Florida's Biggest Annual Music Festivals
Florida is definitely a major state for annual music festivals. From electronic dance music (EDM) to rock, country, hip-hop, etc. Whatever genre you are into, the Sunshine State has it and below is a list of the top ones for every genre.
1. Ultra Music Festival: Miami
While Ultra exists in many different cities around the world each year, Miami is the only city where it exists in the United States, and it is easily the main attraction for electronic dance music or EDM. As EDM has taken off as one of the world's largest styles of music, filled with heavy beats and funky melodies, it is more attended by a crowd of late teens and college-aged students. Located in Bayfront Park of Downtown Miami, the festival is three days and usually occurs on the last weekend of March. With its bright, colorful lights, it is definitely something one can't miss. So whether you are into the EDM culture or not, this festival is fun for every adult to enjoy, as it is 18 and older to get in.
2. Rolling Loud Music Festival: Miami
With hip hop/rap now reigning supreme as the United States' top music genre, this three-day festival in May, located at Hard Rock Stadium: home of the Miami Dolphins, is the the hub for hip hop fans annually. Just like Ultra Music Festival, Rolling Loud exists elsewhere, as it also appears in California in December, however, the Miami attraction is larger and usually features more artists. With hip hop reaching both a young and old audience, all ages are welcome to attend. Overall, whether one is more of old-school hip hop style like Nas or for the popular style of Drake, these artists are here every year for everyone to witness.
3. Welcome to Rockville Festival: Jacksonville
Calling all Rock n Roll fans, this festival is for you, as it features both modern and classic rock bands, as well as metal bands. Located at Metropolitan Park in the heart of Jacksonville, the festival is held every first week of May and features more than 45 bands on four different stages, setting up a weekend of non-stop rock.
4. The Country 500: Daytona Beach
Also known as the "Great American Music Fest at Daytona," this festival is perfect for fans of country music and takes place at the world-renowned Daytona International Speedway every Memorial Day weekend. Some of the biggest names in country, such as Chris Stapelton, Dierks Bentley, and Toby Keith have performed here, which makes it something that a country fan cannot miss. All ages are welcome to attend and a perk of this festival is that fans are allowed to camp on the field of where the artists will perform, creating a unique experience one country fan will not forget.
5. Jazz in the Gardens: Miami
If you are a fan of smooth jazz or the calming feels of R&B, this festival located in Miami Gardens is for you. It combines both genres into a weekend in spring, usually every March. Familiar artist like Lionel Richie, Doug E. Fresh, and Bobby Brown have performed. However, a unique thing about this festival is that they invite local artists from the South Florida area to have the opportunity to be seen, heard, and possibly discovered, which provides a platform most festivals don't have. All ages are welcome to attend, so whether you're a fan or an aspiring artist, Jazz in the Gardens invites all.
6. Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival: Okeechobee
For the lover of music in general, whether old or new, this is the top festival to attend. Despite being in a less familiar city in Florida, Okeechobee, the four-day festival at Sunshine Grove has some of the top artists in today's music industry every March. These artists include Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Mumford and Sons, Usher, and so many more. Unfortunately the festival did not occur this past March due to a delay in announcing the lineup of artists, however, on their website, they assured the festival would be returning in 2020. Aside from the music, many different art exhibits are displayed throughout, giving fans more to look forward to than just the music. Overall, this festival connects every genre of music together and everyone is welcome to attend.