Keeping busy in June: 6 activities to kick off summer

Celebrated on June 19, the day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

This month is the perfect time to start scheduling some fun. Whether heading out with friends or entertaining the whole family, stay active throughout Atlanta this June. Keep those bellies fed and take in some local culture — you can easily fill up your calendar with these diverse activities.

June 18, 2022 Atlanta - A float makes its way down on Marietta street during the Juneteenth Atlanta Black History Parade on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The 10th annual Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival is a four-day free music festival that also includes a black history parade. Juneteenth, a June 19 holiday, recognizes the last African American slaves being freed in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom, history, culture, achievements and more with a variety of commemorative events including history lessons, art, music and empowerment programs. (Hyosub Shin /


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Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival

Friday, June 16-Sunday, June 18. Free admission. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Avenue W NW, Atlanta.

Festivities continue all weekend long in Centennial Olympic Park for Juneteenth. The 11th annual celebration includes a parade, live music and other performances, speakers, food trucks, and an art market. There are competitions to watch and panel discussions to participate in as well. The big event, the parade, begins at noon on Saturday, June 17, starting in Liberty Plaza, across from the Capitol, and concluding in the park. For a complete schedule of events, you can download the Juneteenth Atlanta App, which will be available on

Juneteenth 2023 at Atlanta History Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 18. Admission is free. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404-814-4000.

Bring the whole family together to celebrate Juneteenth with an immersive cultural experience. At this event, you’ll find live music, interactive crafts, and tasty food. Powerful storytelling through workshops and talks will educate and provide insights into the history of this important, historical day. Take a bird walk and tour the gardens, walk through exhibits, and even play lawn games before stopping off at the food trucks for a bite.

Visit Brooke Street Park in Alpharetta to browse and buy artwork and see local artists create their works.

Credit: From Awesome Alpharetta’s Facebook page

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Credit: From Awesome Alpharetta’s Facebook page

Take in some culture

96-hour Opera Project Performances

7 p.m. Monday, June 12. $20 for standard tickets, $10 rate for students. Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College, 900 West End Ave. SW, Atlanta. 404-881-8885.

Experience something completely different in Atlanta with the 96-Hour Opera Project. This composition competition and showcase pairs composers and librettists who spend four days writing 10-minute operas. Participants come from historically underrepresented communities, and the winning opera team not only receives a cash prize but also a commission for a new work to be performed in the upcoming season. See creatives at work in this original experience.

Alpharetta Art in the Park

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Free admission. Brooke Street Park, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. 678-297-6000.

This monthly artists’ market runs through September, with local artists putting their handcrafted work on display. Check out custom pottery, woodwork, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, photographs, and handmade clothing. Live demonstrations also occur. All booths are set up near the city center, so it’s easy to make a day out of your trip to the park.

Georgia Aquarium visitors in the acrylic tunnel in the Ocean Voyager exhibit watch a hammerhead shark swim by. The tunnel leads to the gigantic viewing window.

Credit: Bob Andres

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Credit: Bob Andres

Have a cold one

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 17. Admission is $50; $60 the day of the event. Historic 4th Ward Park, 665 North Ave. NE, Atlanta.

Sample over 150 beers, including offerings from local Atlanta breweries, at Atlanta Summer Beer Fest. This 21+ event also includes live music and a souvenir cup. All your alcohol samples come with the ticket price, along with free bottled water. Any food from the variety of local vendors will cost extra. For those who prefer wine, hard seltzer, or cider, over 25 different options will also be available.

20,000 Beers Under the Sea

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, June 30. Tickets are $75 for aquarium members and $85 for nonmembers. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-581-4000.

Spend an evening at the Georgia Aquarium sampling a huge variety of local and national beers, ciders, and hard seltzers. This fundraising event supports education programs at the Aquarium. Tickets include access to all the exhibits, a souvenir tasting glass, and a buffet dinner. Two live DJs infuse the evening with music. This is a 21+ event with unlimited tastings while supplies last. IDs are required at the door.