Almost everyone’s heard of Ultra and Miami Music Week; at this point, these festivals ring a bell to music lovers around the world, whether they’ve been to Miami or not. But what about the rest of Florida? You may not think so, but the Sunshine State is home to quite a few music festivals and world-class concerts throughout the year. We can attribute this to the melting pot of people in South Florida, and their love of (all types of) music, no matter the genre.
Riptide Music Festival
Taking place in Fort Lauderdale every November, Riptide Music Festival is a two-day alternative music event featuring performances by artists like The Killers, Jimmy Eat World, The Revivalists, and more. There’s more than just music here. Last year's festival also included an Underground Village with immersive art installations, a beer bar, interactive cooking demos and workshops, and fashion showcases hosted by "Queer Eye’s" Tan France. Single-day admission is $49 for Saturday and $39 for Sunday. VIP ticket packages are also available.
Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival
Start your spring season on the right foot in the middle of nowhere at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in March. The festival, which is situated among 800 acres of lush grasslands, lakes, wood, and South Florida jungle, is just about two hours northwest of Miami. If you plan to spend a few nights in the area (the festival takes place over four days), you can book a room in Okeechobee, Fort Pierce, or Port St. Lucie. There’s nothing to fancy around, but after being in the wilderness all day, anything with a bed and a shower will feel just right. The festival also offers camping and VIP glamping experiences. The 2020 festival will feature artists such as Kaskade, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Vampire Weekend, Glass Animals, Mumford & Sons, and Blood Orange. One of the coolest things about OMF is that it also includes wellness offerings like restorative yoga, mindful meditation practices, healing sound ceremonies, and intuitive workshops. If interested, you can learn more about Yogachobee and the Healing Sanctuary on the festival’s official website. General admission eco passes start at $279.
Taste of sbe
A fairly new event in Miami, Taste of sbe is actually a fun one to attend for foodies who love music, too. Last year’s third annual event hosted John Legend as the headlining performer (think a piano and his smooth pipes by the pool) and brought together award-winning chefs from restaurants like Katsuya and Umami Burger. The one-night extravaganza is a little pricey with tickets starting around $200 This one is worth it if you’re a fan of the headliner and/or can get down with bites, cocktails, and live music with an ocean breeze on South Beach.
Gasparilla Music Festival
Also in March, Downtown Tampa’s Gasparilla Music Festival is a two-day fest that has featured artists like Gary Clark Jr., Parrotfish, Ghostface Killah, the Avett Brothers, and a local orchestra. Founded in 2011, the festival supports music education through its Recycled Tunes program. Two-day early bird general admission tickets start at $40. GMF offers up food by local restaurants, accommodates bike riders and even has boat parking for those arriving via Tampa’s waterways.
III Points Music Festival
III Points Music Festival, which takes place in Wynwood every year, was founded in 2013 in order to represent the unique diversity of South Florida. The 2020 event will happen in May and feature the Strokes, Wu-Tang Clan, Disclosure, Robyn, Kaytranda, and more. The three-day event really packs a punch with its emerging artists and well-known, classic talent. Tons of bars and restaurants are easily accessible and near the festival grounds, so you never have to go too far for great eats and elevated cocktails or a burger and a beer.
Rockwell's Art Basel Partnership With 1OAK
For the sixth year, Rockwell, the acclaimed Miami Beach nightclub, will host its annual Art Basel partnership with internationally-renowned hotspot 1OAK in December. The past five years’ events have included performances by hip hop and R&B stars, such as 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Rich the Kid, Meek Mill, and Rick Ross. 2020 isn’t expected to be any different. The three-night pop-up on Miami Beach runs during Miami Art Basel and includes special and surprise performances
Ultra Music Festival
An electronic music festival that’s possibly what’s made Miami stand out most in the music scene, Ultra Music Festival takes place in March every year, at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami and features artists like Major Lazer, David Guetta, Flume, Eric Prydz, and other DJs. Three-day general admission tickets start at $400 and the festival offers payment plans too so you can pay little by little if that’s what suits you best. Three-day VIP is also available for $1500 and includes expedited entry through separate VIP entrances, dedicated restrooms and bars in the VIP Village, access to the elevated Main VIP deck with breathtaking views of the Ultra Main Stage and access to various elevated viewing areas at other stages around the festival.
Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival
Another fun one in Fort Lauderdale, Tortuga Music Festival takes place in April and was created to generate awareness and raise money for ocean conservation. General admission tickets for the three-day festival are $239 and include unlimited access to Conservation Village and free water refill stations. VIP ($1,249) passes and SUPER VIP ($1,999) passes are also an option. The 2020 lineup includes country artists such as Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Barenaked Ladies, and Billy Currington. It might seem a little odd, but Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull, will also be performing at the upcoming Tortuga Music Fest. If you plan to get a room in the area, the festival has partnered with Hotels for Hope to help you find cool accommodations. The best part about this is that a portion of the hotel cost will be donated back to Rock the Ocean, for continued conservation efforts.