The Virginia Highland Summerfest is a street festival that takes place in early June on Virginia Avenue. The event features live music, 5K and artist market that stretches from N. Highland Avenue to Park Drive/Ponce de Leon Place.
The closest MARTA station to Virginia Highland is the Midtown MARTA station at 41 10th Street on the red and gold rail line, though walking time is about 30 minutes.
Take the central stairway/escalators to exit the train platform and reach street level. Turn right on 10th Street and walk for about 20 minutes (Piedmont Park will be on your left). When the street dead ends at Monroe Drive, cross over Monroe at the light, turn right on Monroe then a quick left on Virginia Avenue and walk up the hill and down the street for another 10 minutes (see walking map).
If biking, there is a protected bike lane on 10th Street next to the park for part of the ride if you use the Midtown MARTA station. Bike in the direction of traffic on 10th Street, then cross the street at or after Piedmont Avenue.
Using the Inman Park MARTA station with the BeltLine is also a great commute option. Bike down Edgewood or use Elizabeth Street to get on the trail and connect with Virginia Avenue near Monroe Drive and Park Tavern. You can also get on the trail behind the Publix at Ansley Mall, Old Fourth Ward Park and in Inman Park.
It is free to transfer from MARTA rail to a MARTA bus if you are using a Breeze Card. There are several bus commute options to choose from:
Bus 36 essentially travels along the walking route above and departs from the Midtown and Decatur stations. Check the MARTA site the day of for any bus reroute information. With Virginia Avenue closed to car traffic, the bus will likely travel down a parallel side street instead.
Bus 16 goes up and down North Highland Avenue, departing from the Five Points station and Loehmann’s Plaza. Exit the bus at the stoplight at Virginia Avenue. Yeah Burger and a gas station are on the corner.
Bus 2 departs from the North Avenue and Decatur stations and bus 102 from Candler Park and North Avenue. Exit at Ponce de Leon Avenue and N. Highland Avenue next to the Plaza Theatre and walk about 10 minutes north to reach the festival.
Tip: Buses accept cash ($2.50 exact change), so you don’t need a Breeze Card to ride the bus, but you do need a Breeze Card for train fare and for free transfers.
Uber or Lyft
Request a car from the Midtown or Inman Park MARTA station for an inexpensive ride to the festival. If new to Uber, sign up using promo code MARTAGUIDE to get up to $20 off your first ride if you are new to the service.