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Metro Atlanta’s Best Summer Concert Series
Free, family-friendly concerts right in your backyard

Charlie Daniels Band performs at the Woodstock Summer Concert Series

Ah, the sounds of summer. Nothing complements a warm night and a sky full of stars better than some great music. Fortunately, communities throughout metro Atlanta offer residents the chance to dance the summer nights away with free, family-friendly concert series right in their own backyards. If you’re new to the area, it’s a great way to meet your neighbors in a lively and relaxed setting. And for longtime locals, these are the beloved traditions that make the season sizzle. So if you’re ready to rock, here’s a roundup of the concert series you need to check out this summer.

Avalon Nights Live

Every Friday night from 6-8 p.m., Alpharetta’s favorite mixed-used development comes alive with music on The Plaza. This year, acts like The Mike Veal Band and The Hearsay will have guests tapping their toes to an array of jazz, blues, rock and pop tunes. Concerts are free and open to the public, and the series welcomes bands throughout the summer and into early fall. experienceavalon.com

City of Lawrenceville Summer Concert Series

Lawrenceville’s free outdoor concert series is a partnership between the city, Kicks 101.5 and Rock 100.5 and presented by United Community Bank. Once a month, musical acts descend on the lawn in downtown Lawrenceville at 8 p.m. This year’s events include Kicks Country Night (June 30); A1A, the official Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band (July 28); the Soul Purpose Band (August 25); and Slippery When Wet, the Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band (September 25). Bring a blanket and picnic or enjoy fare from a local food truck—or purchase a VIP table for $65 for a truly memorable experience. lawrencevillega.org

Glover Park Concert Series

Marietta Square is the setting for the Glover Park Concert Series, which takes place on the last Friday of each month from April to September. Set up your blanket or lawn chair after 4 p.m. and prepare to be dazzled by a range of musical acts, from the Swingin’ Medallions to The Breakfast Club (a 1980s tribute band). Concerts are free, but front-row tables can be purchased for $45 or $55 (seating six and eight people, respectively). Concerts are presented rain or shine. marietta.gov/concerts

Concerts by the Springs in Sandy Springs

Concerts by the Springs

Big band, country, beach — you’ll find whatever type of music you like during Heritage Sandy Springs’ annual concert series. The free outdoor concerts are held on one Sunday each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the Heritage Green on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn. The highly anticipated series has become a bona fide community tradition for guests of all ages. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome, but you can also purchase food from on-site specialty food vendors and food trucks. And this year, the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council is offering picnic dinner packages. heritagesandysprings.org

The Collection at Forsyth Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Cumming-area families head to The Collection at Forsyth to catch its much-loved Summer Concert Series. In addition to the live music from 7-9 p.m., family-friendly activities are offered starting at 6 p.m. The concert series is free and open to the public and, this year, will host such acts as the Lance Price Band, Lilac Wine and Frank Sinatra tribute performer Adam Komesar. And don’t miss the Back to School Bash with pop/soul artist James Patrick Morgan on July 20. collectionforsyth.com

City of Woodstock Summer Concert Series

No tickets are needed for the City of Woodstock’s Summer Concert Series! The free outdoor concert series, which is held at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, has become one of the most attended community events in the city. The lineup for this year’s 20th annual event is outstanding, with bands like Drivin’ N Cryin’, Gump Fiction and Runaway June gracing the stage once a month through the summer. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and food vendors are on hand to provide tasty treats. And this year, the City of Woodstock is offering a free shuttle service from the Northside Towne Lake Parking Deck to the amphitheater. woodstockconcertseries.com