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This page provides you with a description of the beautiful facilities that will be the home of the Native Rhythms Festival at Wickham Park, complete with maps to the festival grounds.

The Festival Grounds at Wickham Park

Almost all of the Native Rhythms Festival events will be conducted in and around the amphitheater on the west side of the main loop inside Wickham Park. Wickham Park's 391.04 acres are one of the most highly used park facilities in Brevard County. The park's 1.5 mile loop drive is popular for power walking, jogging, or cycling. Situated within the park are also two seasonally guarded swimming lakes, three small fishing lakes, an 18-hole disc golf course, archery range, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, dog park, playground, and multipurpose and soccer fields. A .25 mile stationed exercise trail, 2,000 feet of nature trails, and horse trails invite exploration, with a horse stable and show ring for rental by equestrians.

The amphitheater area on the west side of the loop drive includes a large covered stage sitting beside a small lake that makes a beautiful backdrop for our entertainers. The ground is a contoured natural seating area facing the stage (bring your lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on the ground). The area just outside this mound is lightly pine-wooded and will be home for our vendors. There is plenty of parking and plenty of electric power available to allow our vendors to continue operating past sunset.

Just north of the amphitheater area, within a short walking distance, is the park's campground, listing 133 recently renovated campsites with water and electric hook-ups and additional "rustic" campsites, and shower rooms, laundry, group camping site, and fire pit nearby. See our lodging/camping page for more information about the park campgrounds. Provisions are available adjacent to the vendor area for those vendors driving self-contained rigs not requiring power or water hook-ups. There is a reduced camping fee for vendors using this area - refer to the vendor rules and application for more information about camping in this area.

The photos below (taken in mid-January!!!) show what a beautiful location this is to conduct a music event that celebrates Native American music and culture.

Amphitheater stage, viewed from the mound top at the rear of the audience area

Covered stage up close with lake in background

Vendor area - the rear of the amphitheater audience area is on the other side of the fence to the left

Vendor area viewed from the top of the mound at the rear of the amphitheater audience area

In all, this is a beautiful location for a relaxed, low-key weekend enjoying the beauty of our Native inspired music in the great outdoors. Check out the Scrapbook pages for photos and videos of this area in action.

Directions to Wickham Park

Wickham Park is located at 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne, FL 32935. It is located at the corner of Wickham Road and Parkway Drive, with access achieved either directly from Wickham Road or from Parkway Drive. Below are directions and maps to the park. The park is located at the "A" tab on the maps below.

Directions to Wickham Park from the North

From southbound I-95, take Exit 188 east (Pineda Causeway Extension)

Right onto Wickham Rd. (CR 509) southbound (at traffic light).

Turn left at the Wickham Road entrance to Wickham Park (see satellite image/map at top of page).

Follow the road past the Senior Center until it ends at the stop sign.

Turn left and you will see the amphitheater ahead of you and to your right.

Directions to Wickham Park from the South

From northbound I-95, take Exit 183 east onto State Road 518 (Eau Gallie Blvd).

After approx. 2.6 miles, turn left at the traffic light onto Wickham Rd. northbound.

After approx. 2.0 miles, turn right at the new Wickham Road entrance to Wickham Park.

Follow the road past the Senior Center until it ends at the stop sign.

Turn left and you will see the amphitheater ahead of you and to your right.

Directions to Wickham Park from Orlando

Proceed east from Orlando on State Road 528 (also known as the Beach Line Expressway). If you are arriving at the Orlando airport, this road is just outside the north end of the airport.

Take the I-95 south exit, and proceed southbound on I-95.

Follow the "Directions from the North" above.

Directions to the Candlewood Suites

The official lodging host of the Native Rhythms Festival is the Candlewood Suites located at 2930 Pineda Causeway, Melbourne, FL 32940. This will be the weekend residence of our headline performers and has become popular with many of our visitors during the festival. For more information about booking your stay at the Candlewood Suites, see our lodging/camping page.

The Candlewood Suites (indicated by the "A" tab on the below map) is located just east of Wickham Road on the Pineda Causeway (State Road 404), about 4 miles north of Wickham Park. NOTE: the map below is a little misleading. To get to the Candlewood Suites if you're eastbound from I-95, you must turn left onto N Wickham Road and then immediately turn right onto the old Pineda Causeway at the next traffic light. The road ends in the Candlewood Suites parking lot. The satellite view below is much clearer.

The intersection of Wickham Road and Pineda Causeway underwent a considerable reconfiguration a couple years ago. The satellite image below shows that the main road to/from the Pineda Causeway no longer passes in front of the Candlewood Suites. Coming northbound on Wickham Road from Wickham Park, proceed to the next intersection past the new Pineda Causeway intersection, just past the giant cross at the Pineda Presbyterian Church on your left, to the next traffic light. Turn right there onto the old Pineda Causeway road. Follow this road to it's end and it will deposit you into the Candlewood Suites parking lot.

 

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