24 Atlanta festivals to enjoy this June

From burger competitions to traveling art shows, there’s a festival that fits everyone’s interests
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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

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Ring in the first month of the summer with cemetery concerts, food trucks, and even a hypnosis show.

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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
6/2–5
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make (or maybe just taste) the food and cocktail staples of the South? You can at this Midtown festival with award-winning chefs and mixologists.
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Alpharetta Brew Moon Countryfest
6/4
Rain or shine, there’s a party in the Alpharetta streets. Pick your poison, from Terrapin RecreationAle to a house red wine; enjoy some live music; and feast on a variety of local catered food, like Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe.
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Atlanta Street Food Festival
6/11–12
Bento Bus and Shove Your Pie Hole are just some of the many food-on-wheels options to devour while listening to live music or exploring Stone Mountain.
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Atlanta Summer Beer Fest
6/18
This year’s location switches from Masquerade Music Park to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and features more than 200 local and national beers.
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Bud-n-Burgers Festival
6/25
Do you enjoy a great burger? Do you also enjoy a frosty beer with that great burger? Then this is the festival for you, where Decatur’s the Square Pub, McDonough’s Kirby G’s Diner & Pub, and around 20 other burger restaurants compete for cash prizes.
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The Creative Crowd
The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival
6/3–4
Now in its 22nd year, the MAD Festival continues to celebrate the diversity of dance, with a movement narrative by Atlanta’s Bella Dorado and a featured performance by the KSU Dance Company.
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Harlem Fine Arts Show
6/15–18
The traveling art show returns to Atlanta with exhibitions at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The show includes local artists such as Ashley Reid, daughter of music icon L.A. Reid.
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The Atlanta Improv Festival
6/16–18
Get ready for the most intense improv competition you’ve (probably) ever seen, where eight teams battle it out thespian-style for a grand prize of $500.
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Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival
6/25–26
This fest, created by Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, features work from artists in a variety of mediums, a kids zone, and live performances. Proceeds will go toward creating a scholarship for local artists.
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Heritage and History
Festival of Chariots
6/3–5
This Indian festival brings a 2,000-year-old tradition to Atlanta, with a parade, live music, and mantra meditation.
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Georgia Renaissance Festival
6/4–5
Don’t miss the final weekend of the annual medieval shindig, where you can watch jousting, acrobatics, even a hypnosis show.
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Juneteenth Atlanta Black History Parade
6/17–19
This event celebrates African American history with a parade, fashion show, live music by Reesa Renee and several other performers, and even a Father’s Day celebration.
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Good Ol’ Family Fun
Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
6/4–5
If being surrounded by hundreds of butterflies all afternoon doesn’t sound cool enough, at least come for the food trucks and King of Pops.
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Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo
6/10–12
Arcades may be a thing of the past, but this expo will take adults down memory lane while showing their youngsters what kids did before smartphone apps. There will be 250 arcade games, console systems, and tournaments.
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Balloons Over Fayette
6/11
Fayette County may seem like a far trek for some intowners, but with the opportunity to ride glowing hot air balloons, spending the extra gas money might just be worth it.
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Decatur Beach Party
6/17
Atlanta may be hours away from the nearest beach, but when life hands you (60 tons of) sand, you can make your own. That’s what Decatur is doing, with live music by Electric Avenue, fruity drinks, and a boardwalk included.
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Sandy Springs Lantern Parade
6/18
Sit along the Chattahoochee River for the first ever “Take It To The River” lantern parade, which features to Alice, a 25-foot albino alligator lantern. There will also be live music and performances.
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Hilarity and Harmony
Laughing Skull Comedy Festival
6/7–12
Considered one of the best festivals to see rising comedians, Laughing Skull features 101 comedians—including Atlanta’s own Ben Palmer and Lace Larrabee—across 15 venues and 60 shows throughout the Atlanta area. Judges include comedy writers and comedians from The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Comedy Central.
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Rock the Cash Bar: LawJam 2016
6/10
When they’re not arguing in a courtroom, these lawyers are rocking out in bands, such as Bell Breakers and the Physics. Watch as they compete in a battle of the bands-styled competition. Here’s to hoping the judges use gavels.
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Tunes from the Tombs
6/18
It’s not wrong to jam out to live music in a cemetery—as long as the proceeds benefit said cemetery. Arrested Development headlines the lineup of local artists, and, of course, there will be an abundance of food trucks.
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AthFest
6/24–26
If you’re planning a trip to Athens soon, this is the weekend to go. Arrested Development, the Black Lips, and other musical acts take over the streets of downtown, along with an artist market and a kids festival.
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Day for the Dads
Father’s Day Car Show
6/19
For the car fanatic father in your life, show him you care on his special day by talking a walk among 1950s Mustangs and Camaros—you can thank us later.
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Let’s Get Physical
Virginia-Highland Summerfest
6/4–5
In its 33rd year, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest brings food, art, and activities for the whole family. Early birds can even cheer on runners during the festival’s 5k race.
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Atlanta Cycling Festival
6/11–18
Calling all bike aficionados, expert or new. This week-long event features a whole variety of rides, bike repair classes, even a Tupac-themed scavanger hunt.
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