Everyone has something they look forward to during the year. For some people, their favorite time of the year is the holidays. Others may enjoy family trips to a specific destination, or to do an activity like camping.
For many people, the best time of the year is when you get to spend time at a music festival. Festivals can be more fun and relaxing than any traditional vacation, but which ones remain on the calendar in 2019?
Peak festival season may be winding down, but don’t worry about having missed your chance to go to a festival. Read about these seven music festivals in Florida that are still happening through 2019.
1. Gulf Coast Jam, Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Labor Day weekend is a favorite time for people to get away on a fun trip. Almost everyone gets Labor Day off, so why not use the opportunity to travel?
This year, use your Labor Day weekend to see a music festival. Florida has one set up and ready to go. All you need to do is buy your ticket.
The Gulf Coast Jam on Labor Day weekend is a can’t-miss festival if you like your music with a little twang. It’s a celebration of country music, right on beautiful Panama City Beach. You can enjoy the white sands and clear waters during the day and dance to your favorite country stars at night.
Past headliners have been mega-stars like Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. The headliners for 2019 are Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Kid Rock. There’s no way this country music festival won’t easily make your top five favorite festivals of all time.
2. Suwannee Hulaween, Oct. 24-27
This Halloween, celebrate by checking out one of the best music festivals in Florida. With a 56-band lineup, including headliners The String Cheese Incident, Suwannee Hulaween is four fun-filled days of partying and people-watching. Don’t forget to pack your favorite Halloween costume!
3. The Kiss Kruise, Oct. 30-Nov. 9
Tired of the same old music festival venues? Why not try out a fest on a cruise ship? Travel from Miami to places like the Bahamas and Jamaica while getting to see legendary rock bands every night.
4. The Fest, Nov. 1-3
The Fest is a combination music festival and flea market, but they’re serious about their bands. Three days of nearly nonstop music will be perfect for rocking out your music festival dreams. Check out their lineup to see which bands you love and what days would be the best to buy tickets for.
5. Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando, Nov. 8-10
Want a little more fun in your future music festival? Combine it with a carnival by checking out the Electric Daisy Carnival in Orlando. You’ll get to see the biggest names in techno, EDM and house music.
As one of the largest music festivals in the country, it happens at the historic Tinker Field. Zipline and enjoy the carnival by day, then party to the best music all night.
6. Miami Beach Pop Festival, Nov. 8-10
The Miami Beach Pop Festival has a little bit of music for everyone. You can hear your favorite artists like Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson and Maggie Rodgers perform against a backdrop of crashing sunset waves.
Although it’s on a public beach, the event isn’t free, so get tickets soon if you’re interested in going.
7. Florida CraftArt Festival, Nov. 18-19
For those who love to listen to their favorite music while doing their craft hobbies, the Florida CraftArt Festival is where you’ll feel right at home. All kinds of artists visit St. Petersburg from all over the state to show off their goods and teach people how to make things with their hands.
When you’re not learning a new crafting skill, you can do some wine tasting and listen to indie bands play their best songs.
Try Something New
Every festival will be a great trip to Florida, since they all offer something different. You can dance to music, see unique crafters, cruise in style or even dress up in your favorite Halloween costume.
Whatever you want to do at your music festivals this year, check out the ones Florida has to offer. With the wide array of festivals they host in the fall, you’re sure to love whichever one you go to.