Georgia is crammed full of fabulous outdoor music venues offering rural views and ample space to dance. Here are some of the best.
Set against a stunning backdrop of 75 acres of woodland, the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood might be one of the most beautiful outdoor music venues in Georgia. Book one of its 4,000 covered seats or enjoy the spectacle from the lawns. There are even hills nearby for the perfect view.
One of Atlanta’s oldest music venues is situated in beautiful, sprawling Chastain Park. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, and prepare to see some of the world’s top acts perform for you beneath the stars.
Set in Encore Park, this modern venue celebrates the music of a wide array of popular artists. With 7,000 covered seats and an additional 12,000 out in the open air, this massive structure that is a beloved venue for locals and visitors alike.
Situated on the banks of the Savannah River, this picturesque set-up is one of the best music venues in Georgia. Seating 1,600 guests, the amphitheater plays host to countless concerts and festivals throughout the year.
Opened in 2014, the Bowl offers a more opulent viewing experience than most of Georgia’s outdoor music venues. Having ditched traditional lawn seating in favor of a luxury seating area, the arena offers a more sophisticated night of music than many of its competitors.
Well known for its music scene, Georgia has some excellent indoor music venues.
Chattanooga’s only independent theater is a center for all things alternative. Catch little-known bands perform and enjoy the community vibes at this trendy venue.
Having hosted many world-class acts over the years, from Guns N’ Roses to Robbie Williams, the Tabernacle is well loved by locals. This former Baptist church has fantastic acoustics and has been named one of the country’s best music venues by <em>Rolling Stone</em> and <em>USA Today</em>.
With many face changes over the years, from YMCA center to movie theater to Masonic temple, the Georgia Theatre finally became a music venue in the early 1970s. Catch acts spanning the genres, from rock and folk to hip-hop.
Once a movie theater, the Fox theater is now a performing arts venue that hosts more than 300 music performances every year. Its stunning ballrooms and décor are a source of pride and happy memories for locals.
A Spanish Baroque interior awaits inside this 2,800-capacity theater. Its comfortable seats and eclectic lineup make this a firm Georgia favorite.
Known best for its college rock, Georgia, of course, is home to some great gritty rock venues.
With its dingy, student-bedroom feel and loud sound system, the Earl has long been one of Georgia’s most popular rock music venues.
This is the place to discover the grittiest of Atlanta’s music scene. Offering live music from Wednesday through Saturday, the cozy venue has a comfortable community feeling, just as the name says.
Witness Georgia’s indie scene come to life at the Little Kings Shuffle Club, one of the most popular venues in the trendy, student city of Athens.
This Atlanta institution celebrates some of the state's best rock music in a relaxed setting. There's something to see almost every night of the week, and with three different rooms, there's something for everyone.
Another great Athens great rock venue is the 40 Watt Club. A chilled atmosphere and cheap beer add to the vibe.