Rock music lovers are counting down to the Riptide Music Festival on Nov. 23 and 24, one of the biggest rock music festivals around. With bands like The Killers, The 1975, Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Eat World, Fuel, Barns Courtney and Soul Asylum announced to hit the stage, you’ll have to figure out how to be in two places at once with the band schedules. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know before you go:
Where to stay
Riptide is located directly on Fort Lauderdale Beach, meaning there are scores of hotels big and small nearby. To be as close to the action as possible, stay at the Bahia Mar, which is just across the street on A1A. Not only is it convenient, but it’s also tucked between the beach and the Intracoastal, giving you easy access to restaurants and bars in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Other nearby hotels include Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Looking to stay off the beach? There’s plenty of alternatives, like GalleryOne, Embassy Suites 17th Street, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and the Hampton Inn Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
How to get around
There’s never a need for a rental car in Fort Lauderdale. After the concerts, call a ride-sharing company or grab a scooter to get back to your hotel or the next destination on your itinerary. For a unique experience, get a ticket to ride on the Water Taxi, which makes stops along the New River in downtown, including the Bahia Mar. Other stops on the route, include Beach Place, busy Las Olas Boulevard, and the Galleria Mall.
At Riptide, you don’t have to go far for a plate of food or a drink (a plus since re-entry isn’t allowed). Vendors from restaurants across town will be setting up shop, serving up everything from dishes by Island Noodles to vegetarian-friendly arepas. With an extra emphasis on food this year, Publix is hosting a Culinary Stage at the Underground Village with cooking demonstrations and workshops. If you’re thirsty, snag a mason jar cocktail.
Take a Pic with Giants
New to this year’s festival is the art exhibit hosted by the county, “Searching for Giants.” Artists were commissioned to create over-sized inflatable art figures to be on display in Fort Lauderdale and neighboring cities, and their last appearance will be at Riptide. Think colorful lollipops, a yellow submarine, sea creatures and other eclectic creations. Get your phones ready, because they’re sure to be Instagram-worthy backdrops.
We love the beach, but there’s also more to be seen in Fort Lauderdale. Some favorites in Las Olas include Louie Bossi’s, Royal Pig, The Balcony and American Social, while Himmarshee has Rooftop, Public House, Booze Garden, Pizza Craft (connected to a speakeasy!), America’s Backyard and more.
Leave the beach better than how you found it
Not only is the beach a fun spot for concert-goers, swimmers and sunbathers, but it’s also home to wildlife like sea turtles. Do your part and be sure to throw your trash away or bring reusable products. If you’re interested in learning more about Florida’s wildlife and conservation, make a trip to the Museum of Discovery and Science for their “Turtle Travels” exhibit to discover the habitats, biology and life of sea turtles—90 percent of which call Florida home!