If you’re looking for some authentic Atlanta fun, this weekend is right up your alley. With a music festival at Oakland Cemetery, historians exploring the Civil War in Kennesaw, and a lavender festival at Roswell’s historic Barrington Hall, you’ve got awesome options for uniquely local experiences. Keep reading for details on these—and more—events, below.

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Tunes from the Tombs
Tunes from the Tombs is a day of incredible music and performances at one of the city’s most unique music venues: historic Oakland Cemetery. In addition to three stages of great talent, you can also enjoy Atlanta craft beer and local food trucks, visit some of Oakland’s famous residents on free mini-tours, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs at the artist market. Sat. Event details.


Beebo and Ravioli at The Children’s Museum
Don’t miss this special two week program of Beebo and Ravioli’s Spectacular Circus—miniature interactive musical that gives kids the chance to be a clown, acrobat or circus animal alongside the Imaginators. Little circus fans can also sign up for Clown School, where they will learn how to juggle and hula hoop during the Music and Movement program. Whimsical activities will also be held at the Art Studio, Science Bar and Build It Lab. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Flicks on the Bricks Presents Wonder
Enjoy a free movie while sitting under the stars on Duluth Town Green. Flicks on the Bricks present the movie Wonder (PG) on June 7th. The movie will start at 8 p.m. Enjoy free inflatables before on the movie. Fri. Event details.

Summer Stage Concert Featuring The Petty
Listen to a free Tom Petty cover band on the Duluth Town Green. Sat. Event details

Peachtree Corners

Peachtree Corners Festival
Head to Peachtree Corners for live entertainment, street food, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, and balloons, cotton candy, clowns, bounce houses, face painting, so much more fun for the little ones at this annual small-town (but close by) fest. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Civil War History Day
Check out this living history program highlighting local history (Camp McDonald served as a Confederate training camp for Georgia volunteers. The approximately 60-acre camp encompassed a large portion of present-day downtown Kennesaw.), and learn about both Union and Confederate points-of-view. Educators will share stories of the roles of women and African-Americans during the war—highlighting diverging voices of the time—to demonstrate the complicated nature of the war and its impact on those in the area. Sat. Event details.


Lavender Festival at Barrington Hall
Head to Roswell’s most beautiful historic home to celebrate lavender (the plant), and you can be sure to delight all your kiddos who are in the “purple only” phase, too! This annual festival will include food, music, demonstrations, and plenty of kids activities and games. Be sure to stick around for the visit from the Lavender Fairy! Sat. Event details.

Summer Puppet Series: Jungle Book
This beloved Roswell tradition returns in 2019 with shows that are sure to delight audiences of all ages. Now Serving King of Pops following Wednesday and Friday Matinees at the bridge. This week’s show is Jungle Book. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
The CNC’s butterfly exhibit is back for its sixth summer and is bigger than ever. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, so be sure to bring your camera. You can also purchase nectar and host plants to start your own butterfly garden or supplement your existing garden. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Avalon Nights Live
Unwind after a long week with free live music in The Plaza at Avalon Nights Live! Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away. Fri. Event details

Worth the Drive: Fayette

Balloons Over Fayette
Enjoy balloon glows, food trucks, inflatables, tethered balloon rides, and entertainment at the annual Balloons over Fayette. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey