Summer time in Atlanta means three things, heat, humidity, and the best live music around. From sprawling multi-day festivals which include live musical acts in addition to other entertainment to smaller open-air concerts perfect for a comfortable picnic, there is something for everyone in the Atlanta summer concert scene. Best of all, they are all free.

Music At Noon
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave W. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412
www.centennialpark.com

Dates: April – Oct., 2015, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon to 1 p.m.

Break out of the same old lunch time rut and head over to Centennial Olympic Park for Music at Noon Presented at Coca-Cola. Enjoy some sunny skies and unique musical entertainment from a variety of genres Including even a high school band. This concert series is great for downtown workers but also for families looking for an excuse for a summer picnic.

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
Old Fourth Ward Park
592 Angier Ave, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 873-1222
www.oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com

Dates: June 27 – 28, 2015; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Old Ward Arts Festival showcases every form of art, including live music. The festival boasts musical entertainment at the park’s amphitheater throughout the festival. More then just a concert or festival though, it is a community celebration designed for everyone. All ages are welcome at this family-friendly festival. Kids will enjoy cooling off at the fantastic sprayground at Old Fourth Ward Park.

Chamblee Summer Concert Series 
Peachtree Park
5468 Peachtree Rd.
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 986-5010
www.atlantaplanit.com

Dates: July 24, 2015 and Aug. 28, 2015, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family out for these casual concerts in Peachtree Park. Be sure to pack a picnic blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. While food and drinks will be available to purchase, concert goers are also allowed to bring in their own. Though no alcohol is allowed. Don’t want to schlep chairs? Reserve a VIP table for a fee.

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Chamblee Fourth Of July Concert
Keswick Park
3496 Keswick Dr.
Chamblee, GA 30341
(770) 986-5016
www.atlantaplanit.com

Date: July 4, 2015, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Spend Fourth of July in Chamblee’s Keswick Park rocking out to the party music of Rupert’s Orchestra. Activities start at 5 p.m. The live concert starts at 6 p.m. Bring food and drinks from home or buy them from the venue. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged and VIP tables can be reserved ahead of time. Stay for the fireworks show starting at 9 p.m.

Concerts By The Springs
Heritage Green
6110 Bluestone Rd. N.E.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 851-9111
www.heritagesandysprings.org

Dates: June 14, 2015, July 12, 2015, Aug. 2, 2015 and Sept. 6, 2015; 7 to 8:30 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m.

This annual series, “Concerts by the Springs”, is in its 18th year and is held at Heritage Green in Sandy Springs on select summer Sundays. Food is available for purchase from food trucks and other venders, but concert goers are also allowed to bring food and drinks from home. Blankets and coolers are welcome, but pets and outside tables are not.

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Maria Smith is an on-the-go mom to 4 children ages 8 and under. In between carpool lines, she’s a freelance writer covering travel, health, and family fun. She was a producer for Oprah in her pre-mom days, but now produces people instead of TV shows. Read more on Examiner.com

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