Everyone loves to get something for free, and here in Atlanta, you can even get great live music at not cost. Pack a picnic, grab your sweetie or friends and enjoy an outdoor concert at one of these free events.
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Sunset Sessions is one of Atlanta's longest-running free concert series, with shows every Sunday night from April through at Park Tavern. The music begins at 7:30 p.m., and attendance is limited to ages 21+, but minors are allowed with adult supervision. The concerts are held on the tented outdoor patio area overlooking beautiful Piedmont Park. Shows are typically laid back and acoustic, featuring local artists and the occasional bigger name (often someone who got their start in Atlanta).
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A longstanding neighborhood tradition, Oakhurst Jazz Nights are sunset concerts featuring some of the best jazz artists in the Southeast. Hear the music Thursday nights in April and September (the city's best weather months!) in downtown Oakhurst's quaint green space outside Scottish Rite, where families and couples gather on blankets (no chairs allowed!) with a picnic dinner to listen to jazz under the stars. Reserved patio seating is also available for $25 per table.
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Live from Woodriuff Park
This downtown park near Georgia State University hosts live jazz music every Wednesday in May from 5 to 8 p.m. for the post-work crowd. While there are food vendors on site, you can also BYOF and picnics and lawn chairs are welcome at the family-friend events.
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Wine Down Weekends at City Winery
Even your pooch is welcome at this dog-friendly event, held most most Fridays and Saturdays, March through May as well as Memorial Day Monday on the patio of this Ponce City Market wine bar and concert venue. The music starts at 6:30 p.m.
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Chamblee Summer Park Series
Taking place in the central Chamblee business district, adjacent to the popular food corridor Buford Highway, this series offers concerts most Friday nights, May through August, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event also includes a free 4th of July concert in Keswick Park, which includes fireworks and begins at 5 p.m.