WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The pandemic has put lots of fun activities on hold and SunFest in West Palm Beach is one of them.
SunFest 2021 would have begun Thursday, but the music festival was canceled for the second year in a row due to coronavirus.
Instead, organizers and businesses are forward to 2022 for the return of SunFest and Clematis by Night, which returned to the waterfront in February 2021, officially starts the clock with the “Countdown to SunFest 2022.”
Tonight, Concertgoers who opt for a $22 premium TheClubVIP experience for Clematis by Night on 4/29 will also secure a ticket for SunFest 2022. The VIP perks include a spot close to the stage, access to a private bar, and unlimited popcorn.
“The purpose is to regenerate excitement, enthusiasm for SunFest. We don’t want people to forget about it,” said Mayor Keith James. “Also, to bring people downtown because the businesses on Clematis Street and around our downtown area will benefit.”
In 2019, more than 100,000 came to SunFest with a typically $15 million economic boost for West Palm Beach.
The nuts and bolts of how SunFest 2022 will look are still unknown. Organizers said some of the ideas kicked around while planning for this year may carry over.
One of those ideas includes extending the festivities beyond the traditional gates on Flagler Drive.