June is another great month in Atlanta, despite the rising heat. School is out and summer is here.
This year is a bit different, because spring was essentially canceled. But outdoor venues and attractions are beginning to re-open, with a few safety measures in place.
We’re highlighting 12 activities and events this month.
Our readers have asked us for content like this, that allows them to see events farther in advance so they can save the date. We’re listening, and trying to give you what you need!
After that, you can scroll down for a day-by-day listing of June events that are FREE, cheap, or substantially discounted.
Please remember to verify every event before you head out! That’s why we provide so many links. We try to keep up with cancellations, but there are a whole lot of them right now.
And remember, just because something is happening doesn’t mean you have to go. As always, stay home if you feel unwell, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who was (or became) sick. Use your best judgment and weigh the risks. Take a face mask and hand sanitizer with you.
You may also be interested in:
- Spring festivals in Atlanta — what’s rescheduled and when
- Scenic Drives: Explore the South Fulton Scenic Byway
- Green Spaces: Explore the nature trail at Murphey Candler Park
- Guide to 2020 summer farmers markets
June in Atlanta: top events and things to do this month
Below the spotlighted events, you’ll find a day-by-day listing of June events.
Stream the movie Selma for FREE
June 5 – 30th
Rent the civil rights drama at no cost, on multiple streaming platforms this month. The film portrays a historic crusade led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is portrayed by actor David Oyelwo.
Details on the free rental offer
Summer Scramble Scavenger Hunt
June 1 – 30
Buy your packet of clues online, then head to Oakland to work out the riddles. Make it a family activity, a cheap date, or a group outing.
Details on the Summer Scramble
National Donut Day / Week
June 1 – 5
Check out all the doughnut shops giving away freebies! Most of the action is on Friday, June 5th, but Krispy Kreme will give you a free donut every day from June 1st thru 5th.
Find free doughnuts for National Donut Day
Virtual commencement for high school & college grads
Saturday, June 6
YouTube is hosting a virtual graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 2 p.m. The event will include commencement addresses delivered by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The special is called Dear Class of 2020 and will take on festive themes — featuring not only traditional graduation day elements, but musical performances and a virtual after-party as well.
Details on the virtual graduation
J.K. Rowling’s new book is FREE online
May 26 – July 10
Bestselling author J.K. Rowling, who earned her fame from the Harry Potter series, is giving the world a gift this summer.
Every weekday, you can download a new chapter of her new children’s book, The Ickabog. And if you haven’t started yet, you can download everything that’s currently available and catch up quickly!
Details on The Ickabog
Drive-in Live concert at Avalon
Friday, June 12
Avalon, in the parking lot
This live music event features the Mike Veal Band. It’s a safe way to enjoy an evening of live music oudoors. The ticket price is $25 per car, and you can have up to six people in your vehicle. (You can also bring lawn chairs.)
Details on Drive-in Live
Drive-in movies hosted by The Plaza
Select evenings in June
Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre has has opened a pop-up drive-in theater in the back parking lot — and is operating another pop-up experience at Dad’s Garage, in the Old 4th Ward.
Details on the pop-up theaters
Summer solstice events
The summer solstice is on Saturday, June 20th in 2020.
Our list of solstice events is likely to grow, so check back!
Marietta Beer Bus
The popular ride service is resuming service. On 1st and 3rd Saturdays, you can hop on the Marietta Beer Bus and enjoy a FREE shuttle ride to 6 craft alcohol establishments.
Details on the Beer Bus
Atlanta Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is open again, with safety measures in place, and a new system of ticketing with specific entry times. The conservatory and other indoor attractions remain closed.
Details on visiting ABG
Zoo Atlanta is once again open for visitors! There are safety measures in place, and certain indoor attractions and rides remain closed.
The good news is, if you’d like to visit, prices have dropped a bit to reflect a slightly more limited experience. And you will likely enjoy a less crowded experience, because Zoo Atlanta is now selling timed tickets — essentially, you make a reservation for the time you enter the zoo.
Details on visiting Zoo Atlanta
Free fries every Friday in June
June 5, 12, 19, 26
What’s not to love about French fries? Especially, when they’re fresh, piping hot, and don’t cost you a dime.
Fry fans can get FREE medium fries with any purchase of $1 or more on Fridays via the McDonald’s app.
Details on the free fries offer
The day-by-day June calendar:
Please double-check everything! There have been so many canceled and postponed events — and we’re sure some of them are still on the calendar erroneously. We’re working on it!
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