Atlanta is jam-packed with events, concerts and festivals all September long. Whether you are a student back in school or trying to settle down after the summer break, you surely won't be bored. See below for the top events near MARTA and make carless cool with your train commute.
Atlanta Streets Alive (Sept. 8)
Taking over Peachtree Street on Sunday, Sept. 8, Atlanta Streets Alive will span six MARTA stations: Five Points, Peachtree Center, Civic Center, North Avenue, Midtown and Arts Center. So take your pick and bring your bike along for an easier way to see it all.
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Mumford & Sons (Sept. 10)
Mumford & Sons plays to a sold-out crowd at Centennial Olympic Park on Sept. 10. A weeknight, avoid rush hour by hopping on the train. Exit at the Peachtree Center MARTA station if you are coming from the red/gold line or the Dome MARTA station if you are traveling via the blue or green line.
Kaiser Permanente Run/Walk (Sept. 12)
The annual corporate run/walk challenge takes place on Thursday, Sept. 12. Expect road closures downtown. But you can take transit to avoid the traffic. The race starts at Turner Field, a 20-25 minute walk from the Georgia State MARTA station.
Little 5 Fest (Sept. 12-14)
For live music galore featuring Atlanta's best, head to Little Five Points Sept. 12-14. Dozens of performers will be on multiple stages in the already music-venue-centric neighborhood.
ONE Musicfest (Sept. 14)
The Historic Old Fourth Ward Park hosts more music on Saturday, Sept. 14. Advance ticket holders can catch a free ride from the North Avenue station in a Mini Cooper. Pretty cool. If you plan to buy tickets at the door, choose from two different MARTA bus routes to get to the park.
Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival (Sept. 13-14)
Atlantic Station brings back the BBQ and drinks Sept. 13-14. Sample food from local restaurants and enjoy live music and a bourbon experience. A free shuttle departs regularly from the Arts Center MARTA station.
Atlanta Arts Festival (Sept. 14-15)
Head out to Piedmont Park on the weekend of Sept. 14 for art, live music and food. As one of the last art festivals of the year, end summer with a bang, especially before Music Midtown takes over the following weekend.
Falcons Football (Sept. 15)
Rise up on Sunday, Sept. 15 for the first Falcons home game of 2013. Hudson Grille, Taco Mac and Stats are all sports bars nearby for celebrating before, during or after the game.
Music Midtown (Sept. 20-21)
The event most people wait for all year long, Music Midtown 2013 has expanded from previous years and features a large number of headliners including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cake, Weezer, Jane's Addiction, Phoenix, Imagine Dragons and Journey. There is very limited parking and the festival encourages MARTA as the commute of choice.
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Candler Park Fall Fest (Sept. 28-29)
Head to Candler Park for live music, artist market, kids zone and a 5k during the last weekend in September. Walking time is about 10 minutes from the Candler Park MARTA station, or bring your bike with you on MARTA.