Atlanta events, festivals, things to do – June 2018
June 2018 best events in Atlanta
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
June 1 - 3, 2018 (begins May 31)
2 miles north
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival celebrates cuisine of the South and other southern regions of the world with tastings, dinners, brunch, and classes at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown and nearby tents for age 21+.
June 1 - 10, 2018
Atlanta Design Festival celebrates design excellence and contemporary architecture with home tours, exhibits, talks, activities, and an expo.
Alpharetta street party
June 2, 2018 (6:30 to 11 p.m.)
25 miles north
Celebrate Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest after dark with beer, wine, local restaurant food, and music in historic downtown Alpharetta.
June 2, 2018
27 miles NE
Generations Expo has health screenings and service vendors (health, finance, education, travel, housing) at Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth for ages 50+. Free.
June 2 - 3, 2018
0.5 miles west
Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo [website has sound] features keynote speakers, shopping, classes, and a beauty lounge at Georgia World Congress Center.
Summerfest includes art, music, food, a kidsfest, and a Saturday 5K on historic Virginia Ave. Less crowded in the morning. No pets. Free.
June 2 - 3, 2018
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.
June 2 - 3, 2018 (weekends from April 14)
24 miles SW
See knights and maidens, dine on turkey legs and ale, and shop from 150 artisans at Georgia Renaissance Festival, a medieval amusement park open weekends & Memorial Day in Fairburn.
Wing & Rock Festival offers chicken wings from local restaurants, live music, arts and crafts vendors, and kids’ activities at Etowah River Park in Canton. Free.
Thursday outdoor movies
June 7 - July 26, 2018 (Thursdays except July 5)
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.
Wine stroll in Newnan
June 8, 2018 (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 8 - 10, 2018
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.
Visit private gardens
June 9, 2018
See five gardens with hydrangeas on the Garden Tour of The American Hydrangea Society.
Cemetery music festival
June 9, 2018 (noon to 6 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 are available, plus kids’ activities. Children under age 4 are free.
June 9, 2018
5 miles NE
Rock the Cure offers live music, local beer, great food, and raffle prizes to support diabetes research at SweetWater Brewery.
June 9, 2018
21 miles north
Shop from vendors (art, crafts, antiques, food), learn about lavender, make crafts, check out the children’s activities, and hear local musicians at the Roswell Lavender Festival at Barrington Hall in Roswell. Free.
Hot air balloon festival
June 9, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)
29 miles south
See hot air balloons up close, watch them glow, and take a tethered ride at Balloons Over Fayette, which also has a kids’ zone, food, and crafts in Fayetteville. May be postponed if it rains.
Peachtree Corners Festival
June 9 - 10, 2018
20 miles NE
Peachtree Corners Festival [website has sound] features craft & food vendors, entertainment, live music, a car show both days, and kids’ activities. Free.
Walk, run, or bike on the Westside during Atlanta Streets Alive, with entertainment and activities for all ages on a 3.6-mile stretch of street from downtown to Underwood Hills (Marietta Street & Howell Mill Road). Free.
Christian music festival
June 14 - 16, 2018
37.5 miles SE
AtlantaFest features a variety of music, Christian speakers, exhibitors, and camping at Strong Rock Christian School in Locust Grove.
Beach party in Decatur
June 15, 2018
6 miles NE
Summer in the City [formerly Decatur Beach Party] has 60 tons of sand on the street, kids’ activities, bands, carnival food, beer, and wine. Free.
Jazz on the Lawn
June 15 - Aug. 10, 2018 (Fridays)
4 miles NE
Hear classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth, and blues with a ticket to Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde. Dates in 2018: June 15, 29; July 13, 27; Aug. 10.
June 16, 2018
32 miles NE
Summer Fun Festival has entertainment, fun games, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and a petting zoo at Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Donate money or school supplies.
African-American music & parade
June 15 - 17, 2018
3.6 miles SW
Juneteenth is a free three-day music festival at Morris Brown College. A Saturday parade leaves Mozley Park at noon and follows MLK Drive to the festival.
Father’s Day restaurants
June 17, 2018
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day.
Father’s Day tasting
June 17, 2018
0.9 miles south
Family Food Fest features dishes to taste, live entertainment (Latin, gospel, jazz, R&B), and a kids’ zone at Georgia Railroad Freight Depot.
Alive in Roswell has live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.
June 22 - 24, 2018
Sci Fi Summer Con offers gaming, contests, films, guests, and panels to fans of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comics.