Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta
Georgia Music Festivals
Visit one of Georgia's music festivals to satisfy your musical cravings.
Music festivals are a tried and true Peach State tradition as synonymous with the state as peanuts and Coca-Cola. Throughout the year, Georgia hosts a variety of diverse music events to keep the state abuzz with rock and roll, country, soul, jazz, hip hop and plenty more. Grab your calendars and get ready to rock!
Savannah Music Festival
This coastal gem holds claim to being Georgia’s largest musical arts event. A long-running early spring event, the Savannah Music Festival is not your average multi-day concert. Classical, jazz, modern folk, country and rock come together in this charming Southern city for weeks of musical performances in a variety of venues.
Georgia String Band Festival
Just as the name implies, the Georgia String Band Festival is an old-time fiddle player and banjo picker heaven. The nationally renowned event is held in April at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, bringing some of the world’s best pickers and players to the stage. Guests can expect a day filled with plenty of guitars, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, cellos and more. As an added bonus, dance competitions are also thrown into the mix.
Athfest Music & Arts Festival
School’s out for summer, and Athens is ready to play — on stage, that is. The annual AthFest Music and Art Festival is a June event founded in 1997 to promote music and arts from the talented folks in Athens and its surrounding counties. Music, children’s activities, family events, film, comedy, an art market and more are all wrapped together for a multi-day festival raising money for AthFest Educates, Inc., a nonprofit supporting Athens area music and arts education programs.
As one of the state’s largest music fests, Music Midtown draws fans to Atlanta every September. The long list of acts in the weekend lineup covers many musical genres. Held annually since 1994, with a five-year hiatus from 2006 to 2011, this two-day blow-out came back to life and now brings some of the industry’s biggest names. The fest, held outdoors in Piedmont Park, has seen acts by the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Ludacris, Artic Monkeys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and T.I.
Shaky Knees & Shaky Beats
Sister music festivals Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats attract big names to perform on back-to-back weekends in Atlanta. The 2018 Shaky Beats lineup featured EDM acts like Kygo, Marshemello and Zedd, while Shaky Knees featured indie rock and alternative rock bands Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and The National. Although both festivals are relatively new to Georgia's music scene, they have quickly become local favorites.