Around Town (and Beyond) — June 2017

Summer is here (unofficially, at least), and there is so much to do around town and beyond! Let’s get out and have some fun:


Weekly Frog Feedings at the Atlanta Botanical Garden; come watch the conservation team feed and tend to the rare and endangered frogs housed in the Fuqua Conservatory lobby. An amphibian specialist will also be on-hand to answer questions. Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 11:30am. Free with ABG admission.

Brookhaven Food Truck Nights; come out to Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park every Wednesday night, through October, from 5-8pm to enjoy a variety of foods from over 12 different food trucks.

Food Truck Fridays in Duluth; this weekly food truck block party offers a variety of local food from over 10 food trucks, live music, a monthly movie on the green, kids activities, and more every Friday, from 6-9pm, through September.

Andy Warhol Exhibit at the High Museum; this exhibition of over 250 prints by Andy Warhol, on loan from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, traces Warhol’s innovative graphic production over the course of four decades. June 3 through September 3.

This Month:

June 2-3 — Candler Park Music and Food Festival; this annual festival, featuring multiple musical acts and a huge selection of some of the best food truck and festival eats in town, kicks off on Friday, from 4-11pm, and continues Saturday, from noon to 11pm. They are also hosting a 5k at 8:30am on Saturday. $25 general admission, and free for kids under 12.

June 3 — National Trails Day at Georgia State Parks; choose from a variety of outdoor activities at various State Parks. Some of the activities include a Junior Fishing Rodeo at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville, Archery at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Newnan, Wild Cave Tours at Cloudland Canyon in Rising Fawn, a Bilingual Family Hike at Don Carter State Park in Gainesville, a Summer Night Hike at Red Top Mountain in Acworth, and more.

June 3-4 — Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center; this popular annual event offers butterfly encounters, food trucks, activities and games, live music and more. Admission is $12 for the general public and $8 for CNC members.

June 3-4 — Virginia Highland Summerfest; two days of art, good food, and family fun at this long-standing annual event. Hours are 10am to 11pm on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. Free.

June 5-9 — Art Gone Wild at Zoo Atlanta; visitors are invited to come out and watch art come to life as artists, set up throughout the zoo, paint from nature, using the zoo’s animals and botanicals as inspiration. Free with zoo admission.

June 9-11 — Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Conference Center; this annual fan convention, focused exclusively on gaming, features more than 250 arcade, pinball and console machines, a Pinball Tournament, tabletop gaming, vendor expo, guest speakers, movie screenings, and more. $30 for adults/$15 for children; ages 7 and under are Free.

June 10 — Summer Brain Quest Kickoff at Little Shop of Stories; kids ages 5 and up are invited to come out and kick off a summer of keeping your brain sharp with snacks, activities, music and more. 3-4pm. Free.

June 10 — Good Neighbor Day Open House Air Show at Peachtree Dekalb Airport; this year’s air show is dedicated to the 100 year history of Camp Gordon / Naval Air Station / DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. There will be food, fun, giveaways, and more. 12pm-5pm. Admission is Free.

June 10-11 — Blairsville Scottish Festival; officially kicking off on Friday night with Scottish musical performances, the festival will also include falconry demonstrations, axe throwing, Scottish dancers, Border Collie demos, a parade of tartans, children’s games, food, vendors, genealogy information, and much more.

June 11 — Atlanta Streets Alive on the Westside; this fun event kicks off at 4pm with a bicycle parade, and continues until 8pm. A 4-mile stretch of Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road will be closed to cars, and open to families on foot, bikes, and skates. There will also be activities, food, and more provided by local businesses. Free.

June 13 — Earthquakes and Engineering at Gwinnett Public Library, Lawrenceville Branch; kids ages 6-10 are invited to come out and learn about earthquakes and how people build earthquake-resistant buildings. Participants will also get to design and build an earthquake-proof tower of Legos. Free.

June 16 — Summer in the City: Decatur Beach Party; this family-friendly event combines Brickstore Pub’s 20th Anniversary celebration with the annual Decatur Beach Party festival. There will be pop-up cultural performances, 60 tons of sand to play in, kids activities, music, food, fun, beverages and more. Admission is Free.

June 17 — Juneteenth at Historic Oakland Cemetery; originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas in 1865, Juneteenth is now a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War. Oakland’s celebration, which runs from 9am to 12pm, includes guided tours, a kid’s scavenger hunt, storytelling, a headstone cleaning workshop, and more. Free.

June 17 — Balloons over Fayette; this festival of hot air balloons kicks off at 3pm and runs through 10pm. There will be a kids zone, live entertainment, food, and of course, hot air balloons. The balloons will be inflated at 5pm, with balloon rides starting soon after. Admission is $5 for guests ages 6 and up; free for children under 6. There is an additional charge for parking and for balloon rides.

June 23-25 — AthFest Music and Arts Festival; this three-day music and arts festival, supporting music and arts education, brings local and regional artists and musicians together at various venues around Athens. There is even a block-long area dedicated to KidsFest, showcasing kid-friendly bands, multiple arts & crafts areas, bounce houses, and more. Visit the website for more information.

June 24 — Fairy Farmers Market at Serenbe; this eclectic market located in the Serenbe community, south of Atlanta, meets weekly to offer goods from a variety of local and sustainable growers, artisans, and craftsmen. On Fairy Day, visitors will also get to hear a fairy story, do a fairy activity, and visit with a unicorn. The market is open from 9am to 1pm. And, if you want to, you can follow up the market visit with a tour of Serenbe Farms. The tour begins at 1:30 and lasts approximately 45 mins. Visiting the market is free; the Farm Tour is $10 per person (tickets can be purchased online).

June 24-25 — Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival; this two-day festival offers a showcase of fine arts and crafts, a kid’s play area, local food and beverages, and live acoustic music on the lawn. Perfect for all ages, and located near Ponce City Market and the Beltline Trail. Free.

June 29 — Hidden Midtown: Heart of the City with the Atlanta History Center; visitors are invited to see Midtown in a way they never have before, through an art and history scavenger hunt, exploring how art and culture have shaped this neighborhood. Scavenger hunt begins at the Margaret Mitchell House, and ends there as well, with a cash bar, refreshments, and discussion. $15 per person. May not be of interest to younger family members.






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