Live Music, Comedy, and Entertainment in Atlanta
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
It’s not just rap and hip hop acts that come out of Atlanta. All forms of live music, including rock, country and pop, are found here, as well as top-name comedians. And the "wow" factor for Atlanta arts doesn't stop with the personalities, the venues themselves, most of which have been renovated from historic churches, mills and theaters, are sure to impress.
75 M.L.K. Jr Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
After extensive development in the Old Fourth Ward, The Masquerade left its space in the 1890 mill building on the Beltline Eastside Trail that it occupied since 1989. Over the years, they hosted acts from Franz Ferdinand to Big Boi. They're now...
3110 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, USA
This music venue may have changed names a handful of times, but what hasn’t changed is the caliber of talent it brings in. It was built under its current name in 1930 as a movie theater and home of the Buckhead Symphony Orchestra. Now it hosts...
3652 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342, USA
Want to see some quality shows at Atlanta's longest running comedy club? Head to The Punchline in Sandy Springs to hear the best of the best. Offering at least two shows each night, you can't go wrong! With performers like Eddie Murphy, Richard...
234 Hilderbrand Dr, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, USA
The intimate music venue has different styles of music for every night of the week, ranging from bluegrass to blues to polka and everything in between. Steve’s serves as a place for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talents at open mic...
515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Name a music act that has come out of Atlanta in the last 20 years, and it probably performed at least once at Eddie's Attic, a famed Decatur music club. Opened in 1992 by Eddie Owen, everyone from John Mayer to Justin Bieber to the Civil Wars to...
152 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
The Baptist Tabernacle was a church from 1898 to 1994, which is why it still looks like a house of worship. It became the music venue known as The Tabernacle in 1998 and has hosted countless acts in its 15-year tenure. The Black Crowes even held...
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Plaza Theatre, located in a Poncey Highlands shopping center, is Atlanta's oldest operating and only independent cinema since its opening in 1939. Going to see a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show at this theater is an item that belongs on every...
117 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060, USA
The Strand started its humble history as a movie theater in 1935, long before color films were popular. Generations of families went to the theater here until it closed its doors in 1976. In 2002 the community rallied around the cause to "Save the...
2000 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316, USA
Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre has been entertaining the area since 1949, and is the last standing drive-in movie theater in Atlanta. Grab concessions (or bring your own), tune the radio to pick up the audio, and lean back to enjoy this nostalgic...
878 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
Laughing Skull Lounge is the smallest full-time comedy club in the world and just so happens to be next door to The Vortex, which has some of the best burgers in town. It frequently hosts well-known acts like Chris Rock and Margaret Cho, and even...
Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA, USA
When it comes to music, summer means one thing in Atlanta: Chastain. Local music buffs head over to Chastain Park, home to the amphitheater built in 1944. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra started playing here in 1973, followed by famous names like...
290 Hilderbrand Dr, Atlanta, GA 30328, USA
If you’re into live jazz, here is your hotspot. Here you’ll find vibrant music just about every night of the week. Cafe 290 serves food as well, with plenty of bar favorites, like lemon pepper chicken wings and mozzarella sticks. Parking can be...
6714 GA-85, Riverdale, GA 30274, USA
Explore your creative side at the Seven Arts Center, where kids and adults can tap into expert tuition in the worlds of music, art, drama, and poetry. If you’re just in town for a few days you can pre-register for a private class and sharpen up...
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