June Festival Guide: Hot art & cool jazz

By Collin Kelley
INtown Editor

SummerFest
The annual Virginia Highland neighborhood festival returns for its 30th anniversary year on June 1-2. There will be a 5K road race, artist market, a cycle ride to remember the late Atkin’s Park restaurant founder Warren Bruno, a kidfest with activities and plenty of food. There will also be live music on two stages from Frets on Fire, The Famous Buddies, Radiolucent, The Revivalists, Jason Isbell, Atlanta Symphony Brass Quartet, Galen Crader, Sailing to Denver and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. For a complete list of activities, visit vahi.org.

Atlanta Fringe Festival
The second annual Atlanta Fringe Festival is set for June 5-9 with 24 productions from 10 states involved in this year’s event. The productions were selected in the most democratic, unjuried way imaginable: by randomly drawing them from a hat. The theater events will be staged around Intown at 7 Stages, The Village Theatre, Theatrical Outfit and The Horizon School Theatre. Some of the Georgia companies taking part include 7 Stages, OnStage Atlanta. Thimblerig Circus and Twinhead Theatre. Companies from Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Washington and Connecticut will also bringing their shows to Atlanta. The hallmark of the festival is original, nontraditional work that celebrates diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression. To see the full line-up of events, visit atlantafringe.org or at the Facebook page, facebook.com/atlantafringe.

Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts
The 2nd annual Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts is set for June 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and around Peachtree Hills Park. There will be more than 150 artists on hand selling and exhibiting paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, metal, glass and more. Also expect food from local food trucks and vendors, activities for kids and live music. For more information, visit peachtreehillsfestival.com.

Jazz on the Lawn at Callanwolde
If music is your thing then the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center has you covered all summer long with its annual Jazz on the Lawn series. The concerts kick of June 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Serenata Band, offering up jazz with a Latin twist. Coming up later in the series: Joe Gransden & Maria Howell (June 29), Bernard Linnette (July 13), Faith (July 27) and Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo Band (Aug. 10). Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic. Tickets are $15 in advance at callanwolde.org or $20 at the door. In case of rain, concerts will moved inside the Callanwolde mansion.

Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will present this brand new event on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Atlanta’s newest greenspace on the Atlanta BeltLine. There will be artists, food, live music, activities for kids and more. Visitors are encouraged to bike or walk to the festival on the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. For more information, visit oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley is the editor of Atlanta Intown.