Country Thunder Florida, which started in 1993 as an annual country music festival in Arizona’s Canyon Moon Ranch, has added stops throughout the U.S. and Canada so country fans across the North America can gather for some good old boot-stomping. This October, for the fourth time, Country Thunder will rage through Kissimmee, Fla., close enough to Orlando you can hop over to Disney World for a saccharine break from all the red, white and beer.
Keith Urban, Cody Johnson and HARDY the lineup of 19 artists. So break out the cowboy hats — from the looks of it, hats are basically a prerequisite — and be ready to settle in. The Florida version of Country Thunder Florida plays more like one long concert, or even an SEC football game, than a festival. There’s only one stage with a pit, standing lawn sections and lots of traditional seating (a.k.a. chairs). Like any good game day, people start tailgating hours before the festival starts.
Though the ticket packages and camping plots are pricey, this festival isn’t glamorous. You can rent a personal Port-a-Potty and lock it from unwanted guests — an add-on that must be helpful given how readily it’s advertised. The tent camping won’t be tucked away in the middle of nowhere in lush Florida wilderness, but on a lawn near the festival grounds on Osceola Heritage Park. Showers go for 10 bucks a pop, cash only.
- Osceola Heritage Park has a capacity of 10,500 people
- Weekend Genera Admission tickets cost $250. Three-day VIP tickets, ranging from “Gold Circle Standing Room” (access to better spots at the stage) to “Jim Beam’s Platinum Experience” (which includes parking, extra souvenirs, and a VIP lounge) cost between $300 and $600.
- Camping spots range from $295 to $780, depending on the size of the spot and which amenities you would like to add (water and electricity, for example)
- Pop over to Orlando to explore the nearby city.
What is the closest airport to Country Thunder Florida?
You can fly into Orlando International Airport. It’s 11-mile, 25-minute drive from the festival site.
Do I have to camp?
No. There are hotels nearby, and Country Thunder offers some hotel packages for wristband-holders.
Will there be food?
Food vendors will set up shop on the festival grounds. More details on the vendors aren’t yet available.
Is the fest accessible?
Contact the festival with questions about specific accommodations ([email protected]); but there will be accessible parking and an accessible viewing area at each stage.
Which artists are on the Country Thunder Florida 2023 lineup?
Cody Johnson, HARDY, Keith Urban, Parker McCollum, Kip Moore, Carly Pearce, Bailey Zimmerman, Lonestar, Parmalee, Jo Dee Messina, Cooper Alan, Tracy Byrd, Shane Profitt, The Washboard Union, Hailey Whitters, Chase Matthew, Josh Ross, The Reklaws.
Who are the headliners for Country Thunder Florida?
Cody Johnson, HARDY and Keith Urban.
What is the address where the festival will be held?
Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Ln, Kissimmee, FL 34744.