The state that is best known for sun, fun and beaches is undoubtably always hot when it comes to festivals. Each year tens of thousands are drawn to the sunshine state to let their hair down, wether it's to party on the beach all night long or spend a weekend chilling with friends watching your favorite bands, Florida has something for everyone.
From smooth jazz to rocking moshpits the choices are endless so we've narrowed it down to ten of our favorites.
Ultra Music Festival
Lineup (2019): David Guetta, Tiësto, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5
As the original festival of the global Ultra brand, Ultra Music Festival (UMF for short) is possible the biggest electronic music festival in the world. Founded in 1999, and spread out over three days at Bayfront Park, each year the biggest names in EDM, house, techno and more are invited along with seventy thousand fans for one mammoth party.
When & Where: 20-22 March 2020, Miami
Welcome To Rockville
Lineup (2019): Korn, Tool, Rob Zombie, Incubus, The Prodigy, Shinedown, Judas Priest
First held in 2011, Welcome To Rockville showcases a mixture of modern and classic rock and metal bands. Due to the popularity of WTR over the years, Florida's largest rock festival had to upgrade to the legendary Daytona Beach for two days of headbanging mayhem.
When & Where: 8-10th May 2020, Daytona Beach
Tortuga Music Festival
Lineup (2019): Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown, Flo Rida, Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris
Tortuga Music Festival was first set up in 2012 together with Rock The Ocean to raise money and awareness for marine conservation. Held on the sandy Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, the three day party features the very best of country, pop, rock and roots music.
Since its inaugural edition the festival has already raised over $1,000,000 to help preserve sea life and clean up the ocean.
When & Where: TBA April 2020, Fort Lauderdale
Rolling Loud Festival
Lineup: Migos, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage
Rolling Loud is the largest hip hop festival in the world and its flagship festival takes place Miami. For five years now Rolling Loud has been curating lineups of the biggest and most influential artists to date. Previous headliners have been the likes of Kendrick Lama, A&AP Rocky, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, and Young Thug.
When & Where: TBA May 2020, Miami
Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando
Lineup (2018): Alesso, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Timmy Trumpet, Pendulum, Bassnectar, Alison Wonderland
As part of the global EDC series, Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando hosts the biggest names in electronic music across three days and three incredible stages, all representing a distant union of technology and nature.
EDC is held on the historic grounds of Tinker Field. Complete with rollercoasters and zip wires, the festival is a celebration of life, art, love and music, offering a truly unique experience.
When & Where: 8-10 November, Orlando
Lineup: Less Than Jake, Jawbreaker, Against Me!, Jawbox, Still Little Fingers, The Bronx, American Steel
The Fest is an independent music festival showcasing the very best of the underground music scene. Founded in 2002, the festival hosts over three hundred artists, predominantly in punk rock and pop punk but there are a good number of indie and harder rock acts also displayed over the three days.
The Fest is held in multiple venues around Gainesville ranging from intimate venues to major sized concert halls, it even has its very own pop up flea market.
When & Where: 1-3 November, Gainesville
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
Lineup (2018): Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Halsey, Travis Scott, Khalid, Foster The People, The Flaming Lips
Okeechobee is a four day surreal experience. After the first edition in 2016 it was clear that the festival was to be a fan favorite. The multi-genre festival is filled with immersive art and transformative events. Held at the enormous six hundred acre Sunshine Groove, Okeechobee Fest is a celebration of music, magic and mystery from dusk till dawn.
After taking 2019 off, organisers say they are prepping something even better for 2020.
When & Where: March 2020, Okeechobee
Lineup (2019): Tyler, The Creator, Beach House, Peggy Gou, Erykah Badu, DJ Seinfeld, SZA, A$AP Rocky
Right in the middle of Miami's art district, III Points is a music, art and technology festival. What started on a small scale has grown over the years to push boundaries and change the way audiences experience music.
Beyond a killer lineup the site there are immersive art installations, lectures, panels, master classes focused on art expression, demonstrations and more to get involved in.
When & Where: 28-29th February, Miami
Miami Beach Pop
Lineup: Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, Kygo, The Raconteurs, Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers, Nile Rogers and Chic
Set to have an impressive augural show this November, Okeechobee Art & Music Festival Co Founder Paul Peck brings a mind-blowing lineup to Miami Beach for a new multi-genre beach festival.
Surrounded by the city's iconic art deco scenery and beautiful white sandy beaches, Miami Beach Pop is sure to be an astonishing weekend.
When & Where: 8-10 November, Miami
Gasparilla Music Festival
Lineup (2019): The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Toro Y Moi, Tank & The Bangas, The Pharcyde
Held annually by the Gasparilla Music Foundation, the festival brings an eclectic lineup of local and international artists. The festival's mission is to utilise the shared experience of live music and strengthen community spirit. With over forty artists and four stages the festival boasts an inclusive, intimate vibe.
When & Where: 7-8 March 2020, Tampa