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FAQs for Swamp in the City, May 16-19, 2024 

Where is this year's Swamp in the City festival taking place?

The festival takes place at various venues in Red Hook, Brooklyn with a kickoff party at Jalopy Theatre and Tavern on Thursday, May 16 (map), a Friday night dance party aboard the historic Waterfront Museum & Barge (map), and Saturday and Sunday performances at Strong Rope Brewery (map) plus nearby surprise venues during Saturday's Cajun Invasion Pub Crawl. 

How do I get to Red Hook?

 - If taking public transit, take the B61 or B57 bus lines or use the NYC Ferry via the South Brooklyn route (only avail before 9pm). Check public transportation options from your location here. If driving, parking in Red Hook is usually fairly easy to find.

Do I need to purchase tickets?

- Due to limited capacity at some of this year's venues, advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended for Thursday and Friday nights' shows at Jalopy Theatre and the Barge. Saturday and Sunday's events at Strong Rope are open to the public from noon-7pm with a suggested donation ($20-40 sliding scale) at the door, and ticketed on Saturday night after 7pm ($40 adv/$50 door). For folks looking to hear more Cajun music and beat the crowds at Strong Rope on Saturday afternoon, we're offering the first-ever Swamp in the City pub crawl (tix: $30 adv/$40 door). Fill out your dance card by attending all pub crawl events and receive a complimentary Swamp in the City hat.

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

- You bet! On Thursday night, grab a bite at the Jalopy Tavern next door before the show or during the set break. If you purchase a 3 or 4 day festival supporter ticket, you can enjoy a complimentary gumbo dinner on Friday night before the barge dance. We'll have a few food vendors at Strong Rope on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out the schedule for a complete list of food vendors each day. 


Will there be dancing?

 - Absolutely! Most venues have dance floors. Dance lessons will be offered daily during the festival.

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 19 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 unsupervised for everyone's safety and enjoyment. 

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

- There is one hotel in Red Hook that's within walking distance to the festival (The Lodge Red Hook), and several other hotels a short distance away by car or public transportation. Other nearby hotels we recommend for price/proximity are all in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Check Expedia for vacancy (prices change often). 

Is there any parking near the festival?

- Street parking in Red Hook is usually available, but we encourage ride-sharing and public transportation.

What is the rain plan?

- All shows will take place as planned, however if it's pouring rain on Saturday afternoon, we may shrink the pub crawl footprint to just Strong Rope Brewery + 1 or 2 other venues close by. Rain or shine, we'll have a good time!

How can I get involved?

- There are three ways to contribute:
     - Volunteer: Help ensure smooth operations in exchange for complimentary admission. Email us if you'd like to pitch in!

     - Become a Sponsor: Do you own a business or work with a company that wants to support a nonproft that passionately brings the Louisiana's vibrant culture to NYC (and get your logo featured in our marketing)? Email us!

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