We are getting well into festival season as we hit June. Here in Atlanta, we just had our 45th Atlanta Jazz Festival, a free event put on in Piedmont Park. I got to see Masego and the legendary Herbie Hancock, both artists I’ve wanted to see live for a long while. This coming weekend we have yet another solid Atlanta staple, Candler Park Music Festival. This two-day event is tucked away in Candler Park in a lovely neighborhood in East Atlanta. This year the lineup boasts some true talent with The Disco Biscuits, Grace Potter, Andy Frasco & the U.N., and Twiddle. I’m really excited to check this out as I now live a few miles from the festival.
If you are visiting the city for this festival, I highly recommend checking out the local area of East Atlanta. About a half-mile away is Little Five Points, a great little artsy stretch of wonder with the famous Vortex that serves up the legendary Cardiac Arrest Burger and my personal favorite record store, Criminal Records. There are also tons of bars and restaurants to choose from. If you want to make a little more of a jaunt, East Atlanta Village is a few miles away and has some great restaurants and bars in addition to Sabbath Brewery. There is a strong chance there will be some live band playing at Sabbath if the festival doesn’t satisfy your music cravings. If you want to make it a weekend out in the city, you can check out Atlantic Station, which is a planned city community of shops and housing, or even venture forth to Piedmont Park which has the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the surrounding spots including Highlander, Mellow Mushroom, Woody’s Cheesesteaks, and Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. There are tons of things to do while in the city!
If you haven’t snagged your tickets yet, they are still up for grabs on the Candler Park Music Festival website. General admission tickets are $50 for a two-day ticket while VIP is $125. Day passes are also available for GA and VIP at $35 and $80 respectively. Prices will increase at the gates, so try to grab your tickets while you can. There is a free bike valet available if you plan to bike to the festival. There is limited parking near Candler Park, so taking MARTA is a good option as there is a station close by named after the park. When you arrive at the festival, remember that you are in it for the night as they are not allowing re-entry.
I hope to see yall at Candler Park Music Festival this coming weekend. This will be my 35th festival with my next one being Bonnaroo in about two weeks. I’m so excited and grateful that festivals are back in 2022!