SunFest 2017 will return May 3-7 along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, with more than 50 musical acts performing on three stages. Themed food courts, a pop-up lounge and an “art district” will make their debut at the festival. Below is a guide to parking, dining, music and other essentials worth knowing before you go.
PARKING AND SHUTTLES
The city’s 1,150 metered downtown spaces (75 cents to $1.25 per hour, free Sunday) are sure to disappear quickly, so reserve spaces at three county lots: Judicial Center Garage, 505 Banyan Blvd.; Governmental Center Garage, 294 N. Dixie Highway; and 4th Street Surface Lot, 316 Fourth St. It’s $12 daily, $48 for all five days. Festivalgoers can still snag parking for $10 to $20 daily at the five city garages (Sapodilla Garage, 600 Clematis St.; Clematis Garage, 500 Banyan Blvd.; City Center Garage, 400 Banyan Blvd.; Evernia Street Garage, 333 Evernia St.; and Banyan and Olive Garage, 200 Banyan Blvd.). The West Palm Beach Trolley’s free Yellow Line travels CityPlace and Clematis Streets 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. If you’re bicycling, store your wheels at West Palm DDA’s free bike valet service, offered at the Centennial Square fountain at the Clematis Street entrance. Riders are issued claim tickets for their bikes, and you can leave them overnight in a gated compound. Info: SunFest.com/Parking.
SunFest will boast three themed food courts — two of them new – named the Eatery, the Diner and the Fueling Station. The weirdest addition: jianbing, a type of savory Chinese crepe that’s deep-fried and stuffed with scallions, cilantro, crispy wonton shells and a layer of bean sauce and spicy hoisin (a chile sauce). The Diner, a 1950s-themed malt shop near the JetBlue stage, will offer comfort foods such as ice cream, nachos, gluten-free tacos and soft pretzels (the name of one vendor, Hey Man Nice Taco, is a nod to Filter, performing May 6).
“It’s SunFest meets the Fonz,” says David Sabin, organizer of the Palm Beach Wine and Food Festival, who revamped the menu with wife Lindsay Autry, executive chef of Regional Kitchen and Public House in West Palm Beach. “When you grow into an international festival, you have to be mindful of new food trends.”
The Fueling Station, a gas-station-themed row of vendors near the Ford stage, will sell grab-and-go items, such as corn dogs (Corn Dogg, another vendor, references a certain SunFest headliner).
One-day passes will cost $41 through April 29 and $47 thereafter, $61 to $72 for two-day passes and $81 to $92 for a five-day pass. Buy tickets at the SunFest Store (525 Clematis St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday), at Publix supermarkets in Palm Beach and Martin counties through April 29, at SunFest.com, by calling 1-800-786-3378 or at the gate. There’s a $10 off Friday discount via Sunfest.com/Friday-Night-Promo.