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Article Summary

  • We break down the total costs of attending Shaky Knees including wristbands, hotel, food, booze, getting to Shaky Knees daily, and more
  • Final estimate are $700 if you choose a cheap hotel and about $900 if you do a more expensive hotel
  • Hotel prices vary a lot in Atlanta, but you should be able to find something near Shaky Knees for a reasonable price. 

Shaky Knees is one of the fastest growing music festivals in the country.  Located in Atlanta, Shaky Knees focuses on creating a great indie/alternative rock lineup each year and people are clearly enjoying it as it seems every year Shaky Knees sets a new attendance record.  Anyone who is going to Shaky Knees knows there’s a lot of planning to do – flights, hotels, tickets, getting to Shaky Knees, etc.  Of course, all of this adds up and can do some serious damage to the wallet.  Is any music festival ever cheap?  Often when people think of the music festivals they only consider the price of the tickets/wristbands, but anyone who has attended knows there are a lot more costs than just tickets.  The point of this article is to go over what you can realistically expect to pay if you attend Shaky Knees.  Obviously this will vary a lot depending on you – what you want to do besides Shaky Knees in Atlanta, where you want to book a hotel, how much fried chicken you want to inhale, if you have to fly into Atlanta, etc. – but this is a good approximation for what you can expect.  After this article you should have a starting point for how much you need to attend for Shaky Knees.

Shaky Knees Tickets Cost - $185 GA

Like most music festivals, Shaky Knees offers presale, general admission and VIP passes. Shaky Knees luckily has some of the most reasonably priced passes in the country whether you are going with general admission passes or with VIP. The VIP passes for Shaky Knees are $525, but let’s assume you are on a budget so you go with the general admission passes. These will cost you $185 for Shaky Knees.

Shaky Knees Hotel Prices

Shaky Knees Hotel – $200 for Budget Hotel, $350 for 4-Star Hotel

Shaky Knees occurs in Atlanta, GA which luckily is also not very expensive. If you look at some of the other major music festivals around the country such as Lollapalooza (Chicago) or Outside Lands (San Francisco) they occur in very expensive cities and accommodations easily reach $250+ per night if you don’t book early. Atlanta is much cheaper, so this is great for Shaky Knees attendees. The graph above is a histogram, which shows Atlanta hotel prices during Shaky Knees dates. Don’t worry, it’s not scary – it basically just shows how many hotels are in each price range. For example, the first bar shows there are 20 hotels priced $52-$81.70. The second bar shows there are 48 hotels priced $81.70-$111.40.

When approximating accommodation costs I like to offer options at either end of the spectrum. Let’s begin with budget options for Shaky Knees. The histogram above shows there are plenty of hotels in Atlanta for under $100 a night.  Thus you can snag a cheap hotel for about $75 a night, or $400 for the full Shaky Knees weekend after taxes and fees. Note that these numbers are from December, so you nee to book pretty early for this cheap of a rate. This will cost you about $200 a person assuming you split the room.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you want a nice place as close to Shaky Knees as possible there are plenty of options for you as well. Because of Shaky Knees' great location there are plenty of nice hotels in Downtown Atlanta that provide you great access to Shaky Knees and a nice place to lay your head at night. As an example, I booked The Westin for Shaky Knees 2018 for $129 a night, as shown below. At worst you can find a really nice hotel for around $150 a night, or about $700 for the weekend after taxes.

Westin Shaky Knees

As I said my goal is to give you a good approximation of accommodation costs. Obviously you can go cheaper in a hostel or more expensive at the Ritz, but this is a decent approximation of hotel costs. If you go cheap you are looking at about $200 a person and if you go with a nicer option near Shaky Knees it will be about $350 a person.

Food & Booze - $100 a day

Atlanta has a lot of great food, and you should try to experience it while you are at Shaky Knees.  Friend chicken anyone? You could save some money by eating McDonald’s every day, but you’d really be missing out.  While visiting Atlanta you need to get in all of the staples – fried chicken, mac & cheese, Po’boys - so be sure to eat and be merry.  Let’s be conservative and say you do your fair share of eating and boozing at Shaky Knees and throughout Atlanta so you rack up about $100 a day in sustenance expenditures.  This will cost you then $300 for the entire Shaky Knees weekend.

Getting to Shaky Knees - $0-15 for the weekend using MARTA

Atlanta isn’t exactly known for it’s public transportation so getting to Shaky Knees can get a little tricky. If you are staying in downtown Atlanta you can walk to Shaky Knees, which is obviously free. If you are staying elsewhere the easiest way to get to Shaky Knees is to use the MARTA. The MARTA is principal public transportation system that runs throughout Atlanta. MARTA features both buses and trains that run throughout Atlanta, either of which can get you to Shaky Knees. If you can’t walk to Shaky Knees I highly recommend utilizing MARTA before you drive – it will be cheap, you won’t have to pay for parking, and you won’t have to deal with awful traffic. The MARTA costs just $2.50 so it’s a very reasonably priced. If you take MARTA each way to Shaky Knees it will cost you $5 a day, or just $15 for the weekend.

NOTE: If you do need to take the MARTA you will need to buy the Breeze Card, which is just $1. 

Airfare to Atlanta – Varies

Obviously this is going to be a big part of your Shaky Knees expenses, but I can’t estimate this without knowing where you are from.  Luckily Atlanta is a huge airport and a hub for many airlines so you can usually find a solid rate. As with all things travel I just suggest you book early to save money. Shaky Knees is a very big weekend in Atlanta so don’t wait too long to book or your airfare price could skyrocket.

Travelling from the Airport to Atlanta - $6 - $40 

The Atlanta airport (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) is located about 10 miles south of Atlanta. Luckily there are MARTA lines that goes right from the airport to downtown Atlanta. You can go from the airport to downtown Atlanta round-trip for just $6 - $1 for a Breeze and then $2.50 each way. If you aren’t staying downtown and need to take an Uber you are likely looking at roughly $15-$20 each way to the city. In summary if you can take the MARTA it will cost you just $6, if you need to Uber from the airport for Shaky Knees it could cost you up to $40.

Total Shaky Knees Costs






$200 - 350

Food & Booze


Getting to Shaky Knees


Airfare to Shaky Knees


Travelling to/from Airport



$691 - 841+

So for your Shaky Knees trip you are looking at $700 at least.  Again, I know you can do everything cheaper or more luxuriously, but this is a pretty good starting point for approximation of the costs for Shaky Knees.  Like I said at the beginning, just because you got your tickets doesn’t mean you’ve paid for your entire Shaky Knees experience.  My biggest tip for reducing these costs is to book everything Shaky Knees early, especially the hotel. Also, once the lineup for Shaky Knees is released and the general ticket sale begins you can expect these prices to go up.  As is often the case with life, the early bird gets the worm.



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