This weekend, Miami welcome EDM fans from all over the world as the hugely populer 16th Annual Ultra Music festival kicks off. This year’s massive line up includes major acts such as Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Afrojack, David Guetta, and Zedd.
With some 50,000 to 60,000 people expected each day, this weekend of electronic music brings South Florida $79 million in economic impact, according to Ultra organizers. However, for locals, all those visitors can lead to quite a few frustrating situations.
Here’s what you need to know to make it through a smooth weekend:
- DRIVING: Traffic along Biscayne Blvd will be rerouted through the weekend. The initial traffic pattern change and set up will happen starting Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 9 p.m. The reroute will be as follows; all southbound traffic along Biscayne Boulevard will be detoured west at NE 4 Street, to NE 2 Avenue and continue southbound on NE 2 Avenue. All northbound traffic along Biscayne Boulevard will be reduced to two lanes and shifted to the southbound lanes at SE 1 Street. It will continue northbound until NE 4 Street, where it will be shifted back to the regular northbound lanes.
- PARKING: Parking anywhere near downtown will be exceptionally difficult. Tri-Rail has announced that it will extend train service every night during the festival with the special train will leaving the Metrorail Transfer Station at 1:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and at 1:00 a.m. on Monday. The entire schedule can be viewed at tri-rail.com. Friday one-way fares are between $2.50 and $6.90 and weekend fares are just $5 all day.
- DINING: Expect longer than normal wait times at Downtown and Brickell restaurants, especially for late night eats. (Even Starbucks is opening 24 hours for the event!) With the Taste of Brickell event happening this Saturday, you can expect even bigger crowds then.
- AVOIDING: If you see anyone this drunk, do yourself a favor and walk in the opposite direction.
- DANCING: Go ahead; embrace the madness. Yes, Ultra is primarily crowded with loads of tourists, but joining in at any of the dozens of fun events happening around Miami and Miami Beach may just take the edge off of those long list of grievances. And if EDM isn’t your thing, we suggest an extra strong cocktail.