Aaron Lewis plays his guitar during a performance of Staind.

Earthday Birthday 2024

APRIL 20, 2024


Happy Birthday, Earth. Your present? Central Florida’s longest-running rock festival.

Another trip around the sun means paying homage to Mother Earth in the only way central Florida knows how: with hard rock, day drinking and Harley-Davidson merch. Hosted by WJRR and sponsored by Hard Rock Orlando, the Sunshine State first threw this outdoor party in 1993.

Don’t let the name fool you — though the festival is scheduled the Saturday nearest to actual Earth Day, Earthday Birthday isn’t particularly centered around environmental protection. The real meat and potatoes is the event’s Seattle post-grunge sound. Explosive headliners like Seether, Staind and Asking Alexandria will take the stage this year. Don your jean shorts and stroll the fairgrounds for a sound bath of grungy basslines, tight snares and crashing cymbals. When your ears start ringing, take a well-earned break at the BMX demonstration or the Art & Charity Walk, an outdoor art show full of pieces for purchase from the artists of central Florida. In past years, you could catch a glimpse of tag-team wrestling or try your hand at ax throwing between sets, too.

Earthday Birthday has tightened up some loose screws from previous years that left attendees feeling frustrated. Vendors could only accept “Earthday Birthday Bucks” as currency inside the Fairgrounds, forcing concertgoers to queue up and exchange their cash before being able to buy anything. For 2024, WJRR has ditched that system, and now accepts credit and debit at the vendor village, bars and food trucks, allowing for easier purchases from local artisans and restaurant vendors.

The Specs

  • Over 15,000 concertgoers are expected to attend.
  • Tickets can be purchased for $85 (+fees) each, or $75 (+fees) each for a 4-pack. First Responder/Military Discount for $65 (+fees). 
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Where does Earthday Birthday take place?

Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808.

What is the closest airport to Earthday Birthday?

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is approximately 15 miles southeast of Central Florida Fairgrounds. While public transit is available, the commute is lengthy (1.25+ hours). Opt for car rental, taxi, or rideshare instead.

What’s the parking situation?

Parking is available for $20 per vehicle, though WJRR recommends carpooling. There is a designated rideshare dropoff point at the entry to the Fairgrounds. 

How can I pay for stuff within the Fairgrounds?

Earthday Birthday is a cashless event. Only credit or debit will be accepted on the day of.

Can I bring kids?

All ages are welcome at the festival. Kids under 3 gain free entry to the Fairgrounds. Anyone over 4 requires a ticket.

Who can I expect to hear there?

Staind, Seether, Asking Alexandria, Dayseeker, Ayron Jones, Fozzy, Tim Montana, Austin Meade, Soil, Sleep Theory, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, and more to be announced in the coming weeks. 

What can I bring inside the Fairgrounds?

Blankets and towels are permitted, as well as deflated blow-up chairs and couches. Empty reusable water bottles, binoculars, and personal-use, non-professional recording equipment are also permitted. All items must be brought in small waist packs or crossbody bags. Anything bigger must be brought in a clear bag.



BY Olivia Winters