Frequently asked questions for Swamp in the City on Governors Island, May 15-16:


How do I get to Governors Island?

Take the Governors Island ferry, which operates from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan, Red Hook/Atlantic Basin, and Atlantic Ave/Pier 6 in Brooklyn. Governors Island requires its visitors to make ferry reservations in advance, which can be done HERE,

Once I get to the island, where's the Cajun music?

You'll see signage at the ferry landings that will point you in the right direction.  Attendees who RSVP will also be emailed an event map that pinpoints each festival location - all within a short walk from each other, the ferry terminals, restrooms and food trucks. Save it to your phone for easy access when you arrive on the island.


Is there food & drink available for purchase on the Island?

Yes! here is a list of all the delicious food and beverage vendors on the island: https://www.govisland.com/visit-the-island/food You are welcome to bring your own picnic, but please note that you are not permitted to bring alcohol.  There are locations on the island that serve alcohol.


Will there be dancing?

Yes! There will be designated areas at both stages for single couple pod dancing along with designated no-dance areas. We will also offer wristbands to let others know whether or not you want to be asked to dance.

What about kids?

Governors island is a family-friendly venue. Bring them!

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

There are a few hotels in lower Manhattan (Financial District) that are a short walk from the Governors Island ferry terminal that are currently offering better-than-usual rates for May 14-16th: 


DoubleTree by Hilton New York Downtown ~$116/night

The Wall Street Inn ~$105/night

AC Hotel by Marriott ~$160/night

Is there any parking near the ferry terminal?

There are several websites that let you reserve a parking spot near the Manhattan Ferry Terminal.  Here is a link to one of them.


What is the rain plan?

In the event of heavy downpours for any portion of the festival, some events may be forced to cancel in the interest of everyone’s health and safety and we will notify all attendees via email.  We’ll resume normal programming once the rain subsides.  It would be extremely unusual for NYC to experience multiple days of weather incompatible with outdoor music and dancing, so we expect that, even if it’s a weekend with rain, we’ll enjoy plenty of good times together!  

What do you recommend bringing to Governors Island for Swamp in the City?

Musical instruments (for a Cajun jam), bicycles (also avail. to rent on the island), a picnic blanket, comfortable shoes for walking/dancing on a lawn, sunscreen, snacks, a water bottle, layers and a raincoat (if rain is in the forecast).

What's happening on Friday night?

We're hosting a kick-off party at a secret outdoor location along the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn! Tickets are $40 and include a delicious gumbo dinner prepared by Jourdan Thibodeaux/Jesse Lege and live music featuring the Swamp in the City All-Stars! Ticket holders will be notified of the exact location a week before the event. Tickets on sale here.


What's happening Saturday night?

The last ferry leaves Governors Island at 7pm and we encourage you to take advantage of NYC’s expanded outdoor dining options and make dinner plans with other friends attending the festival.

Do you need any volunteers?

Yes!  We are looking for a few more superstar volunteers to join our team and help make this year's Swamp in the City the best one yet. Please get in touch with us at swampinthecity@gmail.com if you'd like to lend a hand. Perks include a Swamp in the City t-shirt and a lifetime of good Cajun karma!


How are you keeping everyone safe?

While we feel that communal experiences are needed now more than ever, we are sensitive to ongoing safety concerns and the health and well-being of our community. Here are some steps that Swamp in the City is taking to ensure our festival happens safely:

- Hosting the festival in the most spacious outdoor venue NYC has to offer

- Adhering to all current NYC Health & Safety guidelines

- Programming two stages that are a short walk from each other to avoid a confluence of people in any specific area.

- Requiring all attendees to wear masks whenever social distancing is not possible.

- Creating designated areas for single couple pod dancing and no-dance zones for people interested in listening away from dancers.

- Providing hand sanitizing stations near both stages.

- Encouraging attendees to identify their preferences re: dancing/distancing visibly so that we can support each other in enjoying the festival in the way that works best for each of us right now.

- Survey results indicate that most attendees and artists will be fully vaccinated by May.


Here are some things that Governors Island is doing to help keep visitors safe:

- Ticket reservations are required to manage capacity and ensure social distancing on ferries. Visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance and depart on their selected return ferry. HERE is the link to purchase tickets.

- Visitors are required to wear face coverings while queuing, boarding, riding, and disembarking Governors Island ferries, and on the Island whenever social distancing is not possible.

- Visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between groups.

- Increased cleaning procedures and schedules are in place for all restrooms, aboard ferries, and in high-touch, high-traffic areas across the Island.

- Enhanced health and safety protocols are in place for all food and drink vending locations.

- Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are located throughout the Island.

Swamp in the City is open to other suggestions around how to best ensure the safety of our community.


We respect that for some members of our community the best choice will be to wait until next year to join us. If you're staying home this year, please DONATE to support us in bringing back live music and being able to continue to do so in the future.