Surrounded by waving palm trees, the dazzling sun, and reggae lovers, the annual event Kaya Fest took place. The festival features some of the most popular reggae-influenced artists, such as the Marley brothers, Third World, Protoje, Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes, and many more. Labeled one of the top 10 music moments of 2017, it emanates a unique musical tang.
Kaya Fest’s location varies every year. While last year it was held in California, in 2017 and 2019, they were held in the heart of downtown Miami’s, Biscayne Blvd. Right next to it is one of Miami’s most famous marketplaces, Bayside Marketplace, a must-visit!
It takes a few hours for the artists to begin performing, there’s a massive variety of souvenir stands and food/drink trucks nearby where you can quench your thirst and grab a bite to eat. Don’t be fooled by the word “bite”, all types of food are sold! Anything from typical quick bites like chicken fingers and hotdogs, to Caribbean dishes with rice, beans, and oxtails. With multiple stands and many in guests’ hands, One of the most popular drinks at the festival is the frozen lemonade.
Although a seating section with a relatively close view of the stage is available to reserve, most people sit in the general lawn, a field of grass. While rental chairs are available, most people simply bring blankets to sit and vibe to the music. Keep in mind the lawn fills up quick! To ensure a decent view, it is recommended to arrive on time.
Aside from the love of reggae music, Kaya Fest also represents a movement for the acceptance of medical and recreational marijuana. It’s no surprise that the smell of Cannabis is potent throughout the duration of the festival. No one seems to mind, and for those who do, the strong smell of meat on the grill easily overpowers it.
The festival runs from the early afternoon to 12-1 AM. Typically, the Marley brothers perform later on in the evening. In the meantime, several other artists take the stage. This year, DJ Khaled appeared on performed on stage as the special surprise guest of the night. Towards the end of the night, both, the artists and crowd sing along during a heartfelt tribute to Bob Marley.
Whether you feel the desire to go for the love of one artist, or for the love of reggae in general, Kaya Fest is the perfect place to gather with loved ones, relax, and enjoy the music as the sun sets. Where will Kaya fest 2020? Until that information, along with the roster are released for next year, we can keep rocking to reggae music until then.
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