Gulf Shores Beach|101 E Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL | Map
Bring a lanyard with a clip
Two of the main stages are on the beach, some others are not, so there is a lot of putting on and taking off of sandals and flip flops to deal with changing terrain. Hang 'em outside to keep the sand out of your backpack.
Prep for the beach
That means lots of sunscreen, good sunglasses with UV protection, and layers so you’re not a lobster before the first day is done. Do we need to tell you drink plenty of water? No, we do not. Hydrate.
Head inside at night for more music
Watch for special after-hours shows at bars and clubs in town. One of the founders owns the appropriately named Hangout bar where performers ended playing impromptu sets.
If you’re flying, you’ll land in Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), but most attendees opt for a road trip.
Beyond the fest
Consider adding on some sightseeing either before or after the big weekend. Nearby Huntsville is the home to groovy US Space & Rocket Center, where you can learn about the history of space exploration—you can even drop your kids off at Space Camp! Or, you can delve into other areas of American history: The Civil Rights Trail passes through Mobile; and the childhood homes of authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee and country music legend Hank Williams Sr. are all nearby.