WeLCoMe T0 SuNsHinE GR0Ve!
We want you to get a taste of what awaits on the horizon, and let you try to imagine what you will discover once you are on our beautiful land in Okeechobee. Sunshine Grove is the name of our beautiful land and it is divided into two main areas The Grove and Moonlight Oasis.
THE GROVE is in the center of the festival grounds, the nucleus of the action, and hosts our three main stages that are nested in the subtropical tree-line. Are you ready to BE, HERE, NOW?!
ChobeeWobee Village is a land of lands, curated to feed the soul; inspire creativity, community, and connectedness; and awaken the festival goers inner weird… welcome to the festival within the festival! ChobeeWobee is a collection of communities all brought together to create a neighborhood to nourish the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga and workshops in the day time, live artists creating works of art right before your eyes and late-night shenanigans that will entertain like you never thought possible! JOIN US!
ChobeeWobee Village also hosts the Participation Row social action village. It’s where HeadCount, Clean Energy Advisors and local community organizations will have activities and sick giveaways (think signed guitars and limited-edition OMF pins) so you can be a good citizen while having a good time.
Within ChobeeWobee village, you will find a place to calibrate your internal compass and recharge your chi. Yogachobee, The Healing Sanctuary and our new Earth Arts Academy are here to provide a portal within the portal, straight to the core of your being. Whether found through a Thai Massage, a Yoga class, a talk on Herbalism, a three-part progressive Earth Arts workshop, a ceremony around the fire or simply a cup of tea, these resources are here to help you tap into your unlimited potential and unveil the truth within. It is our hope that these areas help countless Okeechobeings on the path to healing, self-discovery, connection to community and unconditional presence. Dive deep into all that Yogachobee has to offer and discover what it truly means to Be, Here, Now!
Get back to the BEACH! Aquachobee is your island vibes wake up call at OMF17! A daytime swimming, hanging and music chill zone in the heart of Moonlight Oasis, Okeechobee. Come by one of our palapas or have a fruity drink in the morning as chill vibes and live music creates the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon. BYO Towel! Entertainment starts in the morning and breakfast will be served nearby. #VacationVibes
Up late? We’ve got the spot for YOU! Welcome to Jungle 51 a landing spot for the outer reaches of the galaxy. Jungle 51 operates from night until the early morn and
has an amazing lineup of techno to keep the dance floor PUMPING until the break of dawn!
The PoWow! is a once-in-a-lifetime collaborative concert between superstar artists and incredible musicians where anything can happen and anyone can walk onstage. Often featuring reimagined, supercharged versions of beloved songs, a PoWow! is the type of show where you have no idea what will happen next, but you do know that it will be unforgettable!
There is an old Greek saying: “hungry bear does not dance”, and we definitely don’t want that to happen. We want all of you to be well fed and dancing with happy faces so we have arranged for some of the tastiest vendors featuring local tastes, organic choices, and comfort food-serving-trucks, carefully selected for your culinary enjoyment. As your soul is stimulated so too should be your taste buds.
Throwing a responsible festival is a big part of what this experiment is about. We’ve gone to great lengths to implement as many sustainable practices and operations and it’s an ongoing effort.
We’re constantly striving to improve and each year we plan to increase these efforts but we need your help in a big way. Remind yourself and others that there really is no ‘throwing away’ of anything; it is just passive relocation. With that, here are some tips for a successful weekend under the sun.
We believe in being a holistically sustainable festival and we will try to achieve being a zero waste event in our near future, and we need your help in making this a reality. By respecting nature and essentially not being a slob, you will be celebrating one of the greatest parts of being a human being, and now an Okeechobeing. Don’t forget we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Look after each other, wear sunscreen, hydrate yourself frequently, and help each other out if you see someone who might be feeling sick, tired, dehydrated, or generally not well. There are plenty of places around the festival where you can seek help. Please feel free to reach out to anyone of our staff under any circumstances you might think our help would be useful.
Okeechobee’s Sunshine Grove is a natural Florida paradise, and within any wooded area there will be some critters of various types. Respect them and their homes, and they will respect your campsite. Make sure all food is kept in a safe and secured area, bring insect repellant and make smart decisions. If you have an unfortunate encounter with any of these critters, please seek medical attention at one of our many First Aid/Medical Tents where staff will be fully prepared for these unlikely, yet possible, occurrences.
We have a party emergency tent handled by trained professionals in case you have someone in your group who might be partying a little bit too hard please feel confident and safe knowing that you can take them there and people with a long history of supporting people who need help will be there to guide you and inform you in this moment of crisis.
WeAtHEr / TeMPeRATuRe / Sun ExPOsUrE
The average temperature in Okeechobee in March ranges from a high of 80 to a low of 56 and is one of Florida’s dryest months. We anticipate sunny skies and good times, but be prepared for warm and cold temperatures, as well as potential rainy conditions. A jacket, sunscreen, and poncho are essential. In the rare case of rainy conditions that cause mud, rain boots can be a lifesaver!
Four days and nights of music, fun and dancing can take it’s toll on the body, espe- cially in warm weather. Please make sure you, and all of your friends stay hydrated throughout the events. Your body will require more water than usual during the event. We encourage you to use the water available for free at our various Water Refill Sta- tions onsite. You may bring an EMPTY reusable water container, or a camelback into The Grove, and refill it inside the venue.
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Medical Staff will be available onsite 24 hours a day throughout the event. If you, your friend, or someone else is in need of Medical attention, visit one of the Medical Tents immediately. The Medical tent is a safe haven, and what you tell the medical staff will be held in confidence. Be honest about your condition so you can get the best treat- ment for your illness. The Medical Tents are mini-hospitals and can accommodate your needs.
SaFEtY & SeCUrITy
Security Staff will be onsite 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of all of you. Please be kind and courteous to each other as well as all staff members. With great freedom comes great responsibility. It’s up to each one of us to ensure that the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is a fun, safe and next level adventure. Take care and be respect- ful to each other and the nature around you. Enjoy your freedom but obey the rules, and it will all be peaches and cream.
We have a party emergency tent handled by trained professionals in case you have someone in your group who might be partying a little bit too hard. Please feel confident and safe knowing that you can take them there and people with a long history of supporting people who need help will be there to guide you and inform you in this moment of crisis.
This is a 4 day event, it’s a marathon not a sprint, so pace yourselves. It’s impossible to see everything, so don’t try to. Everyone is going to experience a little FOMO, so get your rest and come back next year and we will do it all over again.
Finally BE SAFE and HAVE FUN!