This Weekend In Atlanta: Streets Alive; Summerfest; & More

"Tunes from the Tombs" features an all-local lineup, with over a dozen bands performing on three stages and busking throughout the cemetery.
“Tunes from the Tombs” features an all-local lineup with over a dozen bands performing on three stages and busking throughout the cemetery. Photo courtesy of Oakland Cemetery.

A variety of experiences await those ready to get out and explore Atlanta this weekend.

You can explore castles at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, solve a murder mystery at The Strand and get a preview of gloATL’s upcoming production. 

For art check out a solo show in Miami Circle or hit Virginia-Highland’s annual Summerfest artist market (and also catch some live music while you are there).

Enjoy some outdoor fun as roads close in the Westside for Sunday’s Streets Alive event or take in some live tunes among the tombs at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday.

Whatever type of experience you are looking for, enjoy your weekend in Atlanta!

Festivals

35th Annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest

When: June 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (artist market closes at 6 p.m.), June 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Historic Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive

Cost: Free

What to Expect: This festival is known for its juried Artist Market that specializes in fine, folk and unique art. Visitors can also hear live music on two separate stages, play in the kids zone, enjoy traditional festival food and beverages and take part in Saturday’s 5K Road Race or Tot trot. On the Friday preceding Summerfest starting at 7 p.m., events are held especially for Virginia-Highland residents: a parade, picnic dinner and outdoor movie.

Theater

Murder! At The Strand

When: June 7 through 9 at 7 and 8:45 p.m., June 9 and 10 at 3 p.m.

Where: The Strand Theatre

Cost: $45

What to Expect: “Murder! At The Strand” premiered in April to rave reviews, and it is back for another run! It is an immersive theatrical who-dun-it that uses all of The Strand — including its 500-seat auditorium and proscenium stage. This interactive event challenges the audience to identify the true story behind a nefarious crime and the criminal with the motive to commit it. It is perfect for mystery enthusiasts, escape room fans, play veterans, and non-theatre goers alike.

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Galleries

April Riley Solo Show

When: June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lagerquist Gallery

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: Visit Miami Circle’s Lagerquist Gallery for a two-day, one-woman show by Atlanta artist April Riley. She is able to create her dramatic interpretations of people and things by utilizing various paint-over methods, an assortment of pallet knives and unconventional techniques.

Music

Tunes from the Tombs

When: June 9 from noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Oakland Cemetery

Cost: $20 to $75

What to Expect: If you like live music and unique venues, this annual summer music festival is for you! Back for the eighth year, “Tunes from the Tombs” features an all-local lineup, with over a dozen bands performing on three stages and busking throughout the cemetery. Drivin’ N Cryin’ tops the roster, and there are also craft beer and food trucks, free cemetery mini-tours and activities for kids. This one might sell out, so get your tickets ahead of time.

Dance

Mother: Works in Process

When: June 9 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Goat Farm Arts Center

Cost: Free

What to Expect: Catch up with gloATL in their studio at The Goat Farm! Choreographer and conceptual artist Lauri Stallings will reveal the second map of “Mother” choreography. The full-length production is scheduled for March of 2019 at Atlanta Symphony Hall and is the fifth collaboration for Maestro Robert Spano and Stallings.

Free

Atlanta Streets Alive: Westside

When: June 10 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Portions of Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street from Downtown to Underwood Hills

Cost: Free

What to Expect: Organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, this edition of Atlanta Streets Alive opens a 3.6 mile stretch of street to people on foot and bike and closes it to cars. Neighborhoods include Downtown, Georgia Tech, English Avenue, Marietta Street Artery, Home Park, Atlantic Station, Blandtown, Berkeley Park, and Underwood Hills.

Family

The Amazing Castle

When: June 9 through Sept. 9: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Cost: $12.95 to $18.95

What to Expect: On Saturday check out opening day of Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s newest exhibit. Children can don costumes and engage in role-playing, pick vegetables in the garden, take them to the Great Hall to cook up a royal meal or visit the tower to wake “Herald,” the sleeping dragon. Saturday is also one of the museum’s Fulton County Days during which residents of Fulton county can buy one admission ticket and receive one additional general admission ticket for free.

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