Summer is here, but festival season rolls on with two big events happening in June.

Summerfest

The Virginia-Highland Civic Association presents the 29th annual Virginia Highland Summerfest, June 2-3, which takes place along tree-lined Virginia Avenue in the heart of the neighborhood.

Hours for this year’s festival are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The festival is free to attend.

There will be a juried artist market featuring the work of more than 200 artists including painting, clay, glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, fiber, wood, metal and mixed media.

The Summerfest 5K will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday with 1,000 runners expected to take part. Following the 5K Race, children aged 5 and under will run, waddle or crawl to the finish line of the Tot Trot held in Inman Middle School field at 9 a.m. Registration for the 5K and Tot Trot must be made in advance at active.com.

One of the big highlights of the weekend is the 92.9 Dave FM Music Stage, which will feature headline performances by Rusted Root on Saturday and Marc Broussard on Sunday. There will also be an Acoustic Street Party at Virginia/Highland Island on Friday, June 1, from 8 to 11p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m.

This year’s Kidsfest will take place in John Howell Park adjacent to Arcadia on Saturday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Sunday (noon to 3 p.m.). A variety of artistic activities and music will be offered for children. For more information visit vahi.org/summerfest or 929dave.fm.

Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts

The inaugural Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts will make its debut on June 9-10 featuring 150 local and regional artists, acoustic music, food, kid’s area, 5K road race and more along historic Peachtree Hills Road.

Hours for the festival are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival is free to attend.

“When we first explored the Peachtree Hills area with regards to its suitability for an arts festival, it was a huge surprise,” says Patrick Dennis, President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, which produces the popular Festival on Ponce and Chastain Park Arts Festival.  “The area is tree-lined, home to a major design center (ADAC), beautiful homes and lots of wide open space in a densely populated area in the heart of Atlanta.  I couldn’t believe this area had never been the site of an arts festival before and am so proud to pioneer this site with an arts event.”

Dennis said the community was behind the festival and expected a big turnout for this first event. For full details on the event, visit peachtreehillsfestival.com or facebook.com/PeachtreeHillsFestival.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.