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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2019

Free jazz on the backdrop of the historic Piedmont Park

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The Atlanta Jazz Festival is one of the largest free jazz events in the U.S. It takes place annually around the Memorial Day weekend offering a huge free two-day event in the Piedmont Park and then a series of exciting concerts during the whole month of May in local clubs. More than 100 top jazz performers play in different venues across the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, including national jazz stars, local emerging talent, and youth jazz bands. The festival also features a kids zone and family-friendly activities in Piedmont Park.

Atlanta Jazz Festival in Atlanta - Best Season 2020
Best time for Atlanta Jazz Festival in Atlanta 2020

The festival dates back to 1977. Through its history, it has hosted such legendary performers as Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and Dizzy Gillespie. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a perfect occasion to go out during the Memorial Day weekend, explore the beautiful park, and enjoy its relaxing atmosphere while listening to quality music of the Royal Krunk Jazz Orkestra, Marcus Strickland, Richard Bona, Makaya McCraven, Rhonda Thomas, Kandace Springs, Michael Mayo, and many others.

Best time to see Atlanta Jazz Festival in Atlanta 2020
Best time for Atlanta Jazz Festival 2020

In addition to the official festival on Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Atlanta hosts the 31 Days of Jazz events across metro Atlanta beginning in early May and running until early June. Most of the jazz events are free and take over locations in Atlanta, including various MARTA stations, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and neighbourhood​ parks.