The HOT List..

You don't have to be Irish to get lucky (for that, see PARTY NOW!) at Murphy's on St. Patty's Day. Celebrate Ireland's patron saint with authentic treats like finnan haddie (that's smoked cod to you, lassie), Irish soda bread and lamb stew. Pair it with a pint or two (Guinness or Harp, natch) and prepare to get jiggy with traditional Irish dancers. Save a wee bit of room for the Irish whiskey bread pudding. March 17, 5PM.
997 Virginia Ave.
Virginia Highland

You could drive all over town in search of the newest bling (this season, it's all about big chunky stones and quirky charms). Or, better yet, go to the jewelry trunk show at Kaleidoscope featuring more than 100 pieces from Michelle Rhodes, Candace Tracy, Chris Vigliotti and Voucou. March 15, Noon-5PM. 252 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404.378.1214.

Now, back to getting lucky. The Get Lucky Festival at Park Tavern (think 5,000 party-ers) is where it's pretty much a sure thing. (Shouting "Kiss me, I'm Irish" might help, too.) Or you could just enjoy the live music (Weezer-tribute band, El Scorcho and cover band, Block Party), beats from DJ Pot O' Gold and gallons of green beer. March 15, Noon-2:30AM, $20, $30 (at door), $40 (if not wearing green; price includes T-shirt).
Park Tavern
500 10th St. NE

**Just a side note**
I may be here, but not actually inside Park Tavern.. It depends on weather. I would rather play games (cornhole(i did not make that up), throw the football, baseball, softball, etc..) than be crammed inside with the 5K party-goers..

Don your beer goggles (green, of course!) and you might think U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing at The Buckhead St. Patrick's Day Festival. Tribute bands, UV and Behind the Sun, are surely the next best thing! March 15, 6PM, $5 (advance), $10-$15. Andrew Square parking lot between E. Andrew Dr. and Irby Ave., Buckhead, 404.869.1132.

Forget about that goofy groundhog and his shadow issues. We know spring has sprung when we get a peek at some daffodils (they're not the birth flower of March for nothin'!). Feel the warming trend for yourself at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's annual Daffodil Show where hundreds of this chipper flower will be on display. Everything you always wanted to know about Narcissus (its botanical name, natch) from on-hand experts and educational seminars. March 15-16, 9AM-5PM, $12.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave.

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