With warm weather and perpetual sunshine, South Florida is an ideal place for huge, open-air music festivals spanning several days. While they give you the opportunity to see new talent or your favorite artists, music festivals in South Florida are just good fun whether you're a big concert-goer or not. Who wouldn't want to hang out with their friends, and listen and dance to great music while getting a killer tan all on the same weekend? There are plenty of music festivals in Miami and the surrounding area you could attend, but we have narrowed down the best live music festivals in South Florida in 'Feel the Rhythm Like Never Before at South Florida's Best Music Festivals.'


Virginia Key Grassroots Festival 2018

The Virginia Key Grassroots Music Festival offers a new take on music festivals in Miami with a whole week of music and a variety of local menus. The mission of this South Florida music festival is to showcase diversity. Although the primary location is Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, in Key Biscayne like a genuine grassroots movement, this festival cannot be contained in a single place. Experience this best music festival in South Florida February 21st through 25th.

Rolling Loud Festival

Hosting two major music festivals within weeks of one another, Brickell's Bayfront Park makes a pretty dope concert spot. Interestingly, while Rolling Loud Festival and Ultra Music Festival attract acts and music aficionados from different ends of the spectrum, the energy is equally strong at both festivals. This year's Rolling Loud Festival will be March 11th through 13th. Performers haven't been announced yet, but the 2017 Rolling Loud Festival was a star-studded whos-who of hip-hop royalty with Li'l Wayne, Future, and Kendrick Lamar as headliners.

Ultra Music Festival

It's hard to believe that Ultra Music Festival is quickly approaching its 20th anniversary, making it the granddaddy on our list of the best Music Festivals in South Florida. However, this famous electronic music festival in Miami is not showing any signs of aging or slowing down. What began as a one-day event for a niche music genre exploded into a raucous, three-day event inviting electronic music's biggest names. This year's Ultra Music Festival will be held at Miami's Bayfront Park in Brickell. March 23rd through 25th.

Fort Lauderdale

Tortuga Music Festival 2018

Break out your cowboy hats! While it may seem unlikely, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park makes an excellent locale for country music. Isn't everything better on the beach? Attendees of the Tortuga Music Festival certainly agree! Country music fans from all over the state flock to this music festival in South Florida, and it's easy to see why: warm sunshine, good music, and sand beneath your feet. It doesn't get better. Be sure to hit up one of the nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale after the show, 

Chili Cook-Off

Another festival making our list of the best of South Florida's Best Music Festivals is a country music festival.  The Chili Cook-Off is the perfect intersection between the area's love affair with country music with everyone's love for chili. In addition to fantastic chili, the festival has big-name headliners like Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish at this year's Chili Cook-Off. Rucker once crooned, "I only wanna be with you," and, with good tunes and delicious food on deck, we think you'll be inclined to accept an invitation to this premiere event in Ft. Lauderdale. Big & Rich headline the Chili Cook-Off Saturday, January 20th.

West Palm Beach


Featuring an eclectic collection of artists, SunFest serves as South Florida's answer to Lollapalooza. Sure, it may not have the estsablished cache, but, if your musical tastes are diverse enough, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better lineup in the Southeast. Blink 182, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, and Macklemore headlined last year's festival, so expect to see legendary performers in 2018. This year's Sunfest will take place May 3rd through 6th in West Palm Beach.

While the area isn't known for its music scene, South Florida's best music festivals show that we're growing fast in this regard. Who knows? Maybe one day South Florida will rival places like Nashville and Memphis. If that ever happens, we'll be able to look at these shows as the transformative events.

Find more events like these by checking out the following pages: Festivals in Miami, Festivals in Fort Lauderdale, and Festivals in West Palm Beach. As always, be sure to follow 305area for music festivals and more in Miami. 


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