Around Town (and Beyond) — March 2019

March is here! Spring is just a couple of weeks away! And there’s a lot of fun stuff to do around town. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

March 7-16 — Atlanta Jewish Music Festival; taking place at multiple venues around town, this annual festival showcases Jewish heritage through jazz, sacred, folk, orchestral, kids’, and rock ’n’ roll music. Check the website for more information including show times, locations, and ticket prices.

March 8 — Farmtastic Fridays at McDaniel Farm Park in Duluth; homeschool families are invited to come out for a themed adventure, examining the science and history that make McDaniel Farm unique. Hayride around the farm is included. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up. 10:30am

March 9-23 — Atlanta Science Festival; this family-friendly festival features 100 hands-on activities, performances, presentations, and facility tours for all ages in dozens of locations throughout Atlanta to celebrate local science and technology. The festival caps off with a giant Exploration Expo party on March 23 in Piedmont Park. There are a lot of great mini-events scheduled as part of this festival, so be sure to check out the website for more information.

March 10 — Second Sunday at the High Museum; free admission and family-friendly activities are offered on the second Sunday of each month. This month’s theme is Full STEAM Ahead. 12pm to 5pm

March 14 — Taste of Science at Fernbank Science Center; at this evening event, visitors age 14 and up will enjoy culinary treats as local scientists offer their thought-provoking insight about threats to our food supply and public health through engaging mini lectures.  Then  cap off the evening by competing for free planetarium passes in a live, online game. Admission is $10 per person; tickets can be purchased online. 7pm

March 16 — Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade; come out and enjoy 2,000 dancers, musicians, and Irish enthusiasts, plus giant balloons, floats, and marching bands on Peachtree Street (from 15th St. NE to 5th St. NE) in this annual family-friendly holiday event. Parade starts at 12pm.

March 16 — Raptor Fest at Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville; this 5th annual event, featuring live bird and animal encounters, will take place rain or shine. Admission is $10 per person for ages 2 and up. 10am to 3pm

March 16 — Snake Day at Fernbank Science Center; this family event will feature reptiles on display, hands-on activities, and food trucks. Admission is free. 12pm to 3pm

March 19 — Frogs Fly Home: A Conservation Success Story at the Atlanta Botanical Garden; special lecture focusing on a successful frog conservation program, fourteen years in the making; appropriate for families with students in grade 6 and up. Free with Garden admission, but reservations are required. 10:30am to 11:30am

March 20-24 — Atlanta International Auto Show at the Georgia World Congress Center; if you have a car enthusiast in your family, you won’t want to miss this annual event featuring hundreds of new cars on display, along with concept cars, a selection of exotic and classic cars, and ride and drive opportunities. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids under 6. Check the website for daily times.

March 22-31 — International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon; this annual family-friendly festival includes 75 events, arts & crafts vendors, concerts, food trucks, a parade (starting at 4pm March 24), parties, and Macon’s 350,000 beautiful, flowering cherry trees. Highlights include a wiener dog race, a Prince tribute concert, a bed race, carnival rides at Central City Park, and more. Check the website for more information on events, times, and pricing.

March 23 — Educator Appreciation Family Day at Zoo Atlanta; educators (including homeschoolers) get free admission and 10% off in the gift shop, and their guests receive $2 off admission during the event. Families will enjoy STEAM-based stations with hands-on activities throughout the zoo, along with information on bringing zoo science into your classroom (or  homeschool). Preregister online, or register at the event at the special educator booth set up in front of the ticket area. Don’t forget to bring your Declaration of Intent to prove that you are a home educator. 10am to 2pm

March 28 — Face to Face with Tiny Things at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford; homeschoolers of all ages will enjoy hands on activities focused on tiny things. Admission is $5 per person (with an extra fee for non-Gwinnett residents). 1pm to 4pm

Big thanks to Pam Mashburn for contributing to this month’s list!

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