Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta. Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta. Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

10 Can't-Miss Atlanta Music Festivals

Music festivals are back! Catch your favorite bands at these big events in Atlanta.

Each year, the Atlanta area offers up world-class talent at music festivals that show off the city’s historic neighborhoods, iconic venues and not-very-far-away fields. From perennial favorites to newly launched events, these Atlanta music festivals are hot tickets this year. Find more information about these and many more music festivals on the Explore Georgia Calendar of Events.

Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Shaky Knees Music Festival, April 29 - May 1, 2022

The Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta's Central Park features musicians like Green Day, Billy Idol, Nine Inch Nails, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab For Cutie and many more. More than 60 bands, including up-and-coming artists, make up the rock-lover's lineup.

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SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta

SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta, Georgia

SweetWater 420 Fest, April 29-May 2, 2022

SweetWater 420 Fest in April 2022 will feature big-name bands taking the stage as part of this annual festival from Atlanta-owned SweetWater Brewing Company. In addition to enjoying music and art, festivalgoers can taste SweetWater beers and attend presentations from brewing experts. The festival also has a comedy stage featuring local talent and an eco-village with hands-on workshops.

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Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park

Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park

Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 28-30, 2022

If you think getting into a music festival is out of your budget this year, check out the cost of the Atlanta Jazz Festival: $0. While the main part of the festival is Memorial Day weekend, events will take place throughout May from rooftop concerts and galleries to museums and restaurants as part of the “Summer of Jazz” series. The Memorial Day weekend events all happen at Piedmont Park.

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Candler Park Music & Food Festival in Atlanta

Candler Park Music Festival, June 3-4, 2022

Southern sounds reign supreme at the Candler Park Music Festival in the large park near Atlanta's Little Five Points. Held in the summer, proceeds from the festival benefit Atlanta parks, neighborhood organizations, and Atlanta Contact Point, an organization that hosts free play days in Atlanta parks each year.

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Crowd at Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia

 Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia

Imagine Music Festival, Sept. 16-18, 2022

Electronic musicians, DJs and bands perform alongside cirque-style acts during the Imagine Music Festival in September, featuring dance music at a new location this year: Kingston Downs, located near Rome, Georgia. Camp onsite amid the rolling hills and untouched woodlands, or stay at nearby hotels. Go tubing on the river, go forest bathing on nature trails, play in the pool and much more at the aquatic-themed music festival. 

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Ludacris at Music Midtown in Atlanta

Music Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia

Music Midtown, Sept. 17-18, 2022

As one of the state's largest music fests, Music Midtown draws fans to Atlanta every September. The long list of acts in the weekend lineup covers many musical genres and features some of the industry’s biggest names. The fest, held outdoors in Piedmont Park in September, has featured acts such as Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, 21 Savage, Dababy, Megan Thee Stallion, Machine Gun Kelly and many more.

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Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival in Alpharetta, Georgia

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival in Alpharetta, Georgia

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival, Oct. 7-8, 2022

Nationally recognized singer-songwriters gather in October for Alpharetta's Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival. Fans get a behind-the-scenes look at the stories that inspired country, rock, blues, Americana and bluegrass songs. Featuring veteran songsmiths and local up-and-coming talent, the festival converts the streets of downtown Alpharetta into concert stages.

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ONE Musicfest in Atlanta

ONE Musicfest, Oct. 8-9, 2022

ONE Musicfest attracts more than 50,000 music fans to Centennial Olympic Park to hear hip hop, EDM, reggae, funk, trap, house, alternative rock and soul music. The eclectic mashup of urban artists have included Gucci Mane, Wu-Tang Clan, Three 6 Mafia, Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, T.I, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae and many more.

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Tunes from the Tombs at Atlanta's Historic Oakland Cemetery

Tunes from the Tombs, 2022 Dates TBA

Tunes from the Tombs is one of the most unique music festivals in Atlanta. Featuring local musicians, this event hosts numerous stages of entertainment in addition to food trucks and tours, all on the grounds of Historic Oakland Cemetery.

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A3C Festival & Conference in Atlanta

A3C Festival & Conference, 2022 Dates TBA

Hip-hop takes the stage in October during the annual A3C Festival & Conference. The festival is predated by a three-day conference that brings together artists, creatives and entrepreneurs in the music industry to empower and educate those that shape hip-hop music, technology and culture. The festival at the Georgia Freight Depot features some of the most renowned artists in hip-hop.

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Published: April 2022