The String Cheese Incident. Photo via Shutterstock.

Suwannee Hulaween 2023

OCTOBER 26-29, 2023


Mix the Nightmare Before Christmas and acid and you probably have an idea of what the The String Cheese Incident's Suwannee Hulaween is like.

Suwannee Hulaween is a forest rave that’s, I imagine, kind of like watching The Nightmare Before Christmas while on acid. It’s trippy. But, the Halloween weekend bash isn’t just an EDM festival. At this year’s Suwannee Hulaween there are more than 90 indie, rock, pop and alternative artists playing across multiple stages. Typically the festival has anywhere from five to seven stages, but the exact number will be released closer to the start of the festival. Hosted and headlined each year by Telluride jam band The String Cheese Incident, Hulaween used to be a series of shows at small venues across the United States, but since 2013, they have packed the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. 

Each year the Suwannee Hulaween music festival has a different theme; 2022 was horror themed and 2021 was monster mash themed. Keep an eye out for the 2023 theme announcement so you can dress the part — and know how to pack. This is a five-night camping festival and it’s safe to assume people will stuff their tents with every freaky, scary or sexy costume they match with the theme. Costumes aren’t required, but you are sure to be the odd one out if you are wearing khakis. Tent camping is included with each General Admission four-day pass, but if you don’t like looking like a zombie when you wake up, RV and car camping upgrades are available.

The Specs

  • 20,000 people attend.
  • This is the festival’s 10th anniversary.
  • Tickets come at seven different price points between $429 and $8,475 and camping add ons are available. General admission 3-day passes start at $324 and 4-day passes start at $404.
  • Here is the festival’s app.
  • Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to Florida here.


What is the closest airport to the Suwannee Hulaween?

The Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV / KGNV) is 72 miles from the Suwannee Music Park and the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is about 1.5 hours away. 

Where is the annual Suwannee Hulaween held?

It’s held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (Spirit Lake) in Live Oak, Florida.

What is this year’s theme?

The theme for Hulaween 2023 is what they call ”full moon family reunion” in which you are encouraged to embrace night of self-discovery as you dress according to “your zodiac sign, a tarot character, or stand upon the moon with aliens,” according to the official site.

I am a minor, can I attend Suwannee Hulaween?

Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. 

Is the Suwannee Hulaween ADA accessible? 

Yes, there are ADA accessible camping and viewing areas. You can register for an ADA camping spot here.

Who produces the music festival?

The festival is promoted by Hula Holdings, LLC.

Why do I have to buy tickets through etix?

Etix is a contracted ticket company and they are hired us to sell tickets to client events.

Why do I keep seeing “Hulafam”  mentioned on social media and message boards?

Hulafam is the name used for the festival’s fans.

Who is headlining this year’s Hulaween?

Headliners include The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, Goose, John Summit, Elderbrook, Big Wild, Channel Tres, Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Smino and Dispatch.

What artists are on the Suwannee Hulaween 2023 lineup? 

Ak Renny, Altin Gün, Apashe, Austen Van Der Bleek, Austeria, Bad Snacks, Big Wild, Bill & Jilian Nershi, Blond:Ish, Blu Detiger, Boogie T, Cadillac Jones, Canvas, Chachuba, Champagne Drip, Channel Tres, Chyl, Cope, Cosmic Collective, Couch, Dispatch, Domi & Jd Beck, Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes, Elderbrook, Electric Kif, Empire Strikes Brass. Eprom, Erez. Erin & The Wildfire, Fernando Rosa, Free Range Strange, Funk You. Ghost Note, Gioli & Assia, Goldenera, Goose, Inzo, Isoxo, Jason Leech, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, John Summit, Jon Stickley Trio, Joshwa, Kendall Street Company, Khiva, Kitchen Dwellers, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Lab Group, Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, Lespecial, Lettuce, Lucati, Manic Focus, María También, Marvel Years, Matcha, Melt, Memba, Minim, Moore Kismet, Mt. Joy, Mzg, Notlö, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pretty Lights, Qrtr, Ramona + The Riot, Rohan Solo, Roosevelt Collier Band, Sailor Jane & The Apricators, Smino, Snakes & Stars, Sneezy, Sodown, Stick & Ditty, Tand, The Dip, The Jauntee, The Orange Constant, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, Trousdale, Tru Phonic, Underground Springhouse, Universal Funk Orchestra, Veil, Vicky B, Yam Yam, and Yung Bae. (Rainbow Kitten Surprise was scheduled to play but then canceled all 2023 shows.)

2023 Poster


2023 Festival Promo

Tom Morello, 2019

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BY Emily Brower