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The full guide to Electric Zoo 2023

Electric Zoo’s annual festival brings together electronic dance music’s leading lights and superstars-in-the-making.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Clubs in NYC have nothing on Electric Zoo 2023. The EDM festival is poised to take over Labor Day weekend, bringing hordes of EDM fans to Randall's Island for the event's 14th summer. The festival has become an unmissable attraction on the electronic dance music circuit, featuring a wide range of artists both top name and underground. Cop a festival outfit at one of the city's best clothing stores, put on one of the best DJ mixes and get yourself ready for Electric Zoo 2023.

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When is Electric Zoo 2023?

This year, Electric Zoo will take place on Saturday, September 2, 2023–Sunday, September 3, 2023. The festival was set to begin on Friday, September 1, but organizers cancelled the first day, saying they could not complete construction of the main stage due to supply chain issues.

Where is Electric Zoo 2022?

Electric Zoo takes place at Randall's Island Park, New York City.

Who is playing Electric Zoo 2023?

The powerhouse lineup originally included Deadmau5, Kaskade, GRiZ, Zeds Dead, Galantis and more, but keep in mind that Friday performances have been cancelled. Here's the full lineup. And here's our interview with Kaskade about the festival.

How do I get tickets to Electric Zoo 2023?

Buy tickets at the official festival website. Single-day general admission tickets start at $129; three-day festival passes start at $329.

How do I get to Electric Zoo 2023?

You've got several options: Ferries, shuttles, and the MTA.

  • Ferries depart from and return to the East 35th Street Ferry Landing located at the intersection of East 35th Street and FDR Drive, traveling to Randall's Island all weekend long. Roundtrip ferry passes cost $40/day.
  • Shuttles will depart and return from Brooklyn (Wythe Avenue & N 12th St). Shuttle passes cost $35/day.
  • MTA will get you there, too. Take the 4, 5 or 6 subway to the 125th St stop. From there, you hop on the X80 Express Bus, which travels straight to Randall's Island Park.

Here's more about transit, including walking, biking, and ridesharing.

What can I eat at Electric Zoo 2023?

As always, the fest serves a diverse array of food options from a host of local vendors. Expect burgers, hot dogs and pizza, as well as many other local and vegetarian/vegan choices. There will be a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, plus beer, wine and champagne for those over 21. Mixed drinks/liquor will only be available for purchase in the VIP lounge, VIP Table Deck, the Patrón Patio, and areas designated as a "Cocktail Lounge" on the festival map.

What do I do if I had tickets for Friday's now-cancelled show?

Event organizers say Friday ticket-holders will be refunded. Those with multiple-day tickets will receive credit for one of the days. Similarly, all Friday ferry and bus ticket holders will receive a full refund, and those with multiple-day transport tickets will receive a refund equivalent to the amount of one day. 

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