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The Ultimate Guide to NYC's Governors Ball

Governors Ball returns to NYC on June 9–11. Here’s what to know. 🎶🏟👩‍🎤🗽

by New York Bucket List

 

NYC's premier music festival is back! We almost can’t handle the explosion of Grammy-winning and far-reaching indie artists, the variety of food and drink offerings, signature art installations, official after-parties, and experiences within experiences coming our way.

We've got everything you need to know about the iconic festival, including details on this year's new venue, the star-studded lineup, what activations not to miss, and of course, where to keep the party going at the best after-parties.

 

Everything to Know About Gov Ball 2023

Governors Ball 2023 Location

Gov Ball 2023 has a NEW home nestled in beautiful Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. With plenty of shade from lush trees, grassy fields for enjoying music, and a view of the iconic Unisphere, this year’s festival experience is getting a major upgrade. You can get there by taking the 7 train or the LIRR to Mets-Willets Point station.

 

What to Eat at Gov Ball 2023

The festival will be equipped with dozens of food and beverage offerings from local vendors to national chains. check out some of our favorite picks below, and see the full list of food and beverage offerings here.

Mao's Bao: Tasty, nutritious, and completely unique, Mao's Bao serves up delicious Chinese eats like dumplings, pan-fried buns, and noodles.

Four Boys Ice Cream: Cool off with a cone from this family-owned small-town ice cream spot, serving soft-serve cones, sundaes, Italian ices, slushies, floats, and more.

Dank Nugs: Serving up tacos, burritos, nachos, and even taco-dillas, Dank Nugs is a festival staple. You can even grab shareable boxes like the Taco Pizza Box for the whole gang to dig into.

The Pizza Cupcake: Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like: a mini, hand-held pizza. Flaky outside. Cheesy inside. Savory gourmet snack all around. 

Try Vegan: For those abstaining from meat, or anyone looking for a cleaner eating option, there's Try Vegan. This food truck offers up delicious sandwiches, refreshing smoothies, and fresh fruit.

 

Activations, Pop-Ups, and More at Gov Ball 2023

Of course, the music and performances are the main attraction at Gov Ball, but there's a lot more to explore, from art installations to lounges to interactive experiences. See our top picks below, and for a full list of activations and experiences, click here.

Blue Point Brewing Tattoo Bar: Get tatted at the Blue Point Tattoo Bar! Grab a Blue Point GovBall Beer and a free Ephemeral Tattoo, the world’s first tattoos that don’t last forever. Tattoo Bar is open from 3 pm until 8 pm daily.
 
Red Bull Unforeseen: This hidden exhibit is an exploration of New York’s essence, with nods to old and new, both of which help shape the city we know today. Come discover what it means to be a New Yorker.
 
Verizon Deck: Need a place to recharge (literally)? Prepare for Gov Ball at your local Verizon store by grabbing a portable charger or phone case to keep you connected all weekend long! Once the doors open, relax and recharge at Verizon with the best views of the GOVBALLNYC stage, plus free charging, and skip the long merch lines with official Gov Ball merch in the Verizon deck.
 
Bud Light Backyard: There’s no better way to experience festival season than in the Bud Light Backyard! Grab a cold Bud Light and enjoy LIVE DJ performances, elevated viewing, and a lot of dancing.
 
 

Gov Ball 2023 After Parties

The party doesn't stop after the festival ends for the day. Check out some of the best official after-parties happening throughout the weekend! Note: after-parties are open to everyone (over the age of 21). You do not need a ticket to Gov Ball to attend an after-party!

 

Gov Ball After Dark Presents: Kickoff Splash Party at Summer Club

This event is the official Kickoff Party of Gov Ball 2023! Head to the Penthouse Rooftop in Long Island City for an unforgettable evening. Happening on Thursday, June 8. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

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The Summer Club, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Queens, NY 11101, USA
Gov Ball After Dark Presents: Kickoff Splash Party at Summer Club
Starting at $25

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Gov Ball After Dark Presented By Bud Light: Solid Disco w/ Sophia Eris

Lizzo's Tour DJ, Sophia Eris, will perform a set at the official Disco After-Party at the Penthouse Rooftop! Happening Friday, June 9. Doors open at 10:30 PM.

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The Penthouse, Queens Plaza South, Queens, NY, USA
Gov Ball After Dark Presented By Bud Light: Solid Disco w/ Sophia Eris (Lizzo’s Tour DJ)
Starting at $30

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Gov Ball After Dark Presented By Bud Light ft. EVAN GIIA
 
See EVAN GIIA take the stage and perform her electronic pop crossover sound with a panoramic view of the iconic Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. Happening Friday, June 9. Doors open at 11 PM.

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Lost in Paradise Rooftop, 11-01 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11101, United States
Gov Ball After Dark Presented By Bud Light ft. EVAN GIIA
Starting at $25

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Gov Ball 2023 Lineup

The massive three-day lineup is headlined by a trio of legendary performers: Lizzo, Odesza, and Kendrick Lamar. Each lead performer brings melody and a modern-day twist to rap and hip-hop, setting a tone for the fluidity and notability of their preceding acts. See the full lineup below:

 

For more information on Governors Ball 2023, visit the official site here.

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