Wildwood Revival in Athens, Georgia

Wildwood Revival in Athens, Georgia

9 Lesser-Known Music Festivals Locals Love

Shhhh! Get your tickets first, and then tell everyone about these great music festivals around Georgia.

For specific dates and details on these and other great music festivals, go to ExploreGeorgia.org/music.

Savannah Stopover. Photo by Geoff Johnson

Savannah Stopover

With a reputation for musical discovery, Savannah Stopover marks 10 years in March 2020. More than 80 bands will perform in venues across the city's Historic District.

Find more events and things to do on your trip with this Guide to Savannah.

Due South music festival in Thomasville, Georgia

Due South

This music and food festival features the best of South Georgia. All proceeds from the April event go to benefit programs at Thomasville Center for the Arts.

Find more events and things to do on your trip with this Guide to Thomasville.

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson, Georgia. Photo by Jason B. Smith

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival

This May festival celebrates Thomson native Blind Willie McTell, an influential blues guitarist and singer.

Find more events and things to do on your trip with this Guide to Thomson.

Barbecue at Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que Music Festival in Augusta, Georgia

Papa Joe's Banjo-B-Que Music Festival

Bands wow concertgoers and chefs go head-to-head in the barbecue competition at this May festival in Augusta, named for local man Joe Pond.

Find more events and things to do on your trip with this Guide to Augusta.

Gospel Choir at the Thomas A. Dorsey Festival in Villa Rica, Georgia

Thomas A. Dorsey Festival

Thomas A. Dorsey, aka the "Father of Gospel Music," was born in Villa Rica in 1899. This June festival celebrates his legacy and the state's great traditions in gospel, blues, and jazz.

Bragg Jam in Macon, Georgia

Bragg Jam

Macon streets sizzle each July with this lively community festival and concert crawl. What started as a jam session has since grown into the city's premier music event.

Find more to do on your trip with this Guide to Macon Music Must-Sees.

Wildwood Revival in Athens, Georgia

Wildwood Revival

This September festival takes place at a farm outside Athens, one of the state's most storied music cities. Sleep under the stars, shop at the artisan market, and don't miss Wildwood Revival's dance party.

Explore more of the Athens music scene with this Guide to Athens Music.

HemlockFest in Dahlonega, Georgia

HemlockFest

Camp, canoe, contra dance, and march in the lantern parade at this November mountain roots and rock festival in Dahlonega supporting the Eastern hemlock.

Experience more music with this three-day guide to Dahlonega music.

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New Year's Bluegrass Festival

Celebrate the new year with top names in bluegrass. This three-day festival is held at Jekyll Island's convention center.

Published: February 2020