Summer arts guide: roundup of must-see events in June


Intown has many events for Atlanta residents to hang out, mingle, and enjoy the warm weather. Here’s a list of highlights with some of this month’s must-see festivals, concerts, exhibitions and shows.

Oliver Jeffers: 15 years of picture books at the High Museum

Oliver Jeffers: 15 years of book images
Until August 7. Eighty original drawings, sketches and finished illustrations by award-winning artist and children’s book author Oliver Jeffers whose works include ‘The Day the Crayons Left Off’ are part of this retrospective exhibition. Go to for more information.

Origami in the garden
Until October 16. See a display of massive origami-inspired sculptures by Jennifer and Kevin Box, including one that weighs 7,500 pounds, at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Click on for more information.

Atlanta Opera at Pullman Yards
June 2-19. Atlanta Opera closes its season with the “Come As You Are” festival in Kirkwood, featuring a new production of the musical “Cabaret”, the chamber opera “As One” and a cabaret-style concert by the Metropolitan Opera star Jay Hunter Morris. Visit to learn more.

June 2-12. Broadway in Atlanta presents Frozen at the Fox Theater. The hit musical features an expanded score featuring dozens of new musical numbers. For tickets and information, visit

Candler Park Music Festival

Candler Park Music Festival
June 3-4. There will be food trucks, vendors, performers and of course music with artists such as Grace Potter, Disco Biscuits, Cha Wa and Twiddle. Visit to find out more.

Flying Colors Butterfly Festival
June 4-5. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The Chattahoochee Nature Center shines a light on butterflies through entertainment, games and a butterfly encounter. Details are at

Virginia-Highland Summerfest
June 11. John Howell Park in the historic Va-Hi district will come alive with music and art – and a 5k run. There is more information on

Civic Season Launch Party
June 12, 2-7 p.m. Celebrate what you stand for at this new event that hosts parties across the country. There will be giveaways, live music, food trucks and more on the Atlanta History Center’s Midtown campus. To learn more, visit

Atlanta Summer Beer Festival
June 12, 4 to 8 p.m. Anyone 21 and older is invited to sample local and national beers while listening to live music in the Historic Fourth Ward Park. Additional information is available at

50th Anniversary Screening of “The Godfather” at the Fox Theater

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at Fox
The festival kicks off on June 17 with a 50e anniversary screening of “The Godfather”. Other films include: “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (June 18), “Casablanca” (June 24), “Coco” (June 25) and “Saturday Night Fever” (June 25). Tickets and details at

The great return
June 17-18. Here’s an HBCU experience that pays homage to historically black colleges with performances from top talent, tailgating, and vendors offering food and art. Learn more at

Lost Art Music Festival
June 17-18. Cathead Distillery hosts a music festival featuring Durand Jones & The Indications, Rayland Baxter, The Lone Bellow and Paul Cauthern. Find tickets and details at

June 19

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
June 17-19. African-American emancipation will be celebrated at Centennial Park with a parade, music, arts and performances. Make plans by visiting

Bob Thompson: This house is mine
From June 17 to September 11. This nationally traveling exhibit includes paintings and works on paper by contemporary African-American artist Bob Thompson (1937-1966). For more information, visit

Pullman Pops: a tribute to Motown and R&B
June 18. Complete with food and drink, the outdoor concert will be performed by a 45-piece symphony orchestra at Pullman’s Art Center Amphitheater. Go to and search “Pullman Pops” for tickets and details.

Atlanta Short Film Festival
June 25-26. Rolecall Theater presents the best short films of the year produced by filmmakers around the world in live indoor and outdoor screenings. More info at

Black Food Vegan Festival
June 26. The public is invited to Atlanta’s first Vegan Dark Food Festival which features black coffee, chocolate, blackberries and lesser-known foods like black garlic and black pudding. Get tickets at this link.

Fantastic fourth celebration at Stone Mountain

Fantastic fourth celebration
July 1-5. It’s a full day of family attractions and entertainment, plus a special fireworks display and laser show, when Stone Mountain Park celebrates Independence Day. Visit for more information.

July 1-Sept. 4. This exhibition confirms the grid – the geometric form of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines – as the dominant force in 20th century art and expands it to include a more diverse group of artists working across a wide range of media. Get details at

Dream of a summer night
July 2-24. Lovers, fairies and amateur actors hilariously entwine in Shakespeare’s classic comedy at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Tickets and information at

Find even more events in our How Are You Atlanta section? Calendar at


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