Following a fabulous spring, it’s time for Atlanta to take things to the next level now that summer is returning. Have a scroll through this selection of our top activities for June, to fully embrace everything on offer in the ATL this month.
1. Pride Month in the ATL
Although Atlanta’s Pride Parade & Festival doesn’t fall until October, there’s still so many incredible things to do to celebrate Pride Month throughout June. From supporting queer-owned businesses to the best drag shows in Atlanta, follow us on Instagram or Facebook to stay up to date on all things Pride in the ATL.
2. Witness Pullman Pops’ epic return
Pullman Yards has completely transformed itself into the premier spot for new exhibitions, events, and concerts. Their stellar Pullman Pops series was a smash hit, and we’re more than ready for its triumphant return this month. Experience an enchanting orchestra take on beloved hits from music history (both old-school and contemporary). Click here for more information and to get your tickets.
3. Your last chance to see Imagine Picasso: The Immersive Experience
Step directly into the paintings of the renowned Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Experience his work like never before, as his iconic work comes to life in this immersive love-letter to Picasso’s entire career. The exhibition will be coming to an end on June 19, and is available to view on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Click here to get your tickets before it’s too late!
4-6. Atlanta Opera at Pullman Yards
More magic awaits at Pullman Yards this June, including the Atlanta Opera! Watch unmissable Opera performances take over one of the most unique stages in the ATL. See what’s available this month, below.
- Atlanta Opera Presents: Cabaret at Pullman Yards
- Atlanta Opera Presents: As One at Pullman Yards
- Atlanta Opera Presents: Cabaret Concert with Jay Hunter Morris
7. Honor and celebrate Juneteenth
Juneteenth annually takes over the ATL in the form of a parade and festival. The Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Festival will be taking place from the 17th until the 19th of June in the Olympic Centennial Park. There’s also a lot more going on around the city including the Atlanta History Center’s cultural celebration, or you could support Black-owned Atlanta!
7. Dining in the Dark
Surprise your senses and test out your taste buds at this Dining in the Dark experience. Just choose from a veggie, seafood, or meat menu, and let your senses do the rest! Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years, due to the studies that show 80 percent of people eat with their eyes. Click here to reserve your spot.
8-10. The magical Candlelight concert series
If you’ve yet to experience the incomparable Candlelight concerts, then this is your sign to do so. Taking on musical scores and beloved soundtracks from every genre and playlist imaginable, there’s something for everyone at this unique concert series that’s completely bathed in flickering candlelight. Check out our recommendations for April below, or see their full line-up here.
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift
- Candlelight Jazz: Celebrating Billie Holiday & Amy Winehouse
- Candlelight: The Best of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole
11-14. Support these Atlantan LGBTQIA+ owned businesses
Pride Month is here, which means it’s an honorable time to support all the amazing queer-owned businesses here in the ATL. Click here for a full round-up of LGBTQ+ businesses you can support this Pride Month, and beyond! Or check out a few recommendations below.
- Guac Y Margys, Old Fourth Ward
- Finca To Filta, West End
- Charis Books & More, Decatur
- Future Showbar, Underground Atlanta
15. HOOKED at the Science Gallery
There’s an exciting exhibition in Pullman Yards, part of the brand new ATL project Science Gallery. ‘HOOKED’ examines the world through the lens of addiction. Expect to learn about yourself and others, through expressions of pleasure, loss, excess, or vulnerability. Click here for more information on this fascinating exhibition.
16. Save the Video Store at this super-fun immersive experience
The 90s called and they want you the ATL to Save the Video Store! Get ready for an immersive theatrical experience full of nostalgia, as you enjoy a spectacular show from the outstanding cast of employees and patrons as they emulate characters from iconic 90s cinema. Click here for more information and tickets.
17-21. Enjoy a weekend brunch at one of these stunning ATL patios
What better way to kick off the summer than with a delicious brunch out on the patio. See below for this month’s recommendations or check out our recent round-up of gorgeous brunch spots with the best outdoor dining options.
- Mojave Restaurant, Sandy Springs
- Murphy’s, Virginia-Highland
- Milk & Honey, Several locations
- Fox’s Bros BBQ, Little Five Points
- Anis Cafe & Bistro, Garden Hill
22. Visit ‘Origami in the Garden’
Giant origami structures have taken over the Atlanta Botanical Garden for the summer, and they look absolutely beautiful. The striking art pieces compliment and intertwine with the floral displays on offer at the beloved Piedmont Park attraction. Click here for more information on this unmissable exhibit.
23. The Lego pop-art exhibit at Zoo Atlanta
Sean Kenney’s Nature POP! has completely taken over Zoo Atlanta, providing the ATL with another unmissable experience for the summer season. Following last year’s Chinese Lantern Festival on the gorgeous grounds, the zoo needed a tough act to follow, and they haven’t disappointed. Click here for everything you need to know.
24. Visit the Trap Music Museum
Learn about the art behind the music at the Trap Music Museum. Created by superstar rapper T.I., this immersive museum became the first hip-hop museum ever to celebrate the reality of southern-based trap music. It pays homage to other rap legends like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and more! Click here to get your tickets.
25. The magical Butterfly Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
The 23rd Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival will delight the ATL once again, as the stunning nature center celebrates all things butterfly. Click here for more information.
26-30. Elevate your night out at Atlanta’s rooftop bars
The sun is shining which means rooftop season is among us. The ATL boasts an unbeatable amount of rooftops with killer views of our iconic skyline. Check out this month’s recommendations below.
- Virtue Rooftop, Midtown
- St. Julep, Buckhead
- Hotel Clermont, Poncey-Highland
- Drawbar, West Midtown
- New Realm Brewing, Poncey-Highland
31. Create your own candle at this crafty workshop
Time to get creative at this Sip & Smell candle making experience! You will be guided through the process of making your very own 8-oz or 9-oz candle using a vegan candle wax and an assortment of fragrances such as floral scents, baking goods, or woodsy aromas. Click here to get your tickets for June’s iteration.
32. Virginia-Highland’s Summerfest
The annual celebration of art, music, and Virginia-Highland is back on June 11. Click here for everything you need to know about this beloved community festival.
33-35. Catch some live drag in the ATL
Even though Atlanta’s Pride festival is in October, an awesome way to celebrate Pride is supporting Atlantan drag throughout the month, and the ATL is home to so many great places to catch a drag show. Check out some recommendations below or click here for a full round-up.
- Future Atlanta, Underground Atlanta
- Lips, Brookhaven
- Politan Row, Colony Square
- My Sisters Room, Midtown
36. Get wild at Illuminarium
Roam with lions, elephants, and other exotic animals at this unbeatable immersive attraction on the BeltLine. Illuminarium opened up their breathtaking space last year, providing Atlanta with unforgettable experiences with their ground-breaking technology. Click here for more information and tickets.
37-41. Unique eats in Atlanta
We always include our top picks for unique dining in Atlanta on these monthly round-ups. Because who doesn’t love a special culinary experience that takes dining out to the next level? From robot waiters to a gripping murder mystery, check out our recommendations below or click here to see the full round-up.
- The Dinner Detective
- An Evening In Roma: Italian Date Night
- Big Bang Pizza
- Mystery Picnic Date: Self Guided Foodie Adventure
- The Garden Room
42. Free swimming at Atlanta’s public pools
Atlanta’s public swimming pools have officially reopened for the summer season. Best of all, they are completely free to use. For more information and participating pools, click here.
43. Christian Siriano exhibit in SCAD FASH
SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates the art of fashion by offering must-see exhibitions throughout the year, and their newest is no exception. Delve into the illustrious career of Christian Siriano, at this exciting exhibition which features several iconic pieces created by the legendary designer and famed-member of Project Runway royalty.
44-46. Stock up on groceries at these ATL farmers’ markets
Atlanta is home to so many amazing farmers’ markets that boast the best produce from local farms and businesses. Check out some recommendations below, or click here for the whole round-up.
- Ponce City Farmers’ Market, Ponce City Market
- Grant Park Farmers’ Market, Grant Park
- East Atlanta Village Farmers’ Market, East Atlanta Village
47-50. Get your caffeine fix at these adorable coffee shops
We recently rounded up our favorite coffeehouses that take their design and décor very seriously. From minimalist chic to maximalist safe-havens, check out our round-up here, or view some recommendations below.
- Chrome Yellow Trading Co., Old Fourth Ward
- Muchacho, Reynoldstown
- Read Shop by the Merchant, Vinings
- Con Leche Coffee, Reynoldstown