A Guide to the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Karina Castrillo

Bringing music to the sands of South Florida, the Tortuga Music Festival hits Fort Lauderdale for its annual three-day event this Friday, April 6, 2018, through Sunday, April 8th. The festival, which features country, rock and roots music, is also an annual event meant to raise awareness for marine conservation.

This year, the festival’s musical lineup will feature over 20 performers, including big names in the industry such as Keith Urban, Shaggy, and Snoop Dogg. The shows will take place on two stages: the main stage and sunset stage. Festival-goers can travel the length of Fort Lauderdale Beach to catch their favorite acts. The beach bash will also have numerous pop-up stations to get hydrated, including Lipton Iced Tea, La Croix, the Corona Cove, and Tito’s Bloody Mary Bar.

Tortuga Music Festival

Hats, sunscreen, loungers, and umbrellas are advisable for the all-day beach event. An #UndergroundLauderdale roaming photographer will also be on-site snapping candid photos, so beware! Guests can also catch sightings of surprise performances happening through the Opry Circle Throwdown—just download the official Tortuga Music Festival Mobile App to be notified.

In addition to the music, attendees will also have the opportunity to listen to Conservation Village’s lineup of conservation organizations that range from marine pollution to overfishing.

The interactive and educational experience will give guests a chance to learn more about smart conservation practices.

Sea turtle hatchlings

The festival itself, named after the turtles that hatch on the sands of the beach, partners with the Rock The Ocean Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds to support these environmental issues. Over the past few years, the festival has raised $1 million from ticket sales and donations that go directly towards Conservation Village.

In addition, the festival is also teaming up again with Clean Vibes to pick up and recycle waste from the event. Last year, over 27,000 cans and 12,000 cigarette butts were collected from the beach through the Clean Vibes Trading Post. Attendees can take part in the effort to clean up by grabbing a blue bag from the Clean Vibes Trading Post in Conservation Village to collect cups, cans, and bottles and turn them in for points. They can later redeem the points to win a variety of prizes ranging from health and beauty items to free sunglasses and food vendor vouchers.

The festival ends nightly at 10 p.m. as lights inconvenience the hatching sea turtles that start their journey into the waters. Children six and under receive free admission. To purchase tickets to the event, visit here.

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