My Ultimate Southeastern Music Festival Guide for 2024

The thrill of live music, vibrant energy, and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals – festivals offer an unparalleled experience that stays etched in our memories. I had a blast experiencing several noteworthy music festivals in 2023 and I’m going to add a few of them to my 2024 lineup. Let’s dive into my ultimate southeastern festival guide for 2024, featuring Tortuga, Shaky Knees Fest, Hangout Fest and the CMA Fest.


Apr 5 – Apr 7, 2024

Kickstarting festival season, for those craving a unique festival experience with a tropical twist, Tortuga in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is the answer. Combining the best of country, rock, and pop, Tortuga takes place right on the beach, offering a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Beyond the incredible music, the festival emphasizes marine conservation, making it an event that not only entertains but also advocates for a cause. Get ready to dance under the palm trees and immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of Tortuga.

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Shaky Knees Fest:

May 3 – May 5, 2024

For the rock enthusiasts and indie music aficionados, Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, is a haven of sonic delights. Known for its stellar lineup featuring a mix of established rock bands and rising indie stars, Shaky Knees promises an electrifying weekend of guitar riffs and high-energy performances. Set against the backdrop of the city’s skyline, this festival captures the essence of Atlanta’s vibrant music scene. Whether you’re into alternative, indie rock, or punk, Shaky Knees Fest ensures an immersive experience that resonates with the soul of true rock lovers.

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Hangout Fest:

May 17 – May 19, 2024

Continuing our festival journey is the coastal paradise of Hangout Fest. Nestled in the stunning beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, Hangout Fest is a sensory delight. With a diverse lineup featuring top-tier artists from various genres, this festival promises an unforgettable weekend of music, sun, and sand. From indie to electronic, Hangout Fest caters to all tastes. Picture yourself dancing barefoot in the sand as the waves crash in the background – Hangout Fest is a musical escape like no other.

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CMA Fest:

Jun 6 – Jun 9, 2024

Country music enthusiasts, rejoice – the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, awaits you. Renowned as the ultimate destination for country music fans, this festival brings together the biggest names in the industry. From star-studded performances at Nissan Stadium to intimate sessions at local bars on Broadway, CMA Fest provides an immersive experience for lovers of the twangy tunes. Feel the southern hospitality and let the heartwarming melodies of country music create lasting memories.

Whether you’re a beach lover, a country music aficionado, or someone seeking a diverse musical experience, these festivals have something special in store for you. So, grab your tickets, pack your festival essentials, and get ready for a year filled with unforgettable moments and harmonious vibes. Which ones would you add to your list this year? Or maybe you have one that I didn’t name. If so, let me know, I’d love to hear from you @theashliemiller.

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