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


Where is the Swamp in the City festival taking place?

The festival kicks off on Thursday, May 18th aboard the historic Waterfront Museum & Barge (290 Conover St., Brooklyn) and continues Friday-Sunday at Strong Rope Brewery (185 Van Dyke St., Brooklyn).

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 Red Hook is usually fairly easy. 

Do I need to purchase tickets?

Yes! Thursday-Saturday's shows are ticketed events. Strong Rope Brewery will be closed to non-ticket holders Friday 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/person). 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. Check the schedule to see which food trucks will be vending when.


Will there be dancing?

You bet! 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 all weekend for your dancing pleasure. Never danced Cajun or Zydeco before? We've got you covered! We'll be offering dance lessons at the start of each day during the festival - check out the schedule for exact times/location.

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). Kids under 5 are free, and kids 6-18 are $25 all days with an accompanying adult ticket. Excluding the Family Dance, we ask that all parents and guardians refrain from letting your little ones run around on the dance floor unsupervised 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 (though call ahead as they may be sold out):


Brooklyn Motor Inn 

The Lodge Red Hook

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

The financial district in lower Manhattan also has several great hotel options that are only a ferry ride away to the festival. 

Is there any parking near the festival?

It is fairly easy to find parking near the venues, though ride-sharing and public transportation is encouraged!


What is the rain plan?

If the festival cannot take place outdoors due to inclement weather, the festival will move inside at Strong Rope Brewery with the double doors open and the fans turned on for additional ventillation. Rain or shine, we'll have a good time!

For any other questions, please email us at


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