Wednesday, March 11, 2009

St. Patrick's Day events in Atlanta

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They say that everyone is a little bit Irish, which might explain why Atlanta is practically bursting with celebrations of the Emerald Isle and good old St. Patrick. Here's a short list of what’s happening on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as festivities the weekend before for those of us who (alas) have to work on Tuesday.


You could always get drunk the classy way at MARTINIS O’ IMAX. Before the film, there will be Ireland-inspired cocktails like the “Pot o’ Gold” or the “Lucky Lephechaun,” and live music from Kingsized. Plus, you get out of the cover charge if you wear green. $15-$22. March 13, 5:30 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400.

Or, take to the streets for Underground Atlanta's ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. In addition to the parade, there will be Irish dancing, bands (including a U2 cover band), themed activities for kids and food. Free. March 14, noon. 50 Upper Alabama St. 404-523-2311.

For more of a block-party atmosphere, check out the BUCKHEAD ST. PATURDAY FESTIVAL. There will be plenty of music (again, including a U2 cover band), entertainment and Yuengling, which, thank the Lord, has finally come to Atlanta. $6. March 14, 5 p.m. Buckhead West Village, East Andrews Drive and Irby Avenue.

And if you’re looking to go balls to the wall this St. Patrick’s Day, check out the daylong celebration at FADO. $10-$15. March 17, 7 a.m. Fado Irish Pub, 279 Buckhead Ave. 404-841-0066.

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Good causes:

For a warm, fuzzy feeling on the inside and a whole new look on the outside, head to ST. BALDRICK’S DAY, where participants will raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving their heads. Free. March 13, 7 p.m. Fado Irish Pub, 279 Buckhead Ave. 404-841-0066.

Party for a cause at the SHAMROCK SOCIAL, which will have an open bar for four hours and will include party favors and live music by the Modern Society Band. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. $25-$30. March 17, 8 p.m. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. 678-793-0030.

At RAISING OF THE GREEN, ART Station is celebrating and fundraising with a silent auction. There’s a chance to win artwork, theater tickets, meals at Atlanta restaurants and more. There will also be complimentary green beer and live music. $20-$25. March 17, 6-9:30 p.m. 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105.


MURPHY’S is taking on traditional Irish food like finnan haddie, Irish soda bread, lamb stew, corned beef with kolcannon, and Irish whiskey bread pudding. There will be plenty of Irish ale, live singing and dance performances. March 17, 5 p.m. 997 Virginia Ave. 404-872-0904.

FLIP is putting its own spin on the holiday with corned-beef burgers and pistachio-and-white-truffle liquid-nitrogen milkshakes, which will be green and emitting fog. It’s like St. Patrick’s Day in the future! March 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. 1587 Howell Mill Road. 404-352-3547.

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