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SunFest 2014: Wrap-up of Florida’s 33rd Annual Festival

May 12th, 2014

Every May, a mixture of beloved music artists and talented unknowns fill West Palm Beach’s waterfront at the 33rd annual SunFest. The festival is Florida’s largest music, art, and waterfront festival.

This year was no exception.

Big Names and Budding Talent

SunFest is five days, three stages, 50 bands, and draws thousands of music lovers of all types. This year’s line-up included mainstream artists such as Ellie Goulding, Robin Thick, Cake, and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Lesser known acts such as Pretty Lights and Young the Giant gave the festival an indie flavor. Hard rock came from Kid Rock, Alice in Chains, Daughtry, Dropkick Murphys, and Sublime with Rome. There was even a little country from Justin Moore and Josh Thompson. And we can’t forget Jillette Johnson, a singer-songwriter, who gave a captivating performance.

Check out the SunFest blog for more wrap-ups on your favorite artists.

Beyond the Music

Besides the music, the festival had events and activities planned day and night. Some of which included the BB&T Art Show, which featured the work of more than 140 national artists from jewelers to painters to photographers and everything in between. The Floating Oasis featured three barges tied up to the seawall with specialty drinks, a “party barge,” and a “nightclub.” And we can’t forget the Fireworks Show on Sunday that lit up the sky.

It’s safe to say there was a little something for everyone to enjoy.

It’s is more than just a festival. SunFest gives back to the community year round.

Over the past 10 years, SunFest has awarded 0,000 in college scholarships to high school students in the areas of visual arts, instrumental music, and choral music. The nonprofit organization also contributes complimentary tickets to area charities, schools, and other organizations to give to those who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend the festival.

They don’t stop there either…they have helped local nonprofit organizations raise more than 0,000 for their causes. Their mission is to reach out to the community to promote and enhance culture and the arts, assist other nonprofit organizations, and the environment, and through this yearly festival, they have been able to accomplish it.

SunFest is a chance to see some of the best acts, eat some great food, browse through art, do a little people watching, and have a lot of fun.

I like how SunFest blogger Stacey Russell summed it up…”If you get bored at SunFest, you’re doing something wrong.”

What was your favorite part about SunFest? The music, food, events, or something else? Share with us in the comments.

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