Above: Northwinds Symphonic Band will appear at Summer MusicFest 2017 on July 3.
Summer MusicFest 2017
Saturday, June 3; Friday, June 16; Monday, July 3; Saturdays, Aug. 5 & 19. All performances begin 8 p.m. The Arts Council’s MusicFest line-up is: The Joe Gransden Big Band featuring guest vocalist Annie on June 3; Sellick; The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on June 16; The Northwinds Symphonic Band, a Patriotic Pops Concert, on July 3; Back in Time on Aug. 5; and Riverstreet on Aug. 19. Smithgall Arts Center, 31 Spring St., Gainesville 30501. For costs, details and tickets or visit TheArtsCouncil.net.
Roswell Lavender Festival
Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Crafts, vendors, foods, music and activities provide a backdrop to this year’s lavender festival. Don’t miss the demonstrations and lavender food samples. Free admission. Grounds of Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell 30075. More at roswellgov.com and facebook.com/RoswellLavenderFestival/.
Tunes from the Tombs
Saturday, June 10, 12-8 p.m. Historic Oakland Cemetery’s annual summer music festival brings some of Atlanta’s favorite bands to a unique performance venue. Rock in Peace with cold drinks, hot food and much more. Tickets, available at TicketAlternative.com, are $15 for adults ($20 at the gate), $5 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and younger. Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., Atlanta 30312. Go to oaklandcemetery.com for more info.
Peachtree Corners Festival
Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun: 12-5 p.m. The 7th annual Peachtree Corners Festival features live music and entertainment, a variety of vendors and plenty of food and beverage options. Located at the Corners Pkwy. & Woodhill Dr., Peachtree Corners 30092. Click on peachtreecornersfestival.com to get more info.
Decatur Beach Party
Friday, June 16, 5-11 p.m. Celebrate summer as Decatur makes its own beach with 60 tons of sand, transforming the square into Sandcastle Central. There’ll be live music and dancing on the plaza and a food court with funnel cakes and fruity drinks. Tickets, available at freshtix.com, are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger. Decatur, GA 30030. For more info, go to facebook.com/decaturga/.
Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
Parade on Saturday, June 17, 12 p.m. Festival runs Friday-Sunday, June 16-18, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. An exciting, educational weekend commemorates the U.S. emancipation of African and African-descent slaves. Events include a 3-day Black History music festival, arts & crafts fair and marketplace that includes food vendors. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Parade starts at Mozley Park, 1565 MLK, Jr. Dr., and heads east down MLK, Jr. Dr. to the festival setting, Morris Brown College, 643 MLK Jr. Dr., Atlanta 30314. Go to Juneteenthatl.com to find out more.
Lift Up Atlanta’s Summer Fun Festival
Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fun for the whole family with live entertainment, arts and crafts, games and activities, silent auction, carnival food, petting zoo and more. Admission is a donation or school supplies for needy children. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Lawrenceville 30046. More info at liftupatlanta.org.
Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
June 24 & 25. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the two-day celebration of community and tradition includes fine arts and crafts, local food and beverage concessions, and live acoustic entertainment. Historic Fourth Ward Park, 665 North Ave., Atlanta 30318. Learn more at oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com.