Spend the summer in Dunwoody: 10 can’t-miss events
As summer officially envelops the South and Atlantans are increasingly out and about, consider Dunwoody as a destination for fun, entertainment, and community. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a list of summer events in this metro city that you won’t want to miss!
Eclipse Di Luna Salsa Night
New York Walk the night away in the Heart of Dunwoody with a salsa dance experience at Spanish tapas restaurant Eclipse Di Luna every Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. with a live salsa band. Come learn the steps to this classic Latin dance from a professional instructor from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Want to get the night started a little early with a ginger fire or a skinny Margarita? Happy hour drink specials run from 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Eclipse Di Luna - 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE; Date: Wednesday nights, 7 p.m.; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
Food Truck Thursdays
Whether it’s live music, local beer, or lots of dinner choices, Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays has it all for you! Line up for mouthwatering offerings, which have, in the past, ranged from burgers to gourmet popsicles to funnel cakes. Don’t wait until Friday to start the weekend. This regular gathering promises to bring Dunwoody together for a relaxing time of community, food and music.
Location: Brook Run Park - 4770 N Peachtree Rd; Date: Thursday nights, 5 to 8 p.m.; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
King George Tavern trivia nights
Trivia nights at Dunwoody’s King George Tavern are one more way to get the weekend rolling early. Team up with friends or come on by yourself each week to test your knowledge at this royalty-themed restaurant in Dunwoody’s Georgetown area. Bring your appetite and pair the classic Brunswick stew with a draft beer while you belt out trivia answers.
Location: King George Tavern - 4511 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd; Date: Thursday nights, 8 p.m.; Admission: Free to play; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
NFA Burger Burger Benefit
NFA Burger’s Burger Benefit will bring chefs from around the world to Dunwoody as they work to present their own versions of the notorious cheeseburger from the movie “The Menu” on May 7. Burger-loving members of the public are invited to sink their teeth into these juicy, flame-kissed delicacies and decide for themselves who brought the best recipe. Be the first to find out when tickets are available at discoverdunwoody.com. The event benefits Giving Kitchen, a locally based organization that helps food service workers through emergency assistance. Learn more about the Burger Benefit here.
Location: NFA Burger - 5465 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd; Date: May 7; Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Admission: $30; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
Stage Door Theatre: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’
Make time this May to lose yourself in the fantastical story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up. This production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Stage Door Theater features just 12 actors who pretzel themselves into over 100 roles throughout the show. They bring out the threads of duty and friendship that are tightly woven through this story about an orphaned boy who teams up with friends to fight pirates.
Location: Stage Door Theatre - 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd; Dates: May 12-28; Admission: $15 to $35; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
Dunwoody Art Festival
The Dunwoody Art Festival will bring vendors and more than 130 artisans, rain or shine, to an area of metro Atlanta already renowned for its shopping opportunities. Make a day of it and stroll through the art booths and activities with a break for lunch in the food court. Previous events have plied festival-goers with a plethora of goods and experiences: jewelry, pottery, books, face painting, street musicians, flavored ice, and fried delicacies. The event’s website lists Sunday as the busiest day, so plan your attendance according to how much of a crowd you’re up for!
Location: Dunwoody Village Parkway and Dunwoody Village Shopping Center - 1317 Dunwoody Village Pkwy; Date: May 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
Dunwoody Parks and Recs Kids to Parks Day
Kids to Parks Day will celebrate its 13th iteration on May 20. It’s a National Park Trust initiative that encourages the exploration of public lands, including national, state and local parks. Local families can take advantage of the Dunwoody Parks and Recs Kids to Parks Day. Enjoy face painters, balloon artists, live music and the GA Bubble Man. And mark the day with great concessions available for purchase from Moondog Growlers. The day features free activities, cotton candy, popcorn and popsicles.
Location: Brook Run Park front field - 4770 N. Peachtree Road; Date: May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
Groovin’ on the Green at Brook Run Park
The City of Dunwoody’s Groovin’ on the Green concert series will be back this summer. These Saturday night music events run concurrently with warm weather monthly through October and include concessions, food, and drink for the whole family. This year’s music lineup includes the Satellite Blvd Band, a student showcase, Deep Velvet, and DEPARTURE: The Journey Tribute Band.
Location: Brook Run Park Amphitheater - 4770 N Peachtree Rd; Dates: June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14; 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
Rosé All Day
Just like it sounds, this is one place where you can enjoy a good glass of rosé all day — or all afternoon, at least. Spend the latter part of June 24 enveloped in the flowery notes of a wine that’s practically synonymous with summer during the Rosé All Day walk-around tasting experience. This indoor event will allow participants to purchase their preferred tastes by six-pack or bottle. Indulge in endless sips and complimentary culinary accompaniments. Make your reservation today — space is limited.
Location: Vino Venue - 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road; Date: June 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.; Admission: $65; Website: discoverdunwoody.com
July 4th parade in Dunwoody
Classic cars, patriotic colors, horses, bands, veterans, and tens of thousands of spectators: Since 1976, the Dunwoody July 4 parade has been the quintessential Independence Day offering. The Dunwoody Homeowners Association puts on this annual celebration beginning at 9 a.m. The total route distance is 2.7 miles, beginning at Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road. There’s an effort this year toward a more hometown feel, so area residents are encouraged to join in with their own floats, bikes, or sports teams. Entries are free of charge.
Location: The parade route runs along Mount Vernon Road from its Jett Ferry Road intersection west to Dunwoody Village. Right on Dunwoody Village Parkway, with a circle around the Parkway. Then, left between Citizens Bank and First Watch into Dunwoody Village.; Date: July 4; Admission: Spectators are free; Website: discoverdunwoody.com