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+.

Design events

June 1 - 10, 2018

Atlanta locations

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.
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Seniors expo

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.

Women’s show

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.

Craft market

June 2 - 3, 2018

2 miles north

Shop from crafters, artists, vintage vendors, and local food vendors at Summer Indie Craft Experience at Colony Square. Repeats in Nov.

Virginia-Highland summer festival

June 2 - 3, 2018

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 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.

Renaissance festival

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.

Discount tickets $17.

Chicken wing festival

June 2 - 3, 2018

40.6 miles north

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

multiple locations

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.

Beer benefit

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.

Lavender Festival

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.

Car-free Westside

June 10, 2018

Location is 0.4 miles south

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.

Kids’ carnival

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

Greater Atlanta

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.

Father’s Day at the Zoo

June 17, 2018

4 miles NW

Dad enters free with any regular adult or child ticket purchase on Father’s Day at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta.

Monthly family festival

June 21, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)

22 miles north

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.

Science-fiction convention

June 22 - 24, 2018

Location uncertain

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

Athens festival

June 22 - 24, 2018

70 miles NE

AthFest Music & Arts Festival has 50 musical acts, an artists’ market, a club crawl, and a kids’ fest in Athens.

Patriotic concert

June 29 & July 1, 2018

21 miles north

A choir and symphony perform patriotic classics at The Roswell Patriotic Celebration Concerts at Roswell United Methodist Church. Free but get tickets in advance.

Hip hop day

June 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Birthday Bash ATL includes both a free block party 12 to 5 p.m. in Centennial Olympic Park, and a ticketed show 7 to 11 p.m. in Philips Arena.

Summer beer festival

June 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles NE

Enjoy 200 beers, two stages of live music, and food for sale at Atlanta Summer Beer Fest at Historic Fourth Ward Park for age 21+.

Garden party for adults

June 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles NE

Cocktails in the Garden invites you to explore the Edible Garden as you stroll with a gin cocktail, hear live music, and watch cooking demonstrations at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Optional dinner.

Bar crawl

June 2018 (undated)

3 miles NW

West Midtown Bar Crawl features food and drink specials at nine participating locations.

Charity drag show

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Air show

June 2018 (undated)

11.1 miles NE

Good Neighbor Day Airshow and Open House features airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, vendors, and rides for sale at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Free except parking.

Mississippi picnic

June 2018 (undated)

11.7 miles north

Mississippi in the Park has live music and authentic food (fried catfish, chicken nuggets, coleslaw, corn nuggets, hushpuppies, tea, and cake) at Chastain Park.

Friday outdoor movies

June 2018 (undated)

14 miles NW

See an outdoor movie at the Free Movie Series at Mable House Amphitheatre.

Soap Box Derby

June 2018 (undated)

16 miles NE

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

Paddleboard race

June 2018 (undated)

20.7 miles north

Stand Up for the Hooch is a race that goes 2 and 6 miles on the Chattahoochee River from Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs. Free for spectators.

Seafood tasting

June 2018 (undated)

21.5 miles north

Low Country Boil Festival includes unlimited food with the “culinary essence of Charleston” plus “hand crafted beverages from Louisiana” at Zeal in Marietta.

Father’s Day glassblowing

June 2018 (undated)

7 miles east

Make a sculpted glass paperweight for Dad during a class at Decatur Glassblowing for age 18+ (or age 10 with an adult). Paperweights must cool until the next day.