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 270,000 visitors.  This year, the festival begins on Wednesday, April 27th and runs through Sunday, May 01s and will be located as always along Flagler Drive from Banyan Blvd to Lakeview Ave. National acts scheduled to perform include Jason Mraz, Earth, Wind & Fire, MGMT, Sublime with Rome, Cee Lo Green, Jeff Beck, Taking Back Sunday , Gregg Allman, Neon Trees, The Avett Brothers, O.A.R., Styx, Mike Posner, Sick Puppies, Never Shout Never, Prince Royce, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Anberlin, The Supervillains, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Brooke Fraser, and Ziggy Marley.

In addition to music, there will be a juried art show from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The work of more than 160 national artists will be on display, including jewelry, painting, pottery & ceramics, photography, sculpture, wood, arts and crafts, and more. Artist demonstrations will be offered Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Artist Demonstration Booth.

Of course, there will be plenty to eat and drink.  In addition to a food “village” with all types of cuisine, there will be 3 floating barges for partying. Technically, the area is called Captain Morgan’s Floating Oasis. But most SunFest-goers know the three floating bars in the Intracoastal Waterway as “the party barges.”  Its here where people can kick back, dance and have a few drinks in the shade. This year, SunFest’s barges will have three very separate themes: The north barge will be sports-related. The central barge is your basic dance-and-party headquarters. And this time around, the south barge will have dueling pianos. All the barges will take the SunFest barge card, which is pre-paid.

This year, SunFest is offering a deal for opening night: If you buy a Wednesday night ticket and a $25 barge card, it only costs $40. That’s a savings of $19.

Also new this year will be the Verizon Music Lounge, which promises interactive entertainment among demonstrations of Verizon’s products. There’s also the Lipton Lounge, where you can enjoy personalized tea concoctions from a “master mixologist.” Both of these lounges will be on the SunFest main drag.

There are plenty of adult beverage stations throughout the event, of course – many either near a stage or a food area. 

For a complete schedule of events and ticketing information, go to www.sunfest.com.

It’s Party Time in West Palm Beach!  Have fun everybody!