Save the sea turtles and sharks by attending this country music fest


Imagine Alan Jackson singing “It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere” center stage on a bustling beach. Waves of fans are bouncing along in bathing suits. The sun is setting seaside. Sounds sensational, right?

Tortuga Music Festival, also known as “country music’s biggest beach party,” is back for its fifth consecutive year in Fort Lauderdale Beach Park the weekend of April 7-9.  

This time, the three-day festival boasts big name artists like Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker, performing on multiple stages speckled across South Florida’s shoreline. 

Not a country fan? Don’t worry. Acts like Nelly and Slightly Stoopid made it into the lineup, too. 

“We wanted to create a music experience that’s in a place people would want to go back to,” said Evan Harrison, the CEO of Huka Entertainment, the festival’s production company. “Beautiful destinations!”

Sure, 90,000 concert-goers packed onto a small stretch of beach is more than any environmentalist can chew. But luckily, Tortuga’s organizers pride themselves on exceptional ocean conservation efforts. 

The festival works hand in hand with The Rock The Ocean Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to raise awareness about overfishing, damaged habitats and pollution.

Throughout the years, hundreds of thousands of dollars from Tortuga’s ticket sales have been allocated to support various causes represented at the festival’s “Conservation Village,” an exhibit of pro-marine foundations, ocean technology, games and more.

You’ll be helping Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) to guide disoriented sea turtle hatchlings over to sea 

You’ll be helping Sharks4Kids contribute shark education curriculum to teachers/classrooms

You’ll be helping Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) suppress invasive Lionfish populations affecting South Florida waters 

And many more causes

More than the money raised from ticket revenue, Harrison feels that educating fans about respecting the seas through social media is the festival’s greatest benefaction.

“Our largest contribution is utilizing our messaging channels to let our audience know that we care about our beaches and we want to leave them in great condition after the fun ends.”

What?  Tortuga Music Festival

When? April 7-9

Where? 1100 Seabreeze Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Tickets? Purchase them here.


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