Everything you need to know about attending Shaky Knees

Dirty Honey performs on the third and final day of this year's Shaky Knees Festival on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Central Park in Atlanta. (Photo by Ryan Fleisher for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Shaky Knees is a homegrown rock ‘n’ roll festival that offers an incredible lineup of musicians, some of the best food in town, and luxury perks like VIP seating. This festival, now in its TENTH year, takes place at Central Park in the heart of Atlanta from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. So whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran with a Shaky Knees tattoo, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know to attend the 2023 fest:

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Shaky Knees pre-fest checklist

Before you head to Shaky Knees, make sure to check the weather and plan your outfit accordingly, review the festival’s guidelines for what you can and cannot bring, map out your schedule, and figure out transportation.

It’s important to note that there is no official parking for the festival, and attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. The Civic Center and North Avenue MARTA train stations are the closest to the festival, and if you’re taking a rideshare, be sure to use the correct address: 395 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308.

The festival gates open at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, and remain open until 11 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively. Attendees are allowed to leave and return to the festival until 7 p.m. but must scan their wristbands each time they exit and re-enter the festival grounds, and pass through security each time they re-enter.

During Shaky Knees

Once you’re at the festival, take some time to explore the map, and locate each stage, food options, and restrooms — you never know when you gotta go, especially once you break the seal.

Pro-tip: rent a locker to store your belongings and make traveling between stages easier.

In addition to the headliners, there are plenty of other talented artists to see, including performances from Songs For Kids — a music mentorship program for kids and young adults with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.

Shaky Knees after parties

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