A few years ago, I participated in the Sunfest 5K. The route took us into the actual festival area. It was amazing. And then, the following years were plagued by COVID-19. Locals, as well as visitors, were disappointed as the event is iconic to West Palm Beach. Thank goodness the festival is scheduled to return, and as a preview, the city is excited to announce Clementis By Night. I'm thrilled, and the excitement buzzing around West Palm is unmeasurable.
Clematis by night countdown to Sunfest 22
Many Floridians are looking forward to the 2022 Sunfest, amid cancelations two consecutive years dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Locals and visitors can prepare for the time of their life at the Clematis By Night Countdown held on September 23, 2021. If you and your family are visiting the area during this time, West Palm Beach welcomes you to a night of fun festivities. This mini-event is jump-starting the annual festival scheduled from April 28 through May 1, 2022.
What is Sunfest?
Sunfest is a major music and art festival held annually since its establishment in 1982. It is the largest festival in the whole State of Florida. Over 100,000 patrons gather downtown in West Palm Beach to enjoy five days of music, great-tasting food, and participating in activities. It has had a positive economic influence on the local economy for 38 years.
What makes the event a phenomenal success are thousands of volunteers and its many sponsors. In addition, the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and Florida Arts Council proudly support the major event every year.
Clematis by Night is a relic, a favorite event for loyal music fans to experience live entertainment leading to the 2022 Sunfest. The countdown to the major festival started its first series of concerts in April 2021, followed by a second concert in September. There will be live music, lawn games, plenty of food/beverages, give-a-ways, and much more for a night of excitement.
Join the Mini Music Festival
West Palm Beach is hosting the Mini Music Fest on Thursday, September 23, as a part of the countdown to the main event. It is the second series of four Clematis by Night concerts scheduled in the city as campaigns. Three winning bands from South Florida are returning to the stage to honor the extravaganza countdown to the festival.
Get ready for performances from 2017 winner Chemradery and the 2019 winner Citizen Badger, both prior winners of the Battle of the Bands. Sit back and relax with loved ones, friends, and family on the Great Lawn located on 100 North Clematis Street. Bring your foldable lawn chairs and blankets for a night of entertainment from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.
Entertainment Lineup at the Mini Music Fest
The opening band act is the Citizen Badger, a funky folk-rock band. Their style of music has influences from major artists, including Bruno Mars and The Flaming Lips. Citizen Badger is a prior winner of the Battle of the Bands in 2019 and will energize patrons before the leading artist takes the stage.
Next to perform before the audience is jazz-folk artist Tabitha Meeks from Nashville, TN. Her distinctive combination of folk and jazz genre type music is the vocal singing style of Norah Jones. She exceptionally masters playing the piano and is sure to get the audience engaged in her music.
Comradery is the leading act for the night at the Mini Music Festival. Lead singer Gray Scott and his band members are the previous winners of the 2017 Battle of the Bands. Chemradery will perform at 8:00 PM, singing popular pop-rock and soul songs to get the crowd excited.
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What patrons need to know before attending the countdown event
- All attendees must follow recommended CDC guidelines, such as social distancing.
- Adults must accompany children and minors at all times.
- There are free general admissions to the public with the option of purchasing premium VIP tickets.
- Be aware that there is a risk of being exposed to Covid-10 at any public event or place at gatherings.
How to buy VIP tickets to the mini music fest
Concert attendees that want to purchase tickets to the September 2021 Mini-Fest can order tickets online today. The price per ticket is $22 and comes with premium perks, including a close place to the stage, an open private bar, and unlimited popcorn. In addition, VIP ticket holders will have a close-range look at each band while enjoying live music, snacks, and alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.
Permittable carry-in items through the concert gates
- Wheelchairs/Medical Scooters
- Plastic water bottles, cups, or containers for refilling beverages are permissible on the concert ground site.
- Foods for people with medical conditions in acceptable containers and nutrition for babies and toddlers
- Umbrellas, if not blocking the view of the stage.
- Foldable lawn chairs.
- Services animals for disabled patrons
Restricted items banned from the gates
- Coolers of any kind.
- Glass bottles/containers and bottles of water are not allowed through the gates.
- Selfie sticks to take pictures with smartphones.
- Outside food from home or restaurants
- Electronic recording devices.
- Frisbees, footballs, basketballs, and other sports items
- Bicycles, roller skates, and skateboards will be banned.
- Glow and laser products.
- Use of video cameras on smartphones and camera sets.
- Play water guns.
- Explosive, firearms, and knives
The 2022 Clematis by Night countdown to Sun-fest 22 will continue after the Mini Music Festival on September 23. It is the last event for the year 2021, followed by the third series event on January 20, 2022, and the fourth held on April 7, 2022.
West Palm Beach is letting the clock tick in expectancy of the return of the Sunfest in 2022. Despite two previous cancelations in 2020 and 2021, the show will go on as planned by the Sun-Fest of Palm Beach County. Floridians and tourists visiting West Palm Beach join tens of thousands of locals in celebrating a tradition of music and art.
"The show must go on." -E. Holding-
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