Reggae Rise Up, St. Pete’s biggest annual music festival, is taking over the waterfront this weekend, and this year’s rendition showcases an absolutely star-studded lineup. The four-day celebration will take place Thursday-Sunday, March 16-19 in Vinoy Park, and tickets are on sale now.
Headliners include big-name acts such as 311, Wiz Khalifa, Damian Marley, Koffee, Rebelution, and Sublime. Add in more favorites like Dispatch and Dirty Heads, and this year’s Reggae Rise Up is jam packed with star power. To make it even more fun, Jamaican beer favorite Red Stripe is debuting its first-ever canned cocktails at Reggae Rise Up, giving those in St. Pete a first taste of the iconic brand’s newest creation.
All told, more than three dozen acts will take to the Rise Up stages over the four days of festing, complete with tons of local food, drink and entertainment. Tickets range from $40-$250, and already, some of the VIP packages have sold out. Single day GA tickets range from $40-$60.
If you’re trying to decide which days to clear your calendar, Saturday may be the best bang for your buck, with two headliners and performances from 10 additional supporting acts. Opening night on Thursday features 311 and Dispatch; Rebelution and Sublime with Rome headline Friday night; Damian Marley and Koffee take the main stage on Saturday; and Sunday showcases headliners Wiz Khalifa and Dirty Heads. The full lineup can be found here.
Not only is Reggae Rise Up one of St. Pete’s biggest festivals, it’s also one of the most meaningful weekends for the local economy. Last year’s festival created an estimated $22 million in economic impact for the city, which you can read about here, and that number is only expected to grow.