So June begins, and that means summer is officially here! Whether you’re trying to entertain the kiddos or need some fun ideas for you and your girlfriends (or hubby) as the temperature rises, we have you covered. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Atlanta events in June that are sure to please your crew and make sure you’re cool for the summer.
June 1-4, 2017: The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival (AFWF) isn’t just an Atlanta culinary event; it’s a statement on Southern culture, spanning a region making a name for itself with modern interpretations of time-tested flavor profiles. Ticket holders can attend classes designed by world-renowned chefs, visit tasting tents bursting with wonderful foods and attend dinners and parties all over the city. Visit the AFWF website for more details about the schedule and how to attend. atlfoodandwinefestival.com
June 2 & 3, 2017: Candler Park Music & Food Festival
Ain’t no party like a Candler Park party ’cause a Candler Park party don’t stop! This year’s Candler Park Music & Food Festival features a musical lineup including Railroad Earth, Matisyahu, Ripe, Chelsea Shag, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, Lake Street Dive, The Marcus King Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Webster. Also on hand will be a ton of delicious food options. As part of the event, the Atlanta Contact Point 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $80 for VIP, and are valid for both days of the festival. Get more information on the event website. candlerparkmusicfestival.com
June 3 & 4, 2017: Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo
If you like being buffed, polished, painted, massaged and just about any other verb that evokes the feeling of being pampered, you need to attend the Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center. Besides shopping and visiting a vast array of exhibitors from across the country, attendees will have the chance to hear from some of the most outspoken women in pop culture today, including Brandy, Vivica Fox, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Kelly Osbourne, Cynthia Bailey, Dr. Jackie Walters, Kenya Moore, MC Lyte, Sonya Norwood and many others. Visit the site to buy your tickets, get details about the keynote speakers, exhibitor info and hours of operation: atlantawomensexpo.com
June 3, 2017: National Trails Day
Outdoor enthusiasts come together for educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail projects for National Trails Day. While this takes place across the country, you can celebrate locally at Georgia state parks. They will offer a variety of ranger-led hikes. For events near you, visit their website: nationaltrailsday.org.
June 3, 2017: Children’s Cooking Class with Celebrity Chef Art Smith
Art Smith will host a special children’s cooking class, for ages 6-12, at Southern Art on Saturday, June 3. Chef Art is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and two-time James Beard Award recipient — wow, what an opportunity! He will teach these lucky kids how to create a great pie while hitting home how important it is to have fun with food and family! The class is $25 per child and includes lunch (which includes Art’s buttermilk fried chicken, southern-style macaroni and cheese and an assortment of wonderful pies). To RSVP, please call 404-946-9070.
June 3 & 4, 2017: Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Summerfest is an event where the whole family can enjoy a (free) day of fun with an artist market, music, 5K Road Race, food and a huge area of kids’ activities. The action takes place in the historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood from Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (the artist market closes at 6:30 p.m.) and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With many other events rounding out this annual and much-anticipated festival, you’ll need to check out all the details at vahi.org.
June 3 & 4, 2017: Summer ICE 2017
The only thing cooler than cool is ICE cold … that is, the Indie Craft Experience’s massive craft fair for summer! Make your way to the new location at Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30361, June 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and check out ICE’s very best craft vintage market. It features more than 90 vendors, great food, and swag bags for the first 250 attendees. ICE always has cool, locally made and sourced products you can’t find anywhere else, so make sure to have your gift list ready! We are especially excited about the Workshop with Tiny Doors Atlanta (requiring separate registration HERE). Admission is $5 at the door; free for kids under 12. ice-atlanta.com
June 2-11, 2017: Atlanta Design Festival
Atlanta serves as the host city for a two-week event focused on the best international designs from around the world. Attendees will have opportunities to meet and share dialogue with cutting-edge architects, designers and other creative minds. Check the website for details about the time and associated costs of the various events, as well as ticket information. atlantadesignfestival.net
June 9, 2017: The Locals at Gregg Irby Gallery
Join Gregg Irby Gallery — on the Westside — for drinks and little bites as they celebrate four of Georgia’s own emerging artists, including Eva Magill Oliver, Elaine Burge, Shannon Duley and Renee Bouchon. Gregg is known for having quite an eye for picking emerging artists and her gallery is a favorite not only for Atlanta residents and interior designers, but throughout the southeast and beyond. Go and have fun! Address: 996 Huff Rd, Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30318. greggirbygallery.com
June 9, 2017: Atlanta Moon Ride
The only thing better than a moonlit stroll is a moonlit bike ride with thousands of your friends! Atlanta Moon Ride is one of the coolest events to hit this city. In it, participants ride six miles through our favorite in-town neighborhoods. And don’t worry if you’re not a BMXer; this is a family-friendly event that is a cool way to see the city in a whole new perspective. The fun begins at 7 p.m. in Piedmont Park with the official ride starting at 11 p.m. Registration fees start at $35 (VIP status and group fees are available). All proceeds benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, so not only will you get some after-hours exercise and attend the biggest in-town party on two wheels, you’ll also be helping really amazing kids in the process! atlantamoonride.com
June 10, 2017: Rock the Cure
Head to Sweetbriar Brewery at 7:30 p.m. on June 1, as Rock the Cure is celebrating its 11th year raising money for Type 1 diabetes research. In the past decade, this event has raised over $700,000. Join for live music, local beer, food and raffle prizes. VIP tickets include free pouring wine and spirits in the VIP lounge, and early entry. Grab some friends and head to Rock the Cure for a fun time and a good cause. jdrfrockthecure.org
June 10, 2017: Tunes from the Tombs
For one of the coolest, only-in-Atlanta-type events, make sure to attend Tunes from the Tombs! Oakland Cemetery will have you R.I.P.ing (Rocking in Peace) from noon to 8 p.m. as you jam out to amazing local bands and awesome tribute bands. And unlike Oakland Cemetery’s permanent residents who no longer have an appetite, keep your belly full by hitting up one of the food trucks on-hand to satisfy. Check out the Artists’ Market as well. Advance tickets start at $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4 to 12. Visit the site to hear more about the line-up, package details and more. oaklandcemetery.com
June 11, 2017: Art Over Dinner with Atlanta Ballet
Eat a farm-to-table meal prepared by the talented chefs from HomespunATL while learning about the upcoming ballet season, and the history of Wabi Sabi. You’ll also be entertained with a short dance performance! The event takes place at Serenbe with tickets set at $85, from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. For more information: eventbrite.com
June 11, 2017: Atlanta Streets Alive
Keep your bike out after the Atlanta Moon Ride, as Queen said it best, “I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it now…” Grab your two-wheeler, lace up your kicks and get ready for a pedestrian-happy event as Atlanta Streets Alive takes over Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street. The bicycle parade at 4 p.m. kicks off the event and, for four glorious hours, bikers, skaters, walkers, toddlers (basically anyone and everyone without a car) take over the neighborhood until 8 p.m. Peace out to your car that day and embrace the world’s best means of transportation: you! atlantastreetsalive.com
June 17, 2017: Atlanta Summer Beer Fest
It’s hard to think of something better than sipping a cold beer on a hot, June day … except, perhaps LOTS of cold beer! Make your way to the Historic Fourth Ward Park for Atlanta Summer Beer Fest, where you will have the chance to choose from more than 200 beers, as well as listen to great live music and try delicious food. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 after June 9 and $55 day of the event. You might have already guessed it, but no one under the age of 21 is allowed. atlantasummerbeerfest.com
June 23-25, 2017: 21st Annual Athfest Music and Arts Festival
Head to the birthplace of R.E.M. and enjoy a three-day weekend filled with fabulous music and visual art by some of the most talented local and regional musicians and artists. Events take place through downtown Athens and celebrate AthFest Educates, a nonprofit dedicated to providing funding for music and arts education for youth. Venue events require tickets, while the outdoor stages are free for all. Learn more at athfest.com.
June 24 & 25, 2017: Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival
Historic Fourth Ward Park is newly completed and just begging for a big party to celebrate this wonderful community. Enter Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival! The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces puts on this event to celebrate the arts and the neighborhood, with artist market, kids’ area, live acoustic entertainment on the lawn and much more. The festival is free and is a great way to see the BeltLine, if you haven’t yet made your way to this expansive, outdoor attraction. Historic Fourth Ward Park is located at 680 Dallas St. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30308. oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com
June 25, 2017: Cochon555
Five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers make for an unimaginably tasty event. Cochon555 is an epic culinary experience centered on 1500 pounds of heritage breed pork. Attendees will feast on dozens of chef-crafted tastings and sip on more than 40 types of boutique wines, craft cocktails and artisanal brews. A portion of all sales will benefit the Piggy Bank Charity. This traveling food event is in Atlanta this month … don’t miss out! Tickets start at $125. cochon555.com
June 26, 2017: Yoga on the Promenade
On the fourth Monday of every month, you can experience free yoga in Piedmont Park. This month, the sponsoring yoga studio is Dancing Dogs Yoga, so you are in for a treat! Enjoy yoga in the great outdoors. What if it rains? No problem; the rain location is in Magnolia Hall. piedmontpark.org
Start summer off right by having a ball at some of our favorite Atlanta events for June. And make sure to keep checking our Local Happenings page for updates about new and exciting events coming our way!