It’s the height of music festival season here in Orlando. Ralphfest and the Orlando Folk Festival have already taken place, but there are plenty more scheduled over the next few months in and around Orlando. Some of these festivals are single-day events while others take place over two or three days.
These music festivals are a great way for local Orlando bands to get their name and music out in front of new fans and they are also a terrific opportunity for music fans to discover new bands to follow.
Full Sail University’s first Hall of Fame Music Festival is FREE and open to the public. This three day music festival will be held on the Full Sail backlot at 351 S. Semoran Blvd. The doors open at noon, with music from 3-9 p.m. each day. This festival is part of Full Sail’s fifth annual Hall of Fame week celebration. Some of the bands on the schedule include Orlando’s Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Beebs and Her Money Makers, Solillaquists of Sound and The Pauses as well as Central Florida’s Beartoe.
February 22 and 23
This annual festival takes place around Lake Eola and features live music from Orlando bands as well as internationally known acts. Scheduled for Saturday are Orange Avenue (12:45 p.m.), Simulcast (2:30 p.m.), Matt Schenk (4:15 p.m.), The Mud Flappers (6 p.m.) and Matt Nathanson (7:35 p.m.). On Sunday there will be live music from Dominic Gaudious (12:15 p.m.), Derek and the Slammers (2 p.m.), Selwyn Birchwood (3:45 p.m.) and Three Dog Night (5:30 p.m.). There will also be food sampling from 35 of the area’s top restaurants and wine tasting featuring over 50 wines from around the world. General admission tickets are $15 in advance per day or $20 at the gate. There are also a limited number of two day admission tickets at $20 for advance purchase only. With an Ultimate Fest Experience Ticket ($100 each day) you get to sit in the private stage side seating for the concerts as well as a VIP Parking pass, $40 in food and beverage tickets, private wine/beer bar and a commemorative festival wine glass.
Hoops and Hits 2.0 is a chance for local businesses, student organizations and the Orlando community to socialize and build their network while connecting directly with college students. Come hangout by the pool, participate in a basketball tournament, play volleyball, enjoy great food and listen to live music from Orlando singer songwriter Bob Green and Theolodge. This FREE event is open to the public and will be held at The Lofts Student Apartments. Hoops and Hits 2.0 will run between noon and 5 p.m.
March 21 and 22
This event features live music from Orlando bands The Jazz Professors, The UCF All-Star High School Jazztet and The Flying Horse Big Band as well as well-known performers saxophone legend Benny Golson, NEA Jazz Master and drummer Rodney Howard. Tickets are $20 at the door each night and FREE for UCF Students with ID.
March 29 and 30
This two day art and music festival takes place at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. There is live music on Saturday from Orlando’s Robert Harris Group and California’s Mindi Abair and on Sunday featuring Orlando’s Gladys Justiniano and David Roberts – Sounds of Sinatra. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Delandapalooza is a day-long, multiple-genre music event featuring over 150 acts on more than 25 stages throughout historic downtown Deland. For one low entry fee, music fans are treated to live music from a variety of popular genres including rock, folk, Blues, Americana, jazz, punk, electronic, hip hop, country and more as well as food vendors, crafts and original art. Every year there are a great number of Orlando bands in the festival line-up.
Music fans get a mix of internationally known headlining bands as well as some of the top notch bands based in Orlando including SoulSwitch, Traverser, WERM, Maybe if You Hit It, The Crazy Carls, Gorillafight, Blaine the Mono and Leaving Haven as well as Central Florida bands Mr. Bella and Murderfly. There will be four stages of live music, the Fiasco Midway, Orlando Kawasaki Moto-X stunt show, a vendor village and Mels’ Bad Girls Club Art Walk. This event has moved to the Central Florida Fairgrounds this year.
The three day music festival and conference takes place in select locations throughout downtown Orlando and features more than 200 bands on 15 different stages with a mix of national headliners and top local bands. The festival is currently accepting submissions through Sonicbids and Reverbnation for showcase slots.
Smashington is a music and art festival and marketplace. Last year they had 50 artists on two stages and this year they are hoping to have 60 acts on three stages. Aside from live music and art there will be a charity boxing match and carnival games. The festival will be held at The Music Center, 3301 Gardenia Ave. from 2-11 p.m.