Here are the Summer's most exciting festivals within driving distance of Nashville. Catch us at the Redneck Rumble, Tomato Fest, and Louder Than Life, among others.
French Quarter Festival - New Orleans, LA
I know it’s far but it has the best lineup on the list and it’s FREE.
Rarity Festival - Memphis, TN
Beer festival held by Wiseacre. Breweries from all over the country showcase their beers. A ticket gets you a taster glass and 4 hours of unlimited drinking.
4/28 - 5/1
Merlefest - Wilkesboro, NC
One of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country. Large lineup, a variety of stages, camping, and, unfortunately, NO ALCOHOL.
4/29 - 5/1
Shaky Knees - Atlanta, GA
Notable bands: My Morning Jacket, Nine Inch Nails, Amyl and the Sniffers, and King Gizzard.
4/29 - 5/1
Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis, TN
Southern Rap + Rock. This is the most ratchet festival on the list.
4/29 - 5/1
SweetWater 420 Fest - Atlanta, GA
Jam band heavy lineup.
Boxcar Pinion Bluegrass Festival - Chickamauga, GA
Another good ole bluegrass fest tucked away just south of Chattanooga.
Spring BierFest - Helen, GA
Helen is a Bavarian style village in North Georgia famous for it’s Oktoberfest.
World Championship BBQ Cooking Competition - Memphis, TN
Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival - Crossplains, TN
You’ll likely see someone playing the jug here.
Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games - Townsend, TN
GA Mushroom Fest - Cave Spring, GA
Music and mycology.
Poorcastle - Louisville, KY
The poor man’s Forecastle.
Forecastle Fest - Louisville, KY
The Coachella of KY.
Atlanta Jazz Fest - Atlanta, GA
Black Mountain Jamboree - Monticello, KY
Intimate bluegrass fest on a beautiful stretch of the Cumberland River.
Folk Medicine Festival - Red Boiling Springs, TN
Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival - Dunlap, TN
Bluegrass festival held on a historic coal mining site containing the ruins of 268 Beehive Coke Ovens built in 1902.
Cherokee Bluegrass Festival - Cherokee, NC
Bluegrass in the smokies.
Redneck Rumble - Lebanon, TN
Great gathering of gearheads, possibly the rowdiest party on the list.
Bonnaroo - Manchester, TN
The Coachella of the TN.
Rompfest - Owensboro, KY
Large bluegrass music festival with camping.
Floydfest - Patrick County, VA
Big lineup of bluegrass, blues, country, folk, and rock.
Byrd’s Creek Music Fest - Crossville, TN
Country and Bluegrass heavy lineup, notable names include Del Mcoury, Hannah Juanita, The Tillers, and Chelsea Lovitt.
Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally & Music Fest - Cave Spring, GA
Tomato Fest - Nashville, TN
Only fools don’t dress up like a tomato for this.
German Bierfest - Atlanta, GA
One day of biers, brats, döners, pretzels, kraut, and schnitzel.
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN
Louder Than Life - Louisville, KY
Most aggressive lineup on the list. Slipknot, Helmet, Incubus, Tenacious D, and the like.
Furnace Fest - Birmingham, AL
Most sacrilegious lineup on the list. The descendants of Black Sabbath really love symbols of Catholicism, but hey, don’t we all?