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Best festivals to look forward to in Atlanta before summer ends

Photo Credit: A3C Festival & Conference

Summer is almost over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Atlanta is a city booming with entertainment, especially in the music industry. The city has so many awesome festivals that it’s hard to keep track. Fear not! We have a list of Atlanta’s best festivals and assure you and your friends these events are definitely worth the ticket purchase. Dive into the list below and see the diverse musical experience Atlanta has to offer.

A3C Festival & Conference
October 7-11

If you’re a hip-hop enthusiast then this is the festival for you. For five days attendees have the opportunity to check over 500 performances and sit in on exclusive panels with music industry executives discussing pro- audio, artists management and marketing. In 2014, the Grammy’s noted the hip-hop gathering as “Top 12 U.S. Festivals to Attend.” This year’s line-up features legends Damon Dash, De La Soul, Rakim, and Cam’ron.

Photo credit: Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival
August 30

What better way to celebrate the last weekend in August than attending an upbeat music and dance festival? Imagine Music Festival transforms the heart of midtown (Old 4th Ward Park & Masquerade Music Park) into a magnificent musical atmosphere infused with the world’s top electronic DJs, musicians and bands. This two-day rave is the ultimate party-goers vacation destination. Tickets are almost sold out for the extravaganza, so don’t miss out.

one mucic festONE Music Fest
September 12

For one night only, ONE Music Fest shuts down the city of Atlanta with a powerful line-up of R&B, hip-hop and neo soul artists. The festival is noted as the city’s #1 Progressive Urban Music Fest and with the performers they bring out every year we can see why. In the previous years Jill Scott, Jhene Aiko and Kendrick Lamar have graced the stage. Now, we love the past artists, but this year’s line-up will have you and your friends on the edge of your seats. The Roots, Ms. Lauryn Hill and Janelle Monae are the headliners for the show. ASAP Rocky, Wale, SZA, Ghostface and more will also be hitting the stage.

Photo Courtesy: AfroPunk

AfroPunk Atlanta
Oct 3-4

AfroPunk is making it way to the Georgia Peach. The breakout festival will be stopping in Atlanta to give attendees a one-of-a-kind black experience. Attendees will hear the latest from African punk and alternative bands from all over the globe. AfroPunk isn’t just about music; it is about the eclectic culture fueled by the eccentric style of black culture. The festival is kicking off its debut with a cool list of acts including D’Angelo and The Vanguard, The Flying Lotus, Tyler The Creator, Santigold, Public Enemy plus tasty food vendors and art displays featuring some of the best artists in the country.

Photo credit: Greg Cristman

Music Midtown
September 18-19

How many festivals give you a chance see Drake, Lenny Kravitz, Elton John and Sam Smith on the same stage? Music Midtown has proven time and time again that they will up the anti on their artist selection every year. The festival draws over 300,000 people from across the country to come hang out in Atlanta’s beloved Piedmont Park. Although summer has passed and students are back in school, Music Midtown lets attendees relive their vacation memories all over again.

Photo credit: TomorrowWorld

September 4-6

A festival with a production set that could be compared to Cirque Du Soleil. TommorowWorld is said to be “a realm from civilization, deep within the forests of Chattahoochee Hills.” TomorrowWorld is one of the largest international festivals in the United States, and we are so lucky that it’s happening right in our backyard of Atlanta. For all of you who dream of going to Coachella, this is a great alternative. Start you fall season off with a bang before it’s too cold for you to dance in your cute summer gear.