16 Musical Acts on Two Stages, 20+ Artists and Craft Demonstrators, Local Food Trucks, Kids Activities

The Moonshine

From noon until about 3:30, the Sandy Creek Amphitheater will open as the Fire Circle Stage, featuring The Ukulady, Cortez Garza, Claire Campbell, Art Rosenbaum, Jim White and Amanda Kapousouz.  Back on the main stage, the Sugar Magnolias bring long-time festival favorite Barbara Panter (Hair of the Dog, Rosin Sisters) and her family back to the Festival after a several year hiatus. They will be followed by circus-banjo by Curtis Eller, fantastic songs and singing by Kyshonna Armstrong (back home from Nashville for the weekend), bluegrass from Crooked Mile (featuring one of the original organizers of the North Georgia Folk Festival, Joel Cordle), old time banjo by Clifton HIcks (the subject of this year's poster drawing by Art Rosenbaum).  Finally, local favorites the Darnell Boys will close out the show starting at 7:00. 


For those who want to make their own music, there will be a jam tent set up all day under the trees in the back of the field.

Sound will be provided by Dan Whittington and Thunder and Lighting Sound.

September 9, 2018, Athens – The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society (AFMDS) has scheduled the 34th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival for Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens.  The program for this long-standing festival will feature folk musicians, artists and craftspeople from North Georgia and the Southeast.

There will be an amazing lineup of music, arts, crafts, food, kid’s activities and folk fun ready to go.  Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and entertainment begins at 11:00 a.m. with fun music for kids by the Rebecca Sunshine Band.  The program continues with local Americana band, The Moonshine, the Athens Area Shape-note Singers, and Joe Willey and the Movin' Men.

Children’s activities have become a popular festival tradition and will be offered from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. free of charge.  Athens Montessori teachers Susan Sellew and Megan Reed will supervise crafts in a “Parent Participation Zone” beside the dinosaur playground at the park.  We will also have booths and exhibits by the Sandy Creek Nature Center and Bear Hollow Zoo for the kids to enjoy.

Artist vendors and craft demonstrators will be on hand from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. showing how various folk crafts are created and in some cases offering hands-on activities for participants. Demonstrators include traditional corn shuck doll maker Beth Kelley Zorbanos, folk artist Peter Loose and blacksmith Doc Watson.   In addition, the festival will feature approximately 20 artists and vendors selling jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, wearable art, knitted and crocheted wool, soap, beeswax candles, granola, pickles, and much more.

There will be diverse options of great food available on site from Biggums BBQ, Holey Crepe, Manila Express, Rashe's Cuisine, Jittery Joes Coffee, La Michoacana Ice Cream, and GG's Sweet Magnolia Bakery Truck. Boy Scout Troop 1111 will be selling fresh, hot pizza from Your Pie.

Everyone is welcome to attend this family-friendly Athens fall tradition co-sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Division with support from the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Dogs are welcome on leash.  There is also a dog park at Sandy Creek Park if your dog needs to really run.


Ample free parking is available past the ticket gate along the roads surrounding the festival site in Sandy Creek Park.   Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 1111 and an A-CC Police Officer will be there to help you find a spot.

Please do not cross barricades or park on the grass except in designated areas.


Sandy Creek Park is a 782-acre park surrounding 260-acre Lake Chapman and offering a variety of activities throughout the year.  Athens-Clarke County takes pride in providing the community with facilities like those of many state parks. 


Sandy Creek Park is located about 4 miles north of Athens, GA, just off of US Hwy 441 at 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens, GA  30607.   The phone number is 706-613-3631


The Graduate Athens Hotel is offering preferred rates to festival goers who wish to spend the night in Athens.  The Graduate Athens is located near downtown Athens at 295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601. Telephone: (706) 549-7020  Website: 

Click HERE for the special rate.


You are welcome to bring coolers, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs.  Please, no glass.  The Festival, including planning, setup and cleanup, is run entirely by volunteers from the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society.  Please help to make their job painless by using the trash and recycling facilities provided.

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