SunFest (May) 2021 – Chill West Palm Beach Music Festival
West Palm Beach, FloridaStart Date: 29/04/2021End Date: 02/05/2021
Music Under the Sun
With the sunshine kissing your cheeks, salty breeze easing your mind, artwork inspiring your imagination, and impossibly fantastic music forcing your body to sway in unison with the crowd…
Sunfest 2020 has been Cancelled due to the coronavirus [COVID-19] outbreak
SunFest is a festival of grand proportions, combining the best of all the great things in life- sunshine, ocean, art, and music.
Music Under the Sun
With the sunshine kissing your cheeks, salty breeze easing your mind, artwork inspiring your imagination, and impossibly fantastic music forcing your body to sway in unison with the crowd… SunFest is a festival of grand proportions, combining the best of all the great things in life- sunshine, ocean, art, and music.
In 2021 Sunfest music festival will happen from April 29 – 2 of May.
Florida’s famous Sun festival has had a grand reputation for not only displaying breathtaking art shows, but for bringing in some of the popular bands we know of. In years past, they have hosted the likes of The Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Carrie Underwood, Awolnation, Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, and many notable others.
On the 5 stunningly sunny days of May 3-7, SunFest was at it again in downtown West Palm beach all along the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway.
In 2017 they have a jam-packed groovy lineup ready for you, including a diverse array of musical extraordinaires such as Snoop Dogg, Weezer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Dirty Heads, Flo Rida, and Blink 182… There were great beats for everyone to party down to.
2018 includes some of the biggest new names and some of the biggest old names. From the new names you can find Pitbull, Nick Jonas, Zedd, Dnce, and many more. From the old names you can find Incubus, Billy Idol, Ice Cube, and more. You can find the full lineup and schedule at the Sunfest website.
See some of the headliners and more in the 2019 lineup below:
So Why Sunfest?
This May, delight yourself by wrapping up in the four greatest things in the world: sunshine, ocean, art, and music. Dance your fanny off and let loose- you most definitely deserve it. Florida’s fabulous SunFest is waiting.
The festival will end each day at around 10-11pm, but this certainly does not mean your partying has to stop. Luckily, West Palm Beach just so happens to have a thriving nightlife, especially during the time of SunFest. Tons of local bands will be playing at bars and clubs (such as O’Shea’s, Roxy’s Pub, and all of Clematis Street) until wee hours of the morning!
2#Treat your self
Pretty much any festival-goer understands the condition Port-a-Potties can get into during a music festival. . . This potty situation at festivals is reportedly the worst part- but hey, you know what? It doesn’t have to be! SunFest offers access to VIP bathrooms (really nice ones), for only $5 a day. Yes, get on that!
3#Choose a place to meet (beforehand)
Have you ever gotten the text message from a friend, “Hey! I’m outside the bathrooms by the trash cans,” at a large festival? If so, you understand the frustration this can cause when there are over 7 different locations for restrooms. To solve this potential (and undeniably common) situation ahead of time, discuss with your friends, before separating, a unique and distinguishable place to meet up.
What to Do?
A better name for this section might be, “what not to do in West Palm Beach,”
for there is an overwhelming amount of fun to be had in this beautiful, beachside city.
From the floating-on-water experience of airboat rides, to soaring down huge waterslides at Rapids Water Park, to getting up-close and personal with exotic wildlife at McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, to a tranquil afternoon at the Norton Museum of Art, there is something perfect in West Palm Beach for every person in nearly every mood.
Where to Stay?
Unfortunately, SunFest does not offer festival camping; however, fortunately, West Palm Beach has an array of beautiful and comfortable hotels for your accommodation.
Hotel Biba, at under $100 a night for a room, is highly regarded as a great hotel for couples (however, you most definitely don’t have to be in a couple to enjoy it!).
The Hilton Garden Inn for $150 a night with their glorious outdoor pool also comes highly regarded.
There doesn’t seem to be any hostels in the area for cheaper accommodation, but if you pair up with a group of people and split the cost, it shouldn’t be too bad. Plus, SunFest works hard to make their tickets highly affordable, so the cost of the overall trip wouldn’t be too bad.
Where to Eat?
West Palm Beach is a fantastic haven for food lovers.
One place that comes highly recommended is the Avocado Grill; it’s a health and Earth conscious, farm-to-table type restaurant that serves American dishes with a Caribbean-inspired twist (such as their delectable sushi and seafood tapas).
Another popular place to eat is called Aioli; it is a laid back restaurant with hip decor that serves delicious salads, sandwiches, and more using locally grown ingredients.
Nick’s 50’s Diner
Also, if you are looking to grub down somewhere fun and upbeat, Nick’s 50’s Diner is always serving up delicious burgers and fries in style.
How to Get There?
Whether you are flying in from within the state, out of the state, or out of the country, you are going to want to fly into West Palm International Airport.
Getting there from Tampa:
It will cost from $40-$60 and will take about 3 hours and 40 minutes. You can take a bus from the Tampa Amtrak terminal directly to the West Palm Beach Amtrak terminal.
You can drive from Tampa to West Palm Beach in about 3 hours and 15 minutes. You are going to want to start off on the I-275, and follow the I-4E to Polk County where you will take exit 10. From there, you will get on Florida’s Turnpike in Osceola County and follow that to FL-704 in West Palm Beach, then take exit 70 and you’re there!
Getting there from Jacksonville:
It will cost from $50-$80 and take about 7 hours. From the Jacksonville Amtrak station, you can take a train directly to the West Palm Beach Amtrak station.
Driving will take about 4 hours. Take Main St. N to FL-10E and merge onto I-95. Follow I-95 all the way down the beautiful coastline until you reach FL-704/Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach, then take exit 70 and you’re there!
Getting there from Miami:
The train will cost $8-$6 and take about an hour and a half. From The Metro Rail Transfer Station in Miami, you can take a train to the West Palm Beach station.
Driving from Miami will take a little bit over an hour. Start off on I-95 and follow that until you reach FL-704 E/Okeechobee Blvd in West Palm Beach, then take exit 70 to your destination.
Unlike many festivals that start out as a one day event and extend to longer weekends, SunFest originally started, way back in 1983 as a whopping 10 day festival. After getting into some debt, they decided to persist anyways and rock on with a final 5 day festival; which is now a huge success!
Also unlike many music festivals, SunFest is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, making it affordable for people to attend the event. With a focus on music, art, and culture, the Palm Beach Cultural Council’s executive director, Will Ray, has set a goal for SunFest to help out other cultural groups as much as they can.
As well, SunFest has awarded over $40,000 in art and music college scholarships, given away many tickets to underdeveloped populations, and held fundraisers to enhance a greater sense of community. Wowza!