10 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, June 20 will mark the longest day of 2021, heralding the official start of summer. Use these suggestions as a starting point to spark your own solstice ritual.

Plan a Scavenger Hunt

For smaller children, number or alphabetize clues leading to treats or summer supplies. Consider sunglasses, sunscreen, bug catchers, coupons for an ice cream outing or glow-in-the-dark necklaces. For tweens and teens, try a homemade coupon for a special privilege they have been begging to experience (maybe an hour later curfew or a zip line trip).

Eat Dinner Outside

A backyard barbecue is fun, but add to the festive feel with a change of scenery. Tune into nature on this day – pack a picnic dinner and head to a local park.

Try a Family Sun Salutation

A sun salute is an overall body stretch for the whole family, and kids will be amused while creating the yoga position called downward dog. Here is a simple version.

Make a Flying Wish

Write a wish down on paper and burn it, sending the wish into the sky. If the weather isn’t cooperative, there are wishing papers rise quickly and then disappear, and can be lit indoors. Try one from Flying Wish Paper. Another fun activity is wishing lanterns. Head outside with the family, make a wish and watch as the lantern floats away.

Start Summer Resolutions

Take your lead from the movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” (PG) and see if your family can develop a “Thrill Point List” for summer. What could you add to your list to make the summer of 2021 an exciting time for everyone? Pull out poster board and markers and let the creativity flow.

Stay up Until Dark and Stargaze

Check local observatories for summer solstice events. For novice star searches, borrow a book from the library to help you assess what you’re seeing, or use a free star-finding app such as Star Chart, SkyView or Night Sky Lite.

Rituals Often Involve Water

If nothing else, dip your toes in. How about a family battle using water balloons or squirt guns? Your willingness to let go and have fun can be a signal that the more relaxed days of summer are here.

Get Your Hands Dirty

It’s not too late to plant some produce or flowers. Consider planting in your vegetable garden for a fall harvest or add annuals to your flower garden to mark the occasion.

Bury Any Negatives

Has anyone in the family been struggling with something, such as a habit they want to leave behind? Write down any behaviors or experiences you want to put behind you and bury them. Use the solstice as a restart button.

Invite Friends to Join the Celebration

Remember to try and capture the “we always” when building a new family tradition. Kids love the tradition of “we always eat … ” or “we always do … ” a certain thing on a special day. Maybe you will always start solstice with a pancake breakfast. Ask your children for suggestions and they will likely come up with some fun options.

–Sue LeBreton

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Guide to 2021 Outdoor Movies in Atlanta

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head out to one of these area parks for a free movie night. Check the websites before visiting for weather cancellations and COVID-19 safety precautions.

Movies on the Town

Town Brookhaven: 4330 Peachtree Rd. NE, Brookhaven
Movies start at dusk; registration requested.
June 10 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)
June 17 – “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (PG-13)
June 24 – “Pitch Perfect” (PG-13)
July 1 – “50 First Dates” (PG-13)
July 15 – “School of Rock” (PG-13)
July 22 – “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)

Movies On The Square

Colony Square: 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
7-9 p.m.
July 1 – “The Sandlot” (PG)
Aug. 5 – “Grease” (PG)
Sept. 2 – “The Lion King” (PG)
Oct. 7 – “Hocus Pocus” (PG)

Flicks on the Bricks

Duluth Town Green: 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth
Movies begin at 8 p.m.
Aug. 6 – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (PG)
Sept. 3 – “The Wizard of Oz” (PG)

Flicks on the Green

Peachtree Corners Town Green: 5140 Town Center Blvd., Peachtree Corners
Movies begin at 7 p.m.
July 3 – “Hook” (PG)
Aug. 7 – “Thor” (PG-13)
Sept. 4 – “Cars” (G)
Oct. 2 – “Labyrinth” (PG)

Movies Under the Stars

Honeysuckle Park: 3037 Pleasant Valley Dr., Doraville
Movies start at dusk.
July 3 – “Onward” (PG)
Aug. 17 – “Raya and the Last Dragon” (PG)

Outdoor Movie Series

Swift-Cantrell Park: 3140 Old 41 Hwy. NW, Kennesaw
Arrive at 6 p.m. for pre-show activities; registration requested.
July 24 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)

Screen on the Green

Atlantic Green: 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta
Movie trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. with movie starting at 7 p.m.
June 10 – “Trolls World Tour” (PG)
June 24 – “Cool Runnings” (PG)
July 8 – “Grease: Sing-a-long” (PG)
Aug. 12 – “Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (PG)
Aug. 26 – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (PG-13)

Movies at Newtown Park

Newton Park: 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek
Movies begin at dusk. Gate opens at 6:45 p.m. for pre-show activities.
June 11 – “Onward” (PG)
July 9 – TBA
Aug. 20 – TBA
Sept. 10 – TBA

Movie Under the Stars

The Bowl at Sugar Hill: 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill
Listen to live music before watching a movie.
June 11 – “The Princess and the Frog” (G)
July 16 – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (PG-13)
Aug. 13 – “Shark Tale” (PG)
Sept. 10 – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (PG-13)

Movies in the Park

Riverside Park: 575 Riverside Rd., Roswell
June 15 – “Moana” (PG) at Roswell Area Park Pool: 10495 Woodstock Rd., Roswell
June 26 – “Aladdin” (PG)

Feature Fridays

Lawrenceville Lawn: 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville
Movies shown from 7-9 p.m.
June 18 – “Hidden Figures” (PG)
July 30 – “School of Rock” (PG-13)
Aug. 27 – “The Pursuit of Happiness” (PG-13)
Sept. 24 – “A League of Their Own” (PG)

The Avenue East Cobb Summer Movie Series

The Avenue East Cobb: 4475 Roswell Rd., Marietta
Arrive early for movie-themed fun and treats.
June 24 – “Scoob!” (PG)

Discount Movies

These theaters offer a chance to see recent or current movies without the expensive prices.

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Go-to Guide: Tubing with Kids Around Atlanta

Traveling down the Chattahoochee by inner tube or raft is a great way to cool off. Do it yourself, or visit one of these companies for a relaxing day on the river.

Please note that because companies are taking safety precautions during COVID-19, you may experience longer wait times or reduced capacity for rentals. Be sure to check the website or call for special instructions.

Cool River Tubing, Helen

This tubing company sits right in the German-inspired town of Helen, and also has a zip line, water slide and climbing areas. After snaking down the Chattahoochee River, explore the town and have a taste of German food.
Cost: Purchase tickets at the Headwaters or Chattahoochee Outposts, and the Main Street Booth. $10-$16 per person; prices vary for other activities.
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 3.

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Float down the Chattahoochee River at one of NOC’s three outposts: Roswell at Azaelea Park, Powers Island or Johnson Ferry.  Kayak, canoe, paddleboard and raft rentals and guided trips are also available; book tickets online.
Cost: From $25 per person.
The Details: Open daily at 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Minimum tubing age is 8.

Chattahoochee River Tubing

Purchase tickets at the Abbots Bridge Road check-in area; a shuttle will take you to the put-in location for a four-hour ride down the Chattahoochee. Straps are available to tether your tubes together, or rent a 4-person raft.
Cost: $23 (4 hour trip)
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (last trip leaves at 4:30 p.m.). Minimum tubing age is 5.

Helen Waterpark

This family attraction in Helen offers a 2.5-hour tube ride from 2 launch locations – Highway 75 N. or Brucken Street. While you’re there, enjoy the waterpark’s slides and activities.
Cost: $12-$16 per person for a single-tube trip (prices vary on weekends and holidays).
The Details: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shoot the Hooch

Tube the Chattahoochee on a 2-3 hour trip, from Power Island Park NPS to Paces Mill NPS.
Cost: Starting at $25 per person.
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Minimum tubing age is 5.

DIY Shoot the Hooch

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is open for rafting and tubing from dawn to dusk during the summer; all you need is a life vest and raft or tube. Parking is $5 at any of the parking lot access points. Make sure to leave a second car where you decide to end on the river.

Check weather reports and call for dam water release information: This provides recommended calm water times for floating. Buford Dam: 1-855- 326-3569. Make sure you are in a safe location when the river begins to rise.
Minimum age to float down the river varies if renting supplies from a company; if not, it is up to parental discretion.
Ages 12 and younger must wear a life vest at all times. Ages 13 and older must have one in the raft or tube.
Rubber-soled shoes are a must for tackling slippery rocks.

Where to Go:
Abbotts Bridge to Medlock Bridge, 4 miles; 3-4 hours.
Medlock Bridge to Jones Bridge, 3 miles; 1.5-2 hours.
Morgan Falls Dam to Johnson Ferry, 2 miles; 1-2 hours.
Johnson Ferry to Powers Island, 3.5 miles; 2-4 hours.
Powers Island to Paces Mill, 3 miles; 1-3 hours.

Visit nps.gov or call 678-538-1200 for more information.

Appalachian Outfitters

Meet at Appalachian Outfitters’ Dahlonega outpost for a tube ride on the Chestatee River. A shuttle will take you to the put-in site for the 30-45 minute ride. If you want to do the trip again, take a 10-minute walk back to the beginning (or pay a $2 shuttle fee for each additional ride). You can also rent canoe and kayaks for trips on the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers.
Cost: $6 per person; $2 for additional shuttle rides.
The Details: Open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The minimum age for tubing is 4.

Toccoa River Tubing

This tubing adventure is worth the trip to the scenic Blue Ridge area – take a 1.5 mile trip down the calm waters of the Toccoa river.  Single and two-person funyaks and kayaks are also available for rental.
Cost: $15 per person.
The Details: Open daily 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; reservations are not required. The minimum age for tubing is 5.

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25+ Not-to-Miss June Events

Sandy Springs Lantern Parade/Steve Eberhardt

Summer is here! We have you covered with the best family-friendly shows, exhibits and special events this month. Don’t miss our list of Father’s Day events. Also, check out our guides to spring and summer festivals, exhibits, concerts and free outdoor movies.

Virtual: Juneteenth with Atlanta History Center

Celebrate the traditions and achievements of African American culture with virtual resources. June 1-21.

Vibe Check: Improv Comedy at Lionheart Theatre

Watch a family-friendly improv show from comedy troupe Vibe Check. June 4-5.

Fridays -N- Duluth in Duluth

Try exotic foods from different food trucks and listen to live entertainment. June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Survival Safari at Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy an evening of team challenges, scavenger hunts and interactive activities that will help you learn more about nocturnal species and how they use their different senses to navigate in the park. June 4 and 19.

Scales and Tails at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Discover unique reptiles and amphibians from their animal collection, and celebrate the new exhibits “Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” and “Nature’s Ninjas.” June 5.

Civil War History Day at Southern Museum of Civil War History

Living historians dressed in period-appropriate costumes will demonstrate items from the battlefield and the home front. June 5.

First Saturday at Dunwoody Nature Center

Look for critters, learn about the water cycle, and hike Wildcat Creek. June 5.

Sandy Springs Lantern Parade at Steel Canyon Golf Club

Enjoy food, entertainment and children’s activities before seeing beautiful floating lanterns on the river. June 5.

Kaiser Permanente Movie Series at Fair Oaks Park

Watch Sonic the Hedgehog at this drive-in experience. June 5.

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies and nectar plants. June 7-Aug. 8.

Best of Broadway Musical Theatre Revue at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Enjoy a set list of Broadway’s greatest hits. June 10-13.

Family Zoo Yoga at Zoo Atlanta

Practice yoga and stretches inspired by giraffes, and learn more about the human connection to the featured animal. June 12.

RockFest 30 at Tellus Science Museum

See rare and exotic jewelry, ancient fossils and rocks from around the world, play games, win prizes and more. June 12-13.

Summer at the Rock at Stone Mountain Park

Special summer entertainment includes an action-packed Canine Thrill Show and an interactive magic show from Aaron Radatz. June 12-Aug. 2.

Twilight Trek at Zoo Atlanta

Explore native Georgia animals and environments, and learn more about local wildlife. June 12 and 25.

Second Sunday at High Museum of Art

Browse the museum’s permanent and featured exhibits for free. June 13.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Puppets perform in four productions this season: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff,” “The Princess and the Pea, Y’all” and “The Zany Zoo.” June 15-July 10.

The Ugly Duckling at Center for Puppetry Arts

When a young bird doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond, he goes on a journey where he meets other animals and discovers his true self. June 16-Aug. 1.

Family Food Truck Friday at Riverside Park

Purchase food from different food trucks, enjoy entertainment, play in the sprayground and more. June 18.

Jurassic Parks and Rex at Logan Farm Park

Watch Jurassic Park, and enjoy themed dinosaur activities and photo opportunities. June 18.

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade and Music Festival at Centennial Olympic Park

This event includes live music, see a car and bike show, shop the artist’s market, enjoy children’s activities and more to commemorate emancipation for slaves on June 19, 1865. June 18-20.

Pop-in for Family Fun at Marietta Museum of History

Take home themed “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” activities. June 19.

Pirates Ahoy! at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Sail in for dance parties, filming an action-packed pirate movie, walking the plank, family photos and more. Through June 20.

Summer Movie Series at The Avenue East Cobb

Watch a family-friendly movie, visit with a movie character, play movie trivia, and check out the balloon artist and caricaturist. June 24.

Calder-Picasso at High Museum of Art

Explore more than 100 works of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso, two of the foremost figures in twentieth-century art. June 26-Sept. 19.

Games in the Gallery at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. Through Aug. 29.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. Through Sept. 7.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden

View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. Through Oct. 31.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards

This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. Through Nov. 15.

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How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

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Summer fun is just around the corner! Try these special events and activities during your Memorial three-day weekend. Also check out our list of 250 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta With Kids for more ideas.

Events:

May Fair at Buford Corn Maze

See a magic show, look at fire engines, go on a hayride, train ride or pony ride, and play farm games. May 28-31.

Memorial Day Weekend at Stone Mountain Park

Enjoy a special salute to the troops, an extended fireworks finale and the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision. May 28-31.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Cauble Park

Honor those who have given their lives in service to the country with veterans and current servicemen. May 29.

Alpharetta Arts Streetfest

Browse unique art finds and other hand-crafted products from regional and national artisans, locally produced goods from Georgia Grown members and sponsors. May 29-30.

Memorial Day Tribute at Brook Run Park

The Dunwoody Parks & Rec and City of Dunwoody will be honoring those who have served with a ceremony, which will also be available on Facebook. May 31.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Park at City Center

The City of Woodstock, American Legion Post 316, Marine Corps League Detachment 1311, Warriors’ Watch Riders and other local groups honor those who’ve fought at this ceremony. May 31.

Virtual: Alpharetta Memorial Day Tribute

The City of Alpharetta and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta will host a tribute with a performance of the national anthem, a keynote speaker and more. May 31.

Memorial Day Celebration at Veterans Monument in Peachtree Corners

Honor veterans at this ceremony. May 31.

Memorial Day Ceremony in Smyrna

This annual ceremony is hosted by American Legion Post 160 and local veterans. After the ceremony, enjoy lunch specials and live music. May 31.

Norcross Memorial Day Remembrance at Thrasher Park

Pay tribute to the troops and their families with entertainment and a guest speaker. May 31.

Activities:

View Animals at Zoo Atlanta

See amazing animals from all over the world; advance ticket purchase required.

See Flowers at Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s newest exhibit opened on May 15. All guests must have a timed ticket for admission bought in advance online.

Take an Easy Hike

Step outside and experience nature –there are so many beautiful places for easy hikes near Atlanta. Try these next time you’re looking for free and cheap fun with the kids.

Travel to a Georgia State Park

Enjoy time outdoors and in nature at Georgia State Parks with these kid-friendly hikes.

Drive Thru an Animal Farm

Head to one of these three animal adventures with drive-thru experiences to get out of the house and view amazing animals.

Go Strawberry Picking

These strawberry farms near Atlanta have strawberry picking and pickup options for strawberries, jams, pastries, ice cream and more.

Play Putt-Putt Golf

There are a variety of mini golf courses around Atlanta that are currently open.

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Celebrate Dad! Best Things to Do on Father’s Day in Atlanta

Dads Get in Free:

North Georgia Wildlife Park

Dads get free admission with a paid children’s admission to see farm animals, alligators, deer, kangaroos and more. June 18-20.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Head to the CNC on Father’s Day – dads and grandfathers get in free. Bring a picnic, enjoy on-site programs, and walk the Wildlife Walk and the trails. June 20.

Oasis Outdoor Pool at Cherokee County Aquatic Center

This Dad’s Day Special includes free admission for dad to this water park with the purchase of one child admission. June 20.

Festivals and Events:

Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Style Driving Experience & Ride Alongs

Drive on the 1.54-mile oval and take laps around the speedway. June 18-19.

Treat Dad to a Meal:

Reservations strongly encouraged. Call or check websites for details.

Fogo de Chão

Order a Father’s Day To-Go Package from this Brazilian steak house. Order by June 19.

Milton’s Cuisine

Enjoy a specially crafted three-course prix-fixe menu with crab bisque, Nashville hot chicken meatballs, shrimp and grits and more. June 20.

Melting Pot

Celebrate with the Meat-Lover’s Endless Fondue Feast. A to-go meal is also available; order by June 18. June 18-20.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Treat dad to specialty cuts or classics, including ribeye, New York strip, Surf & Turf and more. June 20.

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Guide to Atlanta Outdoor Concerts 2021

Concerts in the park are a great way for kids to be exposed to live music from an early age. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy the show.

Check websites for social distancing measures. Due to COVID-19, some events may be canceled at the last minute. Please check websites before you go.

Avalon Nights Live at Avalon Plaza

6-8 p.m.
May 14 – Kurt Thomas Band
May 21 – Justin Band
May 28 – Bumpin’ the Mango
Location: 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-2000.

City Green Live in Sandy Springs

Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
May 14 – Cha Wa
May 28 – Old Salt Union
June 11 – Uptown Funk
June 25 – Randall Bramblett & The Megablasters
July 23 – Tribute: A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band
Location: 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. 770-206-2022.

Sunday Sounds at Hotel at Avalon Pool Terrace

5-7 p.m.
May 16 – Karlea Lyneé
May 23 – Karlea Lyneé
Location: 9000 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 470-588-1075.

Sugar Hill Live at The Bowl at Sugar Hill

6-8 p.m.
May 19 – TBA
June 2 – TBA
June 16 – TBA
June 30 – TBA
July 7 – TBA
July 21 – TBA
Aug. 4 – TBA
Aug. 18 – TBA
Sept. 1 – TBA
Sept. 15 – TBA
Sept. 29 – TBA
Oct. 6 – TBA
Oct. 20 – TBA
Location: 5039 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill. 770-945-6716.

LIVE at the DTL Concert Series at Lawrenceville Lawn

8 p.m.
May 21 – The Ultimate King of Pop Experience
June 11 – Nightrain The Guns N’ Roses Experience
July 23 – Elton Live! The Ultimate Tribute
Aug. 20 – Mustache the Band
Sept. 17 – Uptown Funk – Tribute to Bruno Mars
Location: 210 Luckie St., Lawrenceville. 770-963-2414.

Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern

Starts at 7 p.m.; for ages 21+.
May 23 – Grasshounds
June 6 – All the Locals
June 13 – EG Vines
June 20 – The 502s
July 4 – Frankly Scarlet
July 11 – Carly Moffa
July 18 – Ides of June
July 25 – Cody Bolden
Aug. 1 – Motherfolk
Aug. 8 – The Selfless Lovers
Sept. 5 – Easy Honey
Location: 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

Norcross Concerts in the Park at Thrasher Park

7:30-9:30 p.m.
May 28 – Voltage Brothers
June 11 – Creativity
June 25 – The Rupert’s
July 9 – No Limits
July 23 – Electric Avenue
Aug. 6 – A1A
Aug. 20 – The Bee Gees Gold Tribute Band
Sept. 3 – The Downtown Band
Location: 93 Park Dr., Norcross. 770-448-2122.

Summer Concert Series at Newtown Park

7 p.m.
June 4 – 7 Sharp 9
Location: 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek. 678-512-3261.

First Friday in Downtown Canton

6-9 p.m.
June 4 – Rupert’s Orchestra
July 2 – Glow
Aug. 6 – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute – On the Border
Sept. 3 – Trotline
Oct. 1 – Electric Avenue
Oct. 29 – No Sweat
Location: 250 E. Main St., Canton. 770-704-1548.

First Friday Concert Series in Downtown Kennesaw

6-9 p.m.
June 4 – TBA
July 2 – TBA
Aug. 6 – TBA
Sept. 3 – TBA
Oct. 1 – TBA
Location: Cherokee St. NW, Kennesaw. 770-424-8274.

Lantern Series at Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

Starts at 7:30 p.m. $13-$24.
June 5 – Swedish Jam Factory
Sept. 25 – The Black Market Trust
Oct. 16 – We Banjo 3
Location: 8534 Main St., Woodstock. 678-494-4251.

Woodstock Summer Concerts

7:30-10 p.m.
June 12 – Black Jacket Symphony: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
July 9 – Ultimate Queen Celebration
Aug. 14 – Steep Canyon Rangers
Sept. 18 – Christopher Cross
Sept. 25 – Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Location: 101 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock. 770-517-6788.

Sunset Sounds at Drake Field

7-10 p.m.
June 18 – No Limitz
July 30 – Crossroads Rebellion
Aug. 27 – Corbette Jackson
Location: 155 Willowbend Rd., Peachtree City. 770-631-2525.

Summer Stage Concert Series in Downtown Duluth

8-10 p.m.
June 19 – Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band
Aug. 21 – TBA
Location: 3142 Hill St. NW, Duluth. 770-476-3434.

Sunset Sips at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Music begins at 7 p.m.
June 24 – The Ruby Reds
July 8 – Lauren St. Jane
July 22 – TBA
Aug. 12 – TBA
Aug. 26 – TBA
Sept. 9 – Monica Spears
Sept. 23 – No Solution
Location: 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770-992-2055.

Music on the City at Roswell City Hall

Starts at 7 p.m.
July 9 – The Glow Band
Aug. 13 – 911 Band
Sept. 10 – Shaky Jane
Oct. 8 – KRP
Location: 38 Hill St., Roswell. 770-594-6271.

Jennifer Wilson and Emily Webb contributed to this article.

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25+ Not-to-Miss May Events

Robots Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

We have you covered with the best family-friendly shows, exhibits and special events this month. Don’t miss our list of Mother’s Day events and brunches. Also check out our Guide to Spring and Summer Festivals and events for celebrating Memorial Day.

First Saturdays at Dunwoody Nature Center

Enjoy an exploration of bees and pollinator-friendly native plants at this fun event. May 1.

We Are The Young at Aurora Theatre

See young musicians combine traditional Chinese instruments with contemporary pop music. May 1.

MotoAmerica Superbikes at Michelin Raceway

Watch six classes of road racing and family fun with a kid’s zone and carnival games. Through May 2.

Microsculpture at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The tiny world of insects is magnified with portraits in this outdoor exhibit. Through May 2.

Songs to Grow on at Alliance Theatre

Enjoy American folk music legend Woody Guthrie’s classic children’s songs. May 6-16.

Robots Day at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Meet amazing robots at this meet-and-greet event, which includes machines and droids. May 8.

Games in the Gallery at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Play outdoors at WildWoods with oversized games and fun skill challenges. May 8-Aug. 29.

Second Sunday at the High Museum of Art

Enjoy free admission to see the art in the galleries. May 9.

The Big Bad Little Red Pig Show at Center for Puppetry Arts

Little Red and the trio of little pigs work together to take on the terrifying wolf in this retelling of two classic stories. Through May 9.

The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! A Mo Willems Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Celebrate your favorite stories from Mo Willems with themed activities with his characters. Through May 9.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Find out what archaeologists have discovered about the ancient Maya civilization that flourished in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Through May 9.

Virtual: Toddler Takeover and Pre-K Playfest by the Alliance Theatre

Kids ages 0-5 will watch, listen, sing, play and create with activity guides, audio and workshops with kid-friendly productions. May 10-16.

Matilda JR. at Roswell Cultural Arts Center

Matilda uses her courage and cleverness to help save her fellow students from their mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. May 14-15.

Aladdin at Infinite Energy Theater

Presented by Northeast Atlanta Ballet, this performance shows Aladdin and his genie working together to elevate him from beggar to prince and woo the princess. May 14-16.

Pinocchio at Center for Puppetry Arts

Watch the story of Pinocchio turning into a real-life boy with comedy and music, and at the Create-A-Puppet Workshop, make a Creaking Cricket Rod Puppet. May 14-23.

National Astronomy Day at Tellus Science Museum

Make a nebula with paint, play astronomy games, learn about stars, see demonstrations from a NASA Ambassador, and go stargazing. May 15.

Pop-in for Family Fun at Marietta Museum of History

Take home themed “Military Appreciation” activities for the family to complete. May 15.

North Georgia Live Steamers at Georgia International Horse Park

Enjoy a miniature train ride on a smaller version of a real steam train. May 15.

SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom at Atlanta Botanical Garden

View more than 100 beautiful glass floral sculptures, as well as an aerial skynet with multi-colored birds. May 15-Oct. 31.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at Pullman Yards

This immersive digital art experience brings you into Vincent van Gogh’s paintings through virtual reality, atmospheric light and spectacular sound. May 19-Nov. 15.

Endangered Species Day at Zoo Atlanta

Celebrate and learn more about species diversity with activities focused on amazing animals from all over the world. May 21.

Kidfitstrong Fitness Challenge at Piedmont Park

Kids and families have the opportunity to test their physical fitness with an exciting obstacle course, along with other fun games and fitness challenges. May 22.

Atlanta Air Show at Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field

Watch the in-air performances from the Army Black Daggers, USAF Heritage Flight, B-17 Texas Raiders and more, and see different aircraft displays. May 22-23.

The Yaarab Shrine Circus & Fair at Jim R. Miller Park

See somersaulting acrobats, jugglers, clowns, motorcycling daredevils and more. Stroll the midway and enjoy carnival rides and attractions for all ages. May 22-31.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Be inspired by the work of Thomas Edison with hands-on STEM experiments, and learn about ground-breaking innovations. May 22-Sept. 7.

Spring Classic Car Cruise at Historic Downtown Acworth

Get up close to amazing classic cars. May 29.

Spring Scramble Scavenger Hunt at Oakland Cemetery

Enjoy a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery with three different difficulty levels. Through May 31.

EcoTinker Science Stations at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Examine the connection between STEM and nature with tech and tinker stations, learn about recycling, consumer science, and more. Through May 31.

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Best Things to Do on Mother’s Day in Atlanta 2021

Chattahoochee Nature Center

We rounded up the best things to do with mom on Mother’s Day. You can show mom all of the love and appreciation she deserves by taking her to one of these events or out to eat.

Moms Get in Free:

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Moms get in free on Mother’s Day. Bring a picnic, enjoy the daily programs or walk the trails.

Second Sundays

Families can enjoy free admission to the High Museum of Art.

Celebrating Moms at North Georgia Zoo

Moms get in free with paid child’s admission on Mother’s Day. “Zoo Mom” tours to learn about being a mom in the animal kingdom.

Festivals and Events:

Sweet Auburn Springfest at Sweet Auburn Historic District

Entertain Mom with this festival featuring music, a kids’ zone, an international food court, comedy, prizes and more.

Dunwoody Art Festival at Dunwoody Village Parkway

Shop an artist’s market, play in the kids’ zone, taste food, and listen to live music.

May Fair at Buford Corn Maze

See a magic show, look at fire engines, go on a hayride, train ride or pony ride, and play farm games.

Georgia Renaissance Festival

Artist demonstrations, juggling, games, rides, festival foods and more.

Mother’s Day Brunches and Meals:

Reservations are recommended or required for most restaurants. Call for availability.

Park Tavern

Dine on eggs Benedict, biscuits, blackened salmon and more during a brunch buffet overlooking Piedmont Park. Mother’s Day Brunch Bubbles option includes all-you-can-sip champagne and mimosas. Reservation times between 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; last seating at 2:30 p.m. 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

STK Steakhouse

Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch and dinner specials, MOMosas, flowers and more. 1075 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta. 404-793-0144.

Lazy Betty

Treat Mom to a five-course brunch with eggs, a cinnamon roll, cocktails and more. 1530 Dekalb Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-975-3692.

Fleming’s

Enjoy a three-course menu with filet mignon, crab-stuffed shrimp or lobster tail scampi. The dinner menu and children’s menu will also be available. 4501 Olde Perimeter Way, Atlanta. 770-698-8112.

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50 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970. Here are 50 ideas to help you go green and protect the earth 365 days a year.

House Hacks

Non-toxic cleaning supplies are widely available but can be costly. Instead, do it yourself. You can make your own products with essential oils, baking soda, castile soap, vinegar and more. Find instructions online.

Try a shampoo bar instead of a liquid shampoo for less plastic packaging.

Check the personal and environmental safety of items you use every day from skincare to cleaning products at ewg.org.

In your bathroom, put a can next to your trash can for recyclable materials – like toilet paper rolls – so you’ll recycle them instead of throwing them away.

Plant a tree in your backyard. See instructions at treesaregood.org. Donate or
volunteer with Trees Atlanta, which is committed to replacing trees lost to development and protecting green space areas in metro Atlanta. They also offer Family Fun activities. See more at treesatlanta.org.

Buy large-sized products or in bulk to reduce plastic packaging.

Beware of greenwashing, when a product is marketed as environmentally friendly but actually isn’t. Look for products with established, third-party emblems like Fair Trade Certified, Ecocert, Energy Star and others. Learn more with Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides.

Listen to these podcasts for inspiration on green living: The Minimalists, Conscious Chatter, Low Tox Life and The Green Divas.

Too much mail? Stop receiving junk mail with Eco-Cycle. Also, opt for online paperless billing.

Houseplants that are easy to take care of, like English ivy, mother-in-law’s tongue, mums and other plants, can naturally help remove indoor air pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene.

Calculate the carbon footprint of your household at nature.org.

Check out The Good Trade for sustainable ideas on fashion, beauty, home and more.

Food

Start composting your food scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, paper towels, newspapers and other materials to turn them into soil for your yard. Learn how to compost with Georgia Recycling Coalition.

Stop preheating your oven, unless you’re baking bread or pastries.

Shop local farmers markets for fresh produce or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Find one at localharvest.org/csa.

Match your pots and pans to the burner. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch electric burner will waste more than 40% of the heat produced, and food will take longer to cook.

Cooking your own meals cuts back on the waste produced by takeout bags, containers and plastic cutlery when you order from a restaurant.

Americans waste 422 grams of food per person daily, which is almost a pound of food. Reduce waste by planning your meals, buying what you realistically need and taking leftovers for lunch.

Water

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.

Collect rainwater for watering plants.

Recycle.

Take hard to recycle items to CHaRM’s permanent or pop-up locations. The group will take electronics, glass, home goods, light bulbs and more. For a full list of items
as well as material processing fees, go to livethrive.org/charm. Find recycling solutions near you at earth911.com.

Properly dispose of batteries. Most single-use batteries can be recycled, although a fee may apply. Where you can, switch to rechargeable batteries, which can also be recycled.

Do not put your recyclables in a plastic bag. Put them loose into the recycling bin.

Don’t forget to recycle paper. Paper makes up about 28% of solid trash in landfills. By recycling one ton, it saves about 7,000 gallons of water during manufacturing.

Buy more products made from recycled materials. Look for these labels: recycled content, post-consumer and pre-consumer. Find a directory at recyclemoreplastic.org, and the EPA has a Buy-Recycled Series by products.

Reuse

Bring your own reusable bags and leave a few in your car, so they’re easy to grab when you need them.

Switch to microfiber cloths or reusable towels to clean up messes instead of paper towels.

Stop using single-use water bottles. Buy a reusable water bottle, and it’ll keep your water cold longer, too!

Buy pre-owned clothing. Shop local thrift stores or check out online sites like Depop and ThredUP to find items that are new to you.

Add reusable wool dryer balls to your laundry instead of single-use dryer sheets.

Use reusable silicone bags when packing lunch instead of plastic bags.

Store food with reusable beeswax wrap instead of cling wrap.

Take your make-up off with a cleanser and a reusable cloth instead of a single-use wipe.

Appreciate Nature

Participate in the City Nature Challenge, as cities around the world engage in nature to make observations and find species. Visit iNaturalist.org to download the app and share your observations.

Spend time in nature. Head to a wide, open green space to explore.

Enjoy guided nature hikes, programs about geology, hydrology and biology and earth-based recreation programs with the state parks’ D.I.R.T. See a full list of events at gastateparks.org/DIRTPlease note that while DNR-managed sites are open at this time, programs may not be running.

Visit the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences to learn more about sustainable watersheds. The Center has trails, wetlands, rivers, ponds, woods and an outdoor classroom. While they are still open, they are also posting live educational videos and storytimes on their Facebook.

Go on a stewardship trip with the Georgia Conservancy. Go hiking, paddling, camping or on a service trip to celebrate conservation and the diversity of Georgia – from our riverbanks to our mountains to our saltwater-marsh and barrier islands. Find out more at georgiaconservancy.org/trips.

Join Atlanta Audubon Society for education and to support conservation and advocacy efforts protecting Georgia’s birds and their habitats. Start bird-watching in your own backyard by visiting audubon.org/birding/backyard for activities.

Appliances

Lower your home’s energy use. You can purchase a home energy monitor to find which appliances are using the most electricity.

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) use 25%-80% less energy and can last 3-25 times longer than compact fluorescent lamps.

Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Use the dishwasher or washing machine only for full loads.

In the summer, use fans instead of turning up the air conditioning unit. Turn off fans when you leave the room. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re home and need cooling.

In the winter, wear layers instead of turning up the heat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re awake and setting it lower when you’re asleep or away from home.

Electronics

Turn off your monitor if you aren’t going to use your computer for more than 20
minutes, and turn off both the CPU and monitor if you’re not going to use your computer for more than two hours.

When you upgrade to the latest cell phone, recycle your old one. To be safe, factory reset the device so all your data is removed, and if you can, remove the battery before recycling the phone.

Unplug electronics and chargers when not in use.

Buying a new computer? Laptops are often more energy-efficient, as they can run off battery power, unlike desktop computers which are always plugged in.

Plug your devices into a UL-certified power strip and switch it off for the night to prevent phantom electrical draw.

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