Atlanta’s slowly swinging into festival season, and there’s an eclectic mix of unmissable festivals to check out throughout the year! Keep on scrolling, and start booking your tickets for a spring, summer, and autumn, packed with the biggest hits, the biggest stars, and so much more at one of these music festivals in Atlanta.
Did you know that Atlanta is home to the largest free jazz festival in the U.S.? Well you do now, and you should definitely check out the annual celebrations at Atlanta Jazz Festival. Not only is there a festival in Piedmont Park, returning to its Memorial Day timeslot, but venues across the city host incredible jazz nights for the occasion, including this special Candlelight concert honoring Jazz & The Black Experience. Celebrate the music, culture and art of all things jazz and enjoy sets from up-and-coming stars as well as some of the genre’s biggest legends.
📍Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA 30309
2. SweetWater 420 Festival
One of Atlanta’s beloved breweries throws one of the biggest annual parties in the heart of Atlanta. SweetWater 420 Festival is held on the weekend that’s closest to Earth Day, every year. Since 2014, the festival has taken place at Centennial Olympic Park and has consistently hosted environmental charities, non-profits and workshops. Widespread Panic, Shakey Graves and Oysterhead have all headlined the festival in the past, and more big rock, country and alternative acts are expected to follow in the coming years.
📍Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA 30313,
3. Music Midtown
Music Midtown started back in 1994. Nowadays, the festival features a lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages. Expect rock and roll, hip hop, pop, electronic, anything and everything in between. This is one of the most diverse music festivals in Atlanta when it comes to music genres. There will even be local vendors providing delicious bites throughout this incredible weekend. Previous headliners include Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, and Eminem.
📍Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA 30309
As well as a spectacular parade that takes over the city, Atlanta Pride annually hosts the largest Pride event in the United States South East Region, with over 300,000 individual attendees over the weekend. Atlanta is an incredibly friendly LGBTQIA+ city, so it’s no surprise that the Pride events here are some of the best in the world. Coinciding with National Coming Out Day, Atlanta Pride usually organize a huge march and other events taking place around the city at the start of October.
5. Shaky Knees
For fans of rock and indie music, Shaky Knees is for you. With more than 60 bands heading to play the festival each year, this event is a rock lover’s dream. This springtime festival in Atlanta is a celebration of rock music, with previous headliners including Green Day, Billie Idol, Nine Inch Nails, Death Cab For Cutie, and more. Also, the festival has some fabulous food on offer, from good ol’ southern BBQ to vegetarian-friendly corn dogs.
📍Central Park, 400 Merritts Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
6. Imagine Music Festival
If electronic music is your jam, then make sure to book your tickets for Imagine Music Festival. This trippy, under-the-sea wonderland will take you on a journey through the best of EDM music. You can camp at the festival, which will grant you access to extra fun activities like tubing, nature trails, and a whole lot more magic (just don’t expect much glamping). Get ready to dance the day and night away with the help of electronic beats and dance floor fillers at this vibrant festival.
📍Kingston Downs, Gore Springs Rd SE, Rome, GA 30161
7. One MusicFest
Looking for one of the best music festivals in Atlanta showcasing some of the biggest acts of the moment? A true celebration of diversity, One MusicFest annually provides the ATL with a killer line-up of superstar performers. Previous headliners include Cardi B, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, and Janelle Monet. With a Food Truck Village highlighting 35+ of the Southeast’s best food vendors, artists that represent the South, and more, this festival proves that the South has always had something to say, and always will. This is the Southeast’s largest 2 day, urban progressive music festival and attracts over 50,000 visitors every year.
📍 Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA 30313