Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Florida, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Driven Music Conference to Ultra Music Festival, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Bradenton Blues Festival - Dates: Early December
"The Bradenton Blues Festival on the west coast of Florida is an annual festival featuring a stellar team of top blues artists. Food, drink, and an array of vendors complement the live music to create an awesome experience."
-Tortuga Music Festival - Dates: Early April
-Fort Rock Festival - Dates: Late April
-Island Hopper Songwriter Fest - Dates: Mid to late September
-Tom Petty Birthday Bash - Dates: Mid to late October
"The Tom Petty Birthday Bash is a free music festival celebrating the life and legacy of Tom Petty in his hometown through art, music and community engagement."
-Welcome to Rockville Festival - Dates: Late April
-Key West Songwriter's Festival - Dates: Early May
"Since 1997 BMI has been a charter sponsor of the festival and has helped it grow into both a tourist attraction and favorite of island locals. The festival revolves around five days and nights of more than 20 free shows, staged at an array of the island's most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs."
-AURA Music Festival - Dates: Early March
"Since its inception in 2010, AURA Music & Arts Festival has stayed true to its mission of showcasing the best regional and national touring bands in the underground jam community and live-electronic scene, building an event that brings fans together for a magical weekend of music, family and good times!"
-Suwannee River Jam - Dates: Early May
-Jazz in the Gardens - Dates: Mid March
-Miami Reggae Fest - Dates: Late November
"One Love Nutrifest, dubbed the Miami International Reggae Festival, is a positive celebration highlighting the power of word, sound and art uniting us all as members of one human family."
-Soulfrito Festival - Dates: Early June
"The Soulfrito Music Festival, the first and only celebration of its kind in the world which provides a platform of expression for Urban Latin music and culture, is proud to announce its return and partnership with Sun Life Stadium."
-Ultra Music Festival - Dates: Late March
"Featuring one of the world’s most diverse lineups with arenas for A State of Trance, Cocoon, Mixmag, Carl Cox & Friends, Space Ibiza and the staple Live Stage, the event drew close to 200,000 in attendance, and solidified ULTRA’s status as the premier electronic music festival worldwide."
-Virginia Key Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance - Dates: Late February
-Winter Music Conference - Dates: Late March
"Winter Music Conference is one of the most publicized annual music gatherings in the world. A pivotal platform for the advancement of the industry, WMC attracts thousands of artists and music industry delegates from 70 countries and over 100,000 event attendees each year for a concentrated schedule of more than 500 events, parties, seminars and workshops." - Register
-Music Placement Conference - Dates: Late January
"We bring together filmmakers, producers, songwriters, publishers, attorneys, directors and music supervisors." - Register
-Safety Harbor Songfest - Dates: Early April
"Safety Harbor Song Fest's featured musicians are mainly acoustic acts that pull from a wide range of influences, including blues, bluegrass, folk, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. More than 20 national recording artists perform on two stages throughout both days. The festival also features local performing artists, attractions, and the very best in local food trucks and restaurants." - Submit to Perform
-Sarasota Jazz Festival - Dates: Early March
-30A Songwriter's Festival - Dates: Mid January
-Sing Out Loud Festival - Dates: Mid September
"A free, multi-date, multi-venue music festival in St. Augustine, Florida featuring hundreds of local, regional and national acts!"
-Gasparilla Music Festival - Dates: Mid March
"Gasparilla Music Festival, a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, celebrates the best of Tampa Bay's diverse music scene, highlighting local emerging acts and nationally recognized headliners." - Submit to Perform
-Tampa Music Conference - Dates: Late June
-SunFest Music & Arts Festival - Dates: Early May
"Founded in 1982, SunFest is Florida’s largest waterfront music and art festival. Held annually in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida the first week in May, SunFest attracts more than 165,000 visitors. The festival and the patrons that it attracts have a very positive impact on the community." - Submit to Perform