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Best Event of 2009: Paul McCartney at Piedmont Park

After tallying your nominations and analyzing your votes, the clear winner for Atlanta’s Best Event of 2009 was The Green Concert at Piedmont Park with Sir Paul McCartney.


Paul McCartney's Green Concert at Piedmont Park was voted Atlanta's Best Event of 2009. AJC file photo

Why, despite the huge crowd, rough weather and ticketing troubles? Just check out this user-submitted photo gallery.

Or consider what one commenter wrote: “Paul McCartney at Piedmont Park reminded us all of what an amazing feeling you get when you join with thousands of other people to experience the performance of a musical legend and master communicator.”

Indeed, much of Atlanta seems to be celebrating Piedmont Park — now drought-free, three of the five most popular events were held there.

Of course, all the finalists drew big crowds, and I hope we’ll see all those festivals and events grow and get more creative. More fun=better Atlanta.

Here are the other events that filled out your Top 5 Atlanta Events of 2009:

1) Paul McCartney in the Green Concert at Piedmont Park
2) SweetWater 420 Fest at Candler Park
3) Dragon*Con in downtown Atlanta
4) Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park
5) Peachtree Road Race, ending at Piedmont Park

Now, here are my Top 5 Atlanta Events in 2009:


gloATL dancers performed "Pour" twice on the streets of Castleberry Hill during LeFlash. AJC file photo

1) Le Flash in Castleberry Hill
In its second year, this one-night event took over an entire neighborhood with art, dance, planned events and spontaneous displays of inspiration. It’s rare to see such plentiful street life in Atlanta — all those people out enjoying unfamiliar experiences with more curiosity than fear. I hope we see more of this event, and more events with the same philosophy. Read more.

2) Paul McCartney in the Green Concert at Piedmont Park
Once-in-a-lifetime experience in a one-of-a-kind place from a No. 1. artist. Too bad ticketing and admission debacles left some audience members disappointed in the experience, TicketMaster and Piedmont Park, but people will still be talking about this concert for years to come.

3) Decatur Book Festival in Decatur
With a rock-solid lineup of big-name authors and emerging local writers, this festival cemented its reputation as a local literary powerhouse and international up-and-comer. It got creative, too, with wrestling matches and live shows that spawned a full-fledged concert series to launch in 2010. See photos.

4) “America I AM: The African-American Imprint” at the Atlanta Civic Center
This touring blockbuster exhibit offered artifact-based history lesson to everyone in Atlanta, but in a rare move, asked what the people of our city could contribute from our extensive Civil Rights history. Not only did we have the opportunity to learn, we had the opportunity to teach. Read more.

5) Dragon*Con in downtown Atlanta
Dragon*Con is always fantastic, but in a year when few could travel for family fun, there was something for everyone, from parade-goers to Star Trek addicts to Michael Jackson fans. Better yet, Dragon*Con shared the city with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, which always makes for an amusing dynamic downtown. See parade photos.

What was your favorite event in 2009? Share in the comments!

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December 18th, 2009
5:27 pm

Eddie Vedder at Cobb Energy Center has to be one of my highlights for 2009. Simply amazing two night acoustic performances!


December 18th, 2009
5:22 pm