As it has been the case every year for more than two decades, more than 250,000 people will gather in West Palm Beach during the first week of May to enjoy four days at SunFest, Florida's premier music festival.
SunFest 2018 lineup: Options that adapt to the most demanding tastes
There will be over fifty shows, including local bands, DJs and world renowned artists, performing on three grand stages throughout the festival. Be ready for a wide variety of genres: Rock, Urban, Latin, Hip Hop, R&B and Dance, among many others.
Here is a sample of some of the most outstanding performers you'll be able to see: Nick Jonas, Ice Cube, Pitbull, PartyNextDoor, Incubus, Zedd, GroupLove and Samantha Harvey. The artist lineup continues being impressive year after year! Don’t miss out on one of the most unique and exciting experiences of 2018.
Schedule: Do not miss a beat
The festival will be celebrated among three main stages: the Ford Stage, the Tire Kingdom Stage and the JetBlue Stage. Each one will run according to its own schedule and lineup so, be sure to always check what time and on which stage your favorite artists will perform at. We will be delighted to provide you with a list of entertainers and the locations where they will play, keep an eye on it and don't miss a minute of this magnificent event.
May 3rd: Marley Waters, The O´My´s, Logic.
May 4th: DJ Adam Limpson, Olivia O´Brien, Zedd.
May 5th:The String Assassins, The SH-Booms, DJ Stryker, Ice Cube, Paul Anthony & The Reggae SoulJahs, Sleepwalkers, 311.
May 6th: RDGLDGRN, Sublime with Rome, Sonali, Malu Trevejo, Pitbull.
Tire Kingdom Stage
May 3rd: Brothers of Others, Living Colour, Billy Idol.
May 4th: Brother Sundance, Dreamers, Incubus.
May 5th: NostalJah, Toots and The Maytals, Soja, Nite Box, Samantha Harvey, Nick Jonas.
May 6th: LovelyTheBand, Third Eye Blind, Dafeauxnito, Ari Lennox, PartyNextDoor.
May 3rd: Sir Sly, Girl Talk.
May 4th: Hell & Hollar, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
May 5th: Thoughts, Castlecomer, GroupLove, The Captain, Sremmlife Crew: Bobo Swae + Riff 3X, Rae Sremmurd.
The first two days of the festival (Thursday and Friday) will be relatively smooth as there will be an average of three performances on each stage, starting at five o'clock in the afternoon and ending at around ten o'clock at night.
However, during the next two days (Saturday and Sunday), there can be up to seven presentations on each stage, taking into account that the day begins by noon. Manage your budget and energy accordingly so you can make the most out of your experience until the night ends.
Where to purchase tickets, price range
Tickets can be purchased directly from the official event website: www.sunfest.com. They offer flexible options that will allow you to choose the solution that best adapts to your budget, tastes and schedule.
- Four-day tickets: US $81 if purchased before April the 28th. From April the 29th to the initial day of SunFest, the cost is US $92.
- Two day tickets: US $43 before April the 28th. From April the 29th to the first day of the festival, US $49. The cost will be US $54 if tickets are purchased after that date.
- Children: Free admission for children under five years of age (with accompanying adult).
- Special prices for older children and seniors: From 6 to 12 years of age and over 65 years old.
- Volume discounts: Additional discounts are offered with the purchase of tickets for large groups (more than one hundred tickets).
- Military Discounts: If you served our nation, you deserve special treatment and well as a special price!
Are you ready to join the party? Select your hosting in advance
The arrival of more than 250,000 people for four consecutive days is a situation that implies an overload of all services, but even though Miami is a major touristic hub, designed to cater to large numbers of visitors, we recommend that you plan your accommodation options well in advance.
There are some hotels that offer special plans for the SunFest Festival. Such is the case of Hyatt Place, they offer tourist packages that cover from a single night's accommodation to a full stay, including the price of admission to all shows, This will allow you to enjoy this great event without having to worry about complicated details.
If you decide to look for more affordable lodging options, remember that it is always best to find locations in the vicinity of the venue you plan to attend or where a public transportation stop may be available, as some roads may remain closed, contributing to a significant increase of traffic. Some of the options that provide the best value include: the Ramada West Palm Beach, Days Inn and La Quinta Inn.
SunFest: The best dining options during your stay
The best option to grab something to eat will undoubtedly be the one that allows you to witness every minute of every show you wish to see. As we all know, once you've found the best place in the crowd to enjoy your favorite artist, staying there until the show is over will become your main priority!
We recommend that you eat a full and nutritious meal before going to the shows, once you get there, it will be easier to deal with your day enjoying the snacks or any of the fast food options available at each venue.
Remember that in our restaurant section, you will be able to discover the best local culinary options and classify them according to type of food and price. We also encourage you to take a 'virtual tour' in order to preview the most succulent and convenient dining establishments available in your area.
All set! How to actually get to SunFest
As we mentioned before, not having a car in Miami is not a major problem, the city counts with one of the best public transportation networks in the country. Bus #1 stops near the SunFest 2018 site. You can choose between the Banyan Blvd. or Quadrille Blvd. stops, which are only a few feet away from the main concert venues.
However, if you need additional help, we recommend the use of applications such as Moovit, which will let you calculate how long it would take to travel from your home to the SunFest site and determine which routes and connections you should take according to the mode of transportation you choose.
Additional information that you should not overlook
Safety should always be a top priority, remember to memorize or take note of the most important emergency numbers. If you plan to attend with other people, set up a meeting point in case your mobile phones stop working. If possible, wear unique, eye-catching clothing, this will make it easy for others to find you. Some music fans print T-shirts just for the occasion, which, in addition to being fun, will make it simple to differentiate you from the rest of the crowd.
We have reached the end of the tour and covered all the basics that will let you spend four wonderful days brimming with excellent weather and brilliant music. SunFest 2018 awaits! Are you ready to embrace this unforgettable experience?