Get to the Great American Beach Party stress free by parking in downtown Fort Lauderdale and hopping aboard designated event shuttles. Downtown parking is available for a $5 flat rate at:
- City Park Garage, 150 S.E. 2nd Street
- County Garage, 151 S.W. 2nd Street
- One River Plaza, 305 S. Andrews Avenue
- AutoNation Building, 200 S.W. 1st Avenue
Water shuttle stations will be located downtown at Las Olas Riverfront, 300 S.W. 1st Avenue, and on the beach at Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Round trip fares are only $5. Active military, seniors 65 and over, and kids under 3 are free.
Water shuttles will operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the day of the event, with the Water Shuttle departing on the hour and the Water Taxi departing every 30 minutes.
The Sun Trolley will be picking up eventgoers at the City Park Garage, located at 150 S.E. 2nd Street. Drop-off will be at the Las Olas Marina, 240 E. Las Olas Circle. Fares are $1 each way or $3 for an all-day pass. The Sun Trolley will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Track Sun Trolley in real time by downloading the app at SunTrolley.com.
A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 to 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. Motorists traveling north on A1A will be detoured west onto Las Olas Boulevard, north on Birch Road, east on Bayshore Drive, and back north onto A1A. Alhambra Street, Seville Street and Granada Street will be open to local traffic only. Heavy traffic and delays are expected from S.E. 17th Street north to Bayshore Drive. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible.
The Great American Beach Party features a complete day full of exciting activities and entertainment featuring live bands, a kids zone, DJ, sand castle contest, art show, classic car show, life-size beach games, tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, and so much more!
Enjoy a variety of live music performances, including fan favorites Big Harvest, Six Foot Swell Surfband, Pocket Change, Blues Brothers Soul Band, Tom Jackson, The Long Run, and our headliner Sister Hazel!
Sister Hazel is an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, formed in 1993. They have built their career success and national name recognition through their chart-topping hits, countless national media appearances, relentless touring and the release of eight full-length albums. Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. The band's upbeat hits include "All for You," "Change Your Mind," and "Your Winter." Sister Hazel recently released its first country-influenced album, "Lighter in the Dark," which includes a notable track collaboration with Darius Rucker.
Check out our photo gallery from 2014!
2016 Walk of Fame
The City of Fort Lauderdale established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are,” the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors.
Walk of Fame Honorees are recognized for outstanding work in their respective fields and for making long-term positive contributions to the City of Fort Lauderdale. As part of the awards program, each honoree receives a commemorative marble paver that is placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard.
Walk of Fame Honorees are announced at the Great American Beach Party, which annually takes place on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Great American Beach Party is co-sponsored by Broward County's Cultural Division, Budweiser, the City of Fort Lauderdale's Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and 102.7 The Beach.