The Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly referred to as EDC, is returning to Orlando for the ninth time, and if you haven’t been yet, it’s an adventure to experience at least once in your life. Held at the Tinker Field Stadium from November 8-10, the three day carnival has something for everyone, whether you are a veteran music lover, newbie, or just want to see what all the hype is about.
Once you enter the fairgrounds, you’ll feel ignited by the carnival’s atmosphere. The jaw-dropping stages are something to marvel at, incorporating laser shows, pyrotechnics, and grandiose sets within the fairgrounds. You can also enjoy the full-size ferris wheel, or immerse yourself in interactive art installations that harmonize technology and nature, from LED lights, glow in the dark spaces, and three-dimensional superstructures. And if we’re lucky, perhaps we’ll see ziplining again from past EDCs.
Of course, the headliners and acts this year are full of magnetic artists ready to electrify excited music lovers. Favorites include Afrojack, Kaskade, DeadMau5, DJ Snake, and Mau5trap spinning some original tracks and remixes. The ever-popular Steve Aoki, known for throwing cake in the faces of his most die-hard fans, will also be headlining on November 8.
If you’re new to EDC, don’t fret! EDC encourages a judgement-free zone and open-mindedness to new experiences. Veteran carnival-goers love to meet new people and will talk your ear off. They create a friendly environment, are respectful, and spread positivity to a contagious degree. You’ll quickly feel the love and camaraderie, make new friends, and create memories unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
More than a music festival, EDC is a community where people young and old embrace their authentic selves. Carnival-goers dress up in colorful, vibrant, and often humorous costumes (like Big Bird or a hot dog) to express their personalities. Some costumes are subtle in the details and others take up space. Take the opportunity to create, pretend, and play with your individuality in a judgement-free zone; it’s a refreshing change from the humdrum of life. Even if dressing up isn’t your cup of tea, you can still enjoy the experience of witnessing creativity at its craziest.
Whether it’s your ninth time at EDC Orlando or your first time, whether you decide to go all three days or just one, it is an unforgettable experience with something for everyone. Invite some friends, your 18+ kids or grandkids, or be adventurous on your own. Either way, in a friendly environment and magnetic music, arts, and culture carnival, you are sure to have a good time.
EDC comes to Tinker Field, Orlando November 8-10.