Atlanta Music Festivals: A Noteworthy List of 43+ of the Metro’s Best

NOTE: Many of our music festivals have been cancelled or postponed due to restrictions again in 2021, although some are happening with social distancing requirements. Please make sure to check our links to their websites for specifics this year.

Atlanta has always been a music city, and while there are plenty of clubs around town to find live music, the best way to get your groove on is by oscillating between stages on a sunny afternoon at one of the many Atlanta music festivals.

The headliners may sell the tickets at these events, but for me, the true thrill comes from finding up-and-comers to add to my Spotify playlist.

From classic rock to dance music, hip-hop to jazz, there are music fests for every taste, and as you’ll see, one for every season too. Each event has its own personality. We’ve pulled together metro Atlanta’s best, and have the scoop on what you can expect.

Atlanta Music Festivals: Shaky Knees

Atlanta Music Festivals: Shaky Knees (Courtesy of aLIVE Coverage)

In addition to Atlanta Music Festivals, we’ve added a round up of summer concert series’ in the metro area. These (mostly) free events are like mini-music festivals and are located in all corners of the state, so you are sure to answer the question, “Where is a music festival near me?”

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Atlanta Music FestivalsWar and Treaty at Shaky Knees Music Festival (Courtesy of aLIVE Coverage)

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April

Sweetwater 420 Festival

Note: Due to COVID-19, the 2021 Sweetwater 420 Festival has been canceled.

The three-day Sweetwater 420 Atlanta music festival is held each April in Piedmont Park to commemorate Earth Day. The music festival features well-known names and up-and-comers.

Get the day started with a 5K, followed by a beer tasting. After all, Sweetwater is Atlanta’s most successful microbrew.

May

Shaky Knees

Note: No information has yet been released about 2021 dates.

Shaky Knees is the perfect weekend event for hipsters and fans of alternative music. Lesli even took her kids to this Atlanta music festival!

Skip the VIP pass and go all the way to platinum. You’ll be doing it up right with private open bar, shaded lounge seating, air conditioned rest rooms and of course private entrance and all access.

Shaky Beats Music Festival

Note: No information has yet been released about the festival’s status for 2021.

From the folks that bring you Shaky Knees comes Shaky Beats, a techno, electronic dance music festival that’s also a bit of a party.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Considered one of the largest free jazz fests in the country, the Atlanta Jazz Festival always brings an impressive line up of legends, as well as up-and-comers.

The festival utilizes venues throughout the city for a three-day event over Memorial Day weekend.

June

Tunes From The Tombs

Note: No information has been released yet for 2021.

Tunes from the Tombs is held at the most unique music venue in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery.

If you haven’t been to Oakland, it truly is a treat for the living. Get the RIP pass for special access to three stages of great talent, and be sure to take in at least one of the mini-tours where you can learn about Oakland’s ‘residents’.

September

Music Midtown

Music Midtown is where you can see all the stars. If the act is popular, either in the past or present, no matter what genre, they are at Music Midtown.

Music Midtown features a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages, and has been Atlanta’s premier festival for music lovers of all kinds since 1994.

This Atlanta music festival held at Piedmont Park is truly for everyone!

Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is an electronic dance music and immersive art festival that will be held in a new location in 2021 — Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, GA.

The festival will take place September 17-19, 2021, and tickets are on sale now.

In addition to top electronic musicians, DJ’s and bands, wander through a fantastic atmosphere filled with mind-bending circus performers, mermaids, sea creatures, and art installations.

Atlanta Fest

Atlanta Fest is the oldest and largest Christian music festival in the South and attracts some big names.

In addition to musical acts, Atlanta Fest also features motivational speakers.

October

AC3 Fest

Part hip-hop music festival, part music business conference, the AC3 Fest is the place to be to enjoy the music, but also learn about the music industry.

Business tracks cover topics for the budding artist to the seasoned pros.

Wire and Wood Songwriter’s Festival

Downtown Alpharetta comes alive with the stories behind the music at this outdoor songwriter’s festival.

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival takes place at multiple venues throughout downtown Alpharetta, making this a beloved, family-friendly, weekend event.

Wire and Wood was selected as one of the Top 20 Events in October 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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Local Music Festivals On Our Bucket List 

March

The Southeastern Cowboy Gathering

Note: The Cowboy Gathering has been canceled for 2021.

The Southeastern Cowboy Gathering features cowboy, western, country, bluegrass, and folk music and is held at the world class Booth Western Museum in Cartersville.

June

Bluesberry Beer and Music Festival

Norcross has got the blues—in a good way! The Bluesberry and Beer Festival is held each June in Betty Mauldin Park.

No update has been released about 2021 dates.

Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest

An annual beer festival in Downtown Alpharetta that also includes local entertainment.

Great food, beer, and live entertainment — what could be better than that?

Summer World Music Festival

Take a three-day family friendly, musical journey around the world at Spivey Hall in Morrow during the Summer World Music Festival.

No information about 2021 dates have been released.

The Thomas A. Dorsey Birthplace Festival

A celebration to commemorate hometown boy Thomas A Dorsey, this Atlanta music festival is a free, two-day gospel, blues and jazz event at the MILL Amphitheater in Downtown Villa Rica.

The Lake Show

John Jarrard Foundation celebrates the life and music of Gainesville, Georgia native and Georgia Music Hall of Fame member John Jarrard with an outdoor concert on the shores of Lake Lanier. Come by car or by boat.

August

August Concert and Wing Festival

This free festival takes place in August at the Suwanee Town Center.

No updates have yet been released for 2021.

September

Doc Holliday BBQ & Music Festival

Celebrating native son and noted western gunslinger Doc Holliday, this BBQ festival with music takes place in September in Historical Downtown Griffin.

Foundation Concert

In addition to the Lake Show in June, the John Jarrard Foundation celebrates the life of their namesake in September with a singer/songwriter event that brings in the best and brightest from Nashville, under the stars on the lawn at Brenau University.

October

Hampton PorchFest

Come sit a spell and listen to a variety of musicians and genres while rambling through Hampton’s neighborhoods for PorchFest.

Each porch that you visit will have performers for up to an hour, so plan to roam around town or pick a few of your favorites and hang out on the front lawn.

This unique event is held the second Saturday in October.

The Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium

Similar to the Cowboy Gathering in March, the Southeastern Cowboy Festival is two days of live cowboy, western, country, bluegrass, and folk music at one of our favorite museums – The Booth Western Museum in Cartersville.

Atlanta Music Festivals: Summer Concert Series at Dunwoody Nature Center

Summer concerts at Dunwoody Nature Center

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Night Market Peachtree City

When: March – November

Mark your calendars for this monthly market held at night in Peachtree City.

Each month there is a new musical act, plus food, artists and entertainment.

Glover Park Concert Series

When: April – September

The Glover Park Concert Series features local and national acts on the last Friday of the month, April through September.

The concerts are free but there are a limited number of front row seats for purchase. Those seats sell out quickly, so if you’re interested, mark your calendar to call for reservations at 8 a.m. the first working day of each month.

Alive in Roswell

When: April – October
(In 2021, it has been postponed and plans to begin in July.)

Alive in Roswell is a free, family-friendly festival with live music, held in three locations the third Thursday of every month April – October.

The festival is held concurrently on Historic Canton Street, East Alley, at Historic Roswell Town Square, and at the Interactive Zone on the grounds of Roswell City Hall.  Even your dogs are welcome at this one!

Avalon Nights Live

When: April – October

Unwind after the workweek with live music in The Plaza at Avalon every Friday. Dancing encouraged.

Due to COVID-19, they will be limiting attendance in 2021 + selling ticketed socially distanced spots. Each month, all ticket proceeds will benefit a different charity.  Tickets can be purchased here.

City of Jonesboro Summer Concert Series

When: May – August

The Lee Street Park Amphitheater in Jonesboro comes alive May through August for the free City of Jonesboro Summer Concert Series.

No dates for 2021 have yet been released.

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s Annual Summer Concert Series

When: May – July

Every other Saturday night during the summer, music lovers can enjoy a night of rockin’ tunes provided by the Dunwoody Nature Center and the City of Dunwoody. Come early for the best seats!

Read more about daily fun at the Dunwoody Nature Center here.

Buford Community Center Town Park

When: May – August

The city of Buford hosts a free summer concert series on the sprawling lawn of their Town Park each summer from May – August.

Norcross Summer Concert Series

When: May – August

Enjoy the “sweet sounds of summer” in downtown Norcross, at the free summer concert series, which runs May through September in Thrasher Park.

Grab a chair, a cooler (no glass, please) and a few friends and come enjoy downtown Norcross and the sweet sounds of summer!

Chamblee Summer Concert Series

When: May – August

Summer nights are made for music in Downtown Chamblee. Bring a blanket or reserve a VIP table.

Loganville’s Groovin’ on the Green Concert Series

When: May – September

Get your groove on at Loganville’s summer concert series.  This series is held once a month from May – September with different bands headlining each event.

Food vendors will be on site and those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Beer and wine are permitted at the event.

Lawrenceville Summer Concert Series

When: May – September

This free summer concert series happens on the Lawrenceville Lawn.

No information has yet been released for 2021.

Peachtree City’s Summer Concert Series

When: May – September

The Fred is a fun outdoor venue in Peachtree City that features old time favorites in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sundays on the River Concerts

When: May – September

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is the place to be on Sunday evenings for Sunday’s on the River.

Wrap up the weekend under the stars listening to live music with friends May – September.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Can’t make it to the ocean this summer? Lake Lanier Islands in partnership with Margaritaville has live music along the beach each weekend.

Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series

When: May – October

The first Saturday of the month, May – October come out to Riverside Park for free concerts in Roswell.

The Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series has been canceled in 2021, due to COVID-19.

City of Flowery Branch Block Parties

When: May – October

Each one of these family-friendly block parties in Flowery Branch has a different theme and something for everyone. Look at the music schedule to find when your favorite genre of music is playing.

Oh, and did we mention they have a beer garden too?!

City of Stone Mountain Tunes By The Tracks

When: May – October

Friday nights May – October join artists that range from Indie-folk to Rhythm & Blues in Downtown Stone Mountain.

Villa Rica Summer Concert Series

When: May – August

Free concerts at the MILL Amphitheater in Villa Rica all summer long.

Wednesday WindDown

When: June – August

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy smooth jazz, R&B and blues music each Wednesday for Wednesday Winddown during June, July & August at Hunter Memorial Park in Douglasville.

Duluth Summer Stage Concert Series

When: June – September

Grab your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets for this summer concert series on the Duluth Town Green.

Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series

When: June-September

Check out Alpharetta’s event website for summer concerts at Brooke Street Park.

No dates have yet been announced for 2021.

Sunset Sips

When: June – September

Sunset Sips is just another reason to love the Chattahoochee Nature Center. This laid back, family-friendly event occurs the 2nd and 4th Thursday during June, August and September.

For 2021, their limited and timed admission process will allow for an intimate and socially distanced evening on their Great Lawn and covered outdoor pavilion.

This program is BYOC (bring your own chair) and picnic dinner.

Stockbridge Sounds of Summer Concert Series

When: June – July

The Sounds of Summer concert series takes place on the Stockbridge City Hall Lawn.

No 2021 dates have yet been announced.

Concerts by the Springs

When: July – September

Concert by the Springs, presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, is a free outdoor summer concert series held one Sunday each month, May through September.

If you miss out on the free tickets, they also sell tickets for a complete table.

City Green Live

When: May – September

City Green Live is a free concert series feature locals, as well as nationally-known musicians, on select Friday nights from May until September.

Purchase food onsite or bring your own, however, only alcoholic beverages sold on site are allowed.

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Atlanta Music Festivals: A Noteworthy List of 43+ of the Metro's Best

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