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How one can SunFest in West Palm Seaside: Tickets, transportation, set occasions & extra

When the fortieth version of SunFest returns to downtown West Palm Seaside on Could 3-5, it’ll really feel greater, extra flavorful and boast a particular sound — a little bit extra native, with an additional sprint of EDM. 

As at all times, the large attracts at this beloved music competition are large names, an eclectic checklist this 12 months that can embrace Cole Swindell, Nelly, Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol, Elle King, Hailey Whitters, Matisyahu, Shaggy, Quiet Riot and Yung Gravy, to call just some. 

All over the place there are indicators that an occasion that gave the impression to be shrinking final 12 months is now in progress mode. SunFest 2023 trimmed down to 2 levels, and now it’s again to a few for 2024. The brand new Sandbar Stage is devoted to native performers. 

One other new addition is the SunFest Digital Barge — a large craft tricked out with a dance ground, DJ sales space, a number of VIP areas, a big bar and onboard bogs — which can be house to an array of DJs, together with Detroit techno innovator Stacey Pullen, in addition to former Miami Warmth star and veteran membership DJ Rony Seikaly. The barge is open to these with a general-admission wristband, with VIP tables accessible for buy.

The brand new efficiency areas will greater than double the variety of acts participating, from 32 in 2023 to 69 this 12 months. SunFest’s conventional show space for native artists and makers, dropped in 2023, is again within the type of the brand new Inventive Arts Village. 

SunFest additionally has a brand new government director — longtime gross sales and advertising director Dianna Craven, who took over for Paul Jamieson following his retirement in 2023 after 33 years with the competition. 

“SunFest is about to ship contemporary experiences for all attendees, together with seasoned followers,” mentioned Craven in an announcement, promising “immersive experiences that can interact attendees in new, inventive methods.”

Amongst them is an bold meals program that options the work of cooks from buzzed-about South Florida eating places, together with Tim Lipman (Coolinary & The Parched Pig) and James Beard-nominated cooks Pushkar Marathe (Ela Curry & Cocktails) and Rick Mace (Tropical Smokehouse). The dishes ready by these cooks, and others, can be accessible every day as a part of three-hour, all-inclusive experiences in The Palm VIP part, subsequent to the Preferrred Diet Stage.  

“We’re bringing our A-game to the waterfront, serving up dishes that mirror the soul of our delicacies,” mentioned Mace, the proprietor and government chef of Tropical Smokehouse. “It’s about extra than simply meals — it’s a celebration of group and tradition.”

These VIP pop-ups start on Friday, Could 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. with the Avenue Meals showcase, which pairs craft beer (Civil Society) and wine (JaM Cellars) with dishes from Coolinary & The Parched Pig, Draft Home Bar & Grille, and Ela Curry & Cocktails.

A gathering referred to as Barbecue, Bourbon & Beats takes over from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Could 4, devoted to the work of NEVS Barbecue, Okeechobee Prime Barbecue and Tropical Smokehouse served with Woodford Reserve Bourbon. On Sunday, Could 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Tacos and Tequila occasion celebrates Cinco de Mayo, with meals by 5 Star Hospitality & Catering paired with Herradura tequila. 

Tickets to those dinners value $125 on Friday and $145 on Saturday and Sunday. A 3-day move is $290. Go to SunFest.com/thepalm.

James Beard Award semifinalist chef Rick Mace displays some of his smoked ribs at Tropical BBQ Market in West Palm Beach on Thursday, August 17, 2023. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

(Mike Stocker/South Florida Solar Sentinel)

Chef Rick Mace of Tropical Smokehouse can be bringing the meat to SunFest 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Solar Sentinel)

Together with native meals, SunFest 2024 will highlight native music, giving an enormous stage to South Florida performers already in your favorites and others who’re new to you. Beneficial are Fox Maple Band (6 p.m. Friday), Shaw Davis & The Black Ties (6:30 p.m. Friday), The Lubben Brothers (1:15 p.m. Saturday), Killbillies (1:45 p.m. Saturday), Brett Staska & The Souvenirs (5 p.m. Saturday), Ben Krieger (4 p.m. Sunday) and DJ Adam Lipson (7:30 p.m. Sunday). 

You by no means know the place these acts might find yourself, as evidenced by the return of Cassadee Pope (2:30 p.m. Sunday) and Dashboard Confessional (6:45 p.m. Sunday), whose recognition took them far past their South Florida roots. 

In case you’ve forgotten methods to SunFest, here’s what you could find out about tickets, transportation, set occasions and extra.


SunFest takes place alongside Flagler Drive, between Banyan Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue, on the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Seaside. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Could 3; midday to 11 p.m. Saturday, Could 4; and midday to 10 p.m. Sunday, Could 5. 


SunFest tickets are being supplied at an advance discounted price via Saturday, April 27. Single-day grownup tickets value $80+ for a one-day move, $140+ for a two-day move and $155+ for a three-day move. After April 27, tickets would be the similar as full-price gate admission: $82+ for a one-day move, $160+ for 2 days, $170+ for 3 days.

Advance youth tickets (age 6-12) value $50+ per day, $95+ for a three-day move (no youth two-day passes being bought). Youth gate admission can be $50+ on Friday, $60+ on Saturday and Sunday. Children age 5 and youthful enter free when accompanied by an grownup.

VIP passes: A wide range of VIP choices can be found for lodging at particular person levels, in addition to the favored Gold and Silver Cross entry to unique areas of the competition. New this 12 months is the Digital Barge VIP Expertise, with bottle service at tables (for six) across the dance ground beginning at $1,000+. Go to SunFest.com/vip-packages

The Stand: Tickets for The Stand assist you to purchase a standing-room spot in entrance of the stage to see two back-to-back acts of your selecting. Costs fluctuate by the acts — for example, a ticket within the Stand for Friday units by Shaggy (8 p.m.) and Nelly (9:45 p.m.) on the Ford Stage value $40+ (along with your competition admission ticket). A ticket to get nearer to Saturday performances by Hailey Whitters (2:15 p.m.) and Elle King (3:45 p.m.) on the Preferrred Diet Stage prices $20+. Go to SunFest.com/the-stand

For tickets or extra info, go to SunFest.com/tickets.


SunFest is cashless, with cost solely by credit score/debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay all through the location.


Performances happen on the Ford Stage (F), the Preferrred Diet Stage (I), the Sandbar Stage (S) and the SunFest Digital Barge (E).

Friday, Could 3: Gabo & Nico, 5-5:45 p.m. (E); Disbarred, 5:30-6 p.m. (S); Kritikal, 5:45-6:15 p.m. (F); Falco, 5:45-6:30 p.m. (E); Fox Maple Band, 6-6:30 p.m. (I); Shaw Davis & The Black Ties, 6:30-7 p.m. (S); J Martinez & German Garcia, 6:30-7:45 p.m. (E); Leah Dibut, 6:45-7:30 p.m. (F); SloFunkPump, 7-7:30 p.m. (I); Vern Daysel & The Burning Breeze, 7:30-8:15 p.m. (S); Patrick M, 7:45-8:45 p.m. (E); Quiet Riot, 8-9 p.m. (I); Shaggy, 8-9:15 p.m. (F); Billy Idol, 9:30-10:30 p.m. (I); Nelly, 9:45-11 p.m. (F); Stacey Pullen, 10-11:30 p.m. (E)

Billy Idol performs Thursday night at SunFest in downtown West Palm Beach. FL. 5/3/18. Staff Photographer Jim Rassol.

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Proven acting at SunFest in 2018, Billy Idol can be again on the competition in downtown West Palm Seaside on Friday, Could 3. (Jim Rassol/South Florida Solar Sentinel file)

Saturday, Could 4: James Simmons, noon-1:30 p.m. (E); Roosevelt Center College Band, 1-1:20 p.m. (S); The Lubben Brothers, 1:15-1:45 p.m. (I); Machina, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (E); Killbillies, 1:45-2:30 p.m. (F); New Phi Thang Drumline, 2:10-2:30 p.m. (S); Hailey Whitters, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (I); Crazibiza, 2:30-4 p.m. (E); College of Rock South Palm Seaside Home Band, 3-3:30 p.m. (S); The Aces, 3-4 p.m. (F); Elle King, 3:45-4:45 p.m. (I); I’m Dru!, 4-4:30 p.m. (S); The Revivalists, 4:30-5:45 p.m. (F); Brett Staska & The Souvenirs, 5-5:30 p.m. (S); Wizzy & Wiley, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (E); Matt Corman, 5:45-6:15 p.m. (I); Good day Sister, 6-6:30 p.m. (S); Harry Romero, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (E); Anees, 6:45-7:30 p.m. (I); Noah Hunton, 6:45-7:30 p.m. (F); Nightbreakers, 7:15-8 p.m. (S); Bryce Vine, 8-9 p.m. (I); Dylan Scott, 8-9:15 p.m. (F); Andreatens, 8:30-9:30 p.m. (E); Yung Gravy, 9:30-10:45 p.m. (I); Cocodrills, 9:30-11:30 p.m. (E); Cole Swindell, 9:45-11 p.m. (F)

Cole Swindell performs during Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Friday, April 14, 2023. The three day festival continues through the weekend with headliners Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney.

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Cole Swindell, proven at Tortuga Music Pageant in 2023, would be the headliner at SunFest on Saturday, Could 4. (John McCall/South Florida Solar Sentinel)

Sunday, Could 5: West Boca Excessive College Jazz Band, 1-1:20 p.m. (S); MandyyBeck 1-2:30 p.m. (E); Steven James, 1:30-2 p.m. (I); Brothers Inside, 1:30-2 p.m. (F); John I. Leonard Excessive College Jazz Band, 2:10-2:30 p.m. (S); Nick Mac, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (E); Cassadee Pope, 2:30-3:15 p.m. (I); Seranation, 2:30-3:15 p.m. (F); College of Rock North Palm Seaside Home Band, 3-3:30 p.m. (S); Chase Creighton, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (E); Valley, 3:45-4:30 p.m. (I); Little Stranger, 3:45-4:45 p.m. (F); Ben Krieger, 4-4:30 p.m. (S); 2Nomads, 4:30-6 p.m. (E); Buko Boys, 5-5:30 p.m. (S); Boys Like Women, 5-6:15 p.m. (I); The Elovaters, 5:15-6:15 p.m. (F); The Floridians, 6-6:45 p.m. (S); Eran Hersh, 6-7:30 p.m. (E); Dashboard Confessional, 6:45-8 p.m. (I); Matisyahu, 6:45-8 p.m. (F); Jutt Huffman, 7:30-8:15 p.m. (S); Adam Lipson, with Mister Trombone, 7:30-9 p.m. (E); Third Eye Blind, 8:30-9:45 p.m. (I); Rebelution, 8:30-10 p.m. (F); Rony Seikaly, 9-10:30 p.m. (E)

Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, shown at the 2022 Audacy Beach Festival in Fort Lauderdale, will play SunFest on Sunday, May 5. (John McCall/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

John McCall/South Florida Solar Sentinel

Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba, proven on the 2022 Audacy Seaside Pageant in Fort Lauderdale, will play SunFest on Sunday, Could 5. (John McCall/South Florida Solar Sentinel)


Parking: Reserve your spot upfront. There’s devoted SunFest parking downtown at two garages and 4 tons with advance, pay as you go costs starting from $12 to $50 for someday and $30 to $40 for multi-day parking. The Judicial Middle Storage (505 Banyan Blvd.), Governmental Middle Storage (294 N. Dixie Freeway) and Fourth Avenue lot (316 Fourth St.) supply single-day and three-day parking. The Chamber of the Palm Seashores lot (401 N. Flagler Drive), Bradley’s lot (140 S. Narcissus Ave.), the Fountain lot (114 S. Narcissus Ave.) and Wells Fargo lot (303 Banyan Blvd.) are just for single-day parking. Go to SunFest.com/parking.

Trains: You’ll be able to take the Brightline from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura and Boca Raton, in addition to the brand new station in Orlando, to the downtown West Palm Seaside station simply south of Clematis Avenue, a three-block stroll to SunFest. Late-night trains will depart at 11:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:35 p.m. Sunday. Ticket costs fluctuate by distance and time of day. Go to GoBrightline.com

With quite a few stations throughout three counties, Tri-Rail could also be a extra handy choice. The Tri-Rail station in West Palm Seaside is on the intersection of Clematis Avenue and South Tamarind Avenue, lower than a mile from SunFest. Go to Tri-Rail.com.

Bicycles: You’ll be able to deliver bicycles on Brightline and Tri-Rail trains, and SunFest affords free, monitored bike parking on the competition website.

Shuttles: There’s free service with the on-demand, electrical Circuit Shuttle and the Rose Trolley electrical carts. For routes and different info, go to SunFest.com/trolleys-trains-buses.

Boat shuttle: Boaters anchored within the Intracoastal Waterway may have entry to shuttle service, which prices $5 round-trip. Hail a shuttle by way of Towboat U.S. on VHF Ch. 10.


You’ll be able to enter with a bag/backpack that’s no bigger than 12-by-12-by-6 inches. Different accredited objects embrace an empty, refillable water bottle or container (no glass), a collapsible garden chair, blankets, umbrella (you could be requested to decrease it in live performance areas), nonprofessional digicam, wheelchair/medical scooter, stroller, meals for infants or these with medical circumstances (no glass), service animals.


Coolers, outdoors meals or drinks (together with water), glass containers, selfie sticks, pets, drones, skilled cameras, recording gadgets, skates, scooters, wagons, skateboards, glow and laser merchandise, costume masks, weapons. For a full checklist, go to SunFest.com/allowed

Employees author Ben Crandell might be reached at [email protected]. Observe on Instagram @BenCrandell and Twitter @BenCrandell.

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