The Deep Roots Festival is coming back! On Saturday, October 22, 2022, the streets of downtown Milledgeville is the place to be with an antique car show, live entertainment ranging from magicians to rock-and-roll, an artist market, food trucks and a kidzone. Whether you are a festival veteran or this is your first rodeo, here are a few of our favorite things to enjoy. 

FYI: Ticketing for the event will work differently this year, entry to the festival area is FREE! This includes access to the arts & crafts booths, car show, local stage, downtown businesses, food trucks, and more. Tickets for the evening concert stage are $30.00. 

Arts & Crafts

One of the most enjoyable parts of Deep Roots is walking around in the fall air and seeing all of the unique, local creations on display. Regional artists will have their work and products for you to browse and purchase from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. There’s so much to look at, it’s easy to spend your entire day in the market. Remember, ticketing for the event will work differently this year, entry to the festival area is FREE! This includes access to the vendor booths, car show, local stage, downtown businesses, food trucks, and more.

In addition, our downtown merchants will be open offering an abundance of shopping from specialty and antique shops to the newest clothing and gift boutiques. The holidays are right around the corner after deep roots and shopping local never goes out of style.

Locals Only

If there is one thing that is certain about Deep Roots, it’s that the day is full of non-stop entertainment. Round up the family and head to the Community Stage! From musicians to local dance performances, this stage delivers all day entertainment designed for all ages and family fun.

10:00 - 10:45 Caitlyn Carroll 

11:00 - 11:45 Ricky Ruckus

12:30 - 1:15 Logan Crosby

1:45 - 2:30 Local Folk

2:40 - 3:30 Vibe & Gym.

3:45 - 4:30 HSD

5:15- 6:00 The Woofs

(Insider tip: you may bring in your own chair to watch the performances!)

KidZone

The Deep Roots Festival really has something for everyone, even the littles! KidZone is the kid-friendly play area of the Deep Roots Festival. This playland features the best collection of inflatables, rock climbing walls, Velcro walls, zip lines, and other featured rides. An unlimited KidZone pass must be purchased for activities, passes are $10 for kids 6 and under, and $15 for kids 7 & up, and will be valid all day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The KidZone unlimited pass will be sold the day of the Deep Roots festival in the KidZone located between the parking lot between Milledgeville City Hall and Mary Vinson Memorial Library.

Car Show

In addition to all the food, shopping, and music, there are also a number of activities going on throughout the day to keep you busy. Head to the Old Capital Car Club’s Open Car Show to see over 100 beautiful examples of engineering and vintage treasures. An annual tradition, the car show includes some of the areas coolest rides that have been restored to their original charm or altered to be faster or shinier. The best cars will even receive awards! 

Food & Drink

What’s a good festival without food trucks? Whether your favorite festival fix is Polish sausage, funnel cake, or street tacos, we have you covered! In addition to food trucks, the downtown also has plenty of food options with over 18 restaurants in town. Try The Brick or Amici for some tasty wings and pizza or pop in Georgia Bob’sCravings, or Barberitos for a quick bite. Downtown businesses will be open and ready for you to get a taste of just about everything!

Steak Cookoff

Do you cook the best steak in the neighborhood? Deep Roots has partnered with the Steak Cookoff Association to offer over $3,000 in cash prizes for the best ribeye steak, bologna and bloody mary! We provide the steaks, you provide the grill and mad chef skills.

 

 

Concert

The Deep Roots evening concerts are the most attended part of the festival. The lineup for this year is set and festival goers are in for a treat.

Kicking off the concerts, Atlanta duo Champagne Lane is back in the town where they met. Since winning Milledgeville’s Battle of the Bands in 2019, they have made a live-recorded album at Georgia Theatre in addition to a variety of other releases.

Next up is The Collection, a North Carolina-based band with widespread appeal. Their indie-rock sound and energetic performance style are a perfect fit for the Deep Roots stage.

Ending the night is Willie Jones, an artist who has blended country and hip-hop in a unique style that is almost exclusive to him. Jones first stunned judges on X-Factor in 2012 and has since been perfecting his hybrid sound, performing at festivals like Stagecoach and Lollapalooza. Bands play until the close of the festival at midnight. 

The evening concert stage is a ticketed event. Tickets will be available at DeepRootsFestival.com for $30 beginning Thursday, September 1 at 12:00 pm and will remain on sale until they sell out. Due to limited capacity for the concert stage these tickets will most likely sell out prior to the day of the event. The stage area will fill up fast on the evening of the event so find your spot early. 

Listen to our free Deep Roots curated Spotify playlist to get hyped!

 

Downtown Milledgeville will be alive with music and dancing on October 22, 2022 and we cannot wait to see you there! Remember Deep Roots Festival blocks off Hancock, Wayne, Greene and Jefferson Streets.

See y'owl there! 

Remember admission to the 2022 festival is FREE. Free admission includes the artist market, open car show, locals only stage, commercial corridor, food truck row, tiny tot land, kid zone vending area and pop-up performances. The evening concert stage ($30) and kidzone unlimited pass will require purchase. The concert stage will be sold in advance and will most likely sell-out due to limited capacity. The kidzone unlimited pass will be sold the day of the Deep Roots festival in the kidzone. 

Deep Roots began in 2003 and is organized by the Milledgeville Main Street Organization.