Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood, formerly known as Lakewood Amphitheatre, is one of the most popular outdoor concert venues on the south side of Atlanta. The concert season typically runs from late April through October. The amphitheatre opened in 1989 and has changed names several times over the years. The facility is owned and operated by Live Nation and is currently called Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood, although many people still refer to it as Lakewood Amphitheatre. The concert venue is conveniently located 3.8 miles south of downtown Atlanta off I-75/85 and 3.5 miles from Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The amphitheatre tends to book a lot of rock groups, although other artists do perform there. A sampling of the diverse summer 2012 concert offerings include KISS, Motley Crue, Phish, Jason Mraz, Journey, Pat Benatar, Marilyn Manson, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Miranda Lambert. Aarons Amphitheatre has high quality acoustics, and music fans as well as groups such as Phish, Linkin Park, and the Dave Matthews Band have cited the amphitheatre as one of their favorite performance venues.
This premier south side concert venue seats 19,000 fans. Approximately 7,000 seats are covered under the roof, and another 12,000 fans may enjoy the concerts from the huge lawn behind the seating area. Lawn seating is reasonably priced but general admission, so fans should plan to arrive early to get the best view of the stage. Two large video screens for the lawn area make viewing the show easier. Fans seated on the lawn are allowed to bring blankets. Shows go on rain or shine, and umbrellas are not allowed. There are no refunds for rain.
Food and beverage concessions are available at the venue. Beer and wine are sold. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Coolers are not allowed. Fans may bring one factory sealed bottled water inside the venue.
Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood is located at 2002 Lakewood Avenue SE in Atlanta. Fans traveling via I-75/85 should exit at Langford Parkway East, which becomes Lakewood Avenue. Pay parking is plentiful in private lots around the venue, but the actual 6,000 spot Lakewood parking lot is free.
Fans should be prepared for heavy traffic before and after the show. Surface streets are less crowded than the interstate route. Aarons Amphitheatre is also served by MARTA bus routes 42 and 178 from the Lakewood MARTA station. The amphitheatre box office is open on Tuesdays and Friday from noon-5pm.