Since its inception in 2010, AURA Music and Arts Festival has been a pivotal event for the Florida music and arts community. This year’s event will take place at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park from March 3-5 and marks the seventh installment of the festival. With the return of perennial jamtronic superstars, The Disco Biscuits, as well other repeat offenders such as the Heavy Pets, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, The Main Squeeze, and Particle, AURA has maintained a strong sense of continuity with previous years. Furthermore, the addition of acts such as Thievery Corporation, the New Deal, and Bright Light Social Hour is sure to keep things fresh.
With so many awesome acts and activities, I wanted to give you all my Top Five Reasons to make AURA your Spring Break destination.
1. Suwannee in the Spring
It is no mystery that Spirit of Suwannee is one of the most beautiful venues in country. Between the enchanting live oaks draped with Spanish moss and the beautiful banks of Suwannee River, the park is simply overflowing with natural beauty. Combine that with the springtime in north Florida and you can’t ask for a better festival environment.
2. The AURA Family
One of the most incredible aspects about a grass-roots event like AURA is the core fan base that has been to nearly every installment. This loyalty has fostered a strong sense of community among attendees that goes far deeper than other events. There is a beautiful sense of comradery with festival veterans showing the ropes to first-timers looking to earn their stripes. Everyone looks out for each other because it doesn’t matter who you are there to see or how many times you have been there, once you are there, you are part of the family.
3. Diverse Lineup
AURA will feature everything from balls-to-the-wall dance parties with acts like The Disco Biscuits and The New Deal, to psychedelic hip-hop with Thievery Corporation, to big band jazz-fusion with Grammy Award winners, Snarky Puppy.
Furthermore, there will also be blissful daytimes sets from acts such as piano virtuoso Holly Bowling, as well as late night ragers at the Silent Disco.
4. Live Art
Every year the AURA live arts program seems to outdo itself. With over fifteen live artists, live interactive installations, and a full gallery, attendees are sure to be in for a stimulating sensory soirée.
5. Yoga and Healing Workshop
For the fifth year in a row, Yoga and Healing Arts Program Director Joaquin Antonio will lead a team of 15 of the country’s top Yoga instructors to cultivate a program comparable to those you would find on top-tier retreats. Offering over 25 classes throughout the festival, the Yoga and Healing Arts Program will be cleansing AURAs all weekend. Weather you are looking to rejuvenate yourself after a night of partying or simply align your chakras, there will be a class for you.
With so many activities, workshops, and incredible bands, there is no shortage of excitement leading up to the weekend of March 5. All in all, AURA will surely be the ultimate Spring Break destination.