Atlanta celebrates St. Patrick's Day this weekend with a number of related events, but there’s also plenty for kids to do. Atlanta PlanIt shares some of its top picks for things to do this weekend.
An Irish twist on “Sips Under the Sea” kicks off the weekend at the Georgia Aquarium, and the Irish music group Cherish the Ladies performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. For kids, there’s World Puppetry Day at the Center for Puppetry Arts and an art-making workshop at the Atlanta Contemporary. These are all things to do in Atlanta this weekend, March 17 through 19.
Friday, March 17
Sips Under The Sea
You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Georgia Aquarium at a special “Sips Under the Sea” event with all things green. It’s part of the Aquarium’s adult-only nights with extended hours and no children allowed. Friday’s event features music, signature cocktails and small plates.
Saturday, March 18
World Puppet Day & ‘The Dragon King’
The Center for Puppetry Arts celebrates World Puppet Day this Saturday with a day of fun events and performances. On stage at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. is “The Dragon King.” This show is based on Chinese folklore about a fearless grandma determined to end her village’s long-standing drought. There’s also a reveal of the newest Tiny Door from Tiny Doors ATL. There will also be storytelling, museum tours and more. Plus tickets to “The Dragon King” include admission to a Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ where children can make their own Chinese dragon marionette based on the show.
Cherish the Ladies
You can extend the St. Patrick’s Day festivities into Saturday night with the Cherish the Ladies concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Cherish the Ladies is a Grammy-nominated Irish-American music group. The band has spanned more than 30 years of instrumental and vocal songs. Irish dancers will also be joining the band for this concert at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will accompany the group and Michael Krajewski will conduct.
Sunday, March 19
Contemporary Kids Featuring Makiko Maekawa
Sunday afternoon is a special family workshop at the Atlanta Contemporary. Japanese-born Atlanta artist Makiko Maekawa will lead children in a fun art-making workshop. They’ll create their own sculptures using wire and base materials. Beads, buttons and other objects they’ll find on a scavenger hunt outside of the Contemporary will round out their art materials. The workshop is from 12 to 2 p.m. and is free to attend.