Lake Hartwell Music Festival

Lake Hartwell Music Festival is the only event of its kind to take place on Lake Hartwell’s 962 miles of shoreline. Taking place on Saturday, July 18th from 1-10 pm, this event features 9 local musicians performing covers of popular bands.

This year’s artists will be singing the songs of popular Americana bands including Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Otis Redding, The Eagles, and more. The festival takes place at the new Hartwell Lakeside Resort which was formerly called Hart State Park.

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Lake Hartwell Music Festival 2020

This will be the first event held at the new resort area and is a move from the festival’s location in previous years at the end of Old 29. The location offers entry by land and water and plenty of tree shade. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and a cooler (no glass allowed).

In addition to the music, there’s food, drink, street vendors, and activities for the kids. This year’s festival is sure to be a blast as we are all finally allowed to get back to a sense of normalcy.

Why Lake Hartwell Music Festival?

The first Lake Hartwell Music Festival was in 2012, and it’s been a tradition in Hartwell ever since. Lake Hartwell boasts 56,000 acres of water, and millions flock to fish and play on the lake every year.

A music festival seemed a natural addition to summer’s festivities, and a local non-profit group vowed to take on the music festival as a fundraiser for their programs.

Dubbed a ‘Party With A Purpose,’ the event raises funds for HYDRA which stands for Hart Youth Development Resource Association. HYDRA runs year-round programs to educate and support local children, and the festival is their main fundraising event.

What do I need to bring?

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and a cooler (no glass allowed). The event is entirely outdoors, and there is plenty of space to spread a blanket and enjoy the day.

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The outdoor environment makes it easy to social distance, and additional measures are being taken to protect attendees from that nasty virus.

A custom stage will be placed beneath massive oak trees so that the musicians and guests will have a nice covering from the sun. Nearby, food concessions are available with plenty of picnic tables and a promenade of local artisans will be set up under tree canopy tempting wallets.

For the kids, expect a variety of activities from a swimming beach, sports games, and playground. Plus shaved ice and photo ops for Insta (use #LHMF2020).

2020 Lake Hartwell Music Festival Lineup

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Wondering who’s playing? Here’s the lineup for the day.

1-2 Tom Petty by Richie St. James
2-3 John Prine by Ed Campbell of The Drovers
3-4 Otis Redding by The James Howard Experience
4-5 Credence Clear by Water Revival Reservoir Dogs
5-6 Dolly Parton by Jess Fowler
6-7 Johnny Cash by Jody and Sandy DiMarco
7-8 Waylon Jennings by Uncle Goo
8-9 Fleetwood Mac by Lara Smith
9-10 The Eagles by Big Teach

How to get there

By land, you’ll take Ridge Road to Hart State Park Rd, or plug 330 Hart State Park Road into your GPS and follow directions. You can also come by boat to enjoy the music, and there is limited space to beach your boat and enter the festival.

How to get tickets

Tickets are available at the gate, and guests will be given a wrist band to enter and leave as needed. There are additional ticket booths within the festival for those who come by water to gain entry.

You can also purchase your tickets online here.


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