Fort Lauderdale has plenty of festivals where you'll jam and sweat the day away sucking down beer while wearing your favorite cowgirl hat. But not many of them take place on the actual beach, where the cool ocean breeze'll dry you right up as you dance like a rabid coyote next to the waves.
Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival offers that great view and so much more. The fest, which is also promoted by HUKA Entertainment, has quickly grown into a musical giant in the area, touting environmental conservation and country tunes. Dates for 2015 have already been announced, and if last year was any indicator, these'll sell out before the lineup comes out.
Tortuga will last from Saturday, April 11, to Sunday, April 12, at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. There is a limited number of presale tickets available online at tortugamusicfestival.com starting Friday, November 7, at 10 a.m. You can get two-day general admission for $139, VIP for $579, or Super VIP for $979. There's a four-ticket limit for all you country ballers out there trying to get your whole crew in before the rest.
In the past, headliners have included Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, the Avett Brothers, and Ben Harper. You'll be guaranteed something with twang, sprinkled in with pop, blues, and all beach-friendly tunes.
Oh, and the Earth is a big deal, so you'll be encouraged to help clean up the trash at the end of the day. After a few dozen beers, you'll enjoy the time to detox, and the turtles thank you.