Are you looking for the best music festivals in Florida? We have you covered with a list of the 20 best music festivals in you can’t miss in Florida!
Florida is known as the Sunshine state, and with its near year round warm weather and sunshine it makes for the perfect destination for music festivals! From Key West to Jacksonville, we have you covered.
On our list are well known festivals such as EDC and Ultra and lesser known festivals such as The Fest and Suwanee River Jam. Almost every major city in hosts a music festival in Florida!
We have almost every genre of music festival to suit everyone! Whether looking to dance on a beach, camp outdoors, or enjoy a multi-day festival we have the best music festivals in Florida for you!
We even have the perfect Florida road trip guide to use to plan out your festival route!
20 Best Music Festivals In Florida You Can’t Miss
EDC is short of the Electric Daisy Carnival, and is the largest electronic dance music festival in the United States. The event is held both in Orlando and Las Vegas.
Along with the music this is one of the music festivals in Florida that feature interactive art displays and carnival performers and rides. Lights, pyrotechnic features and vivid art and colors light up the festival grounds.
Held at Tinker Field, the festival is focused on spreading love…for music, for one another, and for the community.
The stages are each unique with kineticFIELD which is always in motion, circuitGROUNDS lights up at night for constant dance, neonGARDEN where house and techno music play, and steroBLOOM.
Ultra Music Festival (Miami)
Ultra Music Festival is held across the Globe, with Miami being the only destination in the United States! Held every March at Bayfront Park, this outdoor electronic music festival was founded in 1999.
The festival is held alongside the Miami Music Week, an electronic music concerts, performances, parties, and programming leading up to Ultra.
This is one of the music festivals in Florida known for its all out party atmosphere and amazing musical lineups! Over 165,000 attendants come to Bayfront park to listen to the best of hip hop and electronic music sets.
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Key West Songwriters Festival (Key West)
The Key West Songwriter’s festival is the largest festival of its kind in the world! Beginning in 1997, BMI has sponsored one of the unique music festivals in Florida, now in its 25th year!
This 5 day music festival revolves around live music and the backstory behind songs from the artists themselves. Held in Key West Floirda what makes the Key West Songwriters Festival unique is many of the shows are free!
With over 30 shows, 150 musicians and 5 days of music this is one of the largest music festivals in Florida. Held at various venues across downtown Key West. If looking for a place to stay check out one of our Airbnb suggestions.
Florida Folk Festival (White Springs)
The Florida Folk Festival is a three-day festival to celebrate music, dance, crafts and food that make Florida unique. Held over Memorial Day weekend, there are over 300 performances dedicated to Floirda’s heritage.
Each year a theme is chosen by the Department of State’s Florida Folklife Program. The festival began 68 years ago at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park located on the Suwannee River.
One of the unique music festivals in Florida it is called Florida’s Best Cultural Event. There are craft areas, a Seminole camp, folklife areas, dancing, workshops, children area and marketplace.
Gasparilla Music Festival (Tampa)
The Gasparilla Music Festival is held in downtown Tampa during the second weekend of March. It is one of the music festivals in Florida that benefit charity supporting youth music programs. Hosted by the Gasparilla Music Foundation it aims to support music education through its Recycled Tunes program.
Held at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park it features a wide variety of musical acts and cuisine from around Tampa. There are over 40 performers across 4 stages, and all local restaurants are located at Calle Cocina.
Tickets begin at $40 for single day or $60 for both days and between $100 to $200 for VIP.
Saint Augustine Celtic Festival (St. Augustine)
The Saint Augustine Celtic Festival is in its 10th year and held in St. Augustine Florida at Francis Field. The Celtic Festival is produced by a non-profit arts and cultural organization. The festival is held of St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The festival takes place in the oldest Celtic city (founded in 1565 by Spanish Celts) in the United States and is one of the best Celtic music festivals in Florida and the US!
It is two days of family fun, Celtic bands from around the world, Highland Games, Celtic foods and crafts. And Celtic Clans who show off family pride and heritage during a parade.
General Admission is $10 and VIP begins at $75. There is a whiskey tasting held on Friday night and tickets are $50.
Miami Jazz Festival (Miami)
The Miami Jazz Festival is held in Miami Gardens in the spring. In its 15th year takes place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The festival celebrates arts, culture and music at Jazz in the Gardens or JITG for short.
One of Miami’s premier music festivals in Florida, it highlights local and international modern Jazz, R&B, Soul, Hip Hop and Pop artists. There are also conferences, artwork and films at the Jazz Festival held during the first week of March!
Springing the Blues (Jacksonville)
Springing the Blues is held at the Seawalk Pavilion in downtown Jacksonville Beach. This is one of the best free music festivals in Florida featuring blues music that began in 1991.
It is a three-day event brining national and local artists together for over 125,000 fans on two stages set on the beach in Jacksonville.
Springing the Blues takes place in April and has been included as one of the top 50 musical festivals in the USA by Downbeat Magazine. This festival is child-friendly has food vendors and an arts marketplace.
Suwannee River Jam (Live Oak)
Suwannee River Jam is one of the music festivals in Florida held at an outdoor space on the banks of the Suwannee River in Live Oak. The festival takes place at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and Campground an 800 acre outdoor space.
One of the largest country and camping music festivals in Florida it has been held for 28 years! This music festival is known for its outdoor activities like canoeing, springs, hiking and biking and is family friendly.
The campground offers RV spots, cabins, and primitive camping for the festival. The event runs Wednesday through Saturday with General Admission tickets starting at $120 and VIP Packages starting at $200 for the weekend. Camping fees are extra!
Tortuga Music Festival (Fort Lauderdale)
The Tortuga Music Festival is a three-day festival held in Fort Lauderdale focused on music, beaches, and marine conservation. Held in November it is one of the music festivals in Florida that combine country, rock, rap and roots over the last 8 years.
Benefiting Rock The Ocean Foundation the Tortuga Music Festival has raised over $2 million dollars to support education and scientific research. Each year Conservation Village is held on festival grounds with interactive experiences, games and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
Held in November single day tickets are $138, and multiday tickets are $239 with VIP starting at $1249.
The Fest (Gainesville)
The fest is an independent music festival in Florida held in Gainesville Florida, during the weekend of the Florida vs Georgia Football Game. This music festival was started in 2004 by Tony Weinbender.
The Fest is known for mostly punk and indie rock bands that play at various venues such as Bo Diddly Plaza around the Gainesville area over a three-day period.
Grown from only 60 bands in 2004, and in 2013 added “Pre-Fest” event in Ybor City before continuing in Gainesville. Last year there were 319 musical acts, 29 comedians, and 50 professional wrestlers over three days!
30A Songwriters Festival (South Walton)
Located in South Walton, on the Florida panhandle the 30A Songwriters Festival is named after the historic 30A highway. Now in its 11th year it is one of the music festivals in Florida benefiting charity.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County uses the festival as a fundraiser to raise money for the arts. The festival is spread throughout 25 venues across South Walton. It mixes perfect white sand beaches of the Gulf and over 175 artists and 220 performances giving an in-depth look into the songwriting process.
Welcome to Rockville (Daytona Beach)
Welcome to Rockville is a music festival held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach during May. This is one of the music festivals in Florida held near the beach!
In its 10th year Welcome to Rockville is a music festival featuring rock and metal artists. Held over three days the festival is spread over three to four stages with food, music, and camping.
Billed as the largest rock festival on the East Coast it moved from Jacksonville to Daytona Beach this year.
Sunset Music Festival (Tampa)
The Sunset Music Festival is a two-day electronic dance music festival held in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium. The 5th annual Sunset Music festival is one of the premier EDM music festivals in Florida.
The festival is attended by over 50,000 and one of the largest festivals in the area. Growing from only 5,000 festival goers in 2006! Known for its video and audio productions, this festival kicks off summer! Artists perform house, bass, techno, and trance music on stage for fans ready to dance.
The Gulf Coast Jam (Panama City)
The Gulf Coast Jam is held in Panama City Beach and hosted by Pepsi! It is one of the largest music festivals in Florida for country music, and is a three-day event!
The Gulf Coast jam began 6 years ago as a way for Pepsi to showcase up and coming country and southern rock artists as well as big name headliners.
There is a happy hour from 2 to 5pm with bogo Pepsi and Bud Light! Come enjoy the music and the beach!
Tickets begin at $119 for Military, First Responders and Medical professionals, while General Admission starts at $149.
Rolling Loud Festival (Miami)
The Rolling Loud is one of the largest Hip Hop music festivals in Florida. What makes this one of the unique music festivals in Florida is that since 2015 it is a touring hip hop festival!
The three-day Rolling loud festival showcases the top hip hop and rap artists in the world held at Hard Rock Stadium. Other locations include Portugal, Los Angles, Oakland, and New York.
The festival artist are known to perform at clubs around Miami, so make sure to check out nightlife while in Miami. If looking for some of the best breakfast spots in Miami before heading to the festival or home from a night out checkout our list!
Sunfest (West Palm Beach)
Sunfest began in 1982 as is one of the largest waterfront music festivals in Florida. The festival is held in downtown West Palm Beach the first week of may!
Held in the West Palm Beach arts district the festival is spread out along Flagler Dive. This four day long festival is held Thursday through Sunday.
Sunfest is more than music, with Art district open, floating bars, and 115 food choice with plant based and vegan options along with favorites such as Cousins Maine Lobster.
Ticket prices start at $40 for a 1-day pass, $64 for 2-day and $83 for 4-day pass.
Thunder by the Bay (Sarasota)
Thunder by the Bay is one of the music festivals in Florida benefiting charity. In its 23rd year, this music and motorcycle festival is held in Sarasota at the fairgrounds benefiting Suncoast Charities for Children.
The festival attracts over 40,000 bikers and is a more family friendly event than Daytona. The festival features live music, motorcycle events such as the Sunday Charity ride, over a 100 food vendors and a beer garden.
Each day there are also events hosted at Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson. Tickets are $5 for admission or $12 for the 3-day pass.
The Country 500 (Daytona Beach)
The Country 500 is a country music festival held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach during Memorial Day weekend. Also called the Great American Music Fest at Daytona it takes place on the infield of the iconic Daytona speedway.
This is one of the multi-day music festivals in Florida that encourages camping. Held over the three day Memorial Weekend the Country 500 features various top country musicians over several stages spread thought the speedway.
There are camping and RV sites available throughout the venue with meet and greets being held in the garages of the speedway. Numerous food truck, and vendors are located throughout the festival
Single day tickets being at $75, a 3-day pass is $185 and VIP begins at $699.
Rock the Universe (Orlando)
Rock the Universe is a Christian music festivals in Florida held at Universal Studios in Orlando. The largest Christian music festival in the state it provides faith and fun!
This is a two-night event held at Universal Studios with performances, rides, and worship opportunities. Held over the weekend, Saturday kicks off with a gospel ceremony before headlines take over the stage, and again on Sunday with a non-denominational worship service.
This Florida music festival has been held at Universal Studios since 1998, and now takes places in January. A one night pass is $72, and two nights is $112!
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