Downtown Atlanta’s central greenspace, Woodruff Park, will host a weekly series of Wednesday night jazz concerts during the month of May. The performances are FREE, open to the public, and family-friendly. As an added bonus, there are FIVE Wednesdays in May, instead of just four.
There will be food vendors in the park, and there are many downtown dining options nearby. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs are welcome and you may bring your own food.
If you work downtown, just head over to the park at quitting time. The events take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Opening acts start playing around 5:40 p.m. and the headline act starts at 7 p.m.
Woodruff Park is located at 91 Peachtree Street.
The series will open on Wednesday, May 1st, with a performance by Gritz & Jelly Butter.
Wednesday, May 1st — Gritz & Jelly Butter
Wednesday, May 8th — Beverly Watkins
Wednesday, May 15th — Brenda Nicole Moorer
Wednesday, May 22nd — Churchill Grounds Quartet
Wednesday, May 29th — Rub Velle & The Trio
About the venue
Woodruff Park is located at 91 Peachtree Street NW, in the Fairlie-Poplar district. It is bordered by Edgewood Avenue, Peachtree Street, Auburn Avenue, and Park Place.
This six-acre park is a natural gathering space for a diverse cross-section of Atlantans and a key starting point for exploring downtown Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods. Surrounding buildings include government offices, commerce, and Georgia State University.
Originally known as Central City Park, Woodruff Park was renovated through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company. Today, the park offers playgrounds, fountains, and a variety of facilities and services.
The park is patrolled daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., through a partnership between the Atlanta Police Department and GSU Police, making it a very safe venue. The Downtown Clean Team helps with park maintenance.
Each year, Woodruff Park hosts a variety of signature festivals, events and performances, including the WoodRUFF Bark Dog Parade and the annual German Bierfest.
Woodruff Park is easily accessible via MARTA bus and rail. Two Atlanta Streetcar stops—Park Place and Woodruff Park—are located in the park. The park is also home to a Relay Bike Share hub.
If you’re using MARTA rail, it couldn’t be easier. The park is located between Five Points Station and Peachtree Center Station.
The Five Points Station is a slightly shorter walk to the park.
Five Points Directions
- Take any train to the Five Points MARTA station
- Go to street level and follow signs to the Peachtree Street exit
- Turn left on Peachtree Street and walk about a block
Peachtree Center Directions
- Take a red or gold line train to the Peachtree Center station
- Follow the signs to the Ellis Street exit at the south end of the train platform
- Exit the fare gates and follow signs to Peachtree Street. If you take the “East” exit, you’ll end up on the same side of the street as the park.
- At street level, turn left on Peachtree Street (toward Residence Inn) to reach the park.