Festival of the Sun

Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival returns to West Palm Beach this Wednesday and takes over the scenic downtown for five days. Now in its 31st year, SunFest will feature Train, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Offspring, the Black Crowes, and the Barenaked Ladies — to name a bare few of the 40-plus acts that will perform. In addition to the many big names, the Living Daylights — formerly known as the Scumdogs, winners of the Rock-n-Roll Shootout at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek — will play on the Tire Kingdom Stage Saturday, May 4, at 5:45 p.m. Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, and Thursday, May 2; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 3; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Ticket prices range from $37 for a one-day pass to $69 for a five-day pass. Youth passes for ages 6 to 12 cost $8 to $22; children under 6 get in free. Early-bird ticket specials are available through Saturday, April 27, as well as group pricing. Visit sunfest.com, or call 800-SUN-FEST.
Wed., May 1, 5-10 p.m.; Thu., May 2, 5-10 p.m.; Fri., May 3, 5-11 p.m.; Sat., May 4, 12-11 p.m.; Sun., May 5, 12-9 p.m., 2013
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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