Spring and summer nights are the perfect time to take in live music at any number of the great outdoor concert venues in the Atlanta area. Pack some food and a bottle of wine or a few cold drinks and a blanket as you prepare to enjoy everything from jazz to rap to rock with your family or significant other. Most of Atlanta’s outdoor venues have great acoustics and space to kick back and relax as your tap your toes or dance the night away.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
www.atlantabg.org

The Atlanta Botanical Garden provides the perfect setting for an in town outdoor concert in Atlanta. The summer concert series takes place on The Lawn and that means unobstructed views, the ability to relax and enjoy music with your fellow Atlantans and skyline views as a backdrop to the stage. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and sit back and relax as some of the top acts in music play the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Purchase your tickets at the box office and prepare to enjoy a wonderful night of music and the arts.

Chastain Park Ampitheatre
135 W. Wieuca Road N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 546-6788
www.chastainpark.org

Located between Buckhead and Sandy Springs, Chastain Park is more than just greenspace in north Atlanta. The outdoor amphitheater hosts around 100 events and more than 200,000 each concert season. With a capacity of almost 7,000, Chastain Park Amphitheater has been bringing in the biggest names in music since 1944. The majority of the seating is reserved seats and for most events, concert goers are encouraged to bring their picnic style meals and beverages of their choice to enjoy during the performances. There is also a small lawn seating area at the back of the venue where the “old guard” of Atlanta music fans gather to party and relive concert memories.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
2200 Encore Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009
(404) 252-2927
www.vzwamp.com

Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre at Encore Park is one of the metro area’s newest outdoor concert venues, and it’s also one of the area’s most upscale venues to take in live music. Covered reserved seating to go along with ample lawn areas make this the perfect rain or shine music venue. Each year, some of the best country, hip hop, classic rock and adult contemporary acts headline Verizon. This venue offers plenty of parking space and shuttles to and from the gates, along with a wide selection of food and retail options for those that want to eat and shop.

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Piedmont Park
1071 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 875-7275
www.piedmontpark.org

There is nothing like attending an outdoor concert in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Granite staircases and green landscapes greet music lovers each time the stage or stages are set up the 189 acres of this century old park in the heart of Atlanta. Piedmont Park offers a ton of space; enough to now host the annual Music Midtown weekend music festival. Piedmont Park has great access to MARTA public transportation and open spaces where you can put down your blanket or chair and enjoy the music and people watching.

Riverside Park
575 Riverside Road
Roswell, GA 30075
www.roswellgov.com

With the famous Chattahoochee River in the background, Riverside Park is the ideal setting for an outdoor concert in the north suburbs of Atlanta. Riverside Park hosts the annual Roswell outdoor concert series, and it’s always free admission. Take a blanket and some bug spray and come out and enjoy everything from blues to country and everything in between. Parking is free in the Riverside Park parking lot.

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