What’s better to do in South Florida than feel the sun on your skin and the ocean breeze in your hair as you listen to the country’s top music acts perform live? That’s what you get at SunFest, a four-day music festival held each May on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront.
The first SunFest was held in 1983, and this annual event has been entertaining festivalgoers ever since. Past acts have included Bob Dylan, Kendrick Lamar, Duran Duran, John Legend, The Beach Boys, The Roots, Journey, Smashing Pumpkins and Snoop Dogg. Hear more than 50 bands perform on three stages, and the music is just the beginning—it’s complemented by eye-catching art, delectable eats, floating bars and a fireworks show to close the weekend.
SunFest is set up along Flagler Drive from Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Drive. Shows start at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and noon on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the three stages, festival grounds include the Art District, where you can shop local artists’ work and watch live demonstrations, and a ChillZone for relaxing over a game of corn hole. But the main draw is definitely the live music, featuring a mix of genres including rock ‘n’ roll, funk, indie rock, hip-hop, country and reggae.
Once again, the 2018 SunFest brings big names in music to the West Palm Beach waterfront. Check out performers like Zedd, Logic, Rae Sremmurd and local favorite Pitbull, all of which will leave festivalgoers dancing on the lawn … or on one of the three party barges lining the waterfront. While we're name-dropping, don’t miss Nick Jonas, Billy Idol, Ice Cube, and Incubus.
Since it’s an outdoor festival, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome at SunFest. Umbrellas and beach umbrellas are allowed, but you might be asked to close them if they obstruct other concertgoers’ views of the stage. Plastic factory-sealed water bottles, baby food and food for those with medical conditions are allowed. Wheelchairs and medical scooters are ok, and concertgoers with disabilities may bring their service animals.