Happy hump day! Gates to SunFest 2016 open today at 5 p.m., and even if you've attended the long-running waterfront fest for years, there's still plenty to work out before making your way to day one.
We've already listed our ten can't-miss acts from this year's massive, mixed-bag lineup. Below, find information on parking, packing, food options, and more to help make the rest of this year's SunFest experience smooth-sailing.
If you're local to WPB, the free Yellow Line trolley runs along CityPlace and Clematis Streets from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Bikers should take advantage of West Palm DDA's free overnight bike valet service, accessible at Waterfront Commons near the Centennial Square fountain.
If you're planning to park, know that festival organizers expect downtown's 1,150 metered spaces ($.75-$1.25 per hour, free on Sunday) to fill up quickly. Save money and stress by pre-paying for parking at one of five designated lots: 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). Parking spots must be booked at least a day in advance, and according to organizers, they do sell out.
Those looking to catch a ride will be pleased to know the festival has partnered with Uber to offer free and reduced rides for festivalgoers. The ridesharing service is offering a $10 credit off your ride home with a special promo code obtainable via SunFest's information booth. New Uber users who sign up using the code SUNFEST16 will receive $20 off their first ride.
What to Bring
Here are some of the items allowed into SunFest (visit SunFest.com for the full list):
- Small bags/backpacks (no larger than 12” x 12” x 6”)
- Plastic factory sealed bottled water
- Baby food or food for persons with medical conditions (in approved containers only)
- Service animals
- One collapsible lawn chairs per person
- Umbrellas (including beach umbrellas), but you may be asked to put them down in concert areas to allow all guests access to stage viewing.
- Non-professional cameras (no removable lens)
Don't bring coolers, your own food or drinks, anything glass, pets, skates or skateboards, professional cameras, glow or laser products, water guns, weapons, or drones.
Other Things You Should Know
Tickets are still on sale, and though prices have gone up as of April 23, they're still crazy-cheap. Single-day tickets now costs $45, while two-day passes cost $70 and all five days go for $90. Discounted $35 Friday tickets are also still available, courtesy of Tobacco Free Florida.
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In additional to the usual festival fare, SouthFlorida.com reports a revamped food court behind the Tire Kingdom stage, dubbed the Eatery through a partnership with the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival. Season 9 finalist on Bravo's Top Chef, Palm Beach local chef Lindsay Autry will handle the upscale menu, featuring items like Nashville Hot Chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches on sourdough.
A juried Fine Art and Craft Show will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. April 29, noon to 10 p.m. April 30, and noon to 9 p.m. May 1, featuring waterfront booths of 150 artists displaying ceramics, photography, paintings, sculpture, and jewelry.
The SunFest 2016 app is a useful tool for keeping track of gates, bathrooms, and food booths near you, as well as set times and any breaking news and festival alerts.
With Duran Duran, Alabama Shakes, Steve Aoki, Walk the Moon, Death Cab for Cutie, and more. Wednesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 1, along the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach. The festival grounds are on Flagler Drive. Banyan Boulevard to Lakeview Drive lie at the north and south boundaries, respectively. Single-day tickets start at $40; two- and five-day GA tickets range from $60 to $80. Visit sunfest.com for more information.