Can’t Miss Atlanta Events: June 2017

School’s out for summer, and that means Atlanta kicks its kid-friendly programming into high gear. They won’t be bored at home with this lineup of fun, including butterflies, bikes, brunches and more. Grab the sunscreen, snacks and water and make the most of the season.

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All of June (and beyond): World of Coca-Cola Summer Pass

In celebration of 10 years at Pemberton Place, World of Coca-Cola will offer a limited-time Summer Pass. Valid May 26 through Aug. 31, the pass provides unlimited chances to chill with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear for just $25 – less than the price of two general admission tickets. Throughout the season, World of Coca-Cola will also announce special offers on its social channels, so follow @WorldofCocaCola on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to score some sweet deals!

Saturdays in June (and beyond): Sunset Stroll to Sunset Point

Take a stroll with the park ranger to one of Cloudland Canyon State Park’s best kept secrets. Enjoy views of Trenton, Lookout Valley, Sand Mountain, and more while the sky turns colorful at sunset. Meet at the West Rim Access Parking Lot. 45-minute program. Start time varies according to time of sunset. Inquire for specific time at visitor center. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.

June 2-3: Candler Park Music & Food Festival

Featuring food trucks, local restaurant vendors, local artist market, adult field games and of course an incredible lineup of live music, the festival has become a favorite all-ages, family-friendly weekend destination. This year’s music lineup includes Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Lake Street Dive, Matisyahu and more.

June 3: Soccer in the Streets Tournament

Calling all soccer enthusiasts! On Saturday, June 3 from 4-7 p.m., social impact trailblazers, Breakout and Soccer in the Streets will join together to host a soccer tournament at ‘Station Soccer’ – Five Points MARTA station. The tournament is FREE to the Atlanta public to attend. Each team will be comprised of entrepreneurs, leaders and creatives attending Breakout’s four day conference, their sponsors, as well as youth from Soccer in the Streets. Spectators will enjoy an evening full of soccer, live music, and concessions featuring Auntie Anne’s.

June 3: Flying Colors Butterfly Festival

The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies! Join us for this very important fundraising event for the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Enjoy live butterfly releases and butterfly encounter; host and nectar plants available for sale; crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, vendors; food trucks and cold treats; and entertainment. A great event to kick off summer and create amazing memories!

June 3: Children’s Cooking Class and Luncheon – The Art of Pies

Acclaimed chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and two-time James Beard Award recipient Art Smith will host a special children’s cooking class on Saturday, June 3rd. Available for children ages 6-12, chef Art will teach attendees the technique and ingredients for creating a great and delicious pie while learning to have fun with food and family. Fundamentals such as learning how to read and follow a recipe, measuring and mixing ingredients will be covered. The class is $25 per child and includes lunch, featuring Southern Art’s famous buttermilk fried chicken, Southern-style macaroni and cheese and, of course, a display of wonderful pies to complete the feast.

June 3: National Trails Day in Georgia’s State Parks

Join ranger-led hikes at most of Georgia’s State Parks in celebration of this annual national event. Programs include a tree identification hike at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, night hike at Red Top Mountain, and Dukes Creek Falls hike at Smithgall Woods. $5 parking. Some event fees.

June 3: Bilingual Family Hike at Don Carter State Park

Join our bilingual naturalist for a hike along a wooded area of the park. Learn interesting facts about native plants and wildlife explained in both English and Spanish. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, and bring water. Call to register in advance. Meet at the boat ramp. $5 parking. 678-450-7726.

June 3-4: Indie Craft Experience Summer Market

A two-day market featuring 90+ craft & vintage vendors, great local food, swag bags for the first 250 attendees each day and DJ Zano! $5 cash at the door, kids 12 and under FREE. Park in the Colony Square parking deck or take MARTA to Arts Center Station. Colony Square is located on Peachtree Street at the intersection of 14th Street in Midtown Atlanta. ICE will be located in the former-Houlihan’s space, which overlooks the plaza on Peachtree Street. Look for the giant MIDTOWN letters to find the plaza and then the white spiral staircase to enter our event.

June 3-4: Virginia-Highland Summerfest

The 34th annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest welcomes visitors to one of Atlanta’s most charming historic neighborhoods June 3-4, 2017. Presented by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association, Summerfest celebrates the arts with a juried Artist Market featuring more than 230 artists displaying works in an variety of media and representing numerous price ranges to appeal to any level of collector. For 2017, Summerfest will expand the popular Local Market, which launched last year. Families enjoy visiting KidsFest, a special area for younger festival attendees with games, crafts, kid-themed entertainment and activities, many of which are FREE. At KidsFest, families will find creative pursuits, not inflatables and jump houses because at KidsFest, it’s all about art, music and creativity!

June 8: Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

Enjoy a short hike that takes you down 310 stairs to the suspension bridge and on the rim of the gorge under the full moon. No pets allowed. Call to register. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

June 8: Sustainable Sushi-Making Class

Get ready to roll!  We’re making our own sushi at this fun and engaging event for adults 21 and over on June 8, 2017.  You’ll learn about sushi-making, roll your own summer roll and two sushi rolls, as well as taste 3 specialty cocktails in a station-by-station tour around our Oceans Ballroom.  We’ll learn a little about sustainable seafood – why we should care and what we can do, participate in origami making and everyone will take home their own bamboo mat and chopsticks! Space is very limited for this perfect date night or GNO.

June 8: World Ocean Day

Georgia Aquarium invites you to celebrate World Ocean Day with us. This year’s theme is “Healthy Planet, Healthy Oceans.” Join us for fun and educational activities on June 8, 2017! The Aquarium is partnering with The Ocean Project to “Punch Out Plastics!” We will use Atlanta’s very own ‘ocean’ to expose visitors to the wonders of the ocean through interactive activities designed to educate and entertain about ocean debris and how we can protect our oceans. All special activities are from 11:30am-2:30pm and are included in your general admission or Annual Membership.

June 9: Atlanta Moon Ride

Celebrating its fifth consecutive year, Atlanta Moon Ride invites the city to hit the streets on Friday, June 9th for an electrifying evening. The first night-cycling event of its kind to be introduced to the city will include a fun and safe, 6-mile bike ride through some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods. All proceeds from the Atlanta Moon Ride will support the work of local charity Bert’s Big Adventure, which is a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

June 10: Alexander the Great and the Cursed Snake Puppet Show

This traditional shadow puppetry presentation from Cyprus tells the story of Alexander the Great rescuing a village from a giant snake. This is a FREE event, but you must reserve your tickets!

June 10 (and beyond): Blue Man Group – Making Waves at the Children’s Museum

The 1,500 square foot exhibit – designed to bring together science and art – will take the whole family through a multi sensory exploration of sound that provides an opportunity to play together while discovering the fun of music. Onstage, the Blue Man is one part inquisitive child, one part trickster, and one part superhero on a journey of discovery. Throughout Blue Man Group – Making Waves families are encouraged to learn, play and explore with the same curiosity as these renowned performing artists.

June 10: Get Outdoors Day at Georgia State Parks

It’s Get Outdoors Day! Grab your sunscreen and water bottle and head to a nearby state park to enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and more. Check out the Georgia State Park calendars to see what options will be offered near you.

June 10: Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Little Shop of Stories

Summer is a fun and relaxing time for students, but we at Little Shop believe that our brains should be exercised all year long! We’re excited to host a Summer Brain Quest Kick Off Party where we will eat snacks, listen to music, and do some fun activities to keep our brains sharp! This event is designed for kids 5 and up. We’ll have Brain Quest products available for purchase, but the event itself is FREE and open to the public. Come party with Little Shop and STAY SHARP this summer!

June 11: Atlanta Streets Alive – Westside

The streets of Atlanta will spring to life on Sunday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., as a 4-mile stretch of Marietta St/ Howell Mill Road is opened to people on foot, bike, and other human-powered activities, and closed to motorized traffic. Participants can expect a wealth of activities hosted by community organizations and businesses at this FREE event. Bring the kids and a few sets of wheels!

June 13: DC-3 Ship 41 Tour at Delta Flight Museum

What was it like flying in the 1940s? Find out inside the world’s best restored 21-passenger Douglas DC-3, Ship 41! Ship 41 was the first DC-3 used for Delta passenger service, flying its first flight on Christmas Eve 1940. On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, we offer a FREE interior guided tour with normal paid admission to the Museum. Tours begin promptly at 1 pm, and last about 45 minutes. Reservations are not accepted. This tour requires participants to wear gloves and shoe covers, which will be provided. Tour is not handicap accessible.

June 13-18: Mamma Mia! at the Fox Theatre

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, will return to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre as a part of its final farewell tour. The Atlanta engagement will run from June 13-18 as a Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2016/2017 season special.  Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

June 17: Root City Summer Market

Join us on June 17 at Stove Works on Krog Street – just off of the Eastside Beltline – to celebrate shopping local, handmade artisinal goods and Father’s Day! We have so many wonderful things planned: PhotoBus ATL is joining us so come photo(bus) ready; Maker Talks lead by Jon E Goode are back! Hear from your favorite Makers about their process, inspiration and love of their craft; Decatur Makers will be onsite making buttons – aren’t they the best?!; DJ Rahel EmpressRah Callender will keep our feet tapping all day; and more! Admission: PWYW (pay what you want) Root City is a small business that provides a venue for these Makers to make sales. If you’d like to support our business, wonderful! Most importantly, come support local Makers!

June 17: Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery

Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War. Historic Oakland Foundation hosts a Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 17. Please join us at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower for: guided walking tours of the African American grounds, storytelling, a headstone cleaning workshop, a cultural scavenger hunt for kids, and more. This event is FREE and open to the public.

June 17: “The Reluctant Dragon” Puppet Brunch at Venkman’s

Princess Penepole loves to read about dragons. Imagine her surprise when she actually meets and befriends a dragon! Their introduction coincides with the arrival of a much-touted dragon slayer, Sir Reginal Thwebes. Upon discovering the potential threat of a dragon in the palace, King Rhubarb charges Sir Reginald to fight the dragon. Will it be a fight to the death? Will it be a draw? Will they even fight at all? Find out in All Hands Productions version of “The Reluctant Dragon.” Your tickets serve as your brunch reservation. Additional arrangements are not required once tickets are purchased. For special seating requests, please call 470-225-6162.

June 17-8: Juneteenth Family Program at the Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center hosts a Juneteenth family program on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday June 18, 2017, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Guests during this FREE weekend explore the themes of freedom and family history through talks, stories, and museum theatre. Highlights of the annual gathering this year include performances of three original Meet the Past museum theatre productions. They include the Juneteenth-themed The Order of Freedom, which explores the impact of the issuance of General Order No. 3, by General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, and the challenges faced by a couple beginning the journey from slavery to citizenship. Another highlight is a lecture and signing by the author of the new pictorial history book, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement,1944-1968. Juneteenth guests also can also participate in an in-depth program providing tips on African-American genealogical research.

June 21-23: August Southern Nationals

The Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat race returns to the Savannah River for its 31st year of exhilaration and competition, bringing together family and friends for a top-fuel experience. Coined “The World’s Richest Drag Race,” this annual event, taking place July 21-23, in Augusta, Georgia will provide a weekend of friendly competition, intense speeds and family fun. Catch the sights of these high-speed giants appearing to glide seamlessly across the Savannah River, as they are propelled by powerful combustion and flawless skill. Guests will have an opportunity to have a closer look at the mechanics behind the drag boats, which include hydroplane, flat bottom and jet systems, each with their own unique designs.

June 23 & 30: Atlanta Dream Home Games at McCamish Pavilion

The Atlanta Dream hosts a pair of games in June at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion. After a five-game road trip, the Dream return to Atlanta June 23 for their annual Pride Night game at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, June 30, the Dream host the reigning champion Los Angeles Sparks at 7:30 pm.

June 24: Beauty and the Beast Princess Brunch

Join us at the V on the mornings of June 3rd, 10th, and 24th for free screenings of Disney’s 1991 classic, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Admission is free with RSVP. A royal brunch feast and bottomless mimosas (for the adult kids) available for purchase. Tickets are not available for FREE shows. For seating at a FREE show, please make reservations for the appropriate time at www.venkmans.com (see “Reservations”), or by calling 470-225-6162.

June 24-25: Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival at the Historic Fourth Ward Park is a two-day celebration of community and tradition presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, for people of all ages, races, customs and interests. The Festival is a major celebration of the arts while honoring the rich history of our community.  At this festival, there is something for everyone: fine arts and crafts, a children’s play area, local food and beverage concessions, live acoustic entertainment on the lawn. All this within the environment of Atlanta’s most lovely park, part of the celebration on the Beltline redevelopment.

June 30: Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde

Summer in Atlanta would not be the same without the sensational annual Jazz on The Lawn Concert Series at Callanwolde! There is simply no better venue than the Amphitheater of Callanwolde to bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the melodious sounds of some of the best jazz in the city. Food and beverages (Coca-Cola products, water, wine and beer) will be for sale at the concert as well. This year’s lineup, as in years past, will not disappoint; there is something for everyone! Experience Atlanta’s finest jazz treasures performing a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, fusion, smooth and blues, under the stars at the Callanwolde Amphitheater.

Find an annual list of Atlanta events here.

Paige Sullivan | Travel and Calendar Editor

Paige Sullivan recently completed her MFA at Georgia State University, where she studied, wrote, and published poetry. She now works as a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, and in her spare time, she freelance edits and dabbles in food and travel writing. Find her on social media at @bpaigesullivan.

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