June is here, and you know what that means – Father’s Day, summer vacation, and countless reasons to explore and enjoy the District! Our calendar is always packed with exciting events, and our June roundup is filled with #EverythingATL inspiration for things to do in Atlanta's most iconic neighborhood.
The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame unveiled its latest special exhibit featuring a collection of famed sports photography by Jim Laughead and his partner Brad Bradley. The collection includes iconic photos from Laughead and Bradley highlighting some of the most legendary collegiate and professional athletes and coaches. Jim Laughead’s work is most known for the iconic and often intimidating poses he would demonstrate for each of the players – one of them being the Huck and Buck. Fans have the rare opportunity to view unique photographs of players and coaches including Jimmy Johnson, Archie Manning, Tim Brown, Bob Lilly, Don Meredith and many more. The exhibit also features the last of a long line of SpeedFlex Crown Graphic cameras used by Laughead and Bradley.
CNN Photographer Thomas Nybo shares his photographs and experiences working with Rohingya refugees with UNICEF on June 7 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Last year, more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Burma’s military ethnic cleansing campaign in the Rakhine state. Almost one year later, over 120,000 people remain displaced from their homelands in an effort to avoid waves of violence, sexual assault and genocide. Join the Center and UNICEF for an important conversation on one of today’s most pressing human rights issues.
The Museum is getting even more magical! This summer at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, kids can travel back to a time of castles, fairies and dragons with the feature exhibit, The Amazing Castle, opening June 9. Fantastical fun awaits as little ones are invited to voyage to a mystical land in the Imaginators’ Mini-Musical Hawthor’s Dragon to learn how to celebrate a village’s differences. Little princes and princesses can decorate their mighty castles by making stained glass in the Art Studio or discovering medieval inventions and scientific advances at the Science Bar. As part of the opening day celebration, special guests from Atlanta’s Society for Creative Anachronism will allow families to meet and engage with period weavers, chefs and knights to help bring the time period of The Amazing Castle to life!
On Sunday, June 10, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is activating 3.6 miles of Marietta Street and Howell Mill Road for Atlanta Streets Alive - Westside, connecting Atlanta's Downtown attractions to the bustling Westside and up to Underwood Hills. From 4:00 to 8:00 pm, the street will be closed to cars and open for people to walk, roll, bike and play! After the opening program and kickoff parade Downtown, make your way through nine neighborhoods visiting Activity Partners and Route Hosts along the route for a wealth of interactive experiences hosted by community organizations, local businesses and our sponsors. You can also enter or exit the route at any cross street at any time during the four-hour activation. Atlanta Streets Alive is FREE and fun for all ages. Bring your friends and family, and share in the experience of enjoying our city streets as public space!
Break a sweat at the most unique and inspiring fitness studio Atlanta has to offer – Georgia Aquarium! Workout by the Water offers yoga, pilates and bootcamp classes led by local fitness instructors. Classes are designed to challenge students of all experience levels. Workouts take place in our magnificent Oceans Ballroom, offering incredible views of manta rays and whale sharks guaranteed to motivate you to become a healthier, and happier, YOU!
Eid al-Fitr is a holiday that celebrates the Islamic festival of fast-breaking marked by the end of Ramadan. Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to celebrate the holiday’s themes of light and phases of the moon on June 16 with special crafts and events that highlight the rich culture and traditions of Eid al-Fitr. Throughout the day, visitors can learn about the holiday through special activities, including story time featuring “It’s Ramadan, Curious George.” In addition, little guests can participate in a traditional Eid Mela carnival with cultural dress-up, regional games and a henna station! Families are encouraged to sign up for classes in the Art Studio for moon lantern making or test cooking skills in a special class to make the traditional holiday drink mango lasi.
Join us for the Atlanta History Center’s next Party with the Past at the Center for Civil and Human Rights on June 26. Opened 4 years ago, the Center for Civil and Human Rights connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s struggle for global Human Rights. Through this connection, The Center inspires visitors to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. Party with the Past is always free to attend. Party With the Past is a FREE program connecting young ATLiens to the historic locations around them (and the cold brews they crave). Come explore Atlanta’s past and build a stronger community for the future.