Getting to Fort Lauderdale beach for the 2015 Tortuga Music Festival will require some expert planning and tremendous patience. Here's what you need to know to have a headache-free weekend.
Hours/location: 11 a.m.-10:15 p.m. April 11-12 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd.
Music lineup: Saturday performers include headliner Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, the Mavericks, the Doobie Brothers, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, David Nail, Will Hoge, Old Dominion, Chase Bryant, Brooke Eden, Drake White and the Big Fire, and Judah and the Lion. Sunday performers include headliners the Zac Brown Band, the Band Perry, Little Big Town, Sublime With Rome, Colt Ford, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Frankie Ballard, the Dirty Guv'nahs, the Cadillac Three, Maddie & Tae, Nikki Lane and Dylan Scott.
Tickets: $99 for either day, or $165 for a two-day pass, 10 and younger free, at TortugaMusicFestival.com. Two-day tickets allow one exit and re-entry each day. Single-day-ticket holders are not allowed to exit.
Parking/transportation: There is no official festival parking on Fort Lauderdale beach. Shuttle buses will operate continuously 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. each day from the Galleria mall on Sunrise Boulevard, where a shuttle pass will get you free parking. Shuttles will pick up on Northeast Ninth Street, behind the mall, and drop off just north of the festival site at Southeast Fifth Street. Water Taxi passes will include free parking at the One River Plaza parking garage at Las Olas Riverfront (21 W. Las Olas Blvd.), with continuous service from Riverfront to the fire station at the Bahia Mar Marina across the street from the festival 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. each day. Single-day shuttle and Water Taxi passes cost $20 in advance. Two-day passes cost $30 advance, $40 day of, at TortugaMusicFestival.com.
Not allowed: GoPro cameras, selfie sticks, drones, pets, coolers, large chairs, outside food and drink (you're allowed one sealed 1-liter bottle of water), glass containers, beach umbrellas. A complete list of banned items is at TortugaMusicFestival.com.