5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 20-26

Willie Nelson and the Outlaw Music Festival come to Alpharetta, Juneteenth celebrations in Piedmont Park, and more fun things to do this week

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 20-26
Willie Nelson plays as part of the Outlaw Music Festival in Alpharetta this week.

Photograph by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Outlaw Music Festival
When: June 21
Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Cost: $75+
Details: Headliners and legendary musicians Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan play for the tour’s kick-off show in Alpharetta, joined by bluegrass stars Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and singer-songwriter Celisse. Listen to the artists while shopping at the festival’s jewelry, clothing, and beauty vendors.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival
When: June 21-June 23
Where: Piedmont Park
Cost: Free
Details: Juneteenth Atlanta returns for a weekend of musical performances, activities, shopping, pageants, and food, plus the annual 5K Freedom Run. If you can’t make the Juneteenth Black History parade—which starts on Auburn Avenue near the King Center and runs to Piedmont Park—it’ll be broadcast on Atlanta News First and Peachtree TV.

10th Anniversary of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
When: June 21-June 23
Where: National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Cost: Free to $25
Details: Grab some cocktails and explore the NCCHR’s galleries on Friday for their 21+ “Truth on the Rocks” anniversary celebration, and then bring the kids along for an all-ages free admission day on Saturday. If you can’t make it then, the Center also offers discount admission on Sunday for their grand opening anniversary (as the center opened on June 23, 2014), featuring a performance by Harambee Dance Company.

Tyler Mitchell: Idyllic Space Exhibition
When: June 21-December 1
Where: High Museum of Art
Cost: $23.50; free for museum members
Details: Explore the idea of a Black utopia in Atlanta artist Tyler Mitchell’s new exhibit, showcasing over 30 photographs on a variety of themes including masculinity, motherhood, and the natural world. Mitchell earned international fame when became the first Black photographer to shoot Vogue‘s cover, photographing Beyoncé for the magazine in 2018.

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest
When: June 22
Where: Historic Fourth Ward Park
Cost: $55 in advance, $65 at door
Details: Sample more than 150 local, domestic, and international beers; wines; cocktails; and seltzers at the festival, which also includes a souvenir cup and free live music. Parking is limited, so using a rideshare service is strongly encouraged.

Sports corner: Atlanta home games

  • The Atlanta Dream will take on Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever in a highly anticipated game Friday at State Farm Arena, followed by a game against the New York Liberty at Gateway Center Arena on Sunday. Info Here.
  • The Braves face off against the Yankees this weekend for a series of games at Truist Park from June 21-23. Info Here.