Summerfest arose from two great party traditions: the American 1960s and the German Oktoberfest. Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in 1999, it once attracted up to 800,000 people annually over the course of its 11-day run. Now, Summerfest spans across three weekends for a total of nine days at the end of June and beginning of July. With just under 50,000 people attending each day, it is not as big as it once was, but is still a powerhouse.
Celebrating its 55th anniversary with 12 stages of live music and headliners Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, James Taylor & His All Star Band, Dave Matthews Band, Odesza, Zach Bryan, Imagine Dragons and two more still to be announced, this year’s Summerfest is country heavy with a sprinkle of pop, rock and EDM. The Summerfest performer lineup isn’t the only thing that’s stacked— the food lineup is seemingly unending. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, El Hefe Mexican Grill, Fazio’s Kettle Corn, shaved ice and Island Noodles are woven into the seams of the Henry Maier Festival Park, and the festival doesn’t skimp on the drinks either. Wet your whistle at the Miller Lite Oasis, JoJo’s Martini Lounge, Water Street Brewery or any one of the multiple wine bars.
- 50,000 people attend each day.
- Tickets range from $26-$130.
- GA festival tickets do not include access to headliner performances at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater.
- Ticket upgrades are available here.
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