Atlanta, Georgia has always been known as a hip hop hotspot. The city has produced major artists such as Outkast, Lil Jon, 2Chainz, Ludacris, and countless others. Many of the rappers continue to call the thriving southern city home and help to play a part in the city’s local hip hop scene. Despite its reputation as the “hip hop center of gravity,” Atlanta plays hosts to musical acts of all types throughout the year. Whether you’re a hip hop, country or rock and roll fan, the city of Atlanta and the surrounding area will have something for you. Check out these can’t miss options!
- Alive in Roswell
Alive in Roswell is a monthly event that occurs in the city of Roswell, GA, just north of Atlanta. There’s no excuse for not making this event; it’s on the third Thursday of each month from April to October. This is a great chance to see some local bands as well as enjoy lots of other fun, family friendly activities!
- Shaky Beats
Shaky Beats is a major music festival held in Atlanta’s beautiful Central Park. Shaky Beats features over 50 hip hop and electronic artists and also offers festival goers a variety of local food truck options to sample over the course of the three day event. For those coming in from out of town, the festival is centrally located and offers a variety of lodging from hotels to vacation rentals but is also just a quick, easy drive from nearby suburbs like Dunwoody and John’s Creek.
- Shaky Knees Festival
The Shaky Knees Festival, also located in Central Park, is another favorite of Atlanta locals and visitors alike. Offering a diverse lineup featuring artists like David Byrne, Jack White and many more, the Shaky Knees is a can’t miss festival for any rock or indie fans. Though the entire festival is a three day affair, one day tickets are available. Chances are, you’re going to need some space in your vehicle for this; there’s no doubt your friends and family willing be fighting for a seat to get to this festival.
- Sweetwater 420 Festival
Held by the Sweetwater Brewing Company, the Sweetwater 420 Music Festival combines an environmentally-friendly scene, craft beer and local music to offer festival goers a once in a lifetime experience. The festival began 14 years ago as an Earth Day celebration, but has grown significantly over time. Despite evolving into a major festival that draws people from around the country, the festival remains true to its environmental roots and each year continues to reduce waste and promote environmental awareness in the region. For beer fans, the Sweetwater 420 fest is a great way to try unique beers brewed by the company specifically for the event. The Sweetwater 420 fest is a can’t miss Atlanta area music festival!
- A3C Music Festival
Though the A3C (All 3 Coasts) Music Festival is especially appealing to hip hop fans, it is far more than just a music festival. The A3C Festival features up and coming artists, as well as hip hop legends, so it is a great chance to catch top artists like Nas or Talib Kweli or check out rising stars before they make it big. The festival has expanded in recent years to include a conference for anyone who is interested to learn more about the industry from artists, innovators, and music makers.
- Wire and Wood Festival
If mellow is more your style, the Wire and Wood Festival in nearby Alpharetta may be the ticket. Featuring both nationally recognized singers and songwriters, as well as up and coming local artists, the Wire and Wood Festival is a great way to learn the story behind the song. The event is family friendly and located in historic downtown Alpharetta, which is just a short drive from Atlanta.
- Imagine Music Festival
The Imagine Music Festival lands on the opposite side of the spectrum. Dubbed “an aquatic fairytale,” the 3 day electronic festival is held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 2018 lineup features some of the world’s top electronic artists, a circus, a pool party and more. Attendees can camp on the festival grounds and have the choice of standard camping or “glamping” in a Qube tent with four friends. The Imagine Fest is sure to be a top choice of music lovers everywhere.
- Atlanta has lots to offer!
The Atlanta music scene has grown exponentially in recent years. Festivals for music lovers of all types have popped up in the area and more continue to do so. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a calm weekend with the family in Alpharetta or drink Sweetwater Brewing beer and jam out with your friends, there is something in the area for you. With lots of can’t miss music festivals in 2018, the Atlanta area is a great destination for festival goers, but also offers plenty of opportunities for locals to get in on the fun as well!