Florida has become one of the best states in America to see a great music festival.
With great weather and desirable locations, the Sunshine State will become ground zero for music fans to see both their favorite stars and up-and-coming artists who will be out to make a name for themselves in 2018. So if you’re in search of that epic Florida music festival to kick off New Year on the best foot, here are five that you certainly cannot miss early in 2018.
Dirtybird Campout East 2018
February 2-4 @ Various Times
Forever Florida -- 4755 N. Kenansville Rd., St. Cloud, FL 34773
(407) 957-9794 (Forever Florida Phone #)
The Dirtybird Campout will bring its epic West Coast festival to the wilds of Central Florida early in February. The East Coast version of the Dirtybird Campout will bring in an exciting mix of stars and up-and-comers in the EDM world. Leading the pack will be Biz Markie and Just Blaze, who will bring along such friends as Pearson Sound and more who will turn Forever Florida into one giant party.
Okeechobee Music Festival
March 1-4 @ Various Times
12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972
No Phone Number
In the rural South Florida county of Okeechobee, a music festival will take root and transform this laidback county into music central. The Okeechobee Music Festival has been gaining ground in stature on the festival circuit with its eclectic lineup of guest, with 2018’s lineup featuring the likes of R&B breakout star Khalid, legend Snoop Dogg, the immortal Arcade Fire, and up-and-comers such as The Ghost of Paul Revere.
Gasparilla Music Festival
March 10-11 @ Various Times
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park -- 600 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
No Phone Number
The Gasparilla Festival is one of Florida’s largest, and as part of the takeover of pirate culture in Tampa, the event will play host to the Gasparilla Music Festival. The GMF is one of the festival’s more popular events, and this year, the lineup will include Break Science, The Roots, and Father John Misty among other great acts.
Life in Color
Jan. 14 @ 4pm
Mana Wynwood -- 318 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127
Music and paint just go together like toast and butter. To get this intoxicatingly fun combination, make your way to Mana Wynwood in Miami for Life in Color, the world’s best music, and paint festival. While you’re getting happily doused with paint, you’ll take in the sounds of 21 Savage, local up-and-comer Lil Pump (Gucci Gang!), Zedd and more to kick start 2018.
Ultra Music Festival
March 23-25 @ Various Times
Bayfront Park -- 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
(305) 358-7550 (Bayfront Park Phone #)
You can’t have any talk about the world’s best music festival and not mention Ultra Music Festival. Widely and rightfully considered the best EDM festival in the world, the Ultra Music Festival will bring in the crowds to Miami’s beautiful Bayfront Park to witness the sounds of some of the world’s best DJs. We’re talking Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Marshmello, and a whole lot more that will turn up South Beach in March.