They say beauty hurts. But if the beauty will last forever – it's worth it, right? Tony Olivas and Sacred Heart Tattoo bring back the 14th annual TATTOO ARTS FESTIVAL. Ink at its finest, the fest includes live tattooing, contests, seminars, the newly added bikini contest, and a nightly after party across the street at Mardi Gras. Be sure to make an appointment before you arrive if you plan to add new ink. Through June 6. Free-$40. Fri., 3 p.m.-midnight; Sat., noon-midnight; Sun., noon-7 p.m. The Crowne Plaza, 6345 Powers Ferry Road. www.atlantatattooartsfestival.com. (Denia Moreland)
What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with lavish art, live music and great food at the 27th annual VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST? Summer kicks off Friday for Va-Hi residents with an outdoor screening of The Tale of Despereaux, a "Movie Madness" parade and dinner. Saturday and Sunday, events are open to the public. Send the kids to John Howell Park for KidsFest while you run the newly added 5K or browse the artists' market. Through June 6. Free; ID required Friday to verify Virginia-Highland residency. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive. www.vahi.org/summerfest.html. (Anum Mohammad)
JUNE 12 MAXWELL AND JILL SCOTT R&B crooners team up at Philips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com.
JUNE 12 NAS Hip-hop at the Tabernacle. www.livenation.com.
JUNE 14 CONAN O'BRIEN Brings the funny to Fox Theatre. www.ticketmaster.com.
JUNE 14 REFLECTION ETERNAL Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek stop by the Loft. www.theloftatl.com.