Sing Your Way Through South Florida This Spring—Top Music Festivals and Venues in Brightline’s Three Cities
March 22, 2017
Spring is upon us in South Florida – the ultimate time to experience live music outdoors with your friends and family. Nothing beats a day or evening enjoying your favorite artists amidst beautiful weather and great company. Whether you’re looking to jam out to some of the world’s most elite EDM DJs in Miami, bust moves on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale with the likes of Luke Bryan or sing along to songs in the sunshine of downtown West Palm Beach, there is a music festival occurring this Spring in South Florida with your name on it.
In addition to festivals, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are also home to countless locations to enjoy music year-round, with options ranging from open air amphitheaters to top-notch performing arts centers. Please see below for a list of Brightline’s favorite, not-to-be-missed springtime music festivals and music venues- all accessible via train beginning this summer!
Spring Music Festivals:
Ultra Music Festival: Miami, March 24-26
Taking place at Bayfront Park, Ultra Music Festival is Miami’s hottest outdoor electronic dance music (EDM) Festival, spanning three days and eight stages. Last year’s event drew a record-breaking attendance of over 165,000 people. The lineup for Ultra 2017 is set to feature top headliners including Ice Cube, Justice, Major Lazer, The Prodigy and Underworld. In addition to Miami, Ultra has spread its busting beats across the world, with festivals taking place in locations like Ibiza, Spain; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tortuga Music Festival: Fort Lauderdale, April 7-9
Future riders of Brightline shouldn’t miss the Tortuga Music Festival taking place on the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Partnering country, rock and roots music with meaning by raising awareness about marine conservation, this three-day, multi-stage festival brings a diverse group of performers together like Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Nelly. The festival benefits the Rock the Ocean Foundation, which works to increase public awareness about issues impacting the world’s oceans.
SunFest: West Palm Beach, May 3-7
The state’s largest waterfront music and art festival, SunFest attracts more than 275,000 people every May along the Intracoastal waterway in downtown West Palm Beach. Occurring just before Brightline’s summer launch, the five-day festival appeals to all ages and features over 50 bands on three stages including Blink 182, Weezer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Snoop Dogg and more. Sunfest brings a wave of energy and action to South Florida.
South Florida’s Top Music Venues:
American Airlines Arena
Home of the Miami Heat NBA Team, the American Airlines Arena is one of Miami’s top entertainment venues for live music, located along Biscayne Bay. With a capacity of over 12,000 people, the Arena hosts world tour stops for internationally-renowned artists like Beyonce, Coldplay, Madonna, Bruno Bars, Lady Gaga and more. Food options are also limitless with an array of choices for a sit-down, pre-show dinner or quick bite to enjoy during the performance. Top upcoming shows that future travelers to Miami can experience via Brightline include J. Cole on August 14, Ed Sheeran on August 30 and Bruno Mars on October 18. For more information, please visit aaarena.com.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
The largest performing arts center in Florida and one of the biggest in the entire county, The Adrienne Arsht Center is home to five separate venues ranging from the intimate outdoor Thompson Plaza for the Arts to the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House. In addition to its large selection of concert offerings, the venue also features its annual “Broadway in Miami Series,” which brings in top musicals such as Les Miserables, The Lion King and Wicked. For more information, please visit arshtcenter.org.
BayFront Park Amphitheater
Every year more and more people flock to Bayfront Park, home to a lush 32-acres on Biscayne Bay, to enjoy live music and a breathtaking view of the Miami skyline. In addition to the Ultra Music Festival in March, upcoming concerts worth noting are the Goo Goo Dolls on September 1 and Bryan Adams on September 8. Bayfront Park also hosts free monthly concerts, part of the DWNTWN Concern Series, featuring local up-and-upcoming musical acts. For more information, please visit bayfrontparkmiami.com.
Built in 1926 as a silent movie palace, the historic Olympia Theater is now home to live performances, films and community events. For the past few years, the Theater has featured regular free Jazz performances on Wednesday nights “In the Lobby Lounge,” as well as the Miami International Film Festival, New World Rising Stars and artists like Damien Rice, Wanda Sykes, Carlos Vives and Deva Premal. For more information, please visit olympiatheater.org.
Brightline riders looking for an intimate venue to experience live music during their Miami visit should look no further than The Stage located in Miami’s Design District. With an outdoor area, incredible craft beer selection and continuously rotating performances from Miami-based bands such as ArtOfficial and Afrobeta, The Stage also hosts weekly events like Caribbean Breeze Sundays and Reggae nights.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Ranking among the top ten most-visited theaters in the world, The Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 700 performances each year including operas, ballets, concerts, plays, multi-cultural performances and Broadway plays like Tarzan, The Sound of Music and School of Rock. For more information, please visit browardcenter.org.
A Fort Lauderdale hotspot for live electronic, rock funk and more, Revolution Live has been featuring local and national live music acts since the 1970s. For more information and a list of future shows, please visit jointherevolution.net.
One of Fort Lauderdale’s first venues, the neo-classical Parker Playhouse is a 1,191-seat theatre established by Dr. Louis Parker in 1967.The Parker Playhouse has hosted past popular artists spanning a vast selection of genres including Andrea Martin, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Ten Tenors. For more information, please visit parkerplayhouse.com.
West Palm Beach:
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Hosting more than 800 events and 500,000 people annually, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is set on 10.6 acres of property at the highest point in the city, including four premier venues. Many regionally-based arts organizations call the Center their home including the Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony and Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. For more information, please visit Kravis.org.
Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
A 20,000-seat open-air music venue, the Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre plays host to some of Florida’s hottest acts like Jimmy Buffett, Sam Hunt, Dave Matthews and Zach Brown Band. Those looking to experience Brightline this summer and fall should mark their calendars for Jason Aldean, Chris Young and Kane Brown on August 19 and Green Day on September 3. For more information, please visit westpalmbeachamphitheatre.com.
Beginning this summer, Brightline passenger train service will help ease the congestion of getting to these popular festivals and venues with train stations located in downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Taking the train will be much easier and much more pleasant than fighting the traffic.