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Top 5 transit-friendly Atlanta events September 2014

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Music shows and sports are rocking Atlanta this month. Outkast's long-awaited return to Atlanta, Music Midtown and football are just some of the highlights -- and great events for a MARTA ride due to the crowds.

If food is more your forte, you're in luck too, as there are also several restaurant happenings you won't want to miss. To get started, here are our top five picks near transit to make the most of your car-free commute and the wind down of summer.

Midtown Restaurant Week
Midtown Restaurant Week John M. P. Knox/

Midtown Restaurant Week

Midtown Restaurant Week
Sept. 6-14

Atlanta certainly likes to get foodie, and there are plenty of outstanding restaurants in the city to enjoy -- especially when deals are offered during restaurant weeks. This month Midtown is the star. Use the North Avenue, Midtown or Arts Center MARTA stations for multi-course meals at venues such as Livingston, Escorpion, The Melting Pot, Steel, Ri Ra, South City Kitchen and Park 75.

Arts Center Station Restaurants
Midtown Station Restaurants
North Avenue Station Restaurants


Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons James Emery/

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
Sept. 7, 18

NFL season officially kicks off this month. The Atlanta Falcons have two home games in the Georgia Dome, and with less parking this year due to nearby construction, MARTA is a smart commute. Be sure to check out the new food truck offerings next to the Ashby MARTA station on the west side of the Dome.

Dome MARTA Station Guide

Music Midtown
Music Midtown Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Music Midtown

Music Midtown
Sept. 19-20

Mobs of music lovers will descend on Piedmont Park Sept. 19 and 20 for performances from Lorde, Eminem, Jack White, Zac Brown Band, Lana Del Rey and more. There is very limited parking in the area, so taking MARTA or walking the BeltLine to the festival are your best bets. If you need additional ride help, use promo code MARTAGuide to get $20 off your first Uber ride.

5 MARTA Tips for Music Midtown
Transit Directions and Insider Recommendations

Iberian Pig Anniversary
Iberian Pig Anniversary Iberian Pig

Iberian Pig Anniversary

Iberian Pig 5th Year Anniversary
Sept. 23

The Iberian Pig celebrates its anniversary this month with a whole suckling pig roast, free churros, live music by Jacob Deaton, alcoholic popsicles from King of Pops and more. The Spanish restaurant is located directly above the Decatur MARTA station on the blue rail line.

Decatur Station Guide

Outkast ATLast
Outkast ATLast Theo Wargo

Outkast ATLast

Outkast ATLast
Sept. 26-28

Fast selling tickets turned this one-day concert into three to celebrate Outkast's return to Atlanta. The performances will take place in Centennial Olympic Park, conveniently near both the Peachtree Center and Dome MARTA stations. Get there early and buy your MARTA fare in advance of the weekend to avoid waiting in line at the fare machines.

Dome Station Area Guide
Peachtree Center Area Guide
Directions to Centennial Park