Georgia communities host free outdoor concerts this summer

Walton Gas is again sponsoring the AthFest Music & Arts Festival set for June 23-25 in downtown Athens.

Temperatures aren’t the only thing heating up in Georgia over the summer. The outdoor music scene is hot in communities throughout the state. A few of these events are weekend festivals, but most are concert series that have become summertime traditions.

Walton Gas has compiled a list of a few of the free concerts happening in parks and venues near our north Georgia home office. Check local community calendars for a concert near you. Then, head to a live show for family-friendly dancing, picnicking and soaking up the sweet sounds of summer.


AthFest Music & Arts Festival

June 23-25

Thousands will flock to the streets of downtown Athens for this annual event featuring local and regional artists from a variety of genres. The festival includes three outdoor stages with live music performances as well as an Artist Market and a KidsFest area. Performance schedule


Summer Porch Jam 2023

June 16, Old Town Suwanee

At this single-night event, musicians play outdoors at multiple venues throughout Old Town Suwanee from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and stroll from venue to venue, enjoying a variety of musicians. Event details


Live on the Lawn

Towne Greene

Experience Snellville invites you to “bring your dancin’ shoes” to help rock the green at shows set for July, August and September. Who’s Bad, a musical tribute to Michael Jackson’s legacy, closes the season on Sept. 23. 2023 concerts


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concerts in the Park

June 15 & 22, Piedmont Park, Atlanta

Enjoy music under the stars at Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill. On June 15, the ASO performs an all-French program including selections from favorites such as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” On June 22, the ASO will perform a program of some of Hollywood’s greatest hits. Show details


First Friday Concert

Walton County Courthouse Lawn, Downtown

Free concerts are set for the first Friday in June, August and September this year. The music starts at 7 p.m. on the lawn of the historic courthouse while the town green is under construction. The Platinum Band performs on June 2. Full schedule


LIVE in the DTL

Lawrenceville Lawn

Billed as the “ultimate concert series,” themed performances are from 8 to 10 p.m. on select Friday nights. Food trucks are on site and begin serving at 6 p.m. so you can picnic before the music begins. A Juneteenth celebration concert is set for June 16. 2023 concert dates


Groovin’ on the Green

Town Green

Live music takes over the Town Green at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of each month through September.  Journey tribute band Departure takes center stage for the July 21 show. 2023 schedule


Riverside Sounds

Riverside Park

Riverside Sounds is celebrating 23 years of highlighting various musical genres and spotlighting original artists. Enjoy shows on the fourth Saturday of the month throughout summer, 7-9 p.m., in the scenic Riverside Park. The Deslondes are scheduled to perform on June 24. Full schedule


Rock the Park

City Park

Elton Live!, an Elton John tribute band, performs on June 10 as part of this summer’s lineup. Show time is 7 p.m. More information on 2023 shows


Chamblee Rocks

Chamblee City Hall and Keswick Park 

On June 2 and August 4, Friday night concerts are set for the city’s new City Hall at 3518 Broad Street. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. On July 4, a fireworks show accompanies the concert set for Keswick Park starting at 6 p.m. Performance schedule


Woodstock Summer Concert Series

Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, Downtown Woodstock

This is the 25th season for the concert series. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday night of the month throughout the summer. Singer and actor Rick Springfield, known for his 1980s hit “Jessie’s Girl,” headlines the June 10 show. 2023 schedule


Home By Dark Concert Series

Brooke Street Park

Featuring songwriters and musicians, Home By Dark “is a Nashville meets New York meets L.A. meets Atlanta, storytelling, romantic, pierce your heart, laugh ‘til it hurts, reminds me of momma, dance in the aisle, that’s my favorite song, evening you’ll never forget.” Monthly shows through September. Showtime is 7:30. Schedule


Night on the Lawn

Newtown Park

Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet performs at the June 2 show. Doors open at 6 p.m. to allow for the public to set up chairs/blankets. Music begins at 7 p.m. Summer schedule


Block Party on Main

Downtown Duluth

Food trucks and live performances headline the weekly Fridays-N-Duluth from 6 to 9 p.m. See the weekly schedule for performers and times.


City Green Live

City Green Park, Downtown

The gates open at 5 p.m. for the shows that begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays each month through October. Mark your calendar for the Aug. 18 show featuring Grand Funk Railroad. Lineup for 2023


Glover Park Concert Series

Marietta Square

The series features local and national acts on the last Friday night of the month in Glover Park on the Marietta Square. The 1980s tribute band Guardians of the Jukebox perform on June 30. All shows begin at 8 p.m. 2023 schedule

Know before you go

All shows are free and family friendly. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Be sure to check websites and social media posts for specific venue and parking details. In the event of inclement weather, always refer to social media for any last-minute schedule change.