Music Midtown is a large Atlanta music festival held in Piedmont Park near the Midtown MARTA station and the Arts Center MARTA station. In addition to MARTA train options, you can also ride a bus to the festival or walk/bike/skate via the Atlanta BeltLine. Here’s what you need to know.
Music Midtown is near the red and gold rail lines (view rail map). If you are starting your trip on the blue or green line, you must travel to the Five Points Station and transfer to the first northbound train to reach Midtown.
Once you are on a red or gold line train, you have the option to exit at the Midtown or Arts Center station. The Arts Center station is typically less crowded, but the walk will be slightly longer. Walking time is 15-20 minutes to reach a festival entrance gate. From both stations you’ll be heading east to reach Piedmont Park.
Depending on where you live, the bus might be the best option to reach Music Midtown. You can pay the fare with cash, which is $2.50. The exact amount is needed as the driver cannot make change, but keep in mind you can use $5 bill to pay for two people, or $10 for four. You can also use a Breeze Card or ticket for fare payment (we recommend purchasing round-trip fare in advance online or at a train station). Each person must have their own Breeze Card or ticket.
The following bus routes stop next to Piedmont Park. Major streets and neighborhoods are listed, and be sure to click the bus route link to view the route map. You will need to pull a cord on the bus to signal to the driver that you want to exit, or tell the driver your destination. See How to Ride MARTA Buses to learn more.
- Bus 27: Departs from the Arts Center and Lenox MARTA stations, with stops on Lenox Road, Cheshire Bridge Road and Piedmont Avenue. If you are taking the train to the Arts Center station, then you can transfer for free to this bus at the station to shorten your walk to the festival. Exit the bus near 14th Street and Piedmont Avenue.
- Bus 36: Departs from the Midtown MARTA station and travels through Emory University and Virginia Highland via Virginia Avenue, North Highland Avenue, E. Rock Springs and N. Decatur Road. This is a great bus for Emory students or people living in Virginia Highland or Morningside. The bus usually travels on 10th Street next to the park and may have an altered route during the festival.
- Bus 809: Departs from the King Memorial and Lindbergh Center stations, which is great if you live nearby in Grant Park, Old Fourth Ward, or Lindbergh/Peachtree Hills area. The bus stops on Monroe Drive, including near Ansley Mall and Ponce City Market, and on Boulevard near the MLK Jr. Historic Site. We recommend exiting the bus at Monroe and Park Drive to reach the rear entrance to the festival.
The BeltLine Eastside Trail travels through Piedmont Park. The following trail access points are near Music Midtown:
- Behind the Publix at Ansley Mall
- Behind Paris on Ponce or via Greenwood Avenue in Virginia Highland
- Old Fourth Ward Park
- Ponce City Market
- Inman Park Village
- On Ralph McGill near Two Urban Licks
- Near the Carter Center (use Freedom Park Trail to reach the BeltLine)
- Download and use the MARTA On the Go app or marta.io to get real-time train arrival information (the app also has bus schedules and real-time map)
- The Lindbergh Center MARTA station has the closest free daily parking. You will need to ride the train and validate your parking ticket inside the Lindbergh Center station on your return (look for yellow machines).
- 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 June 2021