5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 19-25

Artsy skateboards, a nighttime bike ride, and Freaknik Festival

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Atlanta Moon Ride Things to do in Atlanta
The Atlanta Moon Ride is this Friday.

Photograph courtesy of Atlanta Moon Ride

Atlanta Moon Ride
When: June 21
Where: Piedmont Park, ride at 11 p.m.
Cost: $35, $95 for VIP
Details: After it was postponed last week due to weather, the annual charity bike ride benefiting Bert’s Big Adventure will ride on Friday night. Arrive at 7 p.m. for a pre-party that features food trucks and live music before embarking on the 7-mile loop that begins and ends at Piedmont Park.

Decked Out Exhibition Opening
When: June 21, 6 p.m.
Where: ABV Gallery
Cost: Free
Details: This new exhibition at Auburn Avenue’s ABV Gallery launches on Go Skateboarding Day and features decorated boards from more than 20 artists, including Atlanta’s Greg Mike, Nate Frost, and Tiny Doors. Friday evening is the opening party; the exhibition will be on display during normal gallery hours after.

Freaknik Festival 2019
When: June 22
Where: Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Cost: Concert tickets start at $56 for lawn
Details: This music festival made headlines earlier this year when it was billed as an all-ages, “family-friendly” version of the 90s spring break party. But while event promoters are promising the event won’t be as wild as the street parties of the past, the website does stress this is an 18+ show. The throwback lineup includes Juvenile, Trina, Ying Yang Twins, Foxy Brown, Da Brat, Twista, Pastor Troy, and plenty of others. If you think you can still dance like you did in ’94, there’s a dance contest with a $1000 prize.

Atlanta Wine Walk
When: June 22, 1 p.m.
Where: Live! At the Battery Atlanta
Cost: $45-$80
Details: Spend Saturday afternoon sampling wines and small bites at the Battery. A general ticket will get you four food samples and a full glass of wine (in addition to wine samples), while a VIP ticket will get you six food samples and two full glasses.

The Pursuit of Everything: Maira Kalman’s Books for Children
When: June 22-September 15
Where: High Museum of Art Atlanta
Cost: $14.50, free for kids
Details: After previous success with exhibitions of children’s book artists, including Eric Carle, Mo Willems, and A.A. Milne, the High will open its latest this weekend, showcasing the art of Maira Kalman. The exhibition will span her three-decade children’s illustration career, which began in 1985 with Stay Up Late and includes Bold & Brave, a book written by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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