Get ready for these upcoming music festivals and concerts in Atlanta

Get ready for these upcoming music festivals and concerts in Atlanta
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After more than a year of uncertainty and most live music concerts in Atlanta (and everywhere) being canceled, things finally seem to be looking up for live music lovers. Several bands and artists are on tour in late summer and stopping by the Atlanta area.

Though the recent increase of COVID-19 related restrictions associated with the new Delta variant have made things slightly more tenuous, as of now several concerts in Atlanta and even a few music festivals are on the schedule for the next couple of months. Read on to get an overview of many of the concerts in Atlanta for all kinds of music lovers on the slate for this August and September.

There is something for every type of music fan coming in the next two months to the Atlanta area. Don’t miss out on the chance to get back in front of the stage and enjoy live music with your friends at one of these great upcoming music festivals and concerts in Atlanta. Summer will certainly be closing this year on a very high note!


808 Fest

To celebrate this event’s 10-year anniversary, this year the Atlanta festival celebrating bass and beats is free to anyone who RSVPs, making it one of the most accessible events on the city’s schedule. The lineup features headliner Machinedrum as well as artists Codes, Clever, Treasure Fingers, Jeremy Avalon and more. Held at Aisle 5 in the Little Five Points neighborhood, this is the place to be if you love drum and bass.

When: August 8, 2021

Where: Aisle 5, 1123 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta

Parker Millsap

Fans of American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Oklahoman Parker Millsap are surely excited that this artist was popular enough to have a second show scheduled in one evening at Eddie’s Attic after the earlier show sold out. Come out to this intimate venue for his late night show.

When: August 12, 2021

Where: Eddie’s Attic, 515 N McDonough St, Decatur

Maggie Rose

Rock and blues lovers will be smitten with the young vibrant Maggie Rose, a soul singer who came up on the Nashville music scene and has been impressing audiences for over a decade with her creative take on the genre. Them Vibes and Dylan Hartigan will be opening for her Friday night show at Terminal West.

When: August 13, 2021

Where: Terminal West, 887 West Marietta St NW C, Atlanta

Decatur BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

With great importance to the South Decatur area as the largest fundraiser for the Community Center of South Decatur, the Decatur BBQ & Bluegrass Festival brings food and fun to the area as well as enables the Community Center grant program which assists dozens of Decatur-based charities every year.

When: August 14, 2021

Where: 500 S. Columbia Dr, Decatur


Big Boi

Atlanta-native, favorite and one-half of Outkast, Big Boi will be performing at the brand-new venue The Eastern in Madison Yards. This renowned hip-hop artist is sure to bring a smile to the face of longtime fans as he commemorates the return of live music to ATL. It will also be a great chance to check out this new venue brought to the city by the same proprietors as Terminal West.

When: Sept. 1, 2021

Where: The Eastern, 800 Old Flat Shoals Rd SE, Atlanta

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

A great chance to see a legendary funk artist comes Labor Day Weekend when George Clinton and his famed band Parliament Funkadelic will be gracing The Eastern with their particular brand of soul magic. Funk lovers should not miss this one.

When: Sept. 3, 2021

Where: The Eastern, 800 Old Flat Shoals Rd SE, Atlanta

Atlanta Jazz Festival

One of the best options for free entertainment over the jam-packed Labor Day Weekend is the Atlanta Jazz Festival, known as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals. While you can pay to upgrade your experience to VIP, most artists will be performing at the free portion of the festival in Piedmont Park. It’s a great chance to see jazz legends in the heart of the city.

When: Sept. 5-6, 2021

Where: Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta

Candler Park Music & Food Festival

This well-loved Atlanta music and food festival is back after a year off, and it’s a great chance to see several popular bands with just one weekend ticket. This year’s lineup features Galactice, The Vegabonds, Voodoo Visionary, The Infamous Stringdusters, Spafford, The Dirty Guv’nahs and more.

When: Sept. 10-11, 2021

Where: Candler Park, 1500 McLendon Ave NE, Atlanta

Bit Brigade (Night 1 and Night 2)

For an incredibly unique musical experience, classic video game lovers who also love live music will not be able to resist checking out one or both of the two nights of Bit Brigade, a band that performs rock covers of full NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) game soundtracks. The first night of their Atlanta run they will cover the soundtrack to “Mega Man II,” and the second night will feature the soundtrack to “Legend of Zelda.” Masks are required for this event.

When: Sept. 17-18, 2021

Where: The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta

Outlaw Music Festival

Another great chance to see several popular artists for one ticket, the Outlaw Music Festival is a one night event at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. With Willie Nelson headlining, the lineup also features Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Kathleen Edwards.

When: Sept. 22, 2021

Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta

Lindsey Buckingham

For big fans of Fleetwood Mac, seeing Lindsey Buckingham, longtime frontman for the band, will be a delight – especially with special guest Sammy Brue at Atlanta Symphony Hall. He has released seven studio and three live albums as a solo artist, so fans will have a ton to look forward to.

When: Sept. 22, 2021

Where: Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St, Atlanta

Afropunk Atlanta

Afropunk is a celebration of Black heritage, culture and creativity. This year’s lineup features Wale, Smino, Rico Nasty, KP The Great, Tems, Foushee and more. As it is an outdoor festival, you’re sure to enjoy the Atlanta weather as some of the heat starts to die down this late summer/early fall.

When: Sept. 25, 2021

Where: Atlantic Station Pinnacle Lot, 241 20th St NW, Atlanta

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