Music festivals are a place where people gather to have a good time and listen to great music. Not all festivals are the same so it’s important to note varied information before attending an event. Purchasing tickets for the event and parking online are recommended. Read all information on the website to understand what you can expect.  For example, some festivals allow coolers and low-back chairs and others don’t. It’s important to understand the rules in an effort to have a great time. Atlanta is home to some of the best music festivals in the nation. Outdoor settings and weather are perfect for live performances. Festivities combine music, ice cold drinks and food to create a relaxing setting where people cut lose and enjoy themselves. Go with a date, family or a group of friends to enjoy a festive time.
Shaky Boots Music Festival
Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park
3200 George Busbee Parkway, N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30144
(470) 578-2788

Date: May 16 and 17, 2015

The Shaky Boots Music Festival is one of Atlanta’s best music festivals. Performers like Blake Shelton, Brad Pasley and Dwight Yoakam and many more will rock the field on three stages. The two day event is magical. Concerts start at noon and end at midnight. Bring a low-back beach chair and backpack if needed. All items are subject to searches.  Alcohol, tents, canopies, pets and coolers of any size are not permitted. Parking will be tight so try to purchase passes online. If your looking for a country extravaganza, the Shaky Boots Music Festival is your place.

Tunes From The Tombs 
Historic Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave., S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107

Date: June 13, 2015

Atlanta’s oldest cemetery is home to this unique summertime music festival. Headliner Mathew Sweet will perform with local bands like Michelle Malone, Little Tybee, Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers and others. This event showcases various music genres in an eclectic environment. Different Atlanta food trucks will be on the premises as well. General Admission for advance tickets is $15 and $20 at the gate. Coolers are strictly prohibited.

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Decatur BBQ, Blues And Bluegrass Festival
Harmony Park in Oakhurst
630 East Lake Drive
Decator, GA 30030
(256) 341-4930

Date: August 15, 2015 

The Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival combines great music and delicious BBQ with beer. People looking to enjoy Blues and Bluegrass music should head out to the fall music festival. Bring a blanket or a chair but coolers are prohibited. Beers start at $3 and BBQ can run from $5 to $10. Leashed dogs are welcomed. This festival attracts more than 6,000 people so come early to grab your spot on the green for six hours of live music, ice cold beer and some of the best BBQ in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Smooth Music Festival
Mable House Amphitheater
5239 Floyd Road
Mableton, Georgia 30126
(770) 819-7765

Date: September 12, 2015

The Atlanta Smooth Music Festival is the perfect place for couples or friends to gather.  Bring a blanket and cooler but no lawn chairs. This is one of the few festivals in Atlanta that allows you to bring your own food and beverages. Performers like Tony Exum, Jr., Paula Atherton, Tim Bowman, Jeff Lorber and Headliner Nick Colionne will play soft smooth music for everyone to enjoy. The outdoor festival affords the opportunity to enjoy the day and night. A relaxing and memorable experience is what you’ll find at this jazz music festival.

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