Atlanta events for June 2016. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Enjoy the best Atlanta events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from the Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

Design events

June 1 - 12, 2016 (begins May 31)

Atlanta locations

Design is Human celebrates design excellence and contemporary architecture with home tours, exhibits, lectures, and activities.


June 1 - 30, 2016

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play a game at Turner Field.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

June 2 - 5, 2016

2 miles north

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown and nearby tents.

Thursday outdoor movies

June 2 - July 21, 2016 (Thursdays)

9 miles NE

Bring a blanket or chairs for family-friendly Movies on the Town at dusk on the green space at Town Brookhaven. No coolers, food, drinks, or pets. Free.

Modern dance

June 3 - 4, 2016 (8 p.m.)

0.2 miles SW

Modern Atlanta Dance Festival features daring works by eight choreographers at the Balzer Theatre at Herren’s. Discount tickets $10.

Music & food festival

June 3 - 4, 2016

3.5 miles east

Candler Park Music & Food Festival offers live music, food trucks, and a Saturday 5K race. Free entry.

India festival

June 3 - 5, 2016

5 miles NE

Festival of Chariots includes art, music, and vendors at 1287 S. Ponce De Leon Ave NE, plus a Sat. noon parade from Woodruff Park to Centennial Park. Free.

Friday outdoor movies

June 3 & 17, 2016

14 miles NW

See an outdoor movie at Mable House Amphitheatre. Admission is free, or buy a reserved center seat.

Funny romantic play

June 3 - 25, 2016

7.6 miles NE

In Enchanted April, four English women rent a castle on a sunny Italian island and work on their lives and relationships at OnStage Atlanta. Discount tickets $12.

Free plays

June 4, 2016 (8 p.m.)

13 miles east

Students at Georgia State University Perimeter College have only 24 hours to write, direct, rehearse, and perform new theater at Plays in a Day Festival. Free.

Soap Box Derby

June 4, 2016

16 miles NE

Dunwoody Soap Box Derby includes group photos, then an opening ceremony, races, inspections, and awards at First Baptist Church on N. Peachtree Rd.

Alpharetta street party

June 4, 2016 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)

25 miles north

Celebrate Alpharetta Brew Moon CountryFest after dark with beer, wine, local restaurant food, and music in historic downtown Alpharetta.

Beer festival

June 4, 2016 (1 p.m., VIP noon)

34 miles NE

Gwinnett Beer Fest features 150 craft beers, live music, and food at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

Virginia-Highland summer festival

June 4 - 5, 2016

4 miles NE

Summerfest includes art, music, food, a kidsfest, and a Saturday 5K on historic Virginia Ave. Less crowded in the morning. No pets. Free.

Butterfly festival

June 4 - 5, 2016

22 miles north

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival features the release of hundreds of butterflies, a butterfly encounter, butterfly crafts, face painting, a costume parade, live music, and food trucks at Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell.

Renaissance festival

June 4 - 5, 2016 (begins April 16)

24 miles SW

See knights and maidens, dine on turkey legs and ale, shop from 150 artisans, visit a medieval amusement park, and be entertained at the Georgia Renaissance Festival weekends and Memorial Day in Fairburn.

Chicken wing festival

June 4 - 5, 2016

40.6 miles north

Wing & Rock Festival offers chicken wings from local restaurants, two stages of music, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities at Etowah River Park in Canton. Free.

Women’s basketball

June 5 - July 17, 2016 (also May)

1 mile NE

Watch The Atlanta Dream play an exciting game of basketball in Philips Arena. Discount tickets $11 to $23.

Comedy festival

June 7 - 12, 2016

Atlanta locations

See 101 comedians in a dozen venues at the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.

Discount tickets at Relapse Theater $8.

Affordable theater

June 8 - 12, 2016

Atlanta locations

Atlanta Fringe Festival is 24 shows at 6 venues, plus preview and closing parties.

Battle of the bands

June 10, 2016 (6 to 11 p.m.)

6.2 miles north

Hear six bands of lawyers and vote for your favorite at LawJam: Battle of the Atlanta Lawyers’ Bands at Buckhead Theatre.

Best of Elvis

June 10, 2016 (8 p.m.)

11 miles NW

Heart of The King features two performers as Elvis Presley in his early and later years, backed by a live orchestra and a vocal group at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Discount tickets $18.

Wine stroll in Newnan

June 10, 2016 (5 to 9 p.m.)

39 miles SW

Stroll the streets of downtown Newnan and sample wine in shops during Summer Wined-Up.

Arcade game expo

June 10 - 12, 2016

11.1 miles north

Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo has 250 arcade and pinball games, tabletop games, vendors, speakers, movies, and a tournament at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel.

Science-fiction convention

June 10 - 12, 2016

14.3 miles north

Sci Fi Summer Con offers gaming, contests, films, guests, and panels to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comics at Courtyard Atlanta Perimeter Center.

Comic play

June 10 - 25, 2016

16 miles NW

Rapture, Blister, Burn is a witty play about women’s life choices, which the NY Times called “intensely smart, immensely funny” at Out of Box Theatre in Marietta. Discount tickets $11.

West Side Story

June 10 - 26, 2016

17.3 miles NW

See the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, with catchy songs like “America” and “Maria” at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta. Discount tickets $20.

Childrens’ play outdoors

June 10 - July 31, 2016 (also May)

33.3 miles SW

Charlotte’s Web is the award-winning story about Charlotte the spider who saves Wilbur the pig. See it live surrounded by real animals at The Inn at Serenbe. Discount tickets $10.

Jazz on the Lawn

June 10 - Aug. 5, 2016 (Fridays)

4 miles NE

Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde.

Zine festival

June 11, 2016 (12 to 8 p.m.)

0.7 miles SW

A zine is a cheap, self-published, underground publication. Atlanta Zine Fest has vendors, guest speakers, and workshops at Eyedrum. Free.

Westview celebration

June 11, 2016 (12 to 8 p.m.)

3.5 miles SW

Celebrate the longest day of the year at Westview Summer Solstice Celebration with grilled chicken, pork, music, and field games in Westview Village.

Beer benefit

June 11, 2016 (7:30 p.m., VIP 6:30)

5 miles NE

Rock the Cure offers live music, local beer, great food, and raffle prizes to support diabetes research at Sweetwater Brewery.

Brookhaven beer festival

June 11, 2016 (3 to 8 p.m.)

9 miles NE

Sample 150 beers, hear live music, and visit food vendors at Brookhaven Beer Fest for age 21+. No chairs or pets.

Visit private gardens

June 11, 2016

15 miles north

See five gardens with hydrangeas on the Garden Tour of The American Hydrangea Society in Sandy Springs.

Lavender Festival

June 11, 2016

21 miles north

Shop from vendors (art, crafts, antiques, food), learn about lavender, make crafts, and visit the beer & wine garden at the Roswell Lavender Festival at Barrington Hall in Roswell. Free.

Hot air balloon festival

June 11, 2016 (2 to 10 p.m.)

24.3 miles south

See hot air balloons up close, watch them glow, and take a tethered ride at the inaugural Balloons Over Fayette, which also has a kids’ zone, food, and crafts at McCurry Park in Fayette.

Street-food festival

June 11 - 12, 2016

17.8 miles NE

Atlanta Street Food Festival features 80 food trucks, art vendors, and live music at Stone Mountain Park. Discount tickets $11.

Peachtree Corners Festival

June 11 - 12, 2016 (concert 7 p.m. June 10)

20 miles NE

Peachtree Corners Festival features craft & food vendors, entertainment, live music, a car show, 5K/1K, and kids’ activities. Free.

Scottish festival

June 11 - 12, 2016

98 miles north

Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games is about athletic games, Scottish dance, food, music, and historic demonstrations in Blairsville. No pets.

Bicycle festival

June 11 - 18, 2016

Atlanta locations

The Atlanta Cycling Festival offers bike rides, classes, and parties for riders of all ages and abilities.

Car-free streets

June 12, 2016 (4 to 8 p.m.)

0 miles

Walk, run, or bike down the middle of Peachtree Street from 17th Street to Edgewood during Atlanta Streets Alive, with entertainment and activities for all ages. Free.

Improvised comedy

June 16 - 18, 2016

1.2 miles SE

Village Theatre hosts seven local comedy groups, six national comedy groups, and three celebrity comedians during the Atlanta Improv Festival.

Christian music festival

June 16 - 18, 2016

37.7 miles SE

AtlantaFest attracts a young crowd to hear two dozen artists play for three days on multiple stages, with a 5K run, a kids’ zone, and camping in Locust Grove.

Decatur Beach Party

June 17, 2016

6 miles NE

Get a ticket to Decatur Beach Party to experience 60 tons of sand on the street, a boardwalk with games, live music, dancing, and a food and beer court.

African-American music & parade

June 17 - 19, 2016

3.6 miles SW

Juneteenth is a free three-day music festival at Morris Brown College. A Saturday parade leaves Mozely Park at noon and follows MLK Drive to the festival.

Black Ballerina

June 17 - 19, 2016

21.2 miles NW

Blue Butterfly is the story of a young woman fighting standards and stereotypes to become the first world-renowned black ballerina, live at Marietta Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets $10 to $20.

Father’s Day event

June 18, 2016

0 miles

Honoring Our Fathers is an awards and fundraising jazz brunch that celebrates fatherhood, mentorship, and service at the Commerce Club.

Summer beer festival

June 18, 2016 (4 to 9 p.m.)

1.7 miles NE

Enjoy 200 beers and two stages of live music at Atlanta Summer Beer Fest at Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Cemetery music festival

June 18, 2016 (1 to 8 p.m.)

2 miles SE

Tunes from the Tombs features a dozen local bands playing all genres of music in and among the monuments, mausoleums, and gardens of Oakland Cemetery. Food trucks and beverages available.

Scavenger hunt

June 18, 2016 (10 a.m.)

2.5 miles NE

Great City Race has teams of two run around the Beltline solving clues to win prizes, beginning and ending at Park Tavern.

Charity drag show

June 11, 2016 (7 p.m.)

8 miles SE

East Point Possums Show is billed as the Southeast’s largest drag extravaganza, an over-the-top outdoor show with drinks for sale in East Point. Free.

Caribbean festival

June 18, 2016 (1 to 8 p.m.)

31 miles SE

McDonough Caribbean Cultural Festival features live music, food and a kids’ zone in Alexander Park. Free.

Kids’ carnival

June 18, 2016 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

32 miles NE

Summer Fun Festival has entertainment, carnival games, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and a petting zoo at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Donate money or school supplies.

Magic show

June 18 - 19, 2016

0.4 miles west

Ivan Amodei involves the audience in his entertaining 90-minute magic show Intimate Illusions, with live cello accompaniment at Omni Atlanta Hotel. Discount tickets $20 to $55.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 19, 2016

Greater Atlanta

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.

Father’s Day at the aquarium

June 19, 2016

0.5 miles NW

Dad pays half price with any full-price ticket purchase as a Father’s Day Promotion at Georgia Aquarium. The weekend car show requires an additional ticket.

Father’s Day tasting

June 19, 2016 (3 to 6 p.m.)

0.9 miles south

Family Food Fest features 100 dishes to taste, live entertainment (Latin, gospel, jazz, R&B) plus a kids’ zone at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.

Country singer Kenny Rogers

June 19, 2016 (8 p.m.)

11 miles north

Grammy winner Kenny Rogers sings hits like “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream” under the stars at Chastain Park Amphitheater. Discount tickets $30.

Father’s Day Car Show

June 19, 2016

19 miles east

See vintage cars at the Father’s Day Car Show at Stone Mountain Park, free with paid parking.

Young string quartet

June 19, 2016 (3 p.m.)

38.3 miles SW

Award-winning Aeolus Quartet performs selections from classical masters at The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts in Newnan. Discount tickets $3.

Musical: The Wizard of Oz

June 21 - 26, 2016

1 mile north

See The Wizard of Oz live onstage with the movie songs plus new ones by Frank Lloyd Webber at Fox Theatre. Discount tickets $35.

Patriotic music

June 24 & 26, 2016

21 miles north

A choir and symphony perform patriotic classics at The Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concert at Roswell United Methodist Church. Free with advance registration.

Baseball & fireworks

June 24, 2016 (7:35 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Watch the Atlanta Braves play the New York Mets, followed by a fireworks show at Turner Field. Discount tickets $21 to $46.

Athens festival

June 24 - 26, 2016

70 miles NE

AthFest Music & Arts Festival features 100 musical acts, a weekend artists’ market, local films, a club crawl, and a kids’ fest in Athens.

Hamburgers and beer

June 25, 2016 (12:30 to 7 p.m.)

7 miles NE

Get a ticket to sample five hamburgers, or buy them separately with Budweiser beer at Bud-n-Burgers Festival in Brook Run Park, Dunwoody. Free entry.

Craft market

June 25 - 26, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

1 mile south

Shop from crafters, artists, vintage vendors, and local food vendors at Summer Indie Craft Experience at Georgia Freight Depot. Repeats in Nov.

Arts festival

June 25 - 26, 2016

2 miles NE

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival features fine arts and crafts, a street market, children’s play area, food vendors, and live acoustic music at Historic Fourth Ward Park. Free.

Concerts in the Garden

June 25 - Aug. 19, 2016

2.5 miles NE

See national acts like John Prine and Lyle Lovett at Concerts in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden (also Gainesville June 18, July 16, Aug. 13).
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