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A photo of The Candler Park Music Festival, held June 1 and 2 this year.
The Candler Park Music and Food Festival, held June 1 and 2 this year.
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Best bets for Atlanta’s June festivals, events, mapped

Because poolside lounging gets a little boring after a while

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The Candler Park Music and Food Festival, held June 1 and 2 this year.
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Summer might not technically start for another few weeks, but with Memorial Day Weekend in the rearview, Atlantans are very much in a summertime state of mind.

Good news: The spirit of Atlanta’s famed spring festival season will keep the large-scale, public parties going well into June.

For those seeking alternatives to beach getaways, lake weekends, and lazy pool days, the following fiestas and eclectic, ATL-centric gatherings provide options for city dwellers and visitors willing to break a little sweat in the name of good times.

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1. Candler Park Music and Food Festival

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585 Candler Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

June 1, 2

Single-day general admission: $25

Gates: 4 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday

Staged in Candler Park’s beloved 55-acre green space, the Candler Park Music and Food Festival provides a fix of live summertime tunes between goliath music festivals such as the Shaky twins and Music Midtown. This year, find culinary offerings from the likes of Sweet Auburn Barbecue and Bhojanic alongside performances by headliners Lettuce and Gov’t Mule.

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2. Georgia Renaissance Festival

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6905 Virlyn B Smith Rd
Fairburn, GA 30213

Through June 3

Saturday and Sunday gates: 10:30 a.m.

General admission online: $19.95 adults; $9.95 kids ages six and up

If thundering hoofs, oversized turkey legs, merry carnival rides, royal feasts, bountiful mead, hearty ales, and omnipresent cosplay sound alluring, the Georgia Renaissance Festival would be most delighted to get medieval on thine ass. Until June 3, find the merriment within the gates of Newcastle in Fairburn, a 32-acre village that transports visitors to 16th-century England with 10 stages, more than 150 artisan shoppes, plus pubs and taverns.

3. Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

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May 31 - June 3

Various locations

Day passes from $160; tasting tents tix $100

Atlanta’s prominence as a southeastern foodie mecca is on full display throughout the city until June 3. Expect a wide array of programming, classes, gorge-a-thons, and ticketing levels (up to $1,800 for a Connoisseur Weekend) with no shortage of sophisticated fried chicken and biscuits.

4. Atlanta Moon Ride

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400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
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June 8

Pre-party: 7 p.m., Piedmont Park; ride launches at 11 p.m.

Tickets: $40 onsite

Less a festival than an otherworldly spectacle that celebrates the city’s burgeoning bike culture, the sixth annual Atlanta Moon Ride pedals away the night of June 8, with thousand of riders expected. Typically ablaze with neon, the police-escorted, six-mile trek for charity will loop eastside neighborhoods before returning to Piedmont Park. Helmets required.

5. Virginia-Highland Summerfest

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Virginia Highland
Atlanta, GA 30306

June 8, 9

Free

Opens: 10 a.m.

Per longstanding tradition, Virginia-Highland will get its festival on in early June this year with the celebration of arts and music that is Summerfest. The 35th incarnation will see a 5K race, artists market, kidsfest zone, and musical offerings by the likes of funky, saucy Gurufish and others.

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6. Tunes from the Tombs

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248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107
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June 9

Noon to 8 p.m.

Advance tickets: $20 adult general admission; $15 seniors; $10 kids ages four and up

Now in its eighth year, Oakland Cemetery’s Tunes from the Tombs musical takeover will feature an all-local lineup June 9 highlighted by Southern rock vets Drivin’ N Cryin’. Expect three stages positioned throughout the famed graveyard and musicians busking throughout.

7. Atlanta Streets Alive 2018, part II

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1009 West Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-9886
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June 10

Free

4 to 8 p.m.

The year’s second incarnation of ever-popular Atlanta Streets Alive will return to the 3.6-mile Westside route that debuted last year, connecting downtown to Underwood Hills with street-closure hoopla.

8. Atlanta Summer Beer Festival

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680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 546-6757
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June 16

Serving: 4 to 8 p.m.

Tickets: $40 in advance

Booted by redevelopment from The Masquerade two years ago, the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will again throw down (and hopefully not throw up) next door at Historic Fourth Ward Park on June 16. Expect more than 200 beers—with plenty of offerings from ATL’s blossoming suds scene—alongside food and live music. Note: no “designated driver” tickets this year.

1. Candler Park Music and Food Festival

585 Candler Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Photo: CPMFF

June 1, 2

Single-day general admission: $25

Gates: 4 p.m. Friday; noon Saturday

Staged in Candler Park’s beloved 55-acre green space, the Candler Park Music and Food Festival provides a fix of live summertime tunes between goliath music festivals such as the Shaky twins and Music Midtown. This year, find culinary offerings from the likes of Sweet Auburn Barbecue and Bhojanic alongside performances by headliners Lettuce and Gov’t Mule.

585 Candler Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. Georgia Renaissance Festival

6905 Virlyn B Smith Rd, Fairburn, GA 30213

Through June 3

Saturday and Sunday gates: 10:30 a.m.

General admission online: $19.95 adults; $9.95 kids ages six and up

If thundering hoofs, oversized turkey legs, merry carnival rides, royal feasts, bountiful mead, hearty ales, and omnipresent cosplay sound alluring, the Georgia Renaissance Festival would be most delighted to get medieval on thine ass. Until June 3, find the merriment within the gates of Newcastle in Fairburn, a 32-acre village that transports visitors to 16th-century England with 10 stages, more than 150 artisan shoppes, plus pubs and taverns.

6905 Virlyn B Smith Rd
Fairburn, GA 30213

3. Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta, GA

May 31 - June 3

Various locations

Day passes from $160; tasting tents tix $100

Atlanta’s prominence as a southeastern foodie mecca is on full display throughout the city until June 3. Expect a wide array of programming, classes, gorge-a-thons, and ticketing levels (up to $1,800 for a Connoisseur Weekend) with no shortage of sophisticated fried chicken and biscuits.

4. Atlanta Moon Ride

400 Park Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

June 8

Pre-party: 7 p.m., Piedmont Park; ride launches at 11 p.m.

Tickets: $40 onsite

Less a festival than an otherworldly spectacle that celebrates the city’s burgeoning bike culture, the sixth annual Atlanta Moon Ride pedals away the night of June 8, with thousand of riders expected. Typically ablaze with neon, the police-escorted, six-mile trek for charity will loop eastside neighborhoods before returning to Piedmont Park. Helmets required.

400 Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

5. Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Virginia Highland, Atlanta, GA 30306
Photo: VaHi.org

June 8, 9

Free

Opens: 10 a.m.

Per longstanding tradition, Virginia-Highland will get its festival on in early June this year with the celebration of arts and music that is Summerfest. The 35th incarnation will see a 5K race, artists market, kidsfest zone, and musical offerings by the likes of funky, saucy Gurufish and others.

Virginia Highland
Atlanta, GA 30306

6. Tunes from the Tombs

248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

June 9

Noon to 8 p.m.

Advance tickets: $20 adult general admission; $15 seniors; $10 kids ages four and up

Now in its eighth year, Oakland Cemetery’s Tunes from the Tombs musical takeover will feature an all-local lineup June 9 highlighted by Southern rock vets Drivin’ N Cryin’. Expect three stages positioned throughout the famed graveyard and musicians busking throughout.

248 Oakland Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

7. Atlanta Streets Alive 2018, part II

1009 West Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

June 10

Free

4 to 8 p.m.

The year’s second incarnation of ever-popular Atlanta Streets Alive will return to the 3.6-mile Westside route that debuted last year, connecting downtown to Underwood Hills with street-closure hoopla.

1009 West Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

8. Atlanta Summer Beer Festival

680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

June 16

Serving: 4 to 8 p.m.

Tickets: $40 in advance

Booted by redevelopment from The Masquerade two years ago, the Atlanta Summer Beer Fest will again throw down (and hopefully not throw up) next door at Historic Fourth Ward Park on June 16. Expect more than 200 beers—with plenty of offerings from ATL’s blossoming suds scene—alongside food and live music. Note: no “designated driver” tickets this year.

680 Dallas St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308