Know Before You Go: BUKU Project Transportation and Insights

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on March 19, 2014

Festivalgoers via BUKU

There's more to prepping yourself for The BUKU Music + Art Project than purchasing your ticket and getting yourself to New Orleans. Scroll down to make sure you know how to get to the festival grounds each day, and know what to do (and what not to do) while you're there. 


BUKU takes place at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, on the East Bank. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle per day across the street at the New Orleans Convention Center. Space is limited, so carpool if you can.

If you're in New Orleans without a car, you can get dropped off by a cab in front of the venue or opt for public transport. The latter will cost you a mere $1.25 per ride, or $3 or $9 for a 1-Day or 3-Day Jazzy Pass, respectively.

New Orleans has no train or subway system, but buses and streetcars run quite frequently. If you're already along the water - in the French Quarter, for example - take the 2 Riverfront Streetcar to the John Churchill Chase Station. If you're coming from elsewhere, you'll probably connect to the Riverfront Streetcar from another line and can plan your trip from specific locations on the RTA website.


Alright, you're in. Soak in the atmosphere and the art while you dance the day away at one of BUKU's 4 stages or on the VIP S.S. BLU-KU. But first, scan through our insights so you can walk through the festival gates with confidence. 

When do I put on my wristband?
Don't put on your wristband until right before you walk through the gates into BUKU. Once it is on, treat it "like a precious heirloom passed down from your great-great-great grandfather." If you tamper with it or loose it, you won't be allowed into the festival.

What are the prohibited items? 
Let's start with the obvious: no illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, fireworks, weapons, or glass. Additionally, you'll want to leave your music instruments, flags, large umbrellas, paint, laser pointers, tents, jewelry with spikes, squirt guns, animals, and bicycles/skateboards/scooters at home. "Weird shit like gas masks, pacifiers or chains" are also prohibited. 

What's the deal with food and drink? 
Water will be sold at all full-serve bars onsite, but you can also bring your own (non-glass) water bottle and make use of the festival's free water filling stations to stay hydrated. For beverages on the alcoholic side,  bars will be located throughout the festival. Just make sure you bring your ID to prove you're 21+, you will be checked! In terms of food, BUKU promises food vendors that are both unique and indigenous to NOLA, which is good - no outside food or beverages are allowed.

What do I need to know about money? 
ATMs will be located both at the box office and within BUKU in case you're in need of some cash. We always recommend bringing cash to festivals though, regardless of the ATM situation. Avoid large bank fees and long lines by planning your wallet ahead.

What if I have special dietary or medical needs? 
Foods that match your dietary needs will be allowed in if accompanied by a doctor's note. If you need prescription medication, such as insulin, make sure the Rx label has your name on it and feel free to store medications at the medical tent during the festival. If you suffer from epilepsy or are prone to headaches, dizziness, or anxiety, be aware that BUKU artists may use strobe lights, lasers, bright lights, and synthetic smoke in their performances. 

I'm a procrastinator and didn't buy my BUKU ticket yet, can I buy one at the gate?
As long as BUKU does not say Sold-Out on its ticket page, passes will be available for purchase at the festival box office located at the main entrance. 

Ready, set, BUKU!

See Also: 

Playlist: BUKU Music + Art Project
The BUKU Project Announces Pre- and After-Parties
Pair a Sprayground Backpack With Your Favorite Festival