VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — How will everyone to get to where they need to be during Something in the Water?
It’s a question at the forefront for festival planners, concertgoers, workers and residents as the inaugural festival in Virginia Beach nears.
If you plan on taking an Uber or Lyft to the festival, it won’t take you to the entrance on the sand at 10th Street. It’ll drop you off at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, which is about a mile and a half away.
It’s the only designated drop off point for ride sharing apps. From there you can get on a trolley that’ll take you to the entrance.
Trolleys cost $2 a ride, and you can pay with exact change or by downloading the new GoHRT app for mobile pay. They’re expected to run every day of the concert.
If you decide to take a risk and drive your car down, city officials say 3,000 parking spots are available at the Oceanfront, between street parking and garages.
Park and Ride at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater
The designated parking place for the festival is at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater off Dam Neck Road. Parking there is free, and but the shuttle pass will cost you.
You are not allowed to leave your vehicle at the amphiteater overnight. The lot will officially open on Friday at noon. It will open again on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Festival organizers say the shuttle passes for the Virginia Beach Amphitheater sold out on Wednesday.
Regional and Local Shuttles
Regional and local shuttles from Hampton Roads cities and Baltimore, Richmond, Washington and Durham are also available for purchase. They’ll drop off at the convention center and have special bus passes to beat the traffic.
Organizers say each of the shuttle lines will only be available if a minimum of 25 people purchase passes for that line.
The only two cities that reached the minimum and will have a shuttle line are:
Chesapeake: 1328 Greenbrier Parkway, empty parking lot on the side of Bed, Bath, and Beyond and the School Box
Norfolk: Newtown Park and Ride Lot, 100 Bangor Avenue
Road Closures and Delays
Traffic along Interstate 264 is expected to be heavily congested throughout the festival weekend. The Virginia Department of Transportation said traffic will be detoured at Parks Avenue.
City officials created an event page for Something in the Water that includes road closures around the festival. As of Friday morning, the following road closures/restrictions were in place:
- 19th Street: Traffic will be restricted to one lane, eastbound only, from Cypress to Arctic; the rest for pedestrians. Police will maintain access for 19th Street residents
- Atlantic Avenue: Closed from 5th Street south. From 5th Street north to 10th Street, credentials/hotels reservations/employees only. From 10th Street north, police may restrict traffic at times based on conditions.
- Winston Salem Avenue: Closed from Pacific Avenue westbound. To access Winston Salem corridor and Shadowlawn, use 9th Street/Norfolk Avenue and follow signs
- General Booth Boulevard: Between Croatan Road and 5th Street the northbound number two lane will be dedicated for event shuttle/priority vehicle/emergency vehicle use only and closed to passenger vehicles from Friday at 10 a.m. to Monday at 4 a.m. (restriction/VBPD enforcement lifted between 4 a.m. – 9 a.m. daily)
- Streets throughout the oceanfront area may be restricted during peak times and when conditions dictate
- When diversions become necessary due to congestion, the routes away from the oceanfront will be westbound at 9th Street, 17th Street and 22nd Street
Something in the Water runs from April 26 to 28.