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From EDM to rock, country, hip-hop, and folk, the Sunshine State plays host to an array of live music events. Set in Florida’s pristine natural settings, these festivals showcase both big-name artists and local talents and offer an iconic lineup of live performances. From blazing guitar riffs to soulful sounds, you won’t want to miss these top music festivals in Florida.
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Considered the granddaddy of EDM festivals in Florida, Ultra Music Festival transforms beautiful Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami into a mecca of music fans in March. One of the largest EDM festivals in the world, this popular spring festival in Florida has transformed into a multi-city festival across the United States. The world’s premier electronic music festival, you’ll see brightly lit up stages, thousands of music fans, and a lineup that has included the likes of Tiesto, Miike Snow, Avicii, Afrojack, and Tycho.
Dates: March 25th – 27th, 2022
While Florida is home to an array of country music festivals, Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale is considered the best. Boasting country, rock, and roots, the festival is not only set on the beautiful oceanfront of Fort Lauderdale Beach, but it brings awareness and support for ocean conservation. With headliners like Kenny Chesney and past performers that include Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, and Tim McGraw, country fans will delight in the extensive list of lively shows.
Dates: November 12th – 14th, 2021
While South Florida has typically garnered attention for EDM festivals, Tampa has a growing scene with its Sunset Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Held at Raymond James Stadium where you’ll find oceanfront views, it has become one of the premier events of its kind in Florida, where you can see big names like The Chainsmokers, Galantis, Hardwell, and Major Lazer. You’ll find festival-friendly food options in addition to retailers that sell a variety of goods and gadgets.
Dates: May 28th – 29th, 2022
Held on the waterfront in West Palm Beach, SunFest is a lively festival with five days of top musical performers. In addition to its long list of top musical acts, the festival also hosts an impressive arts and craft event, a range of kid-friendly activities, and an impressive fireworks show. You can get a drink from one of the floating bars or challenge your friends to a game of cornhole.
Dates: April 28th – May 1st, 2022
A carnival-like experience with neon landscapes, rides, unique artwork, and performers, Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando is a lively EDM event held in November. The electronic dance music and a kaleidoscope of colors will keep you on your toes, where you can watch the likes of Bassnectar, Alison Wonderland, Tiesto, and Calvin Harris. View your favorite acts from the top of a Ferris wheel, dine on funnel cakes or simply admire the three-dimensional structures, glow-in-the-dark scenery, and circus performers.
Dates: November 13th – 15th, 2021
A three-day celebration of music and crafts, the Florida Folk Festival in White Springs offers anything from Irish fiddle tunes to techno, where you can appreciate storytelling performances, jam sessions, folk music workshops, and various demonstrations. Sit with the people that have kept these traditions alive and enjoy the picturesque landscapes amongst the moon-lit Suwanee River. Highlighting the flavors, sights, and sounds of some of Florida’s oldest cultural communities, this event is a lot more than your typical music festival.
Dates: May. 28th – 30th, 2021
Held in January in South Walton, the 30A Songwriters Festival combines its cold beach weather ambiance with over 175 artist performances. It’s a collaborative event, where some of the most talented writers offer an in-depth look at their creative process and perform in intimate venues, town halls, local bars, and large amphitheaters throughout the 16 beach neighborhoods of South Walton. Showcasing genres from folk, country, blues, soul, and Americana, it offers a rare chance to get an up-close and personal interaction with talented artists.
Dates: January 14th – 17th, 2022
One of the largest free jazz festivals in the country, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has been held every Memorial Day weekend for the past 30 years. Experience three stages of live jazz, attend a piano competition at the Florida Theatre, or dine at a jazz brunch at Omni Jacksonville. There is plenty to keep you busy, as there will be food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment all located in a vibrant street festival atmosphere downtown. While it is free to attend, there are plenty of upgrades available such as VIP passes and beer and wine packages.
Dates: September 29th – October 3rd, 2021
Located in rural Okeechobee, the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival has only been around three years but has gained popularity quickly for its lineup of artists. Its first years saw the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon, and many others, while its yoga and meditation classes, massage tent, and body painting have made it a hit. Considered Florida’s largest camping festival, it is a fun weekend of music, art, and community.
Dates: March 3rd – 6th, 2022