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What to expect at Electric Zoo, NYC's annual Labor Day weekend EDM festival

The EDM festival stretches from Friday through Sunday.

Electric Zoo hits Randall's Island Park Labor Day

Electric Zoo hits Randall's Island Park Labor Day weekend. Photo Credit: Doug Van Sant

Electric Zoo turns 10 this weekend and promises to throw the “biggest, wildest party New York City has ever seen.”

The annual Labor Day weekend music festival has become an end-of-summer tradition for fans of the electronic music genre that’s only growing in popularity on Billboard charts. Since its inception in 2009, the founders have brought E-Zoo around the globe, creating pop-up replicas in Mexico, Brazil and China.

Still, its three-day NYC run continues to sell out (some tickets are still available) year after year, with crowds of more than 100,000 gathering in Randall’s Island Park, according to organizers.

“From your great, gleaming skyscrapers to your filthy-a-- subway; the neon lights of Times Square to the fading memories of Coney Island; from the famous fuggedaboutit wiseguys to the lifelong friendships forged on dance floors, New York, you are the Big Apple in our eye, and our constant source of inspiration. It’s been an honor to make you dance,” organizers said in a statement.

If you’re heading out to celebrate the E-Zoo “Big 10” birthday while simultaneously saying so long to summer, here’s what you’ll want to know about the projected “biggest” fest yet.

When and where?

The festival takes over Randall’s Island Park Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.  

Who is performing at Electric Zoo?

Nearly 50 DJs and EDM performers round out the “Big 10” lineup, led by headliners Marshmello (Friday), Martin Garrix (Saturday) and Tiesto (Sunday). Four smaller stages placed around the venue will accompany the main stage, as usual. Highlights include metropolitan area group Cash Cash, whom you may know from their recent hit “Finest Hour” or “Take me Home,” featuring Bebe Rexha, Alan Walker (“Faded”) and San Holo (“We Rise”). The full lineup is available at electriczoo.com/lineup.

What’s on this year’s vendor lineup?

Hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and other quick-bite festival eats will be available from food stands, plus local New York City street vendors will be onsite (like Buddharito). Beer, wine and champagne will be sold on the premises, but liquor will only be available in the VIP lounge.

Are Electric Zoo tickets still available?

Tickets are still up for grabs for the nearly sold-out festival, but may not be around for long: three-day passes ($299), Friday passes ($99) and Sunday passes ($129) can still be purchased at electriczoo.com/tickets. Saturday is completely sold out, but passes are listed on resale sites.

How you can get there:

Randall’s Island is accessible by subway, bus and ferry, so you can party responsibly. E-Zoo is taking this seriously: No parking will be made available for those who drive (so don’t.)

If you opt to take the subway from midtown, the 4, 5 and 6 line is your best bet to get to 125th Street. From there, you’ll have to switch gears and hop on the X80 Express ($6.50 round trip). The X80 will run to and from Randall’s Island every 10 minutes starting at noon.

Another option that’ll help you avoid the bus: Ferries leave from and return to the East 35th Street Ferry Landing starting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ($65 for a three-day ride, $30 for one).

To avoid Manhattan entirely, take E-Zoo’s Brooklyn shuttle from 61 Wythe Ave. Buses will run starting at 2 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The last return ride leaves 30 minutes after the fest ends each night. A round-trip, three-day shuttle pass will cost you $60, while dailies start at $25.

What you should bring:

An epic festival-ready outfit and sunscreen. This weekend’s weather forecast predicts temps around 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Lockers are available for day-long rental to store all your need-to-have belongings.

What you shouldn’t bring:

Your wallet. It’ll hard to keep track of belongings while dancing to Marshmello and Anne-Marie’s “FRIENDS.” Avoid sticky finger problems by trying out the “cashless” system within the festival. It hooks up your credit card and ticket to one wristband, so you’ll be able to easily flash it for drinks, food, entry and more.

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