The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes place on Memorial Day weekend every year in Piedmont Park. The event features multiple music stages, food and an artist market (view festival map). Parking is very limited in the area and neighborhood streets next to the park are permit only, so MARTA and other alternative commute options are recommended.
There are several options for getting to the festival without a car:
Arts Center Station
Take any red or gold line train to the Arts Center MARTA station and follow the signs to West Peachtree Street to exit the station. Turn left on West Peachtree and left again on 14th Street. The park is about three blocks down the street.
Take a red or gold line train to the Midtown MARTA station and turn right on 10th Street from the main station exit (or left on 10th Street from the Federal Reserve exit). Walking time is about 12 minutes to the edge of the park.
The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail connects to Piedmont Park, great for those who live nearby. Connect with the trail in Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward Park, Virginia Highland near Ponce de Leon Place and behind the Publix at Ansley Mall. You can also walk or bike to the trail from the Inman Park MARTA station, though the walk is far and better to have a bike.
Three bus routes will also be available at the Midtown station for those who don’t want to walk the approximate 15 minutes to the festival. It is free to ride the bus if you are transferring from the train. Just tap your Breeze Card to exit the train station and when you board the bus. Exit at any point along the park. A major entrance is at the first stoplight after the park appears on the left (bus 36 and 99).
- Bus 36 travels on 10th Street next to the park
- Bus 109 travels on 10th Street next to the park
- Bus 27 travels on Piedmont Avenue and stops at the 14th Street entrance to the park and also connects to the Lindbergh Center MARTA station via Cheshire Bridge Road
- All weekend long (including Monday) train frequency = every 20 minutes
- Use the MARTA on the Go App for real-time train arrivals to avoid long waits on the train platform
- The closest MARTA station with parking is Lindbergh Center. From there you can board bus 27 or take a southbound train to the Arts Center or Midtown station. Remember to keep your parking ticket with you and validate it inside the Lindbergh Center MARTA station on your return trip.