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.
SweetWater 420 Fest, April 22-23, 2023
SweetWater 420 Fest in April 2023 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.
Shaky Knees Music Festival, May 5-7, 2023
The Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta's Central Park features musicians like The Killers, Greta Van Fleet, Muse, Tenacious D, The Lumineers, Hozier and many more. More than 60 bands, including up-and-coming artists, make up the rock-lover's lineup.
Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 27-29, 2023
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.
Imagine Music Festival, Sept. 15-17, 2023
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.
A3C Festival & Conference, Sept. 28-30, 2023
Hip-hop takes the stage in September 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 features some of the most renowned artists in hip-hop.
Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival, Oct. 13-14, 2023
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.
Candler Park Music Festival, 2023 Dates TBA
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.
Tunes from the Tombs, 2023 Dates TBA
Tunes from the Tombs is one of the most unique music festivals in Atlanta. Featuring local musicians, this event hosts numerous entertainment stages in addition to food trucks and tours, all on the grounds of Historic Oakland Cemetery.
ONE Musicfest, 2023 Dates TBA
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.
Unfortunately, Music Midtown is canceled for 2022. Visit MusicMidtown.com for more information.
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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