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Summer Fun: Take Transit to These Free Events in Midtown

Get out and have fun throughout Midtown this summer—and leave the car at home!

Published: 6/11/2019

Summer is a season of fun: whether your idea of a good time is grooving to live music, spending time with the kids or stopping by one of Atlanta's cultural institutions. Midtown Transportation has a list of great summer activities that are free and transit-accessible. Now get out your Breeze card and go have fun!

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Second Sundays – Free Admission to High Museum

When: The second Sunday of each month, 12-5 p.m.
Where: The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St NE
What: The High Museum offers free admission for all visitors, as well as family-friendly programming, tours, and performances at Atlanta’s art museum. Learn about each month’s specific activities here.
How to get there: Walk about five minutes from the Arts Center MARTA Station. Marta buses 110 and 40 can take you there from Buckhead or Downtown, respectively.

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Festivals in Piedmont Park 

This summer is full of wonderful, free festivals in Piedmont Park full of music, food and art. 
When: July 27 (Atlanta Ice Cream Festival), August 17-18 (Piedmont Park Arts Festival), August 25 (Festival Peachtree Latino)
Where: Piedmont Park 
What: Atlanta Ice Cream Festival: In its ninth year, the Ice Cream Festival takes place in Piedmont Park and features a variety of free activities, including an ice cream eating contest, live entertainment, Zumba classes, food prep demos, and wellness screenings. Stop by for some good old fashioned free fun for the whole family! Information about programming here.

Piedmont Park Arts Festival: The annual festival focuses on visual arts and family fun, with 250 artists exhibiting their work. The festival also has artist demos, live music and a children’s play area. Find more information here.

Festival Peachtree Latino: This is 19th year of the largest multicultural event in the state of Georgia. The festival features food venders, international and local music, activities and exhibitors in a celebration of Latin American culture. Learn more here.

How to get there: From the Midtown MARTA station, walk or bike less than 1 mile on 10th St to Piedmont Park.

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Drag Bingo at Whole Foods Midtown

When: Sunday, July 21 from 7-9 p.m. August dates TBD.
Where: Whole Foods Market Midtown (in Capital Commons Coffee bar), 22 14th St NW
What: Bingo + Drag Queens = a roaring good time. Drama and laughs guaranteed, plus prizes for lucky winners. Hosted by Tiffany Diamond and Fierce Ice.
How to get there: It’s less than a ten minute walk from either the Midtown MARTA Station or the Arts Center MARTA Station. You can also ride MARTA Bus 14 a few minutes from the Midtown MARTA Station. Alternatively, bike or ride a scooter from either the Midtown MARTA Station or the Arts Center MARTA Station.

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Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern

When: Sunday nights through September. 7-11 p.m.
Where: Park Tavern, 500 10th Street
What: This is a free weekly alternative music concert series that takes place throughout the summer at a convenient Midtown location. It’s been going on since 2015, and this year will see performers such as Diane Coffee, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Mo Lowda & The Humble, Katy Kirby, Little Bird, and People’s Blues of Richmond. The concerts take place in an outdoor air-conditioned tent. Find information about performers here.

How to get there: Park Tavern is right off the Beltline, so you can ride bike or walk there on the Beltline Eastside Trail. From the Midtown MARTA station, Park Tavern is a 20 minute walk on 10th Street or a 10 minute bike ride. Bus 36 from Midtown MARTA station will take a comparable amount of time and drops you off across the street.

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Bee Day at Ponce City Market Farmer’s Market

When: July 31, 4-8 p.m.
Where: The Shed at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
What: Bee Day is a celebration of pollinators through education, tastings and live bee observation. Learn about keeping your own bees, how to create a bee-friendly habitat, the importance of pollinators to our ecosystems and delicious honey recipes. Read more about it here.
How to get there: This location is right along the Beltline Eastside Trail, so it can be accessed by foot or bike easily. From North Avenue MARTA, take the 102 or 2 MARTA bus about 15 minutes to get to Ponce City Market. The Shed is up a flight of stairs.

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