20 free things to do in metro Atlanta in March

A grass courtyard that offers yoga classes is just outside the entrance to the new Politan Row food hall. (Chris Hunt for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Looking for free things to do in Atlanta this March? Look no further! With the arrival of spring and March already upon us, Atlanta has plenty of exciting events to explore. From outdoor activities and art exhibitions to St. Patrick’s Day festivities and more, there’s a wide range of options to keep you entertained without spending a dime. Mark your calendars and get ready to discover some of the best Atlanta has to offer in March with our list below of 20 free things to do.

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Daffodil Days - Oakland Cemetery

During the months of February and March, more than 70 distinct varieties of daffodils appear throughout the historic Oakland Cemetery. Visitors can take a self-guided tour using a map to identify the various species and discover the stories behind them.

Location: East Atlanta - 248 Oakland Ave. SE; Website: oaklandcemetery.com; Contact: 404-688-2107; Date: Until March 30

Black American Portraits: A Symposium - Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

This two-day symposium with a variety of artists and scholars will focus on the Black American Portraits exhibition at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and explore the significance of the portrait in African American history, art, culture, identity, and social movements through films, lectures, performances, and panel discussions.

Location: Northwest - 350 Spelman Ln. SW; Website: spelman.edu; Date: Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3

Marietta Square Art Walk - Marietta Square

Take a stroll around historic Marietta Square for a free self-guided Art Walk as you explore Marietta’s diverse cultural scene with live music and local art.

Location: Marietta - 99 S. Park Square NE; Website: travelcobb.org; Contact: 706-389-9925; Date: Friday, March 3; Time: 5 - 9 p.m.

The Arts: An Immersive Art Experience - Underground Atlanta

The Arts Atlanta is a curated art experience that celebrates various forms of art, including fashion and textile art, performances, film, live music, multimedia projects and installations. Be sure to reserve your spot.

Location: Downtown - 50 Upper Alabama St.; Website: theartsatlanta.com; Dates: Friday, March 3; Time: 10 p.m.

2023 Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites

Interested in learning more about Atlanta’s incredible past? Then you’ll want to check out the Phoenix Flies. This free 23-day preservation event offers over 100 tours of the city’s historic landmarks, architecture, and neighborhoods, making it a perfect opportunity to discover and celebrate Atlanta’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Check out the complete Phoenix Flies digital program, explore all of their events and register here.

Website: eventbrite.com; Date: Saturday, March 4 - Sunday, March 26

Night of Ideas: More Justice! Defending Rights, Realizing Dreams - National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Night of Ideas Atlanta, presented by Villa Albertine, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, will showcase inspiring performances, informative exhibits, and thought-provoking conversations with notable figures such as Dr. Bernice A. King and Sheila Pree Bright, among others, Registration is required.

Location: Downtown - 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW; Website: civilandhumanrights.org; Contact: 678-999-8990; Dates: Saturday, March 4; Time: 7 p.m.

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

This is one of the city’s hidden gems and one of the best places to explore incredible contemporary artwork for free! Register online or in person. Check out their current and upcoming exhibitions here.

Location: Midtown - 535 Means St. NW; Website: eventbrite.com; Contact: 404-688-1970

Wellness Series: Yoga - The Battery Atlanta

The Battery Atlanta’s Wellness Series presents a free yoga class on select Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. on The Plaza Green. Participants are required to pre-register on Eventbrite. Be sure to bring water and a mat.

Location: Cumberland - 800 Battery Ave. SE; Website: batteryatl.com; Contact: 404-494-1150; Date: Every Monday (March 6, 13, 20 and 27); Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Better Together Tuesday Night Run - Lululemon at Ponce City Market

Participate in a weekly Tuesday evening open group run led by Lululemon ambassador and Social Fitness ATL founder, Shannon Booker. Meetup time is at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Lululemon store at Ponce City Market.

Location: East Atlanta - 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Suite C187; Website: poncecitymarket.com; Contact: 470-333-7613; Dates: Every Tuesday (March 7, 14, 21 and 28); Time: 6:30 p.m.

Luck of the Square - Colony Square

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade and an after-party at The Plaza in Colony Square, featuring live music, drinks, festive swag and other fun shenanigans.

Location: Midtown - 1197 Peachtree St. NE; Website: colonysquare.com; Contact: 404-228-7941; Dates: Saturday, March 11; Time: Noon - 3 p.m.

Madness on the Square - Colony Square

Beginning March 14 (until the championship game), you can catch select March Madness games with your friends on the jumbo screen in The Plaza at Colony Square.

Location: Midtown - 1197 Peachtree St. NE; Website: colonysquare.com; Contact: 404-228-7941; Dates: March 14 - April 3

ATL Ideas: Food Security - Monday Night Garage

ATL Ideas is presenting a conversation at Monday Night Garage on the subject of food security in Atlanta and how to find access, affordability and potential solutions to these challenges. Register for a free ticket as seating is limited. Every participant will be given one free beer courtesy of Monday Night Brewing.

Location: Southwest - 933 Lee St. SW; Website: eventbrite.com; Contact: 404-352-7703; Dates: Wednesday, March 15; Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Luck of the Avalon - Avalon

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole family at Luck of Avalon with live music, Irish dancing, green beer, face painting, a photo booth, and special performances.

Location: Alpharetta - 2200 Avalon Blvd.; Website: experienceavalon.com; Contact: 770-765-2000; Date: Friday, March 17; Time: 5 - 9 p.m.

Tiny Doors ATL Open Studio - Atlantic Station

We’ve all seen those famous Tiny Doors around Atlanta, and on Saturday, March 18, the Tiny Doors studio will be open to the public. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how this iconic Atlanta-based art project comes to life.

Location: Midtown - 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Suite 14100; Website: atlanticstation.com; Contact: 404-528-8017; Date: Saturday, March 18; Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Teacher Appreciation Day - High Museum of Art

Calling all teachers: On March 18, the High Museum of Art will host Teacher Appreciation Day, allowing educators (and a guest) free admission. Be sure to bring identification showing that you are a teacher. Not a teacher? You can still visit the museum for free on Sunday, March 12 (UPS Second Sunday).

Location: Midtown - 1280 Peachtree St. NE; Website: high.org; Contact: 404-733-4400; Date: Saturday, March 18; Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Northside Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival - City Green at Sandy Springs

The Northside St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival will feature a parade honoring St. Patrick and the Irish community, followed by a family-friendly festival with Celtic and local vendors, Irish dancing, music and more.

Location: Sandy Springs - 1 Galambos Wy.; Website: visitsandysprings.org; Date: Saturday, March 18; Time: 10 a.m.

Decatur International Festival - Downtown Decatur Square

Discover the Decatur International Festival, a festival that will showcase art, food, music, and performances from various countries. You’ll be sure to enjoy a diverse range of performances, including Brazilian Capoeira, Korean performers, Thai dancers, live art painting and more.

Location: Decatur - 509 N McDonough St.; Website: facebook.com; Date: Saturday, March 18; Time: 1 - 9 p.m.

“The Quest for Sleep” Screening - Fernbank Museum

Attend a free screening of “The Quest for Sleep,” a documentary narrated by award-winning actress Octavia Spencer, at the Fernbank Museum. Attendees will be granted museum access after the screening.

Location: Druid Hills - 767 Clifton Rd.; Website: eventbrite.com; Date: Sunday, March 19; Time: Noon - 2 p.m.

Song Creation Workshop - Cultured South Fermentation Co.

You’re invited to a creative songwriting workshop held by Cultured South and Girls and Guitars for women to connect and create music. Participants will be given prompts and break into groups to brainstorm, write lyrics, and ultimately share their passion for making music.

Location: Southwest - 1038 White St. SW; Website: eventbrite.com; Dates: Sunday, March 19; Time: 4 - 6 p.m.

Game Day at The Camp: Braves Opening Day - The Works

Gather your friends and wear your favorite Braves jersey to catch their Opening Day game against the Nationals on the big screen at The Works.

Location: Northeast - 1295 Chattahoochee Ave. NW; Website: theworksatl.com; Contact: 678-974-8534; Date: Thursday, March 30; Time: 1:30 p.m.

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