Break out your flower crowns, glow toys and Camelbaks — festival season has begun.

In late March, Ultra Music Festival in Miami kicked off the 2015 festival season. A variety of events will now follow suit, many of them taking place near UCF and playing host to a number of Knights.


Just two and a half hours south of Orlando is West Palm Beach's SunFest, a 33-year-old music festival right along Florida's Intracoastal Waterway. According to its website, more than 175,000 visitors will flock to SunFest from Wednesday to May 3 to enjoy great music and drinks.

This festival focuses not only on having fun, but on giving back as well. SunFest 365 organizes community projects to improve arts, culture and youth education. Another program, Helping Neighbors, gives thousands of tickets to schools, synagogues and charities, helping those who would otherwise not be able to attend. This year's lineup will feature artists including Fall Out Boy, Lenny Kravitz, Hozier and Paramore.

Tickets are $32 for advance one-day passes, or $80 for a five-day regular pass.

Krave Music Festival

Debuting at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Krave Music Festival will present the Space Coast with its first-ever music festival from May 1 to May 2, beginning at 2 p.m. and going until midnight on both days. A variety of Orlando locals will be performing, such as Big Makk and Phoenix Jagger. A portion of KMF ticket sales will be donated to Families Exploring Down Syndrome of Brevard Inc. and Queen of Hearts Foundation for Disabled Children Inc. Tickets are $30 for a one-day general pass, or $100 for a two-day ultimate pass.

Sunset Music Festival

Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is another possible destination for UCF students. This two-day event, from May 23 to May 24, will feature a variety of international EDM artists such as Skrillex, Armin van Buuren and Tiësto.

According to its website, the festival organizers identify and aim to improve five key areas: security and entry, water sources and distribution, glow toys, ways to stay cool and VIP amenities. Tickets are currently $159, and will continue to climb in price.

Mad Decent Block Party

The month of August will start off with former UCF student Diplo's Mad Decent Block Party. This traveling festival will stop in a number of major cities, including Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Detroit. The South Florida edition of MDBP will take place at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 1, and will feature big-name international DJs such as Jack Ü, Major Lazer and Zeds Dead.

Tickets are $35.50 for general admission and $72 for VIP.

Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival

The Suwannee Music Park is home to Bear Creek, an eclectic, traditional festival with a mix of live artists and powerful bands. Some names on the lineup, according to its website, include Khris Royal and Dark Matter, Freekbass and The London Souls.

The event will feature yoga, a food drive and live art. Tickets are $145 for Friday to Sunday, and $300 for "VIP Grizzly" tickets.

Electric Daisy Carnival Orlando

Located 20 minutes from campus at Tinker Field, Electric Daisy Carnival will be hitting Orlando. Since 2011, this colorful and eccentric festival has played host to a variety of people from all over the world and prides itself on promoting unity and love. Dates and ticket prices have not yet been announced.


Erin West is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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