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Get Ready: Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

FestivalsGaby PeytonComment

The countdown is here!  Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is right around the corner, 16 days until the start of the festival if we’re being exact, but hey, who’s counting? That being said, it’s safe to assume that Okeechobee festival goers are gearing up for an unforgettable weekend, but with this being Okeechobee’s first year taking place, there may be a lot of uncertainty among festival attendees. That’s where I come in to help fill in the blanks AND give you a rockin’ playlist to enjoy over the next couple of weeks, and on your adventure down!

For those who may not be aware, Okeechobee (let's refer to it as OMF as well, for the purposes of this article) is a brand new festival taking place in the heart of Okeechobee, FL. Being a first year event, there is a lot of anticipation and excitement swarming the festival, whether it be because of its incredible lineup or because of all that the festival has to offer, there is a lot of buzz circulating on this event. See for yourself what the hype is all about, check out the lineup poster below. 

View the daily schedule here

As you can see from the poster, Okeechobee has more than a tremendous lineup of artists to offer patrons. Whether it be music, art, yoga or an organized workshop, there is plenty to explore at OMF. Let’s break down the festival so that you can get the most from your experience. 

Arrival: Festival grounds open at noon on March 3rd for 4-day pass holders. For those who purchased 3-day wristbands after January 6th, gates will open at 10 AM on March 4th. 

Address:  12517 NE 91st Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972

***NOTE: patrons who purchased 3-day passes PRIOR to January 6th are automatically upgraded to 4-day passes including VIP and all Boutique camping options. ***

 

Tickets: There are a plethora of ticket options available and can be purchased here. The last day to purchase and receive your wristband in the mail was February 9th. Any ticket orders placed after February 9th, will be sent to the off-site box office.  

The address for the off-site box office is: Sabal Palm Self Storage, 14040 Hwy 441N, Okeechobee, FL 34972

Hours of Operation:

  • Thursday March 3 – 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Friday March 4 – 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday March 5 – 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday March 6 – 10:00am – 5:00pm
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*Important* Will- call will still be open 24 hours. Upon the box office closing, will-call will be moved to Gate 4. Instructions will be displayed at the box office specifying where to go. 

Now, let's get to the fun stuff! Okeechobee seems to be a 2-part festival ground. One part being the Sunshine Grove and the other called the Moonlight Oasis. 

The Sunshine Grove- Also being referred to as the Grove, is home to the 3 main stages: Be, Here, Now. 

Performances will be open:

  • Fri 3/4 & Sat 3/5: 12 PM- 3 AM
  • Sun 3/6: 12 PM – 12:30 AM

PoWow!: The PoWow! is an unique event being orchestrated by Okeechobee. Featuring a stellar lineup, the PoWow was designed to focus on reinterpretations of classical music and give it a modern day flare to create a huge dance party. 

Check out the lineup poster below and read more here.

 The Moonlight Oasis- For the wanderer. Check out what all is in the moonlight oasis, below.

Jungle 51: Jungle 51 is for all my people that just don’t want the party to end. Jungle 51 is the same concept as Bonnaroo’s popular, Kalliope. With bass and music cranking all night, and a stage set-up that is out of this world (seriously, check it out on the link below), Jungle 51 will keep the party going all day and night.

Performances will be open:

  • Thurs. 3/3, Fri 3/4 & Sat 3/5: 9 PM - 9 AM
  • Sun 3/6: 2 PM - 2 AM

Read more here

 Aquachobee:  Most importantly to be known as, the BEACH! The daytime hang out for the tropical soul. You can swim, relax in the sun, enjoy live music on the waterside stage, or take a ride on the ferris wheel. Check out the Aquachobee bar which serves a variety of delicious treats, ranging from fruit smoothies to the fruitiest of cocktails.

Thursday kick-off party for 4-day ticket holders: Performance by the Okeechobee Allstars featuring Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) and other special guests.

Performances will be open:

  • Thurs. 3/3: 5 PM - 9 PM
  • Fri. 3/4, Sat. 3/5 and Sun 3/6: 9 AM – 9 PM

Read more here

Chobeewobee Village: For the night owl and the insomniac or even the friend who just doesn’t want to quit exploring. Chobeewobee Village is not only fun to say, but has late-night performances, a FIRE BREATHING IRON SNOWMAN (!!!), and an open invitation for mingling and whatever other weird shenanigans the creatures of the night may find. It appears to be less of a party than Jungle 51, but still entertaining enough for that restless soul.

Performances will be open:  Fri. 3/4, Sat. 3/5 and Sun 3/6: 9 AM – 6 PM

Read more here

Yogachobee: For the early riser and the spiritual soul. The place to grab a smoothie or massage (YES, MASSAGE) at dawn, and host to a variety of workshops, Yogachobee encourages spiritual stimulation from dusk to dawn.

Read more here.

For more information, visit the Okeechobee website or download the app from the app store. 

All things considered, Okeechobee is surely to be a weekend to never forget.  So, get excited and check out the Okeechobee playlist I curated below!