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 arrive in Okeechobee, Florida.
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 nestled in the subtropical tree-line. Are you ready to BE, HERE, NOW?!
MOONLIGHT OASIS is cultural epicenter of Okeechobee Fest; a pulsing heartbeat of creativity, art, expression and community.
Beyond the tree-line, is MOONLIGHT OASIS the cultural and musical mosaic that unfolds around our lake. This is the magical, mystical land of Jungle 51, Aquachobee Beach & ChobeeWobee Village.
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. Participate in yoga and workshops in the daytime, discover our psychedelic tea forest hidden in the trees, enjoy intimate performances across a variety of stages, peruse homemade goods and craft items, experience live artists creating works of art right before your eyes and delve into late-night shenanigans that will entertain like you never thought possible!
Yogachobee is an integral part of Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. It is the portal-within-the-portal to the internal world of the Self. It is where we connect with our bodies, the stillness in our hearts and minds, and the pure electric bloom of our Souls. Yogachobee exists as a home, a place of returning, of integrating, restoring, inspiring, and aligning amidst the storm of magic all around. It is a space where you can always find peace. This year, Yogachobee will host four movement classes each day starting at 9 am, from all levels yoga and acro yoga to dance improv and vinyasa lead through unique live sets by Afrobeta and Mountain Holler. The afternoons are full with workshops ranging from pine needle basket-making to astral travel, meeting each sunset with a Didgeridoo Sound Odyssey to prepare Okeechobeings for the night ahead. We will also have a Healing Corner with massage, some midnight music and drum circles to close out the late nights under the Full Moon. So bring your mat, bring your drum, bring your open heart and mind and come learn, play, and embody the joy of being free and alive right now on this wild and beautiful planet, together.
Aquachobee is a daytime swimming, hanging and music hang zone in the heart of Moonlight Oasis. Complete with a swimming lake and real sand beach, it is your tropical wake up call. Relax at one of the palapas, have a fresh fruit smoothie with your feet in the water or take in one of the many up-and-coming musical acts on the bamboo Beach Stage. Recharge your batteries with a vast selection of food and beverage options as you lay out a towel and catch some rays. Relax, you’re on island time.
Jungle51 is where the line between human form and alien life become blurred. Night owls rejoice, we’ve got the spot for you. Jungle51 is a landing spot for inhabitants of the outer reaches of the galaxy. Jungle51 operates from nightfall until the early morning. Surf the sonic waves deep in the heart of the tropical tree forest. Click HERE to explore the Jungle 51 lineup.
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. Past PoWoW! artists include Miguel, Win Butler, Skrillex, Michael McDonald, Solange, Mac Miller, Gallant, John Oates, Vulfpeck & many more!
For the first time in OMF history, we will collaborate with the legendary mass meditation movement, The Big Quiet, to host the largest sound meditation ever. The Big Quiet is renowned for bringing together thousands of people at landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the top of the World Trade Center. Designed for people with any level of meditation experience, The Big Quiet incorporates sound practitioners, string instrumentalists and powerful musicians to create a guided meditation experience unlike anything else.
Eats & Treats
There is an old Greek saying: “hungry bear does not dance”, and we definitely don’t want that to happen. Local tastes, organic choices, comfort food-serving-trucks and vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options have been 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.
FirST AiD/ EmErGENcY/ TrAUMa
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!