Yes, Florida sure has its fair share of weird headlines, but did you know that the music festivals out on this lovely coast have the best headliners? No? Well you don’t have to take my word for it, just take a look at the some of the best music festivals Florida has to offer and decide for yourself.
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Electric Daisy Carnival (Orlando) – November
Decked out with thrilling roller-coasters and a plethora of interactive art exhibits, Electric Daisy Carnival proves to be the real love-child of amusement parks and concerts. Unfolding across multiple elaborately decorated stages, this music festival’s high-production value is matched only by its incredible ambience – a perfect mixture of hippie-dippie inclusivity and edgy creativity. In between the zip-line rides and art-hopping, make time for some stirring performances by the likes of Timmy Trumpet, Bassnectar, and Alison Wonderland.
Rolling Loud Festival (Miami) – May
Put your hands together for the largest hip-hop festival to grace the globe! By building up a reputation of putting together the most star-studded line-ups in hip-hop history, Rolling Loud has become synonymous with top-quality music. Watch out for international sensations like 21 Savage, Cardi B, and Kid Cudi, as they take the stage by storm and cement your obsession with the genre for decades to come.
Ultra Music Festival (Miami) – March
If you think EDM, you think Ultra, and the one in Miami is the oldest and biggest edition of this elite music festival. Summoning over seventy thousand ravers annually, it’s safe to think of Ultra Miami as the American Mecca of electronic music. Brace yourself for an explosive musical medley stretching from techno to house and everything in between, and let the likes of legends like deadmau5, David Guetta, and Alesso form the soundtrack to your best spring break yet.
Tortuga Music Festival (Fort Lauderdale) – April
Birthed in 2012 with the noble intention of raising funds for marine conservation, Tortuga Music Festival proves to be an endless beach party with a responsible twist. Boasting a diverse buffet of musical performances from every sub-genre imaginable, this music festival is sure to elevate your beach getaway by granting you memories of groovin’ to Flo Rida, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown with a crew of smoking hot surfers you found in the crowd.
Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival (Okeechobee) – March
Given that it’s hosted at a venue as invitingly-named as Sunshine Groove, it comes as no surprise at all that Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival proves to be a magical experience for attendees hailing from all across the nation. Featuring an array of immersive art exhibits as well as awe-inspiring live performances by artists from a variety of genres, this four-day event can best be summed up as a beautiful celebration of life. Khalid, Bassnectar, Halsey – name your musical idol and Okeechobee will have their name tucked-away in its incredible line-up.
Welcome To Rockville (Daytona Beach) – May
What do you get when Florida’s most beloved rock festival meets Florida’s most iconic beach? An unforgettable summer of crazy tans and crazy tunes! Let rock ‘n’ roll titans like The Prodigy, Korn, and Rob Zombie bless you with two delightful days of musical awakening that’ll leave you electrified and just a little hoarse – courtesy of all the screaming and headbanging, of course. If mischief, mayhem, and hours of pure euphoria under the sun strike your fancy, then you’ll definitely love Welcome To Rockville!
Miami Beach Pop (Miami) – November
One of the newest and freshest festivals in town, Miami Beach Pop is here to show you why Florida is deserving of its title as ‘the sunshine state’ even in peak-fall. Armed with a killer line-up that gels together the who’s-who of modern music and unites musical fans across genres, Miami Beach Pop promises to breathe new life into the rolling sandy beaches the city is known for. Catch big-names like Chance The Rapper, Kygo, and Maggie Rogers and more live and in action!
The Fest (Gainesville) – November
Do your middle school self a favor and head over to Gainesville this fall for the most extensive and enticing buffet of indie music you could ever find yourself at. Delve deeper into the underground music scene while digging through wonderfully odd items on show at the pop-up flea market, so as to truly bask in the air of lovely, unfiltered weirdness surrounding this music festival. Think you’ve outgrown your indie pop and punk rock phase? Well, think again because by offering up chilling performances by musical powerhouses like The Bronx, Jawbox, and Less Than Jake, The Fest will have you falling in love with the genre all over again.
Gasparilla Music Festival (Tampa) – March
For a more laid-back and cozier vibe, head over to Tampa this spring break so you can indulge in the absolute treat that is Gasparilla Music Festival. Fueled by a desire to foster a sense of fellow-feeling amongst attendees through the uniquely intimate experience of sharing a day-full of live music, this festival really puts in a lot of effort into curating a line-up that is as diverse as it is inviting. Enjoy a selection of class-acts of both local and international acclaim, such as Toro Y Moi, The Pharcyde, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, while you soak up the sun.
III Points (Miami) – February
Smackdab in the middle of the city’s burgeoning arts district you’ll find III Points – a festival dedicated to celebrating every creative’s favorite trio: art, music, and technology. Committed to redefining the experience of listening to music, this cutting-edge festival features a multitude of exhibits ranging from panelists and educational lectures to interactive demonstrations and live performances. Groove to tunes from Tyler The Creator, DJ Seinfeld, and Peggy Gou while you get your art fix.
Clearly Florida’s where it’s at, so plan your next road-trip to the sunshine state right here!