A Brief History of the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

The fourth annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is going on now. The multi-genre music festival features great bands, good food, art and workshops in a great setting for four days at the start of March each year. If you can’t make it to Cochella or Lollapalooza, the Okeechobee Festival is the place to be.

Here is a brief history of the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival.


The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival was founded in March 2016. The Festival’s purpose is to “make the world a better place”. The festival follows the Native American “Okeechobee Ethos” which is to revive ancient dance in a collective celebration. The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival was founded and is produced by Soundslinger LLC Sunshine Productions producer Steve Sybesma and Superfly producer Paul Peck founded the Festival to bring people together with music, dance, art, food and serenity.

Located on 600 acres in Sunshine Grove Okeechobee, Florida, the event features several stages hosting many bands, multi-cultural artwork, food and beverage trucks selling craft beer and food with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. The event also features yoga, meditation and holistic workshops. The first festival featured great bands including Kendrick Lamar, Mumford and Sons, Bassenecter and Skillex. 32,000 people attended the event and it continues to grow. Attendees can camp on the beaches of Lake Okeechobee or pitch tents and campers in designated areas. Guests are entertained day and night.

Things to Do

  • The Grove – The Grove is the center of the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival. Three main stages for artist performances are surrounded by sub tropical décor. Guests can mingle, dance or relax as they enjoy the multi-genre music by great artists. Powow is a newer event where music guests play together.
  • Chobee Village – Chobee Village is the artistic and cultural center of the Festival. Guests can eat and drink as they peruse the marketplace which features “Participation Row”. Guests can also join in yoga, meditation and holistic workshops.
  • Moonlight Oasis – Moonlight Oasis lays at the base of the Okeechobee Lake and features Aquachobee, a beach where guests can lounge as they take dips in the water. There is a lakeside bar and stages where musicians perform.
  • Jungle 51 – Jungle 51 is a unique stage hidden among the trees. Festival guests can find the hidden gem through the trees and down a widening path. The stage is shaped as a pyramid and the performances are unique.
  • The Big Quiet – The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival also features “The Big Quite”. It’s the biggest meditation group ever. guests can relax in the peaceful environment while listening to meditative string music.


This year’s Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival is bigger and better than other. Powow will feature combined music artists and will include Snoop Dogg. Other music groups performing this year include Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Bassnectar, Julio, Travis Scott and Khalid. As always the event will be a place for people to come together and experience good music, eclectic art and meditation. This year’s attendees will certainly be inspired by the Festival.

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