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 husband 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.
Through June 3, 2018: The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
In one of our favorite foodie events of the year, it’s time to celebrate Atlanta’s top culinary talents at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Taking place at Piedmont Park and the Loews Hotel over the course of four days, ticket holders will get to eat, learn, drink, cook, socialize and so much more. Get tickets and the festival schedule online. atlfoodandwinefestival.com
Through June 3, 2018: 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 1 & 2, 2018: 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 Lettuce, Larkin Poe, Grand, Gov’t Mule, Houndmouth, Susto and more. Also on hand will be a ton of delicious food options. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $80 for VIP and are valid for both days of the festival. For more information, visit candlerparkmusicfestival.com.
June 2, 2018: 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 nationaltrailsday.org.
June 2, 2018: Turtle Trot
Show your animal pride by participating in the Georgia Aquarium Turtle Trot 5K. The run/walk begins at 8 a.m. and ends at Pemberton Place. Registration is $30 until May 31 and $35 on race day. All proceeds from the Turtle Trot go toward the Georgia Aquarium research and conservation programs that benefit aquatic species. georgiaaquarium.org
June 2, 2018: Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest
Not that we really need an excuse to grab a cold brewski during June’s sweltering months, but if it comes in festival form, that beer tastes even better! Head to downtown Alpharetta on Milton Avenue for beer (obvi), food and live music. The fun runs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. with individual tickets starting at $10 and tables of six at $100 and tables of eight at $130. awesomealpharetta.com
June 2 & 3, 2018: Summer Indie Craft Experience 2018
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 Georgia Freight Depot, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on either day, and check out ICE’s very best craft vintage market. It features more than 135 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 tiny garden workshop (requiring separate registration here). Admission is $5 at the door; free for kids under 12. ice-atlanta.com
June 2 & 3, 2018: 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 Cynthia Bailey, Keke Palmer, Kim Fields, Dr. Jackie Walters, Kenya Moore, MC Lyte, Evelyn Braxton, Nancy Grace, Mariel Hemingway 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 6-10, 2018: Atlanta Fringe Festival
If you like your art off the beaten path, make sure to get tickets for this year’s Atlanta Fringe Festival. The annual event “connects adventurous artists with appreciative audiences,” and this year’s line-up includes puppeteers, comedians, dancers, actors, clowns and much more. Tickets start at just $10. Check out the full 2018 lineup and schedule as well as purchase tickets by visiting the website, atlantafringe.org.
June 8, 2018: 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 8-10, 2018: Peachtree Corners Festival
Enjoy a weekend of free family fun at the Peachtree Corners Festival in … you guessed it, Peachtree Corners! The event kicks off with a live performance from Yacht Rock Schooner on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. The fun continues for the rest of the weekend with live entertainment, art exhibits, great food and drinks, kids events and the car and bike show. For more details on this awesome neighborhood festival, visit peachtreecornersfestival.com.
June 9, 2018: Rock the Cure
Head to SweetWater Brewery at 7:30 p.m. on June 9, as JDRF’s Rock the Cure celebrates its 12th year raising money for Type 1 diabetes research. In the past decade, this event has raised over $700,000. Join in for live music, local beer, food and raffle prizes. General admission tickets are $60, and VIP tickets, $100, 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 9, 2018: Tunes from the Tombs
For one of the coolest, only-in-Atlanta 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 $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4 to 12. Visit the site to see more about the line-up, package details and more. oaklandcemetery.com
June 9-10, 2018: Virginia-Highland Summerfest
Summerfest is an event where the whole family can enjoy a (free) weekend 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 on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (the artist market closes at 6:30 p.m.) and Sunday from 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 10, 2018: Atlanta Streets Alive Westside
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. Ditch your car that day and embrace the world’s best means of transportation: you! atlantastreetsalive.com
June 15, 2018: Summer in the City
Head to downtown Decatur and kick off summer at the Summer in the City … where beach meets street! From 5 to 11 p.m., event-goers can dance to rockin’ DJs and live music, enjoy pop-up performances and hang out at the sandy “beach.” The best part? It’s free! Decatur is the place to party, and the food court plaza will be filled with food trucks and kids activities. decaturdba.com
June 16, 2018: 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 8 and $55 day of the event. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 16th. You might have already guessed it, but no one under the age of 21 is allowed. atlantasummerbeerfest.com
June 16 & 17, 2018: Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival
There are a lot of beer-oriented festivals in June, so the only fair thing is to include an event that celebrates one of our favorite foods: grilled cheese. For two days, grilled cheese lovers will be chomping down on ooey, gooey creations at Brookhaven Park. Tickets are $27 and include entrance admission, three complimentary grilled cheese samples, live music and access to the adult game zone and beer garden. Enjoy the deliciousness from noon to 6 p.m. on June 16th and 17th. For more information, visit atlantagrilledcheese.com.
June 21-24, 2018: 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.
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!