Our Mission

Create a synergy continuum among friends, family, community and like-minded organizations to raise awareness and money for the protection of vital natural resources with an imminent focus on water sources.

Ryan BrownFounder

Our Story

The Friendship Music & Arts Festival was born in 2013 near Friendship Road in a back yard on Lake Lanier by a close-knit group of friends that valued friendship and philanthropic purpose. The Friendship Festival name developed naturally as all of the artists that performed were friends or friends of friends. Additionally, as the festival grew and we required help from many different types of expertise to make our annual event bigger and better. It was without question, there was always a good friend willing to contribute their precious time to make this event better than the prior year.

Traditionally, FMF has always been an invite only event and friends that had previously attended were encouraged to invite new friends that they believed would enjoy the festival and help contribute to the progress of the vibe that is naturally created through positive, thoughtful and kind human beings. We pledge to work very hard to continue forward with this mindful sense of looking after one another and our mother Earth.

After applying for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Friendship United, Inc.) to fuel our mission we seek to educate and inform the general public about the importance of our vital natural resources and the dangers that currently put these resources at risk. To help achieve these goals, we will encourage membership from the general public to team up and work with the current members of the non-profit organization titled Friendship United, Inc. As a member of Friendship United, we will work together in order to spread our message of vital natural resource awareness and increase our positive impact within our communities by contributing time and donations to this great cause.

The Arts

There will be a community canvas set up in the festival to promote collaboration of multiple artistic styles.

Make sure to make your mark at some point throughout the weekend.

Let’s celebrate our friendship with great live music, art and lots of activities!

Contact us about booking for music or arts, sponsorship and how to get involved, or for anything else.

Ryan Brown

Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?

June 29 – July 1, 2018
Friday June 29: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday June 30: 10:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday July 1: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Where is it?

Starbridge Event Center

Wristband Information

Your admission wristband will be applied upon entry with a valid ticket.
A 3-day festival pass is one wristband, good for the entire weekend.
All guests attending the festival must wear a wristband at all times.
Wristbands are void if tampered with or removed.

Questions about your order

Please contact us with any problems regarding your order or checkout process.

What’s not allowed?

No illegal drugs, No fireworks, No unlicensed vending of any kind, No weapons, No selfie sticks, No drones, No laser pointers, No underage drinking, No littering!


Camping is included for all 3-day passes, single day passes with camping include one night of camping, you must depart by 11 am the following morning or purchase another day pass at the venue. Single day passes without camping require departure by 11:30 pm as the gate will be closed from 11:45 pm until 10 am.

Food & Alcohol

There will be a food vendors on site serving a variety of items, including vegetarian and vegan options.

Outside alcohol will be permitted.  There will not be any alcohol for purchase available throughout the festival.  Please come prepared and bring what you will need for the entire weekend as we are working to limit the number of re-entries.  Ice for your coolers will be available from nearby convenience stores.

Is it an all ages event?

All patrons 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult 24 or older.

While all ages are welcome, we will not have a kids only zone; however, we will have a family friendly camping area at the front of the property.

Children under 16 are free with an adult Friendship United Member.

Anyone 17 and older requires paid admission.

Please be prepared to present ID to verify your age.

How will I receive my Order Confirmation?

Once your purchase is complete, you will receive an order confirmation email on behalf of Friendship United, the non-profit producer of the event.  In this email will be a PDF download link to your ticket.  Please have the PDF pulled up with the QR code visible for scanning.

IMPORTANT: If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder.

If you are having any other technical ticketing-related issues with your order, please contact us.

Please review our Terms & Conditions page for additional questions.