Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta

Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta

Escape the Ordinary at these 8 Georgia Music Festivals

Discover new bands, local flavor, cultural celebrations and more at these festivals made for music fans throughout the state.

Music festivals are a tried-and-true Peach State tradition as synonymous with the state as peanuts and Coca-Cola. In Georgia, we have weather on our side for a festival season that lasts all year long. 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 start planning your getaway!

Crowd at the Imagine Music Festival

Imagine Music Festival, Sept. 17-19, 2021

Electronic musicians, DJs and bands perform alongside cirque-style acts during the Imagine Music Festival in September, featuring dance music at the Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. Plan to camp on the property for the ultimate Imagine Festival experience.

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Music Midtown ferris wheel. Photo by @roshanagmar

Music Midtown, Sept.18-19, 2021

Photo by @roshanagmar

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.

Plan the ultimate weekend with this Guide to Music Midtown.

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AthFest

Athfest Music & Arts Festival, Sept. 24-26, 2021

The AthFest Music and Art Festival was 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.

Plan more things to do on your trip with this Guide to Athens.

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Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival in Thomson, Georgia

Blind Willie McTell Music Festival, Sept. 25, 2021

Awarded and recognized as one of the finest small festivals in the South, this blues heritage festival in Blind Willie McTell's hometown of Thomson is an all-day tribute to one of the founding fathers of American roots music. McTell was a blind street performer who got his start as a sought-after guitarist and lyricist who gave the world "Statesboro Blues" and influenced everyone from the Allman Brothers to the White Stripes.

While McTell is acclaimed for his blues-country style, the Blind Willie McTell Festival has grown in its diversity of music genres and acts, with performances by local, regional and national musicians. Also worth mentioning: their iconic artist-rendered posters have become collectible!

Explore more to do in town with this Guide to Thomson.

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Cedric Burnside at Wildwood Revival near Athens. Photo by Lytle Foto

Wildwood Revival, Oct. 8-10, 2021

Cedric Burnside at Wildwood Revival. Photo by Lytle Foto

This Octber 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.

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Fatoumata Diawara at Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival, Oct. 14-24, 2021

Georgia's largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world, the Savannah Music Festival is a world-class celebration of musical arts. Find a true medley of melodies where music ranges from country to folk to jazz to chamber.

Venues showcase the best of Savannah's walkable vibrancy and include intimate churches, synagogues and club venues, breezy outdoor streets settings and revered cultural centers and historic theater spaces, like the Johnny Mercer Theater. With a strength in classical music, Americana, acoustic and jazz -- but also rock n’ roll, dance events and a variety of world music -- the Savannah Music Festival is the tie that binds an immersive, global music experience to peak spring in an iconic Southern city.

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

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Shaky Knees in Atlanta. Photo by Charles Regan Hackleman

Shaky Knees, Oct. 22-24, 2021

Photo by Charles Regan Hackleman

Shaky Knees attracts big indie rock and alternative rock bands as well as up-and-comers to perform in Atlanta's Central Park. This year, Stevie Nicks, Run the Jewels and The Strokes headline the three-day festival, which also features St. Vincent, Alice Cooper and Modest Mouse among many others. Besides the music, fans enjoy delicious fare from food trucks serving everything from barbecue to vegetarian corn dogs.

Love Atlanta's music scene? Check out this list of 10 Can't-Miss Atlanta Music Festivals.

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Band on stage at Deep Roots Festival

Deep Roots Festival, Oct. 23

Explore historic downtown Milledgeville at the Deep Roots Festival in October. Live music ranges from bluegrass to rock and roll, an antique car show features rare automobiles, and the artist market and kids activities keep the whole family entertained. Oh yes, and there is a barbecue cook-off, too. What could be better?

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Find more Georgia music festivals throughout the year at ExploreGeorgia.org/calendar-of-events.

Published: July 2021