MUSIC FESTIVALS GUIDE: Can’t Miss Festivals in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach & Beyond From Now Until 2020
By Danielle Charbonneau and Sarah Licht
- When: Saturday Oct. 19 from 11am to 10pm & Sunday Oct. 20 from 11am to 8pm
- Where: Pompano Community Park, 820 NE 18 Ave., Pompano Beach (at the corner of NE 10 St. and U.S. 1.)
- Cost: $5 donation; kids under the age of 13 are free
Cover model and Latin Grammy nominated Brazilian pop powerhouse Iza will headline the 8th Annual Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival, the largest Brazilian festival in the Southeastern U.S., October 19 and 20 at Pompano Beach Community Park.
Iza’s powerful vocals and ability to mimic the sounds of superstars such as Beyoncé, Rihanna and Sam Smith quickly earned her viral attention in her home city of Rio de Janeiro where she quickly rose to stardom recording cover songs on her self-titled YouTube channel, which has since garnered more than 500 million views. Her online popularity and vocal talent gained her a contract with Warner Music Brasil, which helped her to record her album “Dona de Mim.” That album was nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy award for Best Album of Contemporary Pop in the Portuguese Language. Iza was recently featured on the covers of Brazil’s Marie Claire, Nova Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health magazines. She was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the “Five Female Latin Artists to Keep on Your Radar in 2019,” and labeled by Brazil’s Vogue a “Real Queen and Inspiring Brazilian Muse.” Iza was also invited to become a judge on Brazil’s music competition show “The Voice.”
“To attract a superstar as notable as Iza to Pompano Beach is remarkable,” said Luciano Sameli, the festival’s co-founder and organizer. “It is a testament to how successful the Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival has become.”
Iza is the second Latin Grammy nominated artist to perform at the Pompano Beach Brazilian Festival. Last year, Elba Ramalho — who won two Latin Grammy awards and was nominated for six — headlined the festival.
Sameli said the Festival has attracted such famous Brazilian talents because it is the largest Brazilian Festival in the Southeastern U.S. and brings in crowds of more than 20,000 people over the course of two days. Pompano Beach has a large and vibrant Brazilian community, and attracts many Brazilian tourists.
Based on Brazilian television subscriptions and U.S. census data, it is estimated that approximately 360,000 Brazilians live in Florida — the largest Brazilian population in any state of the country. In addition, 993,000 Brazilians visited Florida in 2017, and more than a million in 2016 (according to Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation). Brazil ranks third in the world for providing Florida with the most tourist visitors behind Canada and the United Kingdom.
This year’s festival is projected to attract approximately 22,000 celebrants to the 300,000-square-foot Pompano Beach park where attendees will enjoy 45 multi-cultural food vendors, a kids zone, extreme sports park, parading Samba and Capoeira performances and four world-renowned musical acts on two concert stages.
Of the 45 food vendors in attendance, an abundance of multi-cultural cuisines will be served including sushi, Greek, Indian, Mexican, BBQ, açaí bowls, and multiple styles of Brazilian food including traditional churrasco, acaraje and pão de queijo.
“We have a variety that is unbelievable,” said Sameli. “The festival is becoming one of the largest multi-cultural food festivals of the year”
In addition to Iza, three additional concerts will take place, including: Biquini Cavadão, the iconic, legendary and nostalgic Brazilian rock band from Rio De Janeiro who has been performing since 1985; Di Ferrero, the lead vocalist for NX Zero, an emocore band from São Paulo; Sandamí, formerly of the Sambô group, which is celebrating 100 years of Samba; and, for kids and families, Lucas & Vinicius, the country duo featured on the TV show “The Voice Kids.”
This year’s festival will also feature performances by local bands, a festival kick-off gospel show; performances by the Brazilian Festival’s own Samba dancers; guest performances by Capoeira acrobats and Brazilian percussionists; and the Community Awards ceremony, recognizing remarkable festival participants (such as best exhibitor, tastiest vendor and most jammin’ local band).
The main stage will pay tribute to colorful Brazilian art. The stage design, called “Journey of the Mind,” will essentially be a giant, vibrant canvas painted by the Brazilian group Efemmeras. Efemmeras consists of approximately 50 female artists who are working together in Brazil to break the glass ceiling, seek opportunities for women and end inequality. Effemeras is changing the face of the suburbs in the mega city of São Paulo through vibrant street art.
While the cultural focus of the festival is Brazilian, Sameli says he believes the festival is helping to establish Broward County as a “multi-cultural capital of Florida.”
Miami Beach Pop Festival on the Beach
- When: Nov. 8-10
- Where: South Beach, Miami
- Cost: A three-day pass is $239, plus ticketing fees. A one day pass is $97.99, plus ticketing fees. A shuttle is available from downtown Miami to the festival site on Ocean Drive throughout the weekend for $25, plus ticketing fees.
The Miami Beach Pop Festival, which takes place on the sands of South Beach, says it’s more than a music festival; it’s also a food festival, a cultural festival and a “celebration of life on earth.” The lineup is eclectic and diverse, this year including Jack Johnson, Chance the Rapper, The Raconteurs, The Roots, Daddy Yankee, Kygo, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Maggie Rogers, Juanes and many more. Yoga classes, meditation and sustainability workshops are offered. And the cuisine attempts to mirror the rich abundance of cultures in Miami. Culinary Host Michael Schwartz, a James Beard award-winning chef/restaurateur, will curate the culinary lineup.
SwampFest Bluegrass Festival
- When: Nov. 9 from 10am to 4:30pm
- Where: Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie
- Cost: Admission is $19.95 ages 12 and up/ $12.95 ages 3-11. Children 2 and under, as well as members of the Flamingo Gardens and South Florida Bluegrass Association, enter free. Veterans enter free with ID and immediate family is half price at ticket booth only.
South Florida Bluegrass Association presents SwampFest Bluegrass Festival featuring Rodney Dillard of the Dillard Family (aka the Darlings on the Andy Griffith Show) and local favorites Uproot Hootenanny and Florida State Bluegrass Band. Other local bands scheduled to perform include Jacksonian Music Factory, Alligator Alley and Pine Island Express. Bring your own acoustic instrument to strum along in the Jam Tent.
A narrated tram tour of Flamingo Gardens is included in the price of admission. Chairs are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Tents, coolers and outside food or beverages are not allowed.
4th Annual Riptide Music Festival, Headlined by The Killers.. Plus a Fashion Show with Tan France from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
- When: Nov. 23 and 24
- Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
- Cost: GA 2-day pass is $69; Saturday only GA is $49; Sunday only GA is $29. Ticketing fees may apply. VIP tickets also available.
This two-day music festival on the beach will feature more than 20 musical performers including The Killers, The 1975, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups and Judah & The Lion, among others.
Last year the festival, which launched in 2016, was attended by more than 37,000 people.
“As a South Florida native, I could not be more proud of this year’s ‘Riptide Music Festival powered by Ford’ lineup,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom South Florida. “Broward County and Entercom have joined forces to bring the world to Fort Lauderdale Beach for a one-of-a-kind event at a one-of-a-kind location. This year is even more special thanks to its designation as the 2019 Broward County Signature Event.”
As the 2019 Broward County Signature Event, “Riptide Music Festival” will also highlight fashion in Broward County with a runway fashion show hosted by Tan France, fashion expert from Netflix’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
The event will also feature an enhanced art exhibition celebration and a robust array of culinary food demos by celebrity chefs on the Maximus mobile kitchen, as seen on Gordon Ramsey’s television show “Hell on Wheels.”
“We’re looking forward to this spectacular event showcasing our culinary scene, fashion, art and culture – all coupled with a stand-out lineup of top performers,” said Stacy Ritter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Boots on the Beach Country Music Festival
- When: Nov. 16, 2019 from 4 to 9pm
- Where: Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave.
- Cost: General admission is free. Bourbon and beer packages available for purchase. A complimentary shuttle will be available.
The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department will present the fourth installation of the Boots on the Beach Country Music Festival. Join your community for a fun filled day with delicious food and beverage options and live music while sampling various liquors and beers from around the country under the sampling tent.
LOTOS Music Festival at Mizner Park Amphitheater
- When: Nov. 16, 2019
- Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
- Cost: Early Bird tickets are $45 for general admission; $100 for balcony seating; and $150 for VIP, which includes entrance to a VIP lounge with a dedicated private bar.
This festival is an ode to hip hop. The 2019 LOTOS Music Festival lineup includes Method Man & Redman, DMX, Naughty by Nature, Coolio, Uncle Luke and Black Sheep. The stage is an outdoor amphitheater with ample lawn space close to Mizner Park’s abundant dining options.
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival in Sunshine Grove
- When: March 5 – 8, 2020
- Where: Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee, FL
- Cost: General admission, four-day tickets are $249 plus ticketing fees. VIP and “glamping” (luxury camping accommodations) are available.
This four day camping, music and art festival is more than a music festival — it’s an unforgettable immersive experience — complete with elaborate art structures, interactive installations, a carnival, campground packed with tents, campers and RVs, a beach dubbed “Aquachobee,” a stage that breaths fire, a community village with artisan vendors, yoga, food trucks, aerial dancers, vaudeville acts and creative workshops, plus, most importantly, multiple stages with a diverse music lineup showcasing performers from mid-day until sunrise.
The festival seems to take its inspiration from others like it: Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle and Coachella. Concertgoers drive from near and far to unite through music, art and uninhibited debauchery in a far-removed setting. The festival takes place amid 800 acres of lush grasslands, lakes and woods in Sunshine Grove, Florida, with lakeside camping options.
The lineup’s diversity is impressive — from rock, to punk, EDM, dubstep, hip-hop, funk and reggae. The 2020 lineup has yet to be announced, but to give you an example of the diversity of the lineup, past performers have included Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Bassnectar, Flume, the Lunimeers, Pretty Lights, Wiz Khalifa, Halsey, Powow! featuring Snoop Dog, Foster the People, Zeds Dead, Usher, Slightly Stoopid, Tycho, Gramtik, Kahlid, STS9, Billie Eilish, the Flaming Lips and many, many more. Check okeechobeefest.com to see 2020’s lineup when it is announced.
Annual Jazz in the Gardens
- When: March 14 & 15, 2020
- Where: Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens
- Cost: Ticket prices were not available at press time. For more info visit jazzinthegardens.com
Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) is an annual Miami music festival that celebrates music, art and culture by bringing world-renowned talent to South Florida. The main stage for this two-day jazz festival is at the Hard Rock Stadium and features a diverse selection of jazz musicians from Florida and beyond. Last year’s lineup included Black Violin, Stephanie Mills, Bobby Brown, Blackstreet and Lionel Richie among others. The 2020 lineup has yet to be released.
JITG strives to encourage young artists to follow their heart and venture into the world of film, art or music. JITG will host a Film, Music, Art and Culture (FMAC) Conference. The conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for young artists. Scholarships are available for current and future students.
There will also be a Women’s Impact Luncheon that will focus on inspiring women to live active, centered and balanced lives.
Ultra Music Festival
- When: March 20, 21 & 22, 2020
- Where: Bayfront Park, downtown Miami
- Cost: Tier one and tier two tickets are already sold out. A general admission, three-day ticket in tier three is $399.95, plus ticketing fees. When those sell out, tier four tickets cost $449.95, plus ticketing fees. Tickets can be purchased at ultramusicfestival.com
Ultra Music Festival is hailed as one of the most epic electronic music festivals in the entire world, boasting elite DJs and unparalleled production. DJs come from all over the globe to impress a crowd of roughly 165,000 people (attendance reported in 2018). Ultra hosts festivals in 26 cities around the world each year. A poll by Cloud Cover Music, which interviewed music festival lovers, announced that 78.4 percent of the people asked about Ultra said the event was “life-changing.”
Last year the lineup included Armin Van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, deadmau5, Galantix, Odesza, Griz, Skrillex, Tiesto, Zed’s Dead, Marshmello and Alesso, among many others. The 2020 lineup has yet to be announced.
Last year, a chaotic fiasco and a fire sparked controversy about the safety and size of Ultra. This year the City of Miami will strictly enforce a 55,000 person maximum crowd daily.
Tortuga Music Festival
- When: April 17, 18 & 19, 2020
- Where: On Fort Lauderdale Beach at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. There is no official parking at the festival. The festival encourages everyone arriving to take a water taxi or rideshare to get to Tortuga.
- Cost: This years prices have not yet been announced, but last year single day tickets cost $135, while 3-day passes cost $239. Visit tortugamusicfestival.com
Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival is a world-class music festival on the beach with the express mission of spreading awareness of ocean conservation issues. During Tortuga, the magical shores of the Atlantic host concertgoers for an oceanfront music experience, featuring top country and rock artists. Last year’s lineup was stacked strong, including Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Sheryl Crow, Kane Brown, Flo Rida, Maren Morris and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced.
One of the most special components of Tortuga is Rock The Ocean’s signature concept “Conservation Village,” a gathering of like-minded organizations who are experts in the various issues threatening our seas. These organizations come together as a united front to build awareness of the many issues putting our seas at risk. Tortuga provides conservation messaging to more than 30,000 concert fans annually with a unique “edu-tainment” experience.
Last year the festival raised $532,000 for Rock the Ocean, which goes toward its mission to increase public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans and to support scientific research, education and ocean conservation.
- When: April 30 – May 3, 2020
- Where: On West Palm Beach at S. Flagler Dr. Parking is available at 505 Banyan Blvd., 294 N. Dixie Hwy. and 316 Fourth St. Prepaid parking is available.
- Cost: Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but last year single day tickets were $60, while 4-day passes cost $110. For more information, visit sunfest.com
West Palm Beach’s SunFest is a 4-day music and art festival that was created to celebrate and promote art and culture in Palm Beach County. SunFest’s main attractions are three stages featuring a variety of live music styles including pop, rap, rock and alternative rock. Last year bands included Grouplove, DNCE, Third Eye Blind, Zedd, Pitbull and lovelytheband. The lineup for SunFest 2020 has yet to be announced.
With SunFest’s appreciation for art and culture in mind, various SunFestivities are held throughout the event. In West Palm Beach’s Art District, a wide array of artists, crafters and vendors sell their work, and live music demonstrations fill the streets. Up-and-coming local bands can prove themselves at the Battle of the Bands in Cityplace Plaza. Athletic concert-goers can run the TGI5K, which starts in Palm Beach Atlantic University and ends in the heart of SunFest for a Friday night party. With more than 270,000 concert fans attending, SunFest’s activities and lineups grow every year.
Pompano Beach’s New BeachFest
- When: Dates in 2020 TBD
- Where: On Pompano Beach, north of the Pier to about NE Fifth St.
- Cost: Ticket prices TBD
Starting in 2020, Pompano Beach will hold an annual two-day musical festival on the city’s main public beach, north of the pier up to about NE Fifth Street.
The festival will feature major headlining rock acts, but will also include artists from a variety of genres, Assistant City Manager Earl Bosworth told the Pompano Beach City Commission. The Commission unanimously approved a five-year license agreement with Beachfest Entertainment, the promoter that will be organizing and hosting the event.
Beachfest will take place on mutually agreed upon dates for each year the agreement is active, and will start at noon. It is expected Beachfest will become one of the major anticipated events in Pompano Beach.
Bosworth explained that three stages will be placed in an enclosed area on the beach, one at the area behind and slightly north of the Beach House restaurant; one in the central area adjacent to the restroom facilities in the center of the festival site; and one smaller stage for local acts at the north end of the site. Vendors will be situated along the east side of N. Pompano Beach Blvd. Depending on the acts secured for the festival, attendance is estimated at up to 20,000 people per day.
As per its license agreement with the City, the promoter will provide a nationwide mass marketing campaign promoting the event, including print, social media and television advertisements, and will secure all event sponsorships, as well as multiple logo and branding recognition opportunities for the City.
The City will receive $2 per ticket sold for entry to the event. The City will provide up to $75,000 of in-kind services, which will include staff from the Public Works, and Parks and Recreation departments, as well as contract execution and management.
When asked by Mayor Rex Hardin if he had an estimate of the revenue that the event would bring into the City, Bosworth said that festivals such as Tortuga and Riptide at the Fort Lauderdale Beach, and the Hangout festival in the Panhandle, get $35,000 to $40,000 over a two-and-a-half to three-day festival, with a total economic impact of about $32 million.
Bosworth said the event will help promote tourism, drive economic impact and further enhance the city’s cultural environment through the development of the arts.
Roy Anthony of Beachfest Entertainment said he has five years of experience in Broward County holding major music festivals in Pembroke Pines, Miramar and Sunrise. He said the firm usually hires approximately 350-400 people and will start looking for local talent to help them put the production together.
Anthony said they will also be looking to the city’s restaurants to support their vendor program, and during festivals they have organized in other cities in recent years, about seven local hotels typically sold out.
Oktoberfest Riverside Festival
- When: Oct 5 & 6, 2019
- Where: The Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami
Experience The Wharf as it pays tribute to German traditions with live music, entertainment, Oktoberfest drink specials and hearty German dishes.
- When: Oct. 11 – 20
- Where: Lake Worth
Pack your lederhosen for Oktoberfest, a two-week festival held each year in Lake Worth that’ll bring out the German in anyone. Fill up on bratwurst, schnitzel and German beer, but don’t worry about calories — you’ll polka-dance it off to the many oompah bands.
South Florida Seafood Festival 2019
- When: Oct 19 & 20, 2019
- Where: Miami Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., Miami
The South Florida Seafood Festival is a celebration of all things seafood and waterfront living, giving people their fill of the freshest, tastiest delicacies of the sea. Set in Miami’s historic Marine Stadium, this seafood festival allows guests to experience a slice of Florida’s diverse culture. Live Caribbean beats, family fun zones, mojito bars and more.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
- When: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2019
- Where: Fort Lauderdale
From super-yachts to inflatables to exotic cars, this boat show takes over six locations with more than 3 million square feet of show space.
Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival
- When: Nov. 9, 2019
- Where: Pompano Beach Amphitheater
The Gridiron Grill-Off is a celebrity culinary competition, food and wine festival and concert series for charity. The grand grill-off challenges 22 Miami Dolphin legends to compete against 22 of South Florida’s best chefs. Fans spend the afternoon tasting gourmet samples grilled to perfection and sipping on the finest wines and spirits. Fans also get the chance to partake in a cornhole competition throughout the day to make the top 16 leaderboard for a chance to take home the cornhole championship title. In addition to the grand grill-off, concerts will take place every night of the weekend.
Miami Book Fair
- When: Nov. 17-24, 2019
- Where: Miami
More than 450 top-tier authors read and discuss their work at one of the best book fairs in the nation. During Street Fair weekend, Nov. 22-24, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books, with special features like the antiquarians, who showcase signed first editions, original manuscripts and other collectibles. Live music accompanies the street fair.
- When: Dec. 5-8, 2019
- Where: Miami Beach
Art Basel, an international art fair, draws top tier galleries from around the world plus the rich and glamorous to South Florida. A far cry from the street art festivals that dot Florida, this is a high-class, world-class affair. A variety of satellite events also occur.