocks from the Fox Theater.
If you want some more raucous St. Paddy’s fun, check out the Paddy Hard Party at Fado’s in Buckhead, the Green Mile Block Party in Midtown, Luckyfest at Park Tavern, and Kegs & Eggs, a brunch bar crawl in Virginia Highlands.
One of Atlanta’s most unique events, BaconFest will be celebrating its 16th year on March 26th. With all proceeds going to Dad’s Garage, a non-profit theater company, BaconFest has a (somewhat) charitable element to make you feel good about eating copious amounts of pork fat.
In addition to bacon and beer, BaconFest is known for activities and carnival games like hobo wine tasting and a drunken spelling bee. For the first time in it’s history, BaconFest will be held in Old Fourth Ward just off of Edgewood Ave. To get in on the action, you can purchase tickets here.
Inman Park Restaurant Week
Held from March 28th to April 3rd, Inman Park Restaurant Week allows foodies to sample affordable meals from 13 different neighborhood restaurants. From date-night favorites like Barcelona and Fritti, to more upscale options like Rathbun’s Steak and The Cockentrice, each participating restaurant will offer either a $15, $25, or $35 menu throughout the week (a few spots will offer more than one option!)
I attended the last Inman Park Restaurant Week in September and went to Fritti – I got a salad, pizza, and dessert for only $15! If you’ve been dying to try any Inman Park restaurants but you’re on a budget, make sure to put this one on your calendar.
Reservations are recommended – click here to see the menus for each restaurant, as well as to lock down your spot.