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Everything under the SunFest: Tickets, parking, food and music

Everything under the @SunFest: All the details on parking, food and music for this year's West Palm Beach bash

SunFest 2016 will take place April 27-May 1 along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, with more than 50 musical acts sounding off on three stages (Ford, Tire Kingdom and JetBlue). Here are some other things to know before you go. For more information, schedules and band interviews, go to SouthFlorida.com/SunFest.

Hours

Gates will be open 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 27-28, 5-11 p.m. April 29, noon-11 p.m. April 30 and noon-9 p.m. May 1.

 

Five acts not to miss

Well-bearded rock wizards ZZ Top canceled their appearance on Wednesday after bassist Dusty Hill fractured his shoulder. If that sounds familiar, recall that ZZ Top also delayed their concert at Perfect Vodka Amphitheater in August 2014 after Hill, 66, injured his hip in a tour-bus fall. G-Eazy will take their place on the Ford Stage, while Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities will play the JetBlue stage.

Alabama Shakes: Powerhouse frontwoman Brittany Howard continues the winning streak for her soul-stirring rockers, with a triumphant second album in "Sound and Color," which picked up three Grammys in February (including Album of the Year and Best Rock Song), and a bit of stage-sharing and elbow-rubbing with Prince and Paul McCartney. (7:25-8:55 p.m. May 1, Ford stage)

Meghan Trainor: Also breathing the same rarefied Grammy air is this singer, who scored a Best New Artist win in February. Trainor, 22, is busy prepping her second album, "Thank You" (out May 13), and stood out last month for her thoughtful appearance on "CBS Sunday Morning," in which she revealed her path from teenage songwriter to pop star was paved with insecurity, which inspired the megahit body-image-acceptance anthem "All About That Bass." (8-9:30 p.m. April 27, Tire Kingdom stage)

Duran Duran: In case you missed the durable '80s pop-rockers when they played Bayfront Park earlier this month, know that Simon Le Bon and company are supporting the band's 14th album, "Paper Gods," which debuted on Billboard's Top 10 spot. They'll no doubt trot out their other new-wave classics, including "Girls on Film," "Rio" and "Hungry Like the Wolf." (8:30-10 p.m. April 27, Ford stage)

Jason Derulo: In recent years, the Miramar native and R&B heartthrob has blasted out of South Florida to reign at the top of the pop charts, having released two platinum-selling albums in 2014, "Talk Dirty" and last June's "Everything Is 4." The recent album features breakout singles "Cheyenne" and "Want To Want Me," so we have plenty of love for the local export. (8-9:30 p.m., April 28, Tire Kingdom stage)

G-Eazy: The on-the-rise California rapper followed up his infectious breakout single, "Me, Myself & I," this week with "Driftin'," a crossover-R&B collaboration with Chris Brown. He's touring to support his second acclaimed album, "When It's Dark Out." (9-10:30 p.m. April 30, Ford stage)

Parking and shuttles

SunFest organizers have counted — so you don't have to — and there are 1,150 downtown metered spaces ($.75-$1.25 per hour, free on Sunday). They're all bound to disappear over the weekend. So plan ahead: Reserve spaces at the Judicial Center (505 Banyan Blvd.; $8 per day, $20 for three days), City Police Department Garage (600 Clematis St.; $15-$60), Clematis Street Garage (500 Banyan Blvd.; $20-$80), Evernia Street Garage (333 Evernia St.; $20-$80) and Okeechobee Lot (801 Dixie Highway; $30-$80). The West Palm Beach Trolley's free Yellow Line travels CityPlace and Clematis Streets 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Biking to SunFest? Store your wheels at West Palm DDA's free bike valet service, offered at Waterfront Commons near the Centennial Square fountain. Riders are issued claim tickets for their bikes, and you can leave them overnight. Info: SunFest.com/Parking.

The food

Debuting alongside the carnival fare (bacon cupcakes, anyone?) is a revamped food court behind the Tire Kingdom stage, rechristened the Eatery through a partnership with the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival. Palm Beach-based chef Lindsay Autry (Season 9 finalist on Bravo's "Top Chef") will handle the upscale menu, which includes things such as Nashville Hot Chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches on sourdough and Sunday brunch.

Other entertainment

The Juried Fine Art and Craft Show returns 5-10 p.m. April 29, noon-10 p.m. April 30 and noon-9 p.m. May 1 with 150 artists displaying ceramics, photography, paintings, sculpture and jewelry in booths along the waterfront. The returning TGI5K run/walk is 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Palm Beach Atlantic University (901 S. Flagler Drive). SunFest culminates with a big fireworks sendoff at 9 p.m. May 1.

Tickets

One-day passes cost $40 until Saturday, April 27, and $45 thereafter, $60-$70 for two-day passes and $80-$90 for a five-day pass. Festivalgoers can score a discounted $35 Friday ticket via SunFest.com/Friday-Night-Promo and phone, 1-800-786-3378. You can also snag tickets at the SunFest Store (525 Clematis St.; open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday), any Publix supermarket in Palm and Martin counties and the gate.

Bring/Don't bring

Rejoice, if you must, at the news that selfie sticks are allowed. (Drones, however, are not.) Also banned: coolers, bottled water, outside food, pets, Frisbees, roller skates, scooters, professional cameras, glow and laser products and water guns. Yes to backpacks, baby food, blankets, umbrellas, strollers and collapsible lawn chairs.

Need a ride?

If you're planning to Uber around downtown West Palm, know that SunFest is offering a $10 credit off your ride home. Grab the promo code at SunFest's information booth. New Uber users can sign up using the code SUNFEST16 for $20 off their first ride.

App for it

The SunFest Official app is an ideal on-the-ground resource that will display set times and gate entrances. But it also geolocates your position on a map next to nearby gates, bathrooms, food booths and ATMs, all using a small amount of bandwidth, so smartphone connectivity is less of an issue during a festival this large.

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