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Frequently asked questions for Swamp in the City, May 18-21, 2023 in red hook, brooklyn 


Where is the Swamp in the City festival taking place?

This year's Swamp in the City Festival will take place in the charming waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Thursday evening's concert with the Revelers will take place aboard the historic Waterfront Museum and Barge (map) while Friday-Sunday's festival will take place at Strong Rope Brewery (map). 

Do you need any volunteers?

Yes!  We are looking for volunteers to join our team and help make this year's Swamp in the City festival the best one yet. Please get in touch with us at if you'd like to volunteer in exchange for a free ticket.

How do I get to Red Hook?

The B61 and B57 bus lines will take you to Red Hook, Brooklyn, as will the NYC Ferry via the South Brooklyn route. Check the best way to get to Red Hook from your location via public transportation here. If you are  driving to the festival, parking near this side of town is usually quite easy. 

Do I need to purchase tickets?

Thursday-Saturday's shows are ticketed events (click here for pricing and advanced discount). Strong Rope Brewery will be closed to non-ticket holders Friday evening after 4pm and all day Saturday from 11am to midnight. Sunday's festival is open to the public and pay-what-you-want (suggested donation: $50 per adult/$25 per kids 3-18). Swamp in the City recently became a 501(c)3, so your donations are now tax-deductible!

Is there food & drink available for purchase at the festival?

Yes! Strong Rope brewery has an excellent beer selection along with wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be food trucks at the brewery during the festival Friday-Sunday. Food truck vendors TBD!


Will there be dancing?

Oh heck yes! The Waterfront Museum & Barge has a lovely dance floor and we will be renting two dance floors (one indoor/one outdoor) at Strong Rope Brewery for your dancing pleasure. Stay tuned for more info regarding Cajun/Zydeco dance lessons and workshops throughout the weekend!

What about kids?

Swamp in the City is a family-friendly event, particularly during the daytime and especially during the Sunday Family Dance at Strong Rope Brewery (Sunday, May 21 at 11am). Excluding the Family Dance, we ask that all parents and guardians refrain from letting your little ones run around on the dance floor for everyone's safety and enjoyment.

I'm coming from out of town. Where should I stay? 

There are a couple hotels in Red Hook that are either a 15 minute walk or a short drive to the festival:


Brooklyn Motor Inn 

The Lodge Red Hook

Airbnb is another good option, although be sure to search for accommodations near Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Is there any parking near the festival?

Yes, it is fairly easy to find parking near the venues.


What is the rain plan?

Fortunately all of our venues have roofs this year, so rain or shine, we'll have a good time! 

What is your COVID policy?

Please stay at home if you are sick. 

For any other questions or related inquiries, please email us at


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