Five Reasons SunFest Is Unusual, in a Good Way
Is it here? Could it possibly be? Why yes, the glory of SunFest is already upon us. And while you print out your schedule and grab the closest highlighter, your favorite stars on the lineup are all making their way around our small bubble. Hard to believe that while other places are still experiencing the tail end of winter (yes, that's a thing), West Palm Beach is already throwing a party in honor of sunshine.
SunFest is something special -- more than just a concert, it has become a full experience. It's the type of week that you arrange your entire year around. It's the best time to party hardy in downtown West Palm. But, it's no secret: SunFest is weird. Before you bum rush the stage or detour to the party barges, we want to take a moment and reflect on SunFest. We love it because it's strange. Strange is good.
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5. You bought a zucchini there last month.
SunFest is like right there! You don't have to escape into an arena or camp out. The fest is in the heart of WPB; the waterfront. Seriously, it's the same place where you can take a nice Saturday Green Market stroll and stock up on your favorite local produce.
You will be watching Robin Thicke live in the same spot that families watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Screen on the Green. It's not a hop, skip and a jump away. It's directly in our backyard.
4. The lineup is all over the place
The SunFest lineup prides itself on having something for everyone, and that means a whole lot of somethings. The schedule zigs from radio heavy-hitters to nearly forgotten '90s bands before zagging to white boy reggae and tossing in just a dollop of EDM. If you don't see an act you like, you aren't looking.
3. It's five freaking days.
Really, SunFest? You're just going to go ahead and always be five days? Some of us have jobs to be hungover at! Conventional weekend festies, you have no place here. SunFest is holding strong with the almost-weeklong event. And who are we to argue with a good time?
2. The one time of the year that major recording artists come to downtown West Palm.
This is basically it. The only time that major players in the music industry come specifically to downtown West Palm Beach is for SunFest. It's wild that for 360 days of the year, no musicians wants to make a pit stop on Clematis unless it's for a bite to eat with their bubbies, but then, suddenly, we get them all at once. Enjoy it while you can.
This guy agrees.
1. It's almost too reasonable.
Where other festivals gauge you with outrageous ticket prices, SunFest keeps it chill. The company at the helm is a 501(c) and wants everyone to have the chance to be a part of the good times. If you even planned ahead just a little bit, you could have copped a five-day pass for $61. That's less than $13 a day for admission to the biggest waterfront music and arts festival in South Florida. A beer at the arena costs just about that, so get it at SunFest while you can.
SunFest takes place from April 30 to May 4 along the Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach. Visit sunfest.com, or call 1-800-SUNFEST.
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