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

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, off leash 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 overlooking 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 to the east is lightly pine-wooded and is the weekend home for our Vendor Village. 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 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. If you plan to camp in the park campground, we recommend reserving your site as early as possible, as the campground has completely filled long before festival weekend in recent years.

The photos below show what a beautiful location this is to conduct an outdoor music event that celebrates Native American music and culture.

Amphitheater stage, viewed from about a third of the way back. Notice the lake at the far right…

Covered stage up close, again with the lake in background…

Vendor Village under the pines – the amphitheater audience area is off to the left…

Vendor Village under the pines – the stage is at the end of this row and to the right, food vendors off to the left…

Vendor Village at night, near shut down for the evening. Silent auction/raffle tent in the center…

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.

Sunset across the lake to the west of the stage…

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 (SR 404, Pineda Causeway)
  • 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 this section).
  • 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 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 2024 Native Rhythms Festival is the Candlewood Suites located at 2930 Pineda Causeway, Melbourne, FL 32940. This is just east of Wickham Road, about 4 miles north of the festival site.  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 the amenities and rates, and to book your stay at the Candlewood Suites, see our lodging/camping page.

  • Wickham Park is about 4.1 miles from the Candlewood Suites, with an expected driving time about 10 to 14 minutes. To get to Wickham Park from the Candlewood, first turn right from the hotel parking west onto Pineda Plaza Way (no choice here!). Then:
  • At the traffic light (Wickham Road), turn left.
  • Just past the Maxwell King Center for the Performing Arts (at Post Road on your left), turn left into Wickham Park at the park entrance (see satellite image/map at top of this section).