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Things To Do in Atlanta This Weekend

Here’s what’s going on in Atlanta this weekend, June 14, 15 and 16.

Around Town

Atlanta History Center Celebrates Juneteenth on Saturday

Celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday at Atlanta History Center. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta History Center)

Atlanta History Center plans a Juneteenth celebration for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Enjoy on-campus events, cooking demonstrations, museum theater and exhibitions, including “More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron” and “Barbecue Nation.” Bring your water bottles, blankets, lawn chairs and anything else your family needs to be comfortable on the lawn as you join the folks at Atlanta History Center to celebrate Juneteenth.

Oakland Cemetery Plans Saturday Activities to Highlight Juneteenth

Oakland Cemetery will celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Oakland Cemetery)

Head to Oakland Cemetery on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a celebration for the whole family. Learn about the significance of Juneteenth while you enjoy live music, food vendors, children’s storytelling, a vendor market, a libations ceremony and more. Free tours of the historic African-American burial grounds will also be available, but registration is required.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights Plans Several Days to Remember Juneteenth

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will remember Juneteenth Saturday, Sunday and June 19. On Saturday there will be quilt mural, a scavenger hunt, trivia and outdoor activities. Sunday brings quilt mural, a scavenger hunt, trivia and Juneteenth flag making. June 19 offers a performance, a scavenger hunt, trivia, flag making and outdoor activities.

Visit an Uncommon Bizarre at Piedmont Park

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces introduces the Uncommon Bizarre, a new two-day event at Piedmont Park Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors will included makers, crafters, jewelers, photographers and skilled artists in various mediums. There will be culinary delights and summer sips from food trucks.

Fernbank After Dark on Tap for Friday

Young adults might want to stop at Fernbank Museum of Natural History Friday for Fernbank After Dark. A ticket for the 7 to 11 p.m. event grants you full museum access, including the new “A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature” exhibit. Also, enjoy tapas, cocktails, live music and activities like meeting some of the in-house invertebrates, learning about phantom limbs and guessing what’s in a box based on touch.

Shop the Art Gone Wild Artist Market at Zoo Atlanta

Say hello to a tortoise when you visit the Art Gone Wild Artist Market at Zoo Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Zoo Atlanta)

Find unusual pieces of art during Zoo Atlanta’s Art Gone Wild Artist Market from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The market features a curated variety of original art, jewelry, home décor, apparel, pottery, rugs, wood accessories, stationery, body products, pet accessories and more. A number of this year’s featured artists integrate biology and nature inspirations into their works. The Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, of which many of Zoo Atlanta’s animal care professionals are members, will be on hand with pieces of authentic ostrich eggs which you may decorate at the market and take home.

Take a Chill Pill at High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art’s popular Oasis event has moved Saturday. Oasis invites you to embark on a journey of self-discovery through activities designed to promote mental well-being. Immerse yourself in movement-based sessions led by local yoga instructors, unwind with soothing sonic experiences or unleash your creative expression in art-making activities led by teaching artists. In the Seeing with Spirit dialogue series, engage in conversations that explore the intersection of art and spirituality. Oasis occurs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Georgia Aquarium Presents ‘20,000 Beers Under the Sea’

Greet all variety of creatures during “20,000 Beers Under the Sea” at Georgia Aquarium. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Aquarium)

Celebrate the arrival of summer at Georgia Aquarium on Friday by enjoying unlimited beer, hard seltzer and cider samples in a souvenir tasting cup during the “20,000 Beers Under the Sea” event. You’ll have access to a summer-inspired buffet dinner, live band and DJ performances, and more than 500 aquatic species to discover. All proceeds benefit Georgia Aquarium’s Education Programs. 

Take a Walk on Peachtree Street

Atlanta Streets Alive opens Peachtree Street between 15th and Mitchell streets to pedestrians Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Wear your walking shoes, bring your bike, show off your roller skating skills. Mostly, enjoy Atlanta’s most famous street without the traffic.   

Navigate the Mirror Maze at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Can you find your way through the Mirror Maze at Fernbank Museum of Natural History? (Photo courtesy of J.B. Spector / Museum of Science and Industry Chicago)

“A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature” is open at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The exhibit features a life-size mirror maze that exposes the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world. From the nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to spots on a giraffe, you will discover a unique perspective of daily surroundings. The exhibit also features an array of artifacts — Bighorn sheep antlers, honeycomb and an aluminum ant hill casting — that demonstrate examples of patterns in objects from the natural world. The crown jewel of the exhibit is an elaborate mirror maze where you can explore and navigate a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors. Interactive elements throughout the exhibit allow for hands-on learning to understand that math is all around us in everyday life. Can you find your way out?

Stop at Atlantic Station for Creator’s Market and Midnight Market

Atlantic Station hosts Creator’s Market from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 7 p.m. Sundays, every weekend through December. The market offers a shopping experience featuring more than a dozen vendors of hand-crafted products ranging from jewelry and home décor to soaps and candles. There also are tasty treats, artists and fun.

Hammonds House Displays Works by Sam Middleton

Hammonds House Museum presents “Rhythm of Resilience: The Artistry of Sam Middleton” through Aug. 18. A master of collage, Middleton’s compositions weave together musical scores, photographs and graphic elements in a dance of color and form. His art is a testament to the enduring influence of jazz.

Alice in Wonderland Stars at Atlanta Botanical Garden

“Alice’s Wonderland Returns” is on display at Atlanta Botanical Garden. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden)

The Atlanta Botanical Garden presents “Alice’s Wonderland Returns” through Sept. 15. The exhibit features seven installations of 22 of the topiary-like mosaiculture pieces throughout the garden. The garden first introduced the sculptures in 2013 when it presented the United States’ first major exhibition of mosaiculture produced by International Mosaiculture Montreal.

Alice and company first debuted at the Garden in 2019’s “Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland.” The exhibition returned in 2020 along with several new sculptures for a revival called “Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined.”

The sculptures are created through the centuries-old art of mosaiculture in which steel forms are covered in fabric, filled with soil and planted with thousands of living plants to form a colorful carpet.

For this new show, look for a towering Alice to twirl in Howell Fountain, the giant White Rabbit to hold court in the Skyline Garden pond and a colorful chess set to marvel at in the Skyline Garden’s event Lawn. The enormous Red Queen will dominate one edge of the Great Lawn, three giant Storybooks will greet you after you pass through the Visitor Center and the Cheshire Cat will keep an eye on it all from its perch in Alston Overlook. New this spring will be the addition of Singing Flowers along the Flower Walk, blooming to recorded music as you pass by.

See ‘Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’ at High Museum of Art

Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613-1675), Dog at Rest, 1650, oil on panel, Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the
Center for Netherlandish Art. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The exhibit “Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” is open at the High Museum of Art. The exhibition includes more than 60 paintings — still lifes, portraits, seascapes, landscapes, architectural views and genre scenes — by the period’s leading Dutch artists, including Rembrandt, Jacob van Ruisdael, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Willem Kalf and Rachel Ruysch. Also on display are prints, maps and decorative objects in silver, porcelain and more from the 17th and the first half of the 18th centuries. See the exhibit through July 14.

MODA Cooks Up Pasta Exhibit

The new exhibit at MODA is all about pasta. (Photo by Bozhin Karaivanov/Unsplash)

MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) has opened the exhibit “Al Dente: The Design of Pasta.” Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the design of pasta shapes, mechanical and technical advancements in pasta making, pasta advertising, designer pasta and the future of pasta. Learn all about pasta through Sept. 1.

Atlanta History Center Opens Hank Aaron Exhibit

Baseball fans won’t want to miss the Hank Aaron exhibit at Atlanta History Center. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta History Center)

“More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron” is open at Atlanta History Center. The exhibition features images and artifacts from the collections of the Aaron family, Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Braves, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Emory University, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and personal collections from throughout the United States. Just about every Atlantan knows that on April 8, 1974, Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record right here in Atlanta. See the exhibit through September 2025.

Flora, Fauna & Flight Returns to Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Flora, Fauna & Flight returns to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy of Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

The popular exhibit Flora, Fauna & Flight has returned to Fernbank Museum of Natural History and is on display through June 23. Among the things to do are (1) explore the difference between gliding and flying; (2) pose for photos in front of features including butterflies and bats; (3) discover the physics of flight; and (4) see plant and animal sculptures among the trees, grasses, plants and flowers of WildWoods..

CDC Museum Presents Exhibit about Segregation

Atlanta’s CDC Museum has opened the exhibit, “Ghosts of Segregation: Photographs of Rich Frishman.” The exhibit explores the lingering presence of segregation, slavery and institutional racism hidden in everyday American architecture. From segregated schools to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to a church firebombing in Louisiana, Frishman’s photographs show how our surroundings bear witness to history. See it through May 24.

Family

See ‘Sesame Street The Musical’

The Center for Puppetry Arts is showing “Sesame Street The Musical through Aug. 4. You are invited to join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Gabrielle and a whole host of Honkers, Martians and other Sesame Street favorites as they will appear onstage in their very own musical.

Children’s Film Festival Under Way

Kids Video Connection Inc. presents the 17th annual Atlanta Children’s Film Festival (ACFF) through June 23. The festival features two and a half weeks of activities, including film screenings and workshops for children, teens and industry professionals. There are in-person and virtual events; venues vary.  

Theater

Ken Ludwig’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ Plays at Shakespeare Tavern

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is showing Ken Ludwig’s “The Three Musketeers” through June 30. The adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel tells the story of a brother and sister, d’Artagnan and Sabine, who set off for Paris in search of adventure. D’Artagnan hopes to join the valiant King’s Musketeers. Sabine is being sent to a convent school, but decides quickly that it’s not for her. She’d rather fight by her brother’s side. Cardinal Richelieu has different plans for both of them, but with their new best friends, Athos, Porthos and Aramis by their sides, they save the day for king and country.

Sports

Cheer Atlanta United Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Here is Caleb Wiley in action in the June 2, 2024, game against Charlotte FC. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United)

Atlanta United hosts Houston Dynamo FC at 7:30 pm. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta is ranked 13th in the Eastern Conference; Houston is ranked seventh in the Western Conference.

Atlanta Dream Welcomes Los Angeles Sparks

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 6: Khadijiah Cave No. 11 of the Atlanta Dream handles the ball during the game against the New York Liberty on June 6, 2024 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. (Photo by Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The game between the Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks tips off at 3 p.m. Sunday at Gateway Center Arena. The Atlanta Dream is ranked fifth in the Eastern Conference; the Los Angeles Sparks are ranked ninth in the Western Conference.

Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays Set for Three-Game Series

A three-game series between the Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Truist Park. First pitch on Friday is at 7:20 p.m., and the game will be followed by Friday Night Fireworks. Saturday’s game gets under way at 4:10 p.m. It is Play Ball Weekend at the ballpark so the first 250 kids at Playball Alley will receive a Franklin bat and ball set. On Sunday, game time is 1:35 p.m., and Play Ball Weekend continues. The Braves are ranked second in the NL East; the Rays are ranked fifth in the AL East.

Dining

Local Chefs Plan Pasta Extravaganza

If you want to stretch out your weekend fun, here’s something that might interest you. Several Atlanta chefs are planning a pasta chef collaboration dinner at Lazy Betty on Monday. Participating chefs are Chris Suarez of a mano; Joey Ward of Southern Belle & Georgia Boy; Pat Pascarella of Porchetta Group; Bruce Logue of BoccaLupo; Austin Goetzman of Lazy Betty; Gus Castro of Lazy Betty; and Craig Richards of Lyla Lila. Each chef will offer a different menu. In addition, Lazy Betty will offer optional supplements including caviar service with an oyster, scallop or risotto, and A-5 Wagyu plus bread. 

This article updates weekly with brand new things to do in Atlanta for the weekend. Feel free to bookmark it for next weekend. For more weekend events, check our calendar.

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