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Weekend to do list: March 12-14

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At this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Atlanta, keep an eye out for green and plaid, then see it all at the Irish-inspired festival at Underground Atlanta. AJC file photo

I just love how Atlanta has something for every interest. Please just look at the lineup for Friday: there’s ballet, hockey, free art, lessons about bugs, modern dance, a craft show and a wrestling convention. TRUE.

There’s a smidgen of music down there, but if you’re really looking for info on live shows, check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

And if you’ve got more suggestions for the weekend, please add ‘em to the free AccessAtlanta.com calendar, and share them in the comments! — Jamie G.

FRIDAY, MARCH 12

Art: Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, 6-11 p.m., various galleries and locations, Atlanta. FREE.

Crafts: American Craft Council Show opens, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Cobb Galleria, Atlanta.

Dance: Southern Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella,” 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, Duluth.

Dance: Crossover Movement Arts and Zentropy present “Your Head is Full of Stars,” 9:30 p.m., Eyedrum, Atlanta.

For kids: Bio-buggies presentation, 1:30 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: “Spring Awakening” continues,  8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta. Read more.

Wrestling: Legendsmania pre-party opens the wrestling convention, 6 p.m. registration, Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport, College Park.

SATURDAY, MARCH 13

Books: Author John Yow discusses “The Armchair Birder: Discovering the Secret Lives of Familiar Birds,” 3 p.m., Bound to be Read books, Atlanta. FREE.

Comedy: The Royal Comedy Tour with D.L. Hughley, J. Anthony Brown, Sommore and Don “D.C.” Curry, 8 p.m., Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta.

Dance: BalletFest Atlanta 2010 features 19 companies, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Southern Polytechnic State University Student Center Theatre, Marietta.

Festival: Third Annual Celtic Celebration with music, dance and costumes, 1-4 p.m., Henry County’s Cochran Public Library, Stockbridge. FREE.

Festival: St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade, Noon, Peachtree Street to Underground Atlanta, Atlanta. FREE.

For families: Storytelling at The Wren’s Nest as part of Phoenix Flies, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., The Wren’s Nest, Atlanta. FREE. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Sports: Harlem Globetrotters play, 7:30 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Rollergirls season opener, 5 p.m., Yaarab Shrine Center Auditorium, Atlanta.

SUNDAY, MARCH 14

Comedy: Late-night host Craig Ferguson performs, 7:30 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta.

For kids: Laughing Pizza performs, 3 p.m., Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta.

For families: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance of “Green Eggs & Ham,” 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.

Exercise: Hunger Walk/Run 5K to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and other non-profits, noon-4 p.m., Turner Field, Atlanta.

Music: Cobb Symphony presents “Carousel,” 8 p.m., 3 p.m., Murray Arts Center, Kennesaw.

Music: Ladies Rock Camp showcase, 5:30 p.m., The Five Spot, Atlanta. Read more.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Phoenix Coyotes, 5 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Have an event, venue, restaurant or performance in and around Atlanta? Add it to the AccessAtlanta.com calendar.

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33 comments Add your comment

Kimberly

March 13th, 2010
10:29 am

Ben and Mr. Sunshine… you’re right on. This city is what you make of it. If you seek arts then look in your Creative Loafing at all of the events Atlanta has to offer-or the Sunday AJC. If you seek outdoor events then look around-we have Lake Lanier, Stone Mtn, weekly walks/runs-next week the Ing runs through the city. We are a progressive city that is evolving. If out west is what your spirit needs then go! It’s a beautiful region of the states that has its own merit. But why bash Atlanta? We have much to offer. I’m ITP and have many activities I can have ready access to- but if I lived in the suburbs I would certainly figure out a way to get to the events I would attend. Look around! There are things EVERYWHERE in this city to do.

Sue

March 12th, 2010
8:43 pm

Great list Jamie. So many things on this I want to do.

jade

March 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

no way hose i am not getting on marta. if im going to get shot or stabbed i wanna be in a location where i can run away

marc

March 12th, 2010
5:00 pm

Who do you represent the Chamber of Commerce?

MARTA

March 12th, 2010
4:55 pm

that is what MARTA is for, marc.

marc

March 12th, 2010
4:50 pm

The thing that’s wrong with Atlanta is that there is no dense area with things to do. Everything is too scattered and requires transportation to go from one place to another. Tourist don’t want to travel around all over in an expensive taxi ride or take the bus!

Atliens

March 12th, 2010
4:48 pm

what part of atlanta are ya’ll in that there is nothing going on?? Joe did you not think to maybe go to a bar or something after new years? your obviously a rookie if you thought to go to the hard rock or hooters..there is plenty going on in atlanta for those who actually try

JON

March 12th, 2010
4:46 pm

TOO MANY HOMELESS ALL OVER THE DOWNTOWN AREA!

Ben

March 12th, 2010
4:43 pm

I have arts/ music/ party/ fundraiser/ sports/ social events filling every line of my calendar for the next 3 months. Folks move to Georgia from other parts of the country and think there is nothing to do because they live in areas that were farmland just 10-15 years ago. Move to Atlanta people! Live in the city! I walk or bike exclusively on the weekends and can’t find enough time to take advantage of all the exciting educational and social events. GET INVOLVED!

Bubba

March 12th, 2010
4:43 pm

You need more than a Hooters for entertainment?