Everything to know about attending Shaky Knees Music Festival

General view of The Flaming Lips crowd on day 3 of the 10th anniversary of Shaky Knees at Central Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 07, 2023.
Ronald R. Williams III

Atlanta’s always buzzing, but the vibe hits a whole new level when Shaky Knees Music Festival rolls around. This year, May 3-5 weekend marks its 11th anniversary. The homegrown rock ‘n’ roll fest brings a vibrant celebration of music that entices fans from all corners of the globe, right in the heart of Atlanta at Central Park.

Whether you’re a Shaky Knees newbie or a dedicated fan complete with the tattoo (IYKYK), here’s the essential guide to navigating the 2024 festivities without breaking a sweat:

Shaky Knees pre-fest essentials

To kick off your Shaky Knees weekend on the right note, a little preparation goes a long way:

  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast to dress appropriately.
  • Familiarize yourself with the festival dos and don’ts to avoid any surprises.
  • Map out your schedule.
  • Work out your transportation ahead of time, considering the lack of official parking.
  • If you’re taking a rideshare, be sure to use the correct address: 395 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308.

Festival gates welcome attendees each day from 11:30 a.m., closing at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 10 p.m. on Sunday. Remember, re-entry is permitted until 7 p.m., but you’ll need to scan your wristband and pass through security each time.

If you’re spending the weekend in Atlanta for the festival, it’s a smart move to book your accommodation early, especially since the city gets pretty busy. And while you’re here, why not plan to extend your trip a few extra days? Take the opportunity to dive into Atlanta’s rich culture and history. Catch spring fever at the peaceful Atlanta Botanical Garden or find inspiration at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. There’s so much to explore!

During Shaky Knees

Once inside the gates, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the layout. Knowing where stages, food trucks, and bathrooms are can save you time and discomfort later on. There are also plenty of fun, free activations, like aura readings, recycling “monsters,” photo booths, and more.

Renting a locker could be a game-changer for your mobility and convenience throughout the event.

Beyond the headlining acts, discover the talent of the inspiring performances by Songs For Kids, a mentorship program supporting “kids and young adults with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities” through music.

Shaky Knees after dark

The music doesn’t stop when the festival lights dim. Shaky Knees Late Night Shows extend the experience with additional intimate performances at venues around town, requiring a separate ticket for those looking to keep the vibe going.

For a more relaxed end to your night, explore local restaurants and bars like The Local, Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, J.R. Crickets, Waffle House, or The EARL for a taste of Atlanta’s nightlife.

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