20 free things to do in metro Atlanta in June

People walking in Cisco’s float at the Juneteenth Parade in Atlanta on Saturday, June 17, 2023. (Katelyn Myrick/katelyn.myrick@ajc.com)

Celebrate June in Atlanta with a variety of free events honoring Father’s Day, Juneteenth, the Summer Solstice, Pride Month and more! From scenic parks and fascinating museums to lively cultural festivals and community gatherings, discover plenty of cost-free activities that offer unforgettable experiences for everyone. Whether you’re with friends and family or embarking on a solo adventure, get ready to dive into the vibrant and diverse happenings that will kick off your summer.

Free First Saturday: Beautiful Bees - Dunwoody Nature Center

This month, the Dunwoody Nature Center hosts “Beautiful Bees,” offering families and the community a chance to learn about bees through interactive activities, guided nature hikes, and creative arts and crafts. Register now!

Location: Dunwoody - 5343 Roberts Dr.; Website: dunwoodynature.org; Date: Saturday, June 1; Time: 1-2 p.m.

Summer Soul-stice - Chattahoochee Food Works

Step into the rhythm of summer at the Summer Soul-stice music series on Saturdays, featuring live music and a vibrant atmosphere for all ages.

Location: Northeast - 1235 Chattahoochee Ave. NW; Website: theworksatl.com; Dates: Saturdays (June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29); Time: Noon

Museum of Graffiti Pop-Up: Sneaker Stories - Ponce City Market

The Museum of Graffiti, originally from Miami, announces the traveling exhibition “Sneaker Stories,” exploring the cultural synergy between graffiti and sneaker culture, exclusively at Ponce City Market for a limited time.

Location: East Atlanta - 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE; Website: museumofgraffiti.com; Dates: Until Sunday, June 2

Gameday at Avalon - Alpharetta

Step up to the plate for the Atlanta Braves! Catch them in action with complimentary screenings at Avalon.

Location: Alpharetta - 2200 Avalon Blvd.; Website: experienceavalon.com; Dates: Sundays, (June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30); Time: 1:35 p.m.

Wellness Series: Yoga - The Battery Atlanta

On non-game days, there’s free yoga at The Battery Atlanta every Monday evening, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and free parking is available. Check out some of their past yoga sessions here.

Location: Cumberland - 800 Battery Ave. SE; Website: batteryatl.com/yoga; Dates: Mondays (June 3, 10 and 24); Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons Player Appearance - Atlantic Station

Attention Falcons fans: Head to the Atlantic Station Team Store to meet Atlanta Falcons players A.J. Terrell and Grady Jarrett, and get their autographs on a first-come, first-served basis.

Location: Midtown - 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW; Website: atlanticstation.com; Date: Monday, June 3; Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tai Chi with Sule Welch - The Home Depot Backyard (Downtown)

Instructor Sule Welch leads an introduction to Tai Chi, offering participants gentle movements to improve breathing, balance, flexibility, and stress relief through this centuries-old martial art practice from China.

Location: Downtown - 1 Backyard Way; Website: eventbrite.com; Date: Tuesday, June 4; Time: 6-7 p.m.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Experience the 39th annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest, an exciting celebration of art, music, and community in Atlanta’s picturesque Virginia-Highland neighborhood. Enjoy an artist market, crafts, live music, delicious food, children’s activities and more.

Location: East Atlanta - 797 Virginia Ave. NE; Website: vahi summerfest.org; Dates: Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9

Gwinnett Pride - Thrasher Park (Norcross)

Get ready to groove at Gwinnett Pride! With electrifying live music, treats from local vendors, and an array of unique booths, this event promises an unforgettable celebration of diversity and unity.

Location: Norcross - 93 Park Dr.; Website: gwinnettpride.org; Date: Saturday, June 8; Time: Noon to 7 p.m.

Slip-N-Slide Extravaganza - Art Center West (Roswell)

Grab your swimsuits and gather the family for Roswell’s Slip-N-Slide Extravaganza, boasting three thrilling slides including two 200-footers and a 50-foot one.

Location: Roswell - 1355 Woodstock Rd.; Website: roswell365.com/slip-n-slide; Date: Saturday, June 8; Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Feed Your Senses - Rialto Center for the Arts (Downtown)

Indulge in a complimentary lunch and concert featuring the versatile rhythms of Atlanta-based drummer Mario Fogg, showcasing his talents across various genres from jazz and gospel to funk and R&B.

Location: Downtown - 80 Forsyth St. NW; Website: calendar.gsu.edu; Dates: Wednesday, June 12; Time: Noon to 1 p.m.

Father’s Day Weekend Mini Golf - Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf (Roswell)

Is your Dad a golfer? Celebrate Father’s Day weekend in style and treat Dad to a round of themed mini golf on the house with the purchase of at least one regular ticket.

Location: Roswell - 5100 Commerce Pkwy.; Website: visitroswellga.com; Dates: Friday, June 14 - Sunday, June 16; Time: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Movie Under the Stars - Hapeville

Pack your blankets and lawn chairs! The little ones in your family will enjoy Hapeville’s movie night the most with a screening of “Trolls Band Together.”

Location: Hapeville - 680 S Central Ave.; Website: hapeville.org; Date: Friday, June 14; Time: 7:30 p.m.

Juneteenth 2024 - Atlanta History Center (Buckhead)

Experience this year’s Juneteenth celebration, showcasing Black culinary history and America’s favorite pastime, baseball, with on-campus events, cooking demonstrations, and exhibitions like “More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron” and “Barbecue Nation,” honoring Juneteenth’s legacy and the joyous spirit of family, food, and community.

Location: Buckhead - 130 W Paces Ferry Rd. NW; Website: atlantahistorycenter.com; Date: Saturday, June 15; Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Father’s Day / Dia del Padre - Plaza Fiesta (Brookhaven)

Want to do something cool with Dad on Father’s Day? Join Plaza Fiesta’s “Dia del Padre” celebration, alive with the sounds of mariachis, fun contests, and exciting giveaways!

Location: Brookhaven - 4166 Buford Hwy. NE; Website: plazafiesta.net/fathers-day; Date: Sunday, June 16

Father’s Day at the Hall - College Football Hall of Fame (Downtown)

Score a touchdown this Father’s Day at the Hall, where Dads can enjoy free admission, a $25 gift card from The Home Depot, and a day filled with all the fun and exciting college football action they can tackle!

Location: Downtown - 250 Marietta St. NW; Website: cfbhall.com; Date: Sunday, June 18; Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Solstice on the Square - Colony Square

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with a sunrise welcome, healing stone, seed paper, meditation yoga practice, and a soothing sound bath, all designed to honor the light and set intentions for the season ahead. Be sure to bring a personal item to place at the mural of Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn, symbolizing hope and the arrival of a new day.

Location: Midtown - 1197 Peachtree St. NE; Website: colonysquare.com; Date: Thursday, June 20; Time: 6-7:30 a.m.

Copa America Watch Party - West End MARTA Station

Score big as MARTA and Soccer in the Streets team up to bring you the first match of the 2024 Copa America tournament, Argentina vs. Canada! Enjoy giant TV screens, food, music, and the chance to witness Messi and his team in action.

Location: West End - 680 Lee St. SW; Website: eventbrite.com; Date: Thursday, June 20; Time: 7-10 p.m.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival - Piedmont Park

Experience Atlanta’s Juneteenth Parade and Music Festival, a celebration of freedom and unity featuring live music, cultural activities, a vibrant parade and more.

Location: Midtown - Piedmont Park; Website: juneteenthatl.com; Dates: Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23

Family Build Night - Decatur Makers

Get the family together for a Family Build Night with Decatur Makers. It’s a free monthly event featuring hands-on STEAM activities for children ages 6-10 and their families.

Location: Decatur - 605 W Ponce de Leon Ave.; Website: decaturmakers.app.; Date: Wednesday, June 26; Time: 5-6:30 p.m.

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