BRIDGEPORT - The 18th annual Gathering of the Vibes festival kicked off today at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.

The four-day event features 40 bands and a 90-foot Ferris wheel. Organizers say they're expecting more than 20,000 people each day.

Today, thousands of people were waiting to get in when the gates opened at 6 a.m., and some of them told News 12 it took two hours before they could start setting up their tents.

The festival's founder, Ken Hayes, says there are some new aspects to this year's festival. They will offer boaters a chance to dock their boats nearby so they can come to the Gathering of the Vibes. They've also added the country's largest mobile Ferris wheel and expanded the kids' area.