Around Town (and Beyond): March 2017

Though the month has already started, there are still so many fun, family-friendly things to do around town and beyond in March! And with spring right around the corner, it’s no surprise that many of them focus on flowers and being outdoors. It’s impossible to include every awesome event that our state (or even our city!) has to offer, but here’s a short list of interesting events that we hope will get you started:

Ongoing through March 12 — The Adventures of Mighty Bug — ages 4 and up; This popular show at the Center for Puppetry Arts wraps up on March 12, so make sure to get your tickets now if you don’t want to miss it!

Ongoing through March 31 — Gibbs Garden Daffodil Colorfest all ages; Gibbs Garden, located in Ball Ground, features 220 acres of stunning outdoor space. The Daffodil Colorfest boasts over 100 varieties of bulbs, in a range of colors. In addition to the beautiful daffodils, visitors will see hydrangeas, waterlilies, roses, daylilies, rhododendrons, crape myrtles, flowering cherries, dogwoods, annuals and perennials, wildflowers, and one of the largest Japanese Gardens in the United States with 40 handcrafted Japanese lanterns and over 2,000 Japanese maples.

Ongoing through April 9 — Orchid Daze at the Atlanta Botanical Garden all ages; Explore the world of America’s favorite plant during the annual Orchid Daze exhibition celebrating thousands of beautiful blossoms. Step inside the tropical warmth of the largest orchid center in the United States for a special exhibition of thousands of gorgeous orchids.

March 10-19 — The Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show — all ages; This display of lovely quilts in the historic, cozy setting of Bulloch Hall is celebrating its 35th year.

March 11-12 — Forsythia Festival all ages; This free, family-fun event in Forsyth County features a two-day arts-and-crafts show, children’s fair, a 5K and one-mile fun run, sporting tournaments, live entertainment, and much more.

March 11 — Third Annual Daffodil Day at Oakland Cemetery all ages; Enjoy a day in Oakland’s Victorian gardens with guided walks, garden presentations, a cut flower display, dialogue with local daffodil and gardens experts, children’s activities, and more. Admission is free.

March 11 — 135th Annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade all ages; This family-friendly parade kicks off at Peachtree Street and 15th Street and travels through midtown to end at Peachtree and 5th. Noon-1:30pm, rain or shine. Visit the website for parking information.

March 14-25 — Atlanta Science Festival all ages; This annual public celebration of science and technology boasts over 100 events at multiple locations around town. The festival wraps up at Centennial Olympic Park on March 25, with Exploration Expo — a free, interactive science extravaganza with more than 100 exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos and performances, and more.

March 18 — WELSHfest 2017 all ages; This festival of Welsh culture, which takes place in downtown Rockmart (the city that the Welsh built), is the only Welsh-centered festival in Georgia. Visitors can experience welly wanging, medieval activities, a Welsh tea room, bicycle parade, children’s activities, historic tours and more.

March 18-19 — Model Train Show at the Cobb Galleria all ages; This year’s show features over 250 vendors, a raffle, door prizes, kids activities and more.

March 22-26 — Atlanta International Auto Show all ages; This show celebrates its 35th year at the Georgia World Congress Center, and will feature over 500 new and pre-production vehicles, vendors, and snacks. Tickets are cash only, and are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 5.

March 24-25 — Beauty and the Beast by the Atlanta Dance Theatre — all ages; This ballet, a beautiful retelling of the classic tale, takes place at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $23.50 for adults and $15.50 for students and seniors.

March 24-April 22 — The Atlanta Film Festival multiple ages; The Atlanta Film Festival is one of the oldest and longest-running film festivals in the country, welcoming an audience of nearly 25,000 to view hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films from submissions from around the world. This year’s lineup includes over 60 films, shown at various venues around town. Please check the website for more information on each film (including whether or not its family-friendly), and the dates/times/locations of showings.

March 24-April 2 — The International Cherry Blossom Festival — all ages; Since 1982, the residents of Macon, along with visiting festival-goers, have celebrated the cherry blossom, as the town transforms into a pink, cotton-spun paradise of over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom. For 10 days each March, festival-lovers are treated to one of the most extravagant displays of springtime color in the nation as they visit the town referred to by Congressional Records as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. This year’s festival includes hundreds of vendors, activities, and family-friendly events throughout Macon.

March 25-26 — Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival all ages; This festival, held at Blackburn Park, features a 5k run and 1k walk, musical performances, classic car show, pet parade, arts & crafts market, children’s village and more.

March 25-26 — Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival all ages; This 36th annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held at the Georgia International Horse Park, rain or shine. Originating as a way to encourage cultural understanding and friendship through international music, dance, games, food and crafts, this year’s festival will feature multiple stages for continuous entertainment, hundreds of art and craft booths, various children’s activities and food courts. Admission is free, but there is $5 charge for parking.

March 30-April 2 — 8th Annual 18th Century Market Faire all ages; This living history event, at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, allows visitors to interact with authentically costumed historians demonstrating life in 1790s frontier Georgia. Visitors will explore an old fort and frontier camps, see 18th century women and craftsmen demonstrating their trades, meet Native American warriors, and view historical military drill reenactments. There will also be children’s activities, a trading post, 18th century music, and more. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, free for children under 12.

 

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