Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Georgia, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From AthFest to The International Soul Music Summit, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-AthFest - Dates: Mid to late June
"The Athens Music and Arts Festival is a highly acclaimed event held annually in historic downtown Athens, GA, a town long renowned for its thriving music scene. For the past 15 years, AthFest has used the festival to showcase the best in regionally and nationally recognized Athens-based talent." - Submit to Perform
-Atlanta Mess Around - Dates: Late April
-Festival on Ponce - Dates: Early April and mid October
"The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America's most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and "outsider art". In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children's area and local food and beverage." - Submit all performance inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade - Dates: Mid October
"The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade is the signature Halloween festival in the southeast and one of the top ten Halloween events in the country. It is staged in Little 5 Points, Atlanta’s premiere business, arts and music district. Each October, over 35,000 people flock to Little 5 Points to enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment and the best Halloween parade in the South!"
-ONE MusicFest - Dates: Mid September
-Oysterfest - Dates: Mid to late February
-ProgPower USA Festival - Dates: Mid September
-SweetWater 420 Fest - Dates: Mid April
"The SweetWater 420 Fest is more than just music and fantastic beer, it about making positive changes in the way each and every person affects the earth."
-Wrecking Ball Festival - Dates: Early August
-Meltasia Music Festival - Dates: Early September
-Bragg Jam - Dates: Late July
"Georgia's ultimate summer music festival where, rain or shine, 56 bands take on 15 stages and put on one unforgettable shows after another in a jam-packed, rock, blues and soul-infused night."
-AURA Fest - Dates: Mid February
-Savannah Stopover Festival - Dates: Early March
"The four-day festival merges music, visual arts, technology, and film components – much in the spirit of SXSW itself – in an intimate, historical setting and at a price unrivaled by any similar music festival."