Festivals of all types abound in South Florida due to its balmy climate and spectacular ocean and other tropical views that provide the perfect backdrop for a myriad of arts and entertainment.
One of the most popular music festivals in the area takes place annually each spring in West Palm Beach. That’s when more than 275,000 people gather for SunFest (www.sunfest.com/), Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival.
SunFest was founded in 1982 by Sunfest of Palm Beach Country Inc. This corporation consists of twenty-two board members, twenty-four committees, and more than eighty sponsors. The non-profit organization’s festival budget has grown over the years from and from $280,000 in 1984 to $2.2 million.
The first SunFest was held in 1983 as a 10-day festival, which was reduced to three days the following year. Then, in 1986, festival organizers decided to charge a $2 admission, and the event grew to span five days by 1992. As of 2014, the cost of admission is $25 at the gate. In 1991, SunFest drew its largest crowd ever with 345,000 people.
This year, the three-day event will be held from Friday, April 29 through Sunday May 1, 2016 with a star studded lineup of musicians guaranteed to provide something for everyone. Just a few of the bands that will perform include Duran Duran, Death Cab For Cutie, ZZ Top, Bastille, Walk The Moon, Rick Springfield, Flogging Molly, Salt N Peppa, Fireside Prophets, Sons of Mystro and many more.