Ice cream, butterflies, and festivals—oh my! It all must mean that June’s nearby. Make the most of this first weekend of the month with adventures both near and (not so) far. Keep reading for your best bets for our favorite month of the year.

Photo: S. Massey

Virginia Highland

Virginia-Highland Summerfest is fun for the whole family, with music, art, and food for the parents and a dedicated Kidsfest for the kids—both free—with optional paid activities, such as face painting, sand art, and a petting zoo. Free activities include a DJ, meeting APD and their police horses, science/robotics activities, crafts, and more. Fri.-Sun. 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.


Spring Fling
Enjoy free workouts, a live DJ, raffles, prizes and inflatables for the kids at the annual Spring Fling, raising money for Rainbow Village. Sat. Event details.

Fridays in Duluth
Enjoy dining delights from your hometown favorites with a street fair atmosphere on the last Friday of every month from May-August. There will be live music from 6-8 p.m. in Parsons Alley and free air balls from Xtreme AirBalls on Duluth Town Green. A themed concert will wrap up the evening with a spectacular performance from 8-10 p.m. Fri. Event details


First Saturdays at Dunwoody Nature Center
Explore a different nature-related theme each month through family-friendly, engaging programs with naturalists and docents. This month, enjoy a music-themed First Saturday, with singer-songwriter Ace Suggs for a family friendly concert. Enjoy some kid-friendly and sing-along songs for a musical morning in Dunwoody park. Sat. Event details.


20th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Fest
The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a myriad of butterfly and pollinator-related events focused on these beautiful winged creatures. Expect live butterfly releases, in addition to crafts, face painting, fairy houses, sidewalk art, food trucks and entertainment. Sat. Event details.

Stone Mountain

MEGABUGS Adventure Encounter
Some colossal crawlers are taking over Stone Mountain Park, featuring more than 70 new exhibits of larger-than-life insects. MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters is an immersive and interactive area for ‘bugologists’ of any age to explore. They can crawl like a spider, fly like a bee, and dig like an ant while interacting with these enormous insects. In a special habitat at the park, guests will come face-to-face with a giant 15-foot Emperor Dragonfly, a 20-foot Hissing Cockroach, a 50-foot Madagascan Fire Millipede, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Georgia Renaissance Festival
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is one of the Southeast’s Top 20 Events, and is an art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft marketplace, all set inside a re-created 16th-Century European village. Ten stages provide a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill, and roaming performers will keep the kiddos entertained all day long. Be sure to check out the website for themed weekend events. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey