FAQ + Rules


Most importantly, be safe, drink responsibly, and have fun.  Other than that, we have a few housekeeping rules:

  • NO Weapons of any kind (Seriously)
  • NO Drugs (City and state laws regarding marijuana are still conflicting. Be smart.)
  • NO Outside Food or Drink (Our vendors are important partners)
  • NO Coolers, Chests, Packs, or Sacks (You get the picture)
  • NO Parking on the Grass (You will be towed)
  • NO Tents, Large Canvasses, or Tarps (They block the view and take up space)
  • DON’T Trash Bayou St. John (Respect the natural resources, they bite!)
  • Children Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • PLEASE remove your boats and flotillas in a timely fashion! The city does not technically allow boats to be tied up on Bayou St. John for over 24 hours, and they normally come to remove all remaining boats early Tuesday morning after the festival. Also: no motorized boats allowed!

Please respect our neighbors and neighboring businesses by parking in designated areas. Be conscious of the bayou. Keep your kids close by.

Party Principles

It’s easy to see that our festival’s setting on Bayou St. John is one of the main thing that makes it so special. As we come together to enjoy this urban waterway, we hope you’ll agree to the following principles to party responsibly.

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Dispose of Waste Properly (Contain Your Litter On Boats)
Leave What You Find
Minimize Impacts
Respect Wildlife (Flora & Fauna)
Be Considerate of Others

Visit the Leave No Trace website to learn more.


Is it safe to swim in the bayou?
It is not technically safe to swim in Bayou St. John due to wildlife (hello, gators!) and sharp, dangerous debris that lives at the bottom. We highly discourage swimming.

Can I bring my dog?
Sure! Dogs must be on a leash. Please be aware that safety of attendees is a top priority, especially our youngest festival fans. If your dog wouldn’t like being approached by a young child, please leave them at home. With lots of treats, obviously. Woof woof!

Can I bring a chair?
Sure, chairs are welcome. There are designated ‘No Chair Zones’ in front of every stage, so please just don’t set it up there.

How much is a ticket?
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is by donation only. You can donate with cash or credit at any of our 4 entrance gates.

Note: If you have a Canopy Club VIP Pass, you do not need to purchase GA admission. Canopy Club Weekend and Day Passes also include entry into the festival.

Click HERE to learn about the Canopy Club, our VIP lounge, and click HERE to join as a member!

Proceeds from the festival support Friends of Bayou St. John, formerly called MotherShip Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit that promotes stewardship, cultural appreciation, responsible recreation and initiatives that support a clean, healthy Bayou St. John that is accessible to all.  Proceeds from the festival also support our community partners.

Help! I lost something at the festival!

During the festival, lost and found is located at the Merchandise Tent. Click HERE to see a map of the festival. After the festival you can reach out to us by e-mailing

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