Free outdoor concerts in Atlanta

Enjoy some affordable family friendly fun this summer with the many outdoor concert series in the metro area.

In most cases, the events listed below are free of charge (or have a small fee.) Just bring a blanket and lawn chairs. If you wish to reserve a table, you will probably pay a fee.

Be sure to check the websites linked in each listing for line-up changes, weather cancellations and additional information. And for information about ticketed concerts and music festivals this spring and summer, visit the AJC’s Atlanta Music Scene blog with Melissa Ruggieri.

Centennial Olympic Park Wednesday Wind Down: Every Wednesday through September, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the Southern Company Amphitheater in Centennial Olympic Park you can hear live jazz and contemporary music from local and touring artists. The concerts have been free 16 years, but this year you will have to pay a $5 fee for entry (premium shows are more). Doors open at 4 p.m. and the box office is open from 3 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Or purchase tickets online until 7 p.m. the day of show. For the full schedule visit the website.

Chamblee Summer Concert Series: This free series features live music in Peachtree Park next to city hall (the July 4th concert is held in Keswick Park.) Concerts are from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Peachtree Park, 5468 Peachtree Road. The lineup this year includes:

  • July 4: Rupert’s Orchestra
  • July 24: Drivin’ N Cryin’
  • August 28: Ricochet

Decatur Concert Series: Enjoy free music on Wednesdays at noon in September for the Blue Sky concert series. And on Saturdays at 7 p.m. in September, visit Concerts on the Square. For more information on these events and for a full lineup, visit www.decaturdba.com.

Douglasville Wednesday Wind Down series: This event runs each Wednesday from , 7 – 9 p.m., June 3 – July 29 at O’Neal Plaza, 6695 Church Street, Douglasville. The lineup is as follows:

  • June 3: Joel Cruickshank
  • June 10:RSVP Atlanta
  • June 17: AGM Band
  • June 24: Kasper and the 911 Band
  • July 1: Karisma
  • July 8: TBD
  • July 15: TBD
  • July 22: TBD

Lawrenceville Summer Concert Series: Visit the Lawrenceville lawn for music under the starts beginning May 29 at 7 p.m. The event takes place the last Friday of each month through September. Parking is free in the downtown District. Bring a picnic or visit the food trucks on site. The concerts are free, but you can get tables for a fee if you wish by calling the Visitor’s Center at 678-226-2639. The current schedule follows. Visit the website for updates and additional information:

  • June 26: Abbey Road LIVE! at 8 p.m.
  • July 31: The Daniel Lee Band at 8 p.m.
  • August 28: Shawn Mullins at 8 p.m.
  • September 25: Reuben’s Bell, opening acts at 7 p.m.

Mall of Georgia Monthly Music Jam: On the first Friday of each month, April-November, enjoy local entertainment at the Hennessy Cadillac Village Stage at Mall of Georgia. The lineup is as follows:

  •  June 5: Dave Boyd and the Smugglers
  • July 3: Pippy Thomas
  • August 7: The Woody’s Unplugged
  • September 4: Coal Mountain Band
  • October 2: Fire & the Knife Duo
  • November 6: The Woody’s Unplugged

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Marietta Glover Park Concert Series: At 8 p.m. on the last Friday of each month from April through September (and on May 30) catch this free concert series on Marietta Square. Reserve tables starting at $45 or bring blankets and lawn chairs. Here are the current bands:

  • June 26: The Neons
  • July 31: Mike Veal Band
  • August 28: Electric Avenue
  • September 25: Grapevine

Park Tavern Sunset Sessions: Enjoy a line-up of buzz-worthy artists every Sunday for free. The series kicks off on April 26 at 7 p.m. with California rock band Bad Suns, Atlanta-based indie-alt band The Electric Sons and the award-winning indie band Kiev. Additional confirmed artists include:

  • June 7 : Pigpen Theatre Company
  • June 14: Foy Vance & Ryan McMullan Music
  • June 21 : The Whigs
  • June 28 : Caroline Rose/ Little Tybee

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