FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Music lovers and beach lovers will join as one this weekend in Fort Lauderdale at the Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival.
The festival takes place Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th. The event is scheduled from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard.
Organizers anticipate a huge crowd, possibly as many as 20,000 people each day.
The event features top country and rock artists, including Eric Church, Ziggy Marley, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Hank Williams Jr., Billy Currington, Eric Paslay, Cole Swindell, Frankie Ballard, Parmalee and Chase Rice on Saturday.
On Sunday, Sheryl Crow will perform, as well as .38 Special, Brantley Gilbert, and Dierks Bentley.
This is the second year for the oceanfront concerts, which raise awareness for marine conservation.
Last year’s inaugural festival drew more than 25-thousand music fans from all over the world and raised more than $70,000 from ticket proceeds and donations for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and other marine conservation organizations.
A portion of the beach is designated for the music festival and will be reserved for ticket holders.
Approximately six miles of public beaches will remain open to the public.
There will be a Marine Advisory.
Boaters are advised of a 120 yard swimming and safety zone, off of the Fort Lauderdale Beach area, east of the Tortuga Music Festival. This zone will be monitored and enforced by Fort Lauderdale Police Marine Unit both Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
This zone includes the standard 100 yard swimming zone and an additional 20 yard safety zone reserved for public safety vessels to navigate north to south outside of the 100 yard swimming zone during the event hours.
Additional buoys will be placed denoting the 20 yard extension located east of the 100 yard swimming zone buoys. The southern border of this 120 yard zone is the area east of the Harbor Beach Marriott property, and the northern border will be just north of the Tortuga North Stage.
Vessels are allowed to anchor east of the 120 yard demarcation on the sandy bottom areas only.
In addition to increased boat traffic, there is a Traffic Advisory as well.
A high volume of traffic and long delays is expected on all barrier island roadways, especially A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard. Delays may also be expected on Southeast 17th Street Causeway and Las Olas Boulevard.
The only partial road closure for this event is SE 5th Street (between the Aquatic Complex and SR A1A). The southern side of the parking area will be closed during the event to accommodate shuttle bus traffic.
Police will be stationed throughout the event site and surrounding area to guide pedestrians and motorists.
Where to Park:
Concert organizers have purchased all spaces in the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Parking Lot. Remaining parking on the barrier island is limited. Concert guests are urged to use the established festival transportation options, which consists of shuttle buses and water taxis. The main land transportation hub will be located at the Galleria Mall parking area. Concert attendees can board a shuttle bus to the festival site from the Galleria Mall, or a water taxi shuttle from the Riverfront Parking Garage. Fees will apply.
Downtown parking venues include:
- City Park Garage, 155 SE 2nd Street
- Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Boulevard
- Bank of America, 212 SE 2nd Avenue
- One River Plaza, 305 South Andrews Avenue
- 200 Brickell Centre, 200 Brickell Avenue
- Las Olas Centre, 350 E. Las Olas Boulevard
- Las Olas Centre, 450 E. Las Olas Boulevard
- Broward County Garage, 151 SW 2nd Street
- County Lot II, 6 SW 1st Street
- Valet parking is also available at Galleria Mall, 2414 East Sunrise Boulevard.
For site maps, tickets and additional information, visit: www.tortugamusicfestival.com/