As a seasoned Okeechobee Fest veteran, I can tell you there is so much more to this festival than meets the eye. Don’t get me wrong, what’s meeting the eye is GORGEOUS. The grove is a mossy tree-filled wonderland, littered with ferris wheels and scattered with beautiful people.
If you explore the grounds carefully, however, you may find some of the hidden gems within the grove. I’m going to give you the inside scoop on the secret stages within the grove, that you may not know about as a first year attendee.
THE TEA ROOM
Don’t let the name fool you, this kind of “tea” has nothing to do with gossip, shade, or Kermit the Frog. All drama falls away when you enter this topsy turvy hideaway. Tucked away from the main stages, you will discover The Tea Room, and what you will witness changes by the hour. Known for poetry readings, rap battles, and even improv comedy, the possibilities are endless. This is the perfect, cozy spot to unwind with a cup of tea after a long day of dancing.
Now this is the spot for my party people. My crowd surfers. My “one more song” homies. A completely different vibe from The Tea Room lies deep within the palm trees. Jungle 51 is a hidden post-festival techno forest party complete with lasers and smoke. Live electronica will keep the party going into the wee hours of the night. Expect sets from artists on the rise, or even the occasional secret set from a headliner. You never know what you may find in this mighty jungle.
This last spot may not even be known be repeat Okeechobeeings, but I can tell you that it is a must see! Stop by the Jive Joint for a late night performance by the legendary Super Tall Paul. This low key stage is a great last pit stop on the trek back to your camp site. Despite the concerts ending at midnight, the truth is the party goes until the sun comes up! Make sure to take advantage of all that this one-of-a kind festival has to offer.