Music Midtown is a large Atlanta music festival held in Piedmont Park near the Midtown MARTA station and the Arts Center MARTA station on the red and gold rail lines. MARTA, bicycle or Uber/Lyft are the recommended commute options due to large crowds and limited parking. See below for car-free travel options and check out the 2019 Music Midtown map to view the festival layout.
Midtown Station Directions
For the shortest walk (about 15 minutes), head to street level after exiting the train and turn right on 10th Street (turn left on 10th if using the Federal Reserve station exit). Walk about two blocks to Piedmont Avenue, cross over Piedmont then turn left to walk north toward the Flying Biscuit Cafe and Smoothie King. The 12th Street Music Midtown gate is about another block away.
Arts Center Station Directions
To avoid some crowds, you can also exit at the Arts Center MARTA station and head to the Bridge/Lake gate. Walking time is just over 20 minutes, but part of that is through Piedmont Park. View walking directions via Google Maps.
The BeltLine Eastside Trail connects with Piedmont Park. Access the trail behind the Publix at Ansley Mall, next to Ponce de Leon Place in Virginia-Highland, in Old Fourth Ward Park, near the Carter Center via the Freedom Trail PATH, Inman Park/Inman Park MARTA station and off the Edgewood Avenue bike trail. You can also bring your bike with you on MARTA and bike from the Midtown or Inman Park MARTA stations. Bike valet services are available at 10th and Charles Allen Drive.
If bus 27 is at the Arts Center MARTA station when you arrive (go up two levels from the train platform), ride to the park for free if you are transferring from a train. Exit at 14th Street and Piedmont Avenue next to the park. You’ll want to signal to exit the bus when 14th Street dead ends at the park (stoplight). From the bus stop, walk down to 12th Street or walk through the park to the Bridge/Lake gate.
We also love the new 809 bus route that connects with all rail lines. The bus travels on Monroe Drive next to the park and you can exit at 10th Street for the 10th Street gate or at Park Drive for the Bridge/Lake gate. Connect with the bus at the Lindbergh Center MARTA station (which also has free daily parking) or the King Memorial MARTA station (blue and green line). Frequency is every 30 minutes.
If you live along or near Monroe Drive or Boulevard north of Dekalb Avenue, you can also wait at a bus stop along those streets and pay $2.50 exact cash for a one-way ride.
Uber and Lyft
Requesting a car? We recommend getting dropped off on Park Drive near the Bridge/Lake gate so your driver doesn’t have to stop in heavy traffic. Use 538 Park Drive NE as the approximate address, which is near the park entrance and a festival gate.
- Download and use the MARTA On the Go app to get real-time train arrival information or bookmark marta.io
- The Lindbergh Center MARTA station has the closest free daily parking
- Purchase your MARTA fare before the festival weekend to avoid waiting in lines. You can purchase fare any MARTA station or add fare online to an existing Breeze Card. Allow one hour for fare to load for MARTA rail and 24 hours for bus fare.
Last updated September 2019