10 Music Festivals In Florida You Can't Miss In 2018

May 31, 2018

Photo credit: JorgPhoto (Okeechobee 2017)

For those of you who like to extend festival season, Florida is the place to go! In the south of the United States, the orange state has festivals all year-round due to its incredible weather: you will be surrounded by beach, palm trees, and sunshine. Not only are the sights beautiful but the festivals will have you living your dreams. There is a wide variety of festivals throughout the sunshine state, from electronic to rock, and here are the top ten music festivals in Florida you must attend.

Holy Ship

When: January 5 - 9, 2019 | January 9 - 12, 2019

Where: Port Canaveral, United States

Why we LOVE it: Hop on a cruise ship that holds more than 4,000+ people as you party day and night! Holy Ship sails off from Port Canaveral and makes its way all the way to the Caribbean: think onboard pool parties, white sandy beach parties, endless ocean views and turquoise waters to dip your body in. The craziest cruise ride of our planet is definitely a unique experience as even top-notch DJ-s will be playing beer-pong and party with you on board!

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Life in Color Miami

When: January, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Miami, United States

Why we LOVE it: Join the world’s largest paint party with Life in Color Miami! Thousands of attendees come from every corner of the world to fill the festival with love, friendship, and life. Life in Color Miami works to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience with unique art installations, surprise performances, world-known DJs, and of course paint blasts. The festival allows attendees to escape reality with a blank canvas and color their way with new memories.

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Groove Cruise Miami

When: January 10 - 14, 2019

Where: Fort Lauderdale, United States

Why we LOVE it: For more than ten years, Groove Cruise Miami has changed over 23,000 lives with their unforgettable oceanic experience. It started with just a group of 125 friends and has boomed into the world’s largest floating dance music festival. Those who attend leave as strangers turned into family, from the ship family to the cruisers. One of our most beloved cruise festivals brings people together through the joy of music and having an incredible time.

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Ultra Miami

When: March 29 - 31, 2019

Where: Miami, United States

Why we LOVE it: As one of the most famous EDM festivals in the world, Ultra Miami will have you partying for three days straight. It first started off as a one-day event at the beach, but with its popularity, it eventually grew to the worldwide movement that it is today. It crowns the Miami Music Week with its incredible line-ups and stellar lighting and visuals. Ultra Miami takes you into another world that will keep you coming back from more every year.

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When: March, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Okeechobee, United States

Why we LOVE it: Connecting people, nature, and music, Okeechobee is more than just a music festival but a reconnection to land. The camping festival is located right on a white-sand beach with lakeside bars, art installations, yoga, and much more. Of course, there are incredible artists in the line-up, from rock to reggae, but Okeechobee takes the idea of a festival and turns it into something more.

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When: May 3 - 5, 2019

Where: Jacksonville, United States

Why we LOVE it: The weekend rock festival features modern and classic rock and metal bands. Welcome to Rockville will bring out your inner rockstar as you jam out with legendary artists. Lucky enough, you can bring the whole family along as all ages are permitted into the festival.

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When: May 2 - 5, 2019

Where: West Palm Beach, United States

Why we LOVE it: With more than 275,000 attendees, SunFest is the state’s largest waterfront music and art festival. There are three stages that feature a wide variety of music styles like indie rock, soul, EDM, and hip-hop. It’s the perfect festival to be exposed to different music genres but there’s no doubt that you will find something you love.

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Rolling Loud

When: May, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Miami, United States

Why we LOVE it: Rolling Loud will have you jamming out to some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop like Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and A$AP Rocky. The three-day music event is a place you need to be if you’re looking to have the time of your life with the best of the best.

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Sunset Music Festival

When: May, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Tampa, United States

Why we LOVE it: Every year, SMF arranges high-quality sound and visuals to give you an experience you’ve never witnessed before. The festival offers some of the best electric dance music that will have you feeling on cloud nine as you dance under the pink and orange sky.

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See also: 10 Best EDM Festivals In The USA You Can't Miss This Year »

Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando

When: November, 2019 (TBA)

Where: Orlando, United States

Why we LOVE it: In the land where it’s sunny year-round, EDC Orlando is known as one of the biggest and craziest winter festivals in North America. For two days, you’ll party hard with some of the biggest names in EDM, house, techno or even hardstyle. Not only will you dance away, the festival is filled with roller coasters, a zip line, a lake, and uncountable fun activities throughout the site.

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Emily Garcés

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Emily is a freelance writer and content creator. When she's not traveling, she loves spending time with her family & friends, going to coffee shops and trying to figure out where her next destination should be.