No Money or Saturday Plans? No Problem!

A glance around at what's going on in and around Midtown on the first Saturday in June.

Looking for something to do Saturday in Midtown and the surrounding area? Well, here's good news because there’s plenty of options to choose from and you can certainly do most of them on the cheap.

The 29th Annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest kicks off Saturday and continues through Sunday. The Artist Market and Kidsfest begin at 10 a.m. while the live music cranks up at high noon. See here for your full guide to the 2012 Virginia-Highland Summerfest and don’t forget to stop by the Patch booth near the Kidsfest.


Artlantis Arts and Music Festival, which is in its fourth year and focuses entirely on spotlighting local talent, is gearing up for festival day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Druid Hills Baptist Church.

Artlantis is run by Mark Basehore and James McConnell, the same duo behind Midtown’s . Their aim for the festival, just like with Beep Beep, is to showcase emerging artists from the Atlanta area and introduce them to a large festivalgoing crowd.

This year features a wide variety of artists like Eric Warren, B.J. Rathur, Kate Morales, WonderRoot, SarahLou Designs and Nathan Phaneuf, plus many more. There will also be eight bands performing on the church steps, including Dog Bite, Mirror Mode and Ghost Bikini. Some artists may even do interactive booths to let visitors get into an artsy mood and create something too. Also, art for sale at Artlantis tends to be reasonably priced and great for collectors.


Of course, Saturday means another Piedmont Park Green Market at the park’s 12th Street gate entrance. The open-air farmer's market begins at 9 a.m. and features locally grown produce, farm fresh meats, live music and fun for all ages. Chef Joe Englebird of Kaiser Permanente will present a chef demo from 10 a.m. to noon inside the visitor center.


Join Piedmont Park Conservancy and its partners at the Atlanta Audubon Society for its monthly free bird walk on Saturday. All levels of birders are welcome to participate in this monthly observation walk that explore the varied habitats of Piedmont Park. Come prepared by downloading a Checklist of Birds for Piedmont Park.

Walks are open to the public and please visit the Atlanta Audubon Website to confirm the start time (generally 7:30 a.m.). Meet at the Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center and reservations are highly recommended.

All levels and ages are welcome, but children must be supervised by adults. The walk lasts about three hours with 2.5 miles on foot.


Saturday will be a great day for a free trip to the . Fulton County residents with ID. are admitted free on the first Saturday of each month and students attending a college or university in Fulton Country will also be admitted free with a valid college ID.

Also, “Museums on Us” offers Bank of America cardholders the opportunity to visit the High free of charge on the first full weekend of every month. To qualify for the Museums on Us program, Bank of America customers simply need to present their ATM, credit or check card and a valid photo ID to gain free general admission.


is hosting its June installment of its monthly Beer Geek Brunch series. On Saturday, guests are invited to partake in a three-course brunch and beer pairing experience unlike any other. This month, the menu will highlight a mixture of southern food classics with the Cypress Street twist; Citrus-based ingredients, aged vinegars, and syrups from around the world will come together to create unique dishes that resident Beer Geek, Rob Merrick, will pair with select brews.

Featured paired beers include: North Cost Le Merle, Mother Earth Endless River Kolsch, Dogfish Head Burton Baton, Anderson Valley Brother David’s Double, New Belgium Cocoa Mole. For more information visit www.cypressbar.com or call (404) 815.9243 for reservations.


Finally, Atlantic Station’s Central Park will be the site for Saturday’s 4th Annual pARTy for ART dance event that will include free dance classes and shows.

The community outreach program is designed to expose audiences to the world of professional dance. The day will include free mini-classes for all ages in a variety of dance styles including hip-hop, jazz and ballet.

Two free outdoor dance concerts will showcase professional choreography and dancers and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the show.

The schedule is as follows:         

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interactive Dance Classes

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Professional Dance Concert

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Encore Performance


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