What could be better than combining live music and your Crownline? As great as that sounds, most music festivals aren’t accessible by boat, and it’s hard to find the ones that are. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of fun and funky festivals to visit near the water.
Charleston, South Carolina
High Water draws an amazing selection of musical acts to celebrate Charleston culture. Located in Riverfront Park on the Cooper River, the festival is ideal for boaters who want to pull up and listen to a variety of popular music and celebrate Southern food, drink and art. Join in a massive food boil, oyster competition, and a huge family-style eating experience hosted by award-winning chefs.
Lumberjack Days doesn’t draw the same caliber musical acts as the others, but it does have a boating experience that can’t be beat. Located on the gorgeous St. Croix River, Lumberjack Days is the complete Northern experience. The event is packed with boat cruises, parades, races, a downhill derby, and quality local music. And to top it all off, there are lumberjack competitions including logrolling and tree cutting. Take in the culture and explore the historic town of Stillwater before heading back to the boat to watch fireworks from the river.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a city like no other, and it deserves a festival to show off its unique character. The city’s famous Jazz Fest has expanded over the years to include acts for just about everybody. There are big names from all music genres, but the jazz backbone remains. The closest boating is located about a mile north in large and beautiful Lake Pontchartrain, and there are plenty of transportation options available to get you to the shows.
Ultra is essentially the premier EDM (electronic dance music) festival in the country and possibly the world. It’s been called life-changing—and it’s boat friendly. Last year’s festival was held on the island of Virginia Key, but organizers say they’re looking for a nearby venue change for 2020. Wherever it’s held, there’s a good chance it will be easily accessible via Miami’s many waterways.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Boating and Tortuga go hand-in-hand. The festival takes place on the beach, so pulling up in your Crownline could not be easier. Tortuga brings in a great selection of big-name country and rock artists. It also focuses on promoting ocean health, so your money goes to a great cause as well as a great time. When you’re there, check out Conservation Village where you can learn about the issues facing our planet’s delicate ocean ecosystems.
State Dock, Lake Cumberland OH
The Annual Lake Cumberland Raft Up is brought to you by the Lake Cumberland Association. An association of Lake Cumberland Marinas working together for the betterment of the area. Started in 2010, the Lake Cumberland Raft Up began as an attempt to break the world record with the largest numbers of boats rafted together simultaneously.
Representatives of Guiness World Records were on hand to see that record be broken by over 1,500 boats of all shapes and sizes. Each year since then, the raft up has become a signature event on the lake with the boating community.
Get ready to Anchor Down, Inflate the floats, pack your sunblock, bathing suits on, coolers iced down with your favorite drink for the 2019 Raft Up! Raft Up is held around the bend before you get to Conley Bottom on the South shore!
This year’s feature band The Rusty Griswolds is sponsored by Hern Marine and Crownline.