No two weekends in Downtown look the same. Check out what's new and fresh on the calendar as summer in Atlanta heats up:
1. Atlanta Cycling Festival, Citywide
The third year of this week-long festival kicks off on Saturday, and weekend programming includes bike tours, bike rides, kid-friendly bike classes and more. The Big Opening Party will take place on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and don't expect your typical party venue: the festival will be repurposing the top two floors of the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center parking deck. Expect to see the festival at Sunday's Atlanta Streets Alive event, too.
2. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness, The Children's Museum
A great fit for anyone who loved Disney Pixar's Inside Out, this new exhibit will provide everyone in the family with an opportunity to explore the diversity of human emotions. What makes us sad? What makes us happy? Silly? Angry? Discover and explore at the museum. This exhibit runs through September 4. Additionally, on Saturday it's Fulton County Day at the museum, where a Fulton County resident can purchase a ticket and receive an additional free ticket for a guest. Sunday programming will include Eat a Georgia Rainbow and Meet the Holidays: Dragon Boat Festival activities.
3. Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery
Originating in Texas in 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate South at the end of the Civil War. Observed nationwide, Atlantans can celebrate it Downtown by visiting the beautiful Oakland cemetery for free programming from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including a scavenger hunt for children, guided tours of the African American grounds, and an update on the Historic Oakland Foundation's restoration project of that unique area of the cemetery.
4. Atlanta Streets Alive Peachtree, from Downtown to Midtown
A beloved (and free!) community event, this Atlanta Streets Alive will return to Peachtree Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic from Edgewood Avenue to 17th Street from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come by bike, transit, or foot (the Atlanta Streetcar will not be in service for this event), and enjoy blocks of activities, vendors, and fun as you experience Atlanta from a whole new perspective. Programming in Woodruff Park will include chess tournaments, Soccer in the Streets pickup games, music and more.
5. Brats and Beer at Der Biergarten
Calling all soccer and beer lovers! Perch on Der Biergarten's patio at 3:00 p.m. to catch the Germany vs. Ukraine UEFA Euro Cup game. Der Biergarten will be serving cold brews ($9 liters) and freshly-grilled brats ($6), perfect for a hot June day in Atlanta. Attend and enter for the chance to win a trip to Germany, and be sure to follow Der Biergarten on social media for news about upcoming UEFA watch games.