general faq

When and Where is Gratitude Migration: Summer Dream?

Friday, July 14th at 10 am to Sunday, July 16th at 6 pm.
hELLO Beach - Enter across the street from 2 Beachway Ave., Keansburg, NJ

hELLO Beach is accessible via public transportation from NYC - full schedule here.

What is Gratitude Migration?

Now in its third year, Gratitude Migration is an immersive, transformational arts and music festival taking place on hELLO beach in Keansburg, New Jersey. Gratitude Migration is a co-created, collaborative experiment in culture and community, built on the Brooklyn underground arts and music community along with collectives from Philadelphia, DC and New Jersey.

Founded in 2010, Gratitude*NYC has brought together theme camps, interactive artists, stunning performances, amazing DJs, VJs and live bands, along with consciousness expanding workshops, speakers, and activities. In 2015, Gratitude began our Migration to the beach in New Jersey, where we bring our experiences out of the Brooklyn warehouse and into the expansive natural surroundings of hELLO Beach.

Camping out for three days on the beach yet completely accessible to the city, at Gratitude Migration, we provide a platform for education, eco-consciousness and expansion alongside mind-blowing art, music, workshops and collaborative community. As a “Leave a Positive Trace” event, Gratitude Migration is committed to leaving the environment better than we found it; and bringing our gifts to share and collaborate with the local community of Keansburg.

Where can I get tickets?

We anticipate this event will sell out, so we HIGHLY recommended advance tickets. If capacity is permitting, we may have a limited number of weekend passes available at the gate for $300. Credit and Debit cards accepted. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GATE HOURS?

  • Friday, July 14th at 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

  • Saturday, July 15th - 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

  • Sunday, July 16th - Gate is closed. re-entry only

WHAT IS THE RE-ENTRY POLICY?

Attendees will be able to exit and re-enter the event at any time. 

DO YOU OFFER EARLY ARRIVAL?

Early arrival passes are now available to purchase for $50, valid for entry between 6pm-9pm. Theme Camps, participating artists, and volunteers with shifts on Friday will receive further details for early arrival logistics.

DOES GRATITUDE MIGRATION HAVE AN EVENT GUIDE?

Our What, When, Where Guide will be available at the Gate upon entry, and will be available for download once the 2017 schedule is ready! All of our amazing installations, activations, immersive experiences, workshops, classes, and partners will be detailed within.

WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC WILL I HEAR AT GRATITUDE MIGRATION?

We've created a lineup of diverse sounds from electronic DJs to world music and live jams. To find out more about our music philosophy, check out an interview with our music curators here.

WHAT’S THE LAYOUT AND SETUP FOR ALL THE AREAS OF ENTERTAINMENT?

There is a wide variety of carefully curated and custom designed immersive environments. With a variety of sound stages to accommodate a rich tapestry of world class DJs, bands, and musicians, many interactive art environments, a speaker stage, an extensive area dedicated to nourishing your Mind, Body, and Spirit, there is no shortage of places to explore.

can i bring my own booze?

As it turns out, NJ state law prevents us from allowing in outside alcoholic beverages. W

Unlike the first two years, due to our growth and changes in state laws, we are no longer permitted to allow outside alcohol on the beach. We would hate for you to carry it all the way and have it taken by security. Don't bring booze. Seriously. It makes you guys sad, and it makes us sad too!

But never fear - we got you onsite. We'll have bodegas selling beer and other beverages as well as crafted bar drinks to keep your thirst quenched. Less schlepping, more fun!

participation faq

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR GRATITUDE MIGRATION?

Volunteers are what keep us going! Volunteers must commit to working a total of four x 4-hour shifts throughout the weekend in exchange for a comped (or reduced price) ticket to the festival. Ranger, Sanctuary, or First Aid volunteers must commit to 2 x 6-hour shifts. We are very grateful to our volunteers and have committed to making their experiences positive with new initiatives this year!

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER WAYS I CAN PARTICIPATE?

Gratitude Migration is a community-driven event and we welcome participation from within our community with art, sculpture or installation; live music; workshops; activities; and of course, volunteer participation. 

  • Apply to share your art piece, workshop, live music, boat/transportation, handmade goodies, or other skills and services on our Get Involved page!
  • Set up an informal offering with your friends or group theme camp, like a massage station; fresh juices on the beach; tarot readings; happy hour; fashion show; or chill space for guests. Dream interpretation; aura painting; face painting - the options are endless!
  • Participate in open fire jams at sunrise and sunset every evening (provided you have fire insurance that stipulates this location); or the music open mic on Sunday afternoon at Center Camp
  • Pitch in and help out! We co-create this community and if you see something that needs doing - MOOP picking up; dome being built; activity being staged or cleaned up from; lend a hand, make some friends and know that you are contributing to making this event what it is for everyone.

What are Art Grants? 

Gratitude supports the growth of our creative community by providing grants, logistical support to cover the material and transportation costs. We are committed to amplifying the creativity of our participating artists while providing an incredible environment to display their work. To achieve this, we match up sponsored projects, with amazing volunteers who are interested in participating in the realization of art and other creative visions. Apply here.

WHAT KINDS OF WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES ARE BEING OFFERED? 

Over the past three years, Gratitude workshops and lectures have ranged in topics from Art, Spirituality, Meditation, Yoga, Dreams, Shamanic Journeys, Flow Arts, and More! We tend to focus on things that we feel are important topics to discuss in today's world: sustainability, conservation, and overall health & wellness.

WHAT ARE THEME CAMPS? 

If you have a group of friends or collaborators interesting in creating on a bigger scale, signup to bring a Theme Camp! Theme Camps receive separate placement on the beach and are required to have some form of interactivity and shared space open to other participants. 

WHAT IS GRATITUDE MIGRATION’S SOUND POLICY?

We have done our utmost to work with sound engineers to minimize sound bleed on the beach for the sake of our neighboring residents from Keansburg who are graciously hosting us this weekend. We're permitting amplified sound at select theme camp sound stages, but in the camping area, we ask you to please keep the noise down with only personal speakers at a low volume.

CAN I PHOTOGRAPH GRATITUDE MIGRATION?

We love having photographers document the experience, but we also pay close attention to respecting our participants who have full rights to their self-expression. Only those with a documentary or media pass are permitted to shoot the event. Personal photos are ok, as long as you have consent from the subjects of your photography first!

CAN I BE NAKED?              

As it turns out, New Jersey state law doesn't allow full nudity on this stretch of beach, but the good news is - costumes are never illegal! We'd love to see your fanciest, most creative attire and fun, innovative adornments are the way to go. 

ARE FIRES PERMITTED?

In order to keep your tents nice and safe, fires are permitted only in designated fire pits which means no burn barrels, no open flames, and definitely no fireworks. Designated bonfires will be situated on the beach at night and you're all invited to view our Sculptural Bonfire aka Effigy Burn on Saturday night. Just please, don't throw any plastic or inorganic materials into the fire. 

CAN I SPIN FIRE?

We love all our fire spinners and are amazed by your art, but safety is our priority which means fire spinning is only permitted by registered performers in designated performance areas with advance registration with our Performance Coordinator, Safety Coordinator, and after an orientation and certification check by our Fire Safety Leads. 

Fire spinning is ONLY permitted in designated performance areas on site for designated performers who have filled the appropriate paperwork and training requirements. Open fire spinning is only permissible during spin jams  from sunrise to 9am, and is only open to participants with insurance that stipulates Gratitude Migration on their paperwork.  Learn more here.

Fire performers may not bring their own fuel, all fuel will be provided onsite except with special permissions. Please do not bring fuel as it will be confiscated at security.

camping and facilities faq

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SWIMMING ON THE BEACH?

This beach is awesome to swim in and we'll have an area delineated with lights, buoys and lifeguards at our three designated swimming areas only. No swimming or floating devices will be permitted in water across from camping areas. Lifeguards will be on duty from 9AM-9PM each day. NO NIGHT SWIMMING is permitted!

Remember: all swimming is at your own risk. 

IS THERE CAR PARKING?

There are a limited number of parking passes available for purchase. The parking lot is located quite far - we'll be providing a valet service so you don't have to walk 4 miles with your gear.  You will be able to drop off your items at the entry point and then continue to the parking lot. 

ARE THERE RESTROOMS AND SHOWER FACILITIES ONSITE?

There will be porta-potties in various locations around the beach and parking area. There are also limited beach showers on the road (remember to cover up - it's a public street!) and you're welcome to bring portable camp showers. And of course.. there's a whole ocean to dip yourself into!

Don't forget your natural, biodegradable soaps!

WILL THERE BE POWER ON THE BEACH?    

There is no power on the beach except for approved vendors or theme camps. If you need to charge your personal devices, there will be limited charging stations located at LNT Stations. Personal solar-driven generators are allowed in the camping area. However, gas is restricted for safety reasons.

IS THERE WATER ON SITE?

There is no running water on the beach, so we provide hydration stations with free drinking water, dispersed along the beach so you can refill your reusable water bottle (which you should definitely bring. There is no bottled water for sale on site, and we urge you not to bring any, either). Gratitude Migration reusable bottles will be available for purchase both online and on site.

WHERE CAN I GET ICE, COFFEE, OR misc THINGS I NEED?

We'll have ice available for sale at Center Camp along with organic coffee. We'll also feature a curated artisan bazaar, ethically sourced food trucks at Culinary Cove, and remember, your neighbors may have what you're looking for! Our community supports each other, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

You're also welcome to leave site for necessities - re-entry is permitted on Friday and Saturday, but no re-entry on Sunday.

WHAT FOOD OPTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SITE?

We have partnered with local vendors in the NYC and New Jersey area, focusing on sustainable ethically sourced foods to provide tasty, environmentally conscious nourishment while you dance and elevate your spirit. Our food truck lineup will be located just outside the Gate. JunXion will even be providing beats and ambiance while you dine.

sustainability and lnt faq

What is Leave no trace?

Leave No Trace (LNT) is a widely used policy by Boy Scouts and Burning Man alike, emphasizing human impact on the environment and the promise to leave it better than you found it. 

This isn't the kind of festival where you leave trash on the ground and rely on festival staff to clean up. There are no sherpas here!

We rely on our community to uphold and respect our values in keeping our environment clean. Our behavior is a reflection of our values - let's show that we care about the Earth and want to do our best to care for her!

What does "pack it in, pack it out" mean?

This means that everything you bring with you, you take home. This includes personal belongings, garbage, and camp infrastructure. There is no dumping on site - please don't leave bags of garbage behind for us to pick up afterwards! 

The best way to do this is to plan ahead and bring as little trash as possible. Unwrap your gear from plastic before coming to the beach, and absolutely do not bring plastic bottled water!

Can I do more to help?

Absolutely! You can do a lot just by picking up garbage when you see it! This isn't Burning Man, we have garbage cans and recycling bins clearly marked at several locations throughout the grounds. It's easy to put trash in the proper receptacle. 

Our fragile environment is in danger - these practices will go a long way beyond the beach! We are all in this together, literally, as a species.

Read more on how to be sustainable at Gratitude Migration!

We've made it easy for you.

CHILDREN, PETS, & RVS faq

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?

Yes! We are a family friendly environment and are honored that you are choosing to share Gratitude Migration with your children.  Although this event is 21+, children ages 9 and under may attend with a $50 ticket. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian AT ALL TIMES. Parents and guardians are responsible for the care, protection, and safety of their children. What your child sees and experiences at Gratitude Migration is up to the parents/guardians.

We have a designated area for family camping, with a safety perimeter and scheduled daytime kid friendly programming.

I’M UNDER 21, CAN I STILL ATTEND?

Unfortunately, no, we are a 21+ event. 

CAN I BRING MY PET?                  

Only legally registered service animals are allowed on the grounds. If you have a legally registered service animal with proper paperwork, please notify us in advance by sending an email to INFO@MIGRATEWITH.US with the subject line "SERVICE ANIMAL"    

CAN I BRING MY RV?             

Yes! There is RV parking available, though space is limited, so we require the purchase of an RV parking pass. The RV lot is by the Gate, by the boardwalk, though no RVs are allowed on the sand.            

CAN I BRING MY BOAT?

Yes! We encourage boat owners to deck out their boats, load them up with friends, and drop anchor jut offshore in our designated boating areas. There are coast guard guidelines, so register here, and the Gratitude Migration Harbormaster will be in touch to coordinate with you.

maritime FAQ

WHAT'S THE DEAL?

Ahoy there! Located on the Raritan Bay Shore, our beach location is accessible through deep water channels up to and within a mile or less of the shore. We are offering an area for anchorage, participation as an art boat, or solely as your mode of transportation and lodging.

WHAT'S REQUIRED TO REGISTER?

We'll require a copy of the boat registration, operator's license, and insurance policy emailed or mailed to us. Gratitude Migration Inc. must be added as an insured party. Each registered boat gets an ID number and a streamer to fly off an antenna or other visible structure in order for us to identify registered participants. Each passenger on your boat is still required to have a ticket to the festival for entry.

WHEN CAN I SHOW UP?

We are opening the anchorage for registered art boats on Thursday, July 13 at 9 AM. All other registered boats are welcome to join us at regular Gate hours, from Friday, July 14 from 10AM-12AM, and Saturday, July 15 from 9AM-12AM.

HOW DEEP IS THE ANCHORAGE AREA?

The anchorage area is mostly soft sand. Since the beach restoration a few years ago, the sandbars are continually shifting, and accurate soundings charts are not readily available from the state. It will be the responsibility of the boat captain to choose an anchoring point with a safe depth. Bear in mind that large boats are not allowed, as the shallow water does not allow for safe anchorage close enough to shore.

HOW WILL WE KNOW WHERE IT IS?

You'll receive GPS coordinates of the beach. Upon approach, you'll see either water or land based markers denoting the anchorage range. Keep in touch with our Harbormaster if you are unsure of coordinates.

HOW DO I GET TO THE BEACH AND BACK?

Due to safety precautions, you must anchor within the designated swimming area at a safe swimming distance. You can also provide a dinghy/kayak/raft to transport people back and forth from the shore.

CAN I COME AND GO AS I PLEASE?

Once within the anchorage area, vessels must either set anchor, rest at anchor, or retrieve anchor for departure. There will be no transitioning in the anchorage area at any time. Each boat is allowed one entry and one exit.

CAN WE BRING PEOPLE TO OUR BOATS WHO DIDN'T COME WITH US?

Yes, however, anyone aboard the vessel becomes the responsibility of the registered operator! It's maritime law!

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

We require the safe, courteous operation of all vessels attending Gratitude Migration. All USCG required safety gear must be on board at all times, including one PDF pre-registered boat occupant. The NJ State Marine Police and USCG will be periodically patrolling the area, so safe and lawful operation is an absolute must. If we observe any unsafe operation or other hazardous condition upon a registered vessel, we reserve the right to revoke attendance privileges at any time. Safe boating is 99% common sense. Think before you act, and everyone will have a great time!