Hulaween 2019 Tips & Tricks

Suwannee Hulaween Main Stage
Hulaween at night photo credit “Festival Squad”

Suwannee Music Festivals bring lots of first-time festival attendees, out of towners and many from out of state. This little article is to help those unfamiliar with the ways of the Florida woods. It is a collaborative effort between Jake Pugh, the Director of Sales & Marketing at Catoma and myself. Suwannee Hulaween will provide you with memories to last a lifetime, and if you follow the advice below hopefully they are all positive ones that you are taking home! This is not an exhaustive list, so chime in in the comments if you have other safety/logistical tips!

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The Mushroom Stage at Suwannee Music Park

Suwannee Rising, the newest festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (www.musicliveshere.com), debuted with a magical feel and an undeniable vibe. The festival, held April 4-6, 2019, consisted of 23 bands over three days on two stages. Approximately 3,000 people made the trek to Live Oak, Fla., for Rising’s inaugural year—an impressive number for a festival put together in a short amount of time.

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