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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, rafts 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. As good neighbors, after the festival we make sure the bayou is looking better than we found it. When you leave your raft or flotilla, it costs us big $$ to rent equipment and hire labor to remove them. We are a tiny organization with very limited funds. Please be considerate! Also: please keep your rafts and flotillas to a reasonable size. We want our canoers and kayakers to have room to explore!
    • Additional regulations for the bayou:
      • no motorized boats allowed
      • you must be wearing a life-jacket when on the water
      • Do not drink and boat
      • Do not throw litter in bayou or along the banks

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.


FAQ

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. There are no life guards on duty

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?
Tickets are $10 a day, or $20 for a three-day pass! Daily tickets are available at the gates with cash or credits.

Three-day passes are available in advance HERE as well as at the gates.

Note: 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 Volunteer Check-In tent. Click HERE to see a map of the festival. After the festival you can reach out to us by e-mailing info@bayoustjohn.org.

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