Held in the shadow of one of the most exciting cities on earth, Electric Zoo promises an unforgettable weekend, crammed with live entertainment from some of the hottest names in modern electronica. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, this festival is one of the largest in the NYC metro area, and provides an excellent excuse to visit and explore the Big Apple.
Along with experiencing live shows by the top names in electronic music from around the world, Electric Zoo also offers visitors a smorgasbord of local eats, arts, and the community feel the dance music genre is known for. It’s all held at the one-of-a-kind Randall’s Island Park venue, a shocking stretch of lush, green waterfront park located smack-dab in the heart of all of New York’s action along the East River between Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx.
Electric Zoo represents all genre's of electric music, hosting top DJs and other artists across its four stages.
Hungry, thirsty, or in need of a quick tune-up? Electric Zoo offers a wide variety of onsite services to keep you party-ready from the event’s start to finish -- which is a good thing, since there’s no re-entry once you leave the festival grounds. Food vendors offering classics like pizza, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be available, as well as other local New York street fare including vegetarian and vegan options. Soft drinks will be for sale, as well as beer, wine, and champagne for the 21+ crowd -- and you can purchase mixed drinks at the VIP lounge if you opt for the VIP or Platinum Experience when you buy your ticket.
Electric Zoo also offers medical aid stations at each of the four corners of the park, as well as on-site ATMs and rental lockers so you can stash your gear without worry. For full details about onsite amenities, check out the Electric Zoo FAQs here.
Electric Zoo is held annually at Randall’s Island Park, which can be found at the following address:
1 Randalls Island
New York, New York 10035
Stage hosts and the full Electric Zoo lineup can be found here.
Unfortunately, there’s no on-site parking at all this year for Electric Zoo, let alone overnight parking or RV camping. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the festival with the comfort and convenience of an RV as your home base!
Traveling in a motorhome or travel trailer gives you the perfect combination of flexibility and coziness. No matter where you’re coming from, you’ll get to sleep in the same bed each night, and you won’t have to worry about unpacking and repacking your suitcase. Whether you drive from home and camp along the way or fly in and rent an RV close to your destination, when you secure your RV rental through RVshare, you’ll be supporting trusted local owners -- and traveling in some of the nicest rigs around. Check out the listings available on the peer-to-peer market in your area today!
So, where can you camp in the greater New York City area? Although it’s not known for being replete with greenways, there are a few options for those wishing to bring an RV to Electric Zoo.
Liberty Harbor RV Park is located in Jersey City, New Jersey, just minutes from downtown Manhattan by PATH train or ferry. It offers full hookups at surprisingly affordable prices, starting at $110 per night. (Hey, it’s New York City -- you can’t expect it to be that cheap!
Nickerson Beach Park is a public campground operated by Nassau County, and offers 74 RV spaces with available water, sewer, and electrical hookups. Visitors can also enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating along its beachfronts, but reservations should be made as soon as possible, as slots fill up quickly!
Skipping the RV experience this time around? There’s certainly no shortage of lodging options in New York City, whether you want the all-inclusive luxury experience or a modest but community-forward hostel with a dorm room bed to lay your head on at night.
Although we couldn’t possibly create a comprehensive list of accommodations in New York City in this post, it’s easy to find lodging in the Big Apple through your favorite travel agency or simply by running a Google search. That said, here are a few possibilities we didn’t want to escape your notice.
Pod 39, a member of the exclusive family of Pod Hotels, combines all the things you want in a NYC stay: central location, cool decor, plenty of amenities and, best of all, a budget-friendly rate schedule. Although the rooms are small, they’ve got everything you need, including personal flat-screen TVs for each bed. Pod 39 also offers a hip rooftop bar from which to watch all the action, and an indoor lounge when you’re ready to mix and mingle.
Lefferts Manor is a stylish bed and breakfast located in Brooklyn, offering a boutique New York City experience you won’t be able to replicate elsewhere. Plus, you’ll have easy access to the Electric Zoo shuttle… not to mention at least one of your daily meals taken care of!
The Local New York is the perfect option for the budget-conscious traveler who’s just looking for a place to crash after a long day of partying -- and maybe even to make a new friend or two in the bargain. The hostel offers dorm beds starting as low as $40 nightly, and features an on-site bar offering beer, wine, and light bites to tide you over until you get to Randall’s Island.
Arriving at Electric Zoo isn’t hard to do, no matter where you’re coming from, thanks to its central location in America’s largest metropole. Once you find your way to New York City, you can reach Randall’s Island by metro or ferry -- or, if you’re staying in Brooklyn, you can take advantage of the special Electric Zoo shuttle bus.
If you’re flying into New York, you can choose from its three major international hubs: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), or Newark International (EWR). All three are less than twenty miles from midtown Manhattan, and multiple transit options exist once you land. For full details on public transit and how to get to the Electric Zoo event grounds, check out the festival’s official travel page here.
There will be no parking available on Randall’s Island for the 2019 festival, so you’ll need to take public transportation -- or walk or ride your bike! The festival doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 30th and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, August 31st and September 1st.
Ticket prices vary depending on which options you choose; VIP and Premium Experience packages are available for those who wish to upgrade their festival to the next level. You can also choose between a single-day pass or Saturday-and-Sunday-only ticket, and add on locker rental, shuttle, or ferry service when you make your selection.
Motorhome, travel trailer, or plain old car -- no matter how you find yourself at Electric Zoo (or any other fun adventures you have planned for this summer), we can’t wait to share your journey! Tag us in your epic social media posts for a chance to be reshared on our own Facebook, Instagram, or blog. You can also send us your pictures and stories directly at [email protected].