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Five Can't-Miss Music Festivals this Fall

  • A3C Festival and Conference

As the weather cools from uncomfortably hot to merely balmy, the Georgia music festival scene begins its annual uptick. With events ranging from the familiar twang of mountain music to the mighty bang of hip hop, Georgia's fall festival schedule has a little something for everyone. Here's a look at five favorites.

Southern Grown Festival, Sea Island, Sept. 1-3, 2017

Drive-By Truckers
Drive-By Truckers

There's nothing quite like the coastal sunset and ocean breezes that mark the musical moments of this food-and-tunes favorite. Southern Grown Festival opens with a dinner concert featuring the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass of the Steep Canyon Rangers, climaxes with a concert featuring Georgia’s own Drive-By Truckers and Whiskey Gentry, and closes with a brunch concert featuring Americana up-and-comer Caleb Caudle.

Music Midtown, Atlanta, Sept. 16-17, 2017

Music Midtown
Music Midtown

Although it went fallow for a few, over the past several years Music Midtown 2017 has reasserted itself as one of the premier music events not only in the state, but the region. This year's event will feature sets by Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Blink-182, Wiz Khalifa and Weezer as well as a host of rock, rap and pop acts.

Imagine Music Festival, Hampton, Sept. 22-24, 2017

Imagine Music Festival
Imagine Music Festival

Lose track at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Featuring a Who’s Who of international Electronic Dance Music (EDM) acts, Imagine Music Festival will light the night with spectacle sets by Above & Beyond, Deadmau5, Tiesto and Datsik, among others.

A3C Festival and Conference, Atlanta, Oct. 4-8, 2017

A3C Festival and Conference
A3C Festival and Conference

More than merely a music festival, A3C – which stands for All 3 Coasts – is equal parts entertainment, education and empowerment for the always-vibrant hip hop community. This year’s event will feature sets by Nas, A-Trak, Ghostface Killah, DJ Drama and Don Cannon Oct. 7-8 at the Georgia Freight Depot. The conference, featuring speaking events with many of the festival’s performers, will take place Oct. 4-6 at the Loudermilk Center.

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Hiawassee, Oct. 13-21, 2017

Mountain Heart
Mountain Heart

For nine days, the usually quiet North Georgia town of Hiawassee is transformed into a full-scale celebration of mountain culture. Music events at this year’s Georgia Mountain Fall Festival include concerts by Bill Anderson, Brenda Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Herman’s Hermits and Mountain Heart. The event also includes a two-day Fiddlers’ Convention and contest.

Find many more music festivals throughout Georgia on ExploreGeorgia.org/music.

Steven Uhles

Steven Uhles has more than 20 years experience as a journalist and critic specializing in the worlds of music and film. Nearly a native, he has called Augusta home since 1980, and his local arts column – Pop Rocks – has run in the Augusta Chronicle for more than 15 years. His work has also appeared in The ’hamster, Georgia Music Magazine and in newspapers around the country. He lives in Columbia County with his wife and two children.

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