For those who weathered SnowJam 2014, followed shortly thereafter by Snowpocalypse 2014 this Winter – the arrival of Spring, as well as the traditions and fun festivals that it brings, are a most welcome change. While we may love the look of snow falling in big potato chip-sized flakes from the sky and might even possibly welcome the occasional snow day reprieve from school or work, warm weather really is our thing here in the South. As the sunshine and milder temperatures return to Atlanta, it’s time to get back outside and PLAY! These are just a few of the things happening in the city over the course of the coming weeks that you might consider staycation-worthy. So, pack a bag, grab your toothbrush and let’s go:
Phoenix Flies Celebration
Going on now through March 23, the Phoenix Flies Celebration is an annual event hosted by the Atlanta Preservation Center that features more than 200 FREE events honoring historic sites throughout Atlanta. Included among those sites are the Atlanta History Center, Margaret Mitchell House, Sardis Church & Cemetery, Callanwolde Mansion, Capital City Club, Cathedral of St. Philip, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Cyclorama, The Fox Theatre, Georgia Capitol, Rhodes Hall, and more. A number of the events included guided, bus, walking or bicycle tours of some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods including Druid Hills, Grant Park, Candler Park, Castleberry Hill, Inman Park, Ansley Park, Downtown Atlanta, and beyond. Sneak a peek at the schedule online to consider the best events to book your Atlanta staycation around.
St. Patrick’s Day
It’s not quite Spring yet, but it’s so close you can taste it! Atlanta takes its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations very seriously – and there are quite a few of them around town! If you’re up to heading downtown, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a must-see event – and serves as the perfect excuse to book a room at one of a plethora of excellent hotels in the city or around Midtown. In its 132nd year, the parade kicks off at noon on Saturday, March 15 and marches right on down Peachtree Street. Afterwards, a slew of local pubs will play host to food, live music, drink specials and festivities into the wee hours of the morn’. Be sure to check out the happenings at RiRa, Masquerade Music Park, Fado Irish Pub, Meehan’s Public House, and more. For those who wish to get out of the city, Chateau Élan in Braselton and Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford will be hosting their own brands of Irish-themed revelry on Saturday, March 15 – the ideal excuse for a self-contained St. Patty’s-centered staycation.
Atlanta Film Festival
Movie buffs UNITE! During the 7-day Atlanta Film Festival – which runs from March 28-April 6 this year – an anticipated audience of 25,000 independent filmmakers and enthusiasts will descend upon the city in celebration of this craft. One of only two dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals in the U.S., the event will comprise a creative conference, movie trailers, and full-length film screenings at a series of locales, including its headquarters at the historic Plaza Theatre in the Poncey-Highland area, 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points, The Goat Farm Arts Center near the Westside Urban Market in downtown Atlanta, and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Druid Hills. During the festival, a number of LGBTQ short and feature films will also vie for a coveted Pink Peach award. At the heart of this event is the opportunity to sneak a peek at hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films, selected from 3000+ submissions from all over the world. Tickets to this event are available online, and W Midtown Atlanta and The Highland Inn are both Gold Sponsors of this event - if you’re looking for a terrific place to stay in between movie marathons.