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Not going to Music Midtown 2017? Here's how you can still use Piedmont Park



You and Bruno Mars have something in common this weekend:

You can both do your thing in Piedmont Park.

If some folks without Music Midtown tickets mistakenly think the whole park is off limits to them this Saturday and Sunday, that's somewhat understandable. After all, the two-day festival that this year features headliners like Mars, Future, and Mumford & Sons along with a host of other fast-rising and veteran acts (we're looking at you, Weezer) attracts tens of thousands of fans and nearly as many media stories every day.

But it doesn't take over the entire park. Popular areas like the playgrounds, dog parks and Tennis Center all will remain open this Saturday and Sunday. The Active Oval, home to running tracks and sports fields, will operate as normal, too, according to the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

Still, Music Midtown will have four separate stages and the same number of dedicated entrances (see them all here). So you'll need some help figuring out how to get around it and to the acres of green space still available.

That's where the Conservancy comes in. It's created an excellent written guide and even a downloadable and printable map you can use to navigate the park during Music Midtown. Along with information on what's open, you'll find suggested routes for cyclists, runners/walkers and the dog park-bound to access and use the park. Plus some savvy advice on areas to avoid, like places where the festival's "footprint" reaches and it's best not to go with your dog ("dogs are not allowed at Class A festivals," the guide explains).

Go here to find the complete guide, "Navigating the Park During Music Midtown."



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Jill Vejnoska has spent two decades as a news and features reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.