If you’re a fan of live music, hardly anything beats rocking out to a band you like in the open air on a nice summer day. Thankfully for concertgoers, Atlanta has several outdoor venues that host local talent and international sensations alike. Here’s a look at some of the largest and most popular outdoor concert venues in the ATL.
The largest outdoor concert venue on Atlanta’s south side, Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood hosts concerts and festivals all summer long. You can catch classic rock, country, indie, and pop artists at this 19,000-person open air space. Blink 182, The Cure, Def Leppard, Dierks Bentley, Marilyn Manson, and Snoop Dogg are all slated to play at Lakewood this summer. Aaron’s Amphitheater is a 10-minute drive from AMLI Parkside and other Intown Atlanta apartments.
Atlanta’s lush, 30-acre botanical garden provides an atmospheric setting for a concert. This summer’s Concerts in the Garden series kicked off at ABG on June 10. The last show of the season is scheduled for Friday, September 8. Artists and groups still on the docket include Barenaked Ladies, Brandi Carlile, Lifehouse, and Switchfoot. Concerts take place on the ABG’s Great Lawn.
The events calendar at this 7,000-person outdoor concert venue grows more impressive with each passing year. This summer is especially heavy on big names from the 80s and 90s. Pat Benetar, Boyz II Men, Counting Crows, Culture Club, the Goo Goo Dolls, Josh Groban and Sarah McLachlan are a handful of the nearly 100 events scheduled this season. Chastain Park Amphitheater, located between Buckhead and Sandy Springs, is five miles north of AMLI Lindbergh.
Downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is the best place to catch an outdoor concert in Atlanta with a skyline view. The seasonal Wednesday WindDown series of free weekly concerts was cut short this summer due to renovations. But it was as popular as its ever been, and should be back all summer long next year. In good traffic, Centennial Olympic Park’s outdoor concert space is a five-minute drive from AMLI Parkside.
When stages and sound systems are set up in sprawling and beautiful Piedmont Park, Atlanta’s live music junkies go wild. The park hosts only a handful of outdoor concerts a year, but they are big events. Jazz Fest and Music Midtown are probably the most highly-anticipated. Acts scheduled for this year’s Music Midtown Festival, scheduled for September 16 and 17, include Bastille, Blink-182, Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, and Weezer. Piedmont Park, easily accessible by public transport, is a five-minute drive from AMLI Ponce Park.
This modern Alpharetta outdoor concert venue hosts an eclectic mix of music. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Barenaked Ladies, Dixie Chicks, Gwen Stefani, and Taking Back Sunday will all take to the stage at some point or another this summer. This Encore Park venue, with a capacity of 12,000, is a short drive from AMLI’s Alpharetta apartments.
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