A four-day music and arts festival in a musically-historic park in Northern Florida is epic in itself, but holding that same festival during Halloween weekend makes for the ultimate festival experience. As if the Spirit of the Suwannee Park wasn’t spooky enough with its Spanish moss-laced tress, the addition of Halloween made it just that much more eerie and magical.
This year’s Suwannee Hulaween has come to a close and I was there to experience first-hand what a truly divine weekend and place it can be. In attendance were over 20,000 like-minded individuals (tripling the amount from last year) staying in an 800+ acre park all together as one.
Presented by Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat Productions and based in the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla., Hulaween boasted some big names in music as well as showcasing some very talented artists, diverse performers and included multiple vendors and food trucks as well.
Headlining the entire festival was The String Cheese Incident who had an impressive seven sets throughout the weekend. A jam band based out of Colorado, The String Cheese Incident can play anything from bluegrass to funk to even hints of calypso and each of their seven sets was individual and unique in its own right. Some other big names present at Hulaween were Pretty Lights, Odesza, STS9, Griz, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment, Primus and Slightly Stoopid just to name a few.
As if the music wasn’t enough, Hulaween also includes some amazing glowing and fire breathing art installations along with some interactive attractions and exhibits, bringing something that not many other festivals offer, all while deep in the forest amongst the spirit of the trees. All of this combined, along with the people, truly give Hulaween its name and aura.
Given the success of this year’s Hulaween, you can bet that next year’s will be even bigger and better. So gather your best costumes and get ready to feel the spirits and magic of Suwannee Hulaween 2016!