Music Midtown is a large Atlanta outdoor music event held in Piedmont Park. MARTA is the recommended option for getting there due to limited parking and large crowds. Be advised that you may get ticketed if parking in residential areas during the event.
The closest MARTA station to the festival is the Midtown Station on the red/gold rail line. Riders can either take the 10th Street exit out of the station, turn right and walk about 15-20 minutes to the Charles Allen entrance or board bus 36 or bus 99 at the station. Both of these routes have a stop at 8th and Charles Allen Drive, near the festival entrance. It is free to ride the bus if you are transferring from the train.
A second entrance will be near the lake. Festival goers can cut through the park to reach the entrance versus walking straight down 10th (see festival map). Bus 27 that also departs from the Midtown and Lindbergh Center Station has a stop at Piedmont and 14th Street, which can be used for this entrance. Or, exit at the Arts Center Station to avoid some crowds, turn left on 15th Street and walk up the hill to Peachtree Street. Turn right on Peachtree and walk to 12th Street and turn left again. There is a 12th Street entrance into the park. Just follow the sidewalk in the park (keeping to the right of the lake) to reach the lake entrance. Total walking time is about 25 minutes (see walking map).
- Purchase a roundtrip MARTA fare at the start of your trip, and preferably in advance of the weekend to avoid lines.
- Part of the sidewalk is currently under repair just outside the Midtown Station, and you’ll need to cross over 10th Street, but be very careful as there isn’t a crosswalk and there can be heavy traffic on that street.
- The best place to park and ride MARTA is the Lindbergh Center Station, with free daily parking decks. Be sure to take your parking ticket with you so you can validate it in the machines with flashing yellow lights on your return trip. You can either take any southbound train from the Lindbergh Center Station or board bus 27 there, which will take you to the 14th Street entrance to the park. You must return to your vehicle by midnight.