Through June 12
Museum of Design Atlanta hosts a traveling show about how midcentury cultural exhibitions such as World Fairs were used to demonstrate the superiority of the American way of life and to defeat communism. See works by designers like Herbert Bayer, Ray and Charles Eames, and George Nelson.
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
At this popular annual event, you can watch the release of hundreds of winged beauties and participate in related crafts, butterfly garden tours, face painting, and a costume parade—accompanied by live music and food trucks. At Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.
Penny McHenry Hydrangea Festival
The theme of this year’s flower show, which will include some 500 entries, is “America the Beautiful.” Other events include garden tours with plein air artists and the official opening of the county’s Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail. At Douglas County Courthouse grounds, 8700 Hospital Drive, and Cultural Arts Council, 8652 Campbellton Street, Douglasville.
This rite of summer includes a juried artists market, road races, kids festival, food vendors, and live music.
Roswell Lavender Festival
Evelyn Simpson, a descendant of the founder of Barrington Hall, planted lavender all around the property, and today this festival celebrates the many varieties, uses, and folk remedies associated with this ancient plant. Shop from vendors, make crafts, and taste lavender-infused food and drink—including beer. At Barrington Hall, Roswell.
June 11–September 11
Walker Evans: Depth of Field
This major touring retrospective of work by photographer Walker Evans includes more than 120 black-and-white and color prints from the 1920s to the 1970s.
June 18–August 14
View Beyond the Trees
Kennesaw State’s Zuckerman Museum of Art features contemporary artists along with 19th-century American landscape paintings.
ASID Art Auction
The Georgia chapter of ASID holds its annual art auction to benefit Dwell with Dignity and renovation of the chapter office. Up for bid will be artworks by both designers and artists. Held at ADAC.
Summer Indie Craft Experience
Atlanta-based ICE stages another hip handmade craft market. DJs, swag bags, and food trucks draw collectors from all over the metro area to downtown’s Georgia Freight Depot.
Summer Art Walks
Many metro communities organize monthly gallery walks. Here are a few:
The year-round Castleberry Hill Second Friday Art Stroll
Art on the Circle (third Saturdays, Miami Circle)
Studioplex Fourth Fridays
This article originally appeared in our Summer 2016 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.