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3 things to do around North Georgia in June
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Allen Nivens, center, and other performers backstage on Saturday, Sept. 16, during the 16th annual John Jarrard Foundation Concert in Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

Dance the night away or find some music outdoors — or catch the sweet scent of lavender on the breeze — this June to start your summer off right.

Adult Prom

When: 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9

Where: Downtown square, Gainesville

How much: $15 or $20 at the door

Chances are, you’ve seen someone younger than you in a suit you can’t fit into or a dress you can’t handle and thought, “Man, I wish I could go to prom again.” No matter the reason for wanting to go, whether it be because of a failed experience in the past or just wanting to relive the part of high school that every teen looks forward to, you can at adult prom hosted by Grown-up Gainesville.

Adult Prom is coming back for its third year, and this year’s theme is “Miami Vice,” so prepare for flowered shirts, popped collars and bad hair.

If that’s not your style, they welcome anyone dressed in tuxedos and ballgowns all the way down to “the guy who just wants to drink a beer.” As Grown-up Gainesville’s motto goes, “Because we’re grown-ups and we do what we want!”

Of course, Adult Prom will be a little different from the average high school prom. Held outside of Downtown Drafts on the square, you won’t have to attempt smuggling alcohol into the dance because it will be available for purchase (Editor’s note: This is funny). With this, you also won’t have your parents as chaperones to and from prom, so consider getting a friend to be your DD, an Uber, or stay the night at a local hotel.

John Jarrard Foundation Lake Show

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 9

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

Cost: $20 general admission; $25 suggested donation per boat; VIP tables $500 (package includes six meal tickets, 12 drink tickets and four seat cushions); children 12 and younger are free.

The John Jarrard Foundation is known for bringing some of the most well-known songwriters and up-and-coming talent in the music world together, and the latest JJF Lake Show at Lake Lanier Olympic Park won’t disappoint.

Get ready for some summer vibes as Mellow Steel and the Atlanta Funk Society take the stage. Mellow Steel is a steel drum soloist out of Atlanta and has recorded two albums, and Atlanta Funk Society is a 12-piece funk band playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

What’s an evening at the lake without some great food and beer? Food from OBA, Gonzo Gourmet, El Griton and Kona Ice will be on site for the show. If you have a boat, you can also listen from out on the water. For the first time a fireworks show will close the concert.

Lavender in the Mountains Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2

Where: Lavender Lamb Farm, 176 Bugle Drive, Cleveland

Cost: $5 at the gate

If you’re looking to freshen up the house this summer, why settle for chemical recreations when you can get the real thing? Check out the Lavender in the Mountains Festival in Cleveland for all things lavender this month.

Unique, handmade lavender products will be available for purchase, including bath bombs, lotions and candles. Watch lavender craft demonstrations and try your hand at making lavender halos and wands. Lavender in food? You can even learn how to cook with it, too. Photos are also welcome in the field, because who wouldn’t want to post a picture with beautiful mountains and a sea of purple lavender on their Instagram?

You can’t have a mountain festival without mountain music, and this year will feature David Court. Playing harmonica, mountain dulcimer and foot tambourine, he will perform Celtic fiddle tunes, American folk music and songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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