Things to do in Atlanta March 6th-9th

Just when you think it's safe to break out the swim suit, Mother Nature tells us otherwise. This might possibly be the longest winter in history (unless you are Bill Murray in Groundhog Day) but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate life. This weekend leaves us in no short supply of things to do, including a Mardi Gras party, an oyster roast, a real wild goose chase and plenty of other activities. Just a few more days until we can celebrate the glorious thing we like to call, the weekend. Thursday, March 6 Ecco to Host Exclusive Wine Dinner with Northstar Winery . Ecco is honored to present a wine dinner featuring Washington state's esteemed Northstar Winery on Thursday, March 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Northstar's notable winemaker David "Merf" Merfield will share his passion for outstanding Merlot-based wines with guests as executive chef Jonathan Beatty serves a European family-style meal. Shrek the Musical .

A delight for the whole family, this musical based on the beloved Dreamworks film character and William Steig's 1990s book will charm even the hardest ogre-ness out of everyone. This wonderful musical ran for 12 months on Broadway and is now adapted to a family friendly one-act experience. 2014 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament . Don't miss the 2014 Women's SEC Basketball Tournament, Wednesday through Sunday, March 5-9, at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Friday, March 7 Mardi Gras Party at Havana Club . It's Mardi Gras celebration time! Break out the beads and the bad behavior because this Friday we're going all out at Havana Club! We'll have all the exciting parts of the Big Easy celebration and more! Let's celebrate Mardi Gras with class, only at Havana Club - one of the hottest hangouts in the city; featuring a gorgeous, energetic crowd and electrifying DJs! Erin Foley at Laughing Skull Lounge ! Get ready to laugh as actress, writer and comedian Erin Foley, takes the stage at Laughing Skull Lounge Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9.

Foley made her stand-up debut on Conan in 2013 and has been a guest star on the NBC series "Go On." She has also performed stand-up on TV Guide's inaugural series "Stand-up In Stilettos," hosted by Kate Flannery of "The Office." Friday Night Fun for Charity . Tired of the same Friday night plans with your friends? Wind down the week with Friday Night Fun for Charity a charity beer tasting that is sure to leave you entertained and inspired. Join passionate professionals from across Atlanta on Friday, March 7th at Monday Night Brewing for three of hours of live music, craft beer, incredible raffles, and whole lot of fun. Saturday, March 8 Get Reeled in to an Oyster Roast at Lure . Spring is finally in the air (some days more than others), and Lure is kicking off the season with an Oyster Roast on the patio. From 1 to 3 p.m., landlubbers and seafood enthusiasts alike will enjoy cole slaw, hush puppies, boiled potatoes, housemade Andouille sausage and, of course, oysters. And the party doesn't end there. Monday Night Brewing is getting in on the action with plenty of ice cold brews. Tickets are $40 per person, and space is limited.

The Atlanta Opera - Faust ! It is sung in French with projected English translations. In Gounod's operatic retelling of the famous legend, an elderly scholar sells his soul to the devil for a chance to seduce the beautiful Marguerite. Faust's diabolical struggle between good and evil must surely end in tragedy... Or does it? Wild Goose Chase Atlanta . Goose Island will be migrating across the U.S. with several activities for beer drinkers across the city! The Wild Goose Chase takes place around the city while you hunt for five Golden Eggs hidden in mystery locations around the city. You have to solve trivia, puzzles, questions, and complete challenges to find their locations, but be careful, not all clues lead to the Golden Eggs! Sunday, March 9 JLA Shamrock 'N Roll Road Race 5k/10k . It's time to kick up your kilt for a good cause!