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III Points Festival Live
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The 8 best music festivals in Florida

Looking for music festivals in Florida? Rage at Ultra, get country at Tortuga and a whole lot more.

By Liz Tracy and Ryan Pfeffer

Music festivals in Florida offer some pretty sweet sets for all walks of concert life. EDM bros will find themselves right at home at the massive Ultra Music Festival while head-banging rockers should head to Jacksonville for the epic Welcome to Rockville. There’s plenty more too, from West Palm Beach to Tampa, proving that there’s much more to Florida than amusement parks and beaches (though those are pretty great too).

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Best music festivals in Florida

III Points Festival at Mana Wynwood October 9-11, 2015
Photograph: Jason Koerner

1. III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival

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The Miami-born music festival, now in its sixth year, moves to the winter in 2019 in order to avoid that pesky Hurrican season. Now we don’t have to worry about the rain ruining what's sure to be epic year thanks to headliners A$AP Rocky, SZA, Beach House, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake and many more. Expect plenty of art, trippy installations and tropi-goth fashion throughout the three-day festival.

Ultra Music Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Ultra/Philippe Wuyts

2. Ultra Music Festival

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Ultra Music Festival is still the biggest music event in Miami and Ultra 2019 should be as big as ever. This year is special because Ultra is moving to a brand new venue, Virginia Key Beach Park, after over a decade at Bayfront Park. Like previous years, Ultra 2019 provides three days of dance music spread across multiple stages with headliners like Deadmau5, Marshmello, Tiesto, Martin Garrix and more.

Gasparilla Music Festival
Photograph: Courtesy Gasparilla/Anthony Martino

3. Gasparilla Music Festival

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The west coast of Florida knows how to jam out too. At this year’s Tampa-based music festival, expect the Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr, Toro Y Moi and more to draw big crowds for the annual Gasparilla Music Festival. The whole thing is sponsored by Tampa’s own Cigar City Brewing, so you know there’ll be plenty to drink too. 600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa.

Tortuga Music Festival
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Tortuga Music Festival/Marc Serota

4. Tortuga Music Festival

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Sing along at Fort Lauderdale’s sixth annual Tortuga Music Festival, a sun-soaked, boozy three-day party featuring country, rock and roots favorites. Thousands pour onto Fort Lauderdale’s beachside to watch 2019 headliners Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Sheryl Crow and more. The festival benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, which works to increase public awareness about issues impacting the world’s oceans. 1100 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.

Photograph: Unsplash/Corey Motta

5. Kaya Fest

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Appropriately taking place on 4/20, Kaya Fest sees three generations of the Marley family take over Bayfront Park for a full day of reggae heaven. Stephen, Ziggy, Julian and Damian Marley will all be there along with Sean Paul, Chi Ching Ching and even more Marley family members. The vibes will be good. The smoke will be thick. 

Welcome to Rockville
Photograph: Courtesy Welcome to Rockville/Scott Uchida

6. Welcome to Rockville

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If the name didn’t give it away, Welcome to Rockville promises two days of heavy-duty, fling-your-hair-back rock and roll. But the rock at this Jacksonville fest comes in many forms. This year, they’re bringing some absolute legends, spanning different eras and tastes of rock history: Korn, Rob Zombie, Tool, Incubus and many more acts that’ll leave you with a sore neck. 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd, Jacksonville.

Sunset Music Festival
Photograph: Courtesy SMF/Drew Ressler

7. Sunset Music Festival

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This is Tampa's answer to Ultra Music Festival. Expect EDM madness, pounds of glitter and all the raving madness one sees at major EDM fests. Just a few of the names spinning in 2019: Skrillex, 12th Planet, Alison Wonderland and more. 4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa.

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