WAOK is looking forward to helping you again avoid the mid-week blues with the Wednesday WindDown Concerts.  Centennial Olympic Park, the City of Atlanta,  and a host of sponsors again will put on the popular free Wednesday WindDown series of concerts this spring and summer.  Every Wednesday, the park will feature sounds from local and national bands. Every third Wednesday it’s WAOK day with a live broadcast from Derrick Boazman! Make a point to come out this summer for Wednesday Winddown, it’s a great midweek escape. The April event was rained out but the weatherman says no rain in sight for this month! See you on Wednesday.

Wednesday WindDown
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 222-7275

Price: Free
Hours: Every Wednesday April – September
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Notes: Coolers, backpacks and picnic baskets are subject to search. High-back chairs, grills, pets and glass containers are not allowed.

The Music

There is no better cure for the stress of the work week than listening to live music. Wednesday WindDown takes place at the Southern Company Amphitheater in the heart of Centennial Park.  Again this year, the musical genres are expected to range from jazz to blues and contemporary. Past acts have included Ken Ford, Melvin Miller, Indigo Sunset and Jfly & Friends. These are great regional acts and they play to sold out halls and concert venues throughout the year. Centennial Park is a great setting for meeting friends and relaxing, the music makes it even more perfect.

Related: The Best Jazz Clubs in Atlanta

The Food and Beverages

You’ll have the option of bringing your own food into the park or enjoy the local food vendors and food trucks that will be in the park making sure you don’t hungry.  Different vendors are expected each week and the quality of this food is excellent. Although you can’t bring alcoholic beverages into the park, they will be available for purchase at Wednesday WindDown. It’s a great combination of music and some of Atlanta’s tastiest food. Bon appetit!

The Sights

Left as part of the legacy of the 1996 Olympic Games, Centennial Olympic Park dominates Downtown Atlanta.  486,000 engraved bricks were put in the park leading up to the Olympics and they remain to this day.  It’s the largest downtown park in the country developed over the past 25 years and there are numerous paths for taking an afternoon stroll and benches to rest your body and mind. The Fountain of Rings is the largest interactive fountain in the world, so cool off or watch the kids having fun. The park covers 21 acres an is home to many concerts, festivals and one of South’s largest fireworks displays on the Fourth of July.

Related: The Best Live Music Venues in Atlantra

The People

The Wednesday WindDown draws a diverse crowed and people from all over the Atlanta area.  Regulars get their early and claim their spot. Centennial Park has always been a great place for people watching and that sure holds true on Wednesday nights. Come on out and enjoy the best Atlanta has to offer.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at Examiner.com.



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