Frequently Asked Questions
Tickets & Teams
WHAT DOES THE TICKET PRICE INCLUDE?
Entry into one of the most epic experiences of your beautiful Black life. You’ll get a wristband that will allow you access into participating venues, who will welcome Kwanzaa Crawlers with DJs, food and drink specials. (Sold separately.)
You'll also get a commemorative Kwanzaa cup (while supplies last), a map, a gift bag, and a chance to win prizes along the way. Also, you'll forever be a part of helping to make Black history.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENERAL ADMISSION AND ALL ACCESS TICKETS?
General Admission ticket holders must crawl with their team for the duration of the event. Each team will go to 4 different bars, and you won’t know which bars are on your route until the day of.
All Access ticket holders will have access to every bar in their borough, and can hop around for as little or as long as they’d like. This is an option for people who don’t want to be with one team the whole time. However, most teams will split up, criss-cross, and join other teams throughout the duration of the crawl.
After 10:30 PM, all wristbands become All Access and crawlers are free to go to any of the participating venues in their borough.
ARE THERE GROUP DISCOUNTS?
Yes! For groups of 10 or more you will receive a 10% discount. Select a “Squad Deal” for your selected borough, and then email KwanzaaCrawl2018@gmail.com with the top 4 bars you would like as the first stop on your route . We will place you and your friends all on a team together.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CRAWL WITH MY FRIEND AND THEIR GROUP IS SOLD OUT?
If a friend is on a different team, it won't make or break your crawl! Teams criss-cross, split up and get back together, join other teams to create bigger teams, etc. Plus, after 10:30 PM, all wristbands turn into All Access bands and you and your friends can link up at a venue of your choice.
You can also purchase an ALL ACCESS ticket and you will be allowed into any venue, if capacity allows.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE WRONG TEAM?
To transfer to another team, open the Eventbrite app or click the “view and manage” link under the Order Summary section on your Eventbrite confirmation email; after that:
Go to Tickets.
Select your order (under Upcoming Events.)
Select Transfer Event.
Select Change Ticket.
Choose your ticket type.
Review your Transfer Summary.
Double-check your registration information.
Select Register or Pay Now.
You’ll see a confirmation message when your transfer is complete.
Please note: You will be charged a $2 transfer fee each time you change your team. (including the first transfer).
Full and detailed instructions can be viewed HERE.
CAN I JOIN ANOTHER TEAM DURING THE CRAWL?
Yes and no. You have to crawl with the team you bought a wristband for, but most teams will join another team at some point during the day.
After 10:30 PM all wristbands turn into ALL ACCESS bands and you and your friends can link up at a venue of your choice. If you purchase an All Access band, you will be allowed entry to all venues (as long as they are not at full capacity.)
WILL YOU SELL TICKETS AT THE DOOR?
Nah. In order to streamline the check in registration process, there will be no tickets available for purchase at the door. All wristbands must be purchased online prior to.
THE VENUE I WANT IS SOLD OUT?
Pick another venue. Even if a venue is unavailable as a starting point, it still may be one of the stops on your map. You won't know what's on your map until you check in, though, so trust the process!
Registration & Meet Up Points
WHERE DO WE ALL MEET UP?
The Brooklyn Meet Up Point time is 12 PM at the Boys and Girls HS, 1700 Fulton Street.
The Harlem Meet Up Point is CS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center, 250 W. 127th St. Doors open at 12:30 PM.
This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.
WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?
DON'T! But if you insist, you can head to the Late Registration Centers to get your wristband, cup and map. From there, use the map to locate your team and head to that venue.
Brooklyn Late Registration Center
Kings Beer Hall, 84 St Marks Pl, bet. 5th and 4th Aves.
Open from 4:30 PM to 8 PM
Harlem Late Registration Center
Ruby’s Vintage, 2340 7th Avenue
Open from 4:30 PM to 8 PM
WHAT WILL I NEED IN ORDER TO CHECK-IN ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?
In order to receive a wristband, you must have valid photo ID that says you are over 21. Unfortunately, you cannot pick up a wristband/cup for a friend, no matter how convenient it may be for the both of you. This is non-negotiable.
SHOULD I BRING A METRO CARD?
Yes. And please make sure there's money on it before you get to registration. Some teams will be taking the train throughout the Crawl.
HOW WILL WE GET FROM BAR TO BAR?
We will be "crawling" of course! Participating bars are grouped together by zones. Most of the bars grouped in a particular zone will be within walking distance from each other. For the few bars outside of the walking radius, we have dollar van shuttles that will help crawlers go the distance.
Bring a Metrocard and cash. We'll all ride out from the registration center together and some teams will have to hop on the train to get to their zone.
No one participating in the crawl should drive for any reason! For obvious personal safety and legal reasons. (Plus, don't ruin a good thing, yo.)
IT’S DECEMBER. WHAT IF IT’S COLD?
Dress warm and drink up. Although the way this climate change is set up, it might be 70 degrees that day! We do suggest wearing layers, as there won’t be any time for coat check at the venues. But---once the liquor hits you, you’ll feel no pain. Did we mention that the team leaders will play music that we'll sing and dance to as we walk from bar to bar?! Wanna stay warm? Stay turnt!
About the Bars
OVER 30 BARS? WILL WE GO TO ALL?
NO WAY! That sounds dangerous. For general admission ticket holders, there are 4 bars on each route. If you have an All Access ticket, you can go to as many bars as you’d like in your borough.
After 10:30 PM, all ticket holders will have access to all of the bars.
HOW WILL WE KNOW WHICH BARS ARE ON OUR ROUTE?
You won't know until you check-in. That's part of the fun! If there is a bar you really want to go to, purchase a ticket for it and it will be the first stop on your route. Where your team leader will take you after that all depends on your map! Ideally, you should start at a venue you've never been to before. IT'S NICE TO PICK YOUR FAVE HANGOUT SPOT, BUT SINCE YOU'RE ALWAYS THERE --- TRY A TING FOR A CHANGE!
WILL WE HAVE TO PAY FOR FOOD OR DRINKS?
Yes. It’s kind of like when you buy tickets for a concert or a movie--- when you get inside you still have to pay for popcorn and a big ass soda.
Besides, if we said you’d get 8 hours worth of unlimited drinks and food for $25, you should be very worried about the quality of it. (C’mon, son. We’ve all been to Golden Corral!)
ARE THERE DISCOUNTS AT THE BARS?
Yes! The bars will have special food and drink specials for Kwanzaa Crawlers.
HOW LATE WILL THE CRAWL LAST?
Teams will arrive at their last bar at 9 PM. After 10:30 PM, crawlers can go to any bar they want. The event technically ends at 11, but most, if not all, the bars will stay open as long as you keep drinking (responsibly.) Basically, we'll keep going until party done!
DO ALL OF THE BARS ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes. However, we strongly encourage you to bring cash to help things move as quickly as possible.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
The majority of venues will be serving appetizers and food that you can eat on the go, but you should definitely eat before you crawl.
WILL THE CRAWLERS BE SAFE? WHAT ABOUT THE NYPD?
Black Lives Matter. And that's why we told the police we were showing up! Can't surprise folks with thousands of black people singing and dancing in the streets. All local police precincts have been notified and have been supportive and welcoming of the event. Kwanzaa Crawl is about bringing members of the community together for a good cause. The NYPD is a part of our community, too, and we're all working together, alongside our local elected officials, to ensure that Kwanzaa Crawl runs smoothly and safely from start to finish.
WHAT IF I LOSE MY MAP AND LOSE MY TEAM AND MY CELL PHONE IS DEAD?
If one of the aforementioned instances occurs, you can always head back to the last bar you were at and a Kwanzaa Crawl team member will help you find your way. But if all three happens, you may just need to take yo’ drunk ass home!
About Kwanzaa Crawl
WHAT IF I’M NOT BLACK OR BROWN AND I WANT TO SUPPORT?
There are so many great ways allies can support the movement! Support black businesses by patronizing any of the 30+ participating venues during their normal business hours. You can also make a donation to Barbershop Books, the amazing charity that we are sharing a portion of our proceeds with. A little support can go a long way!
ISN’T KWANZAA A MADE UP HOLIDAY?
Yes. All holidays are made up. Even though Kwanzaa has only been in existence for 50 years, the literal translation, “first fruits of harvest,” is a tradition that is present in many religions. The principles and foundation of Kwanzaa were adapted from African principles, traditions and culture, and there's nothing new about coming together to celebrate the people you love in your community
WHAT DOES KWANZAA HAVE TO DO WITH THIS BAR CRAWL?
This crawl embodies all 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa Crawl is about bringing people in the community together, or Umoja, which means (Unity).
A team of Black and brown creatives used the resources available to them in order to make an event of this scale happen. That’s both Kujichagulia (Self Determination) and Ujima (collective work and responsibility).
Kwanzaa Crawl creates an opportunity for black people to harness their buying power, and that’s Ujamaa (cooperative economics).
The planning, marketing, writing, and designing demonstrated Kuumba (creativity).
Creating an event which focuses on investing in your community to improve your quality of life is Nia (purpose).
Getting the owners of over 25 bars to open up for business on the day after Christmas, with the hope that the community will show up is Imani (faith).
WHY A KWANZAA CRAWL?
It’s an extension of Operation Mobilize’s mission to harness black buying power and establish "best practices” for supporting the black local economy. They are committed to highlighting how those practices can be implemented through our everyday actions.
Given the spending of black consumers and Kwanzaa’s emphasis on supporting black culture, this crawl is an opportunity to educate people and make Kwanzaa cool again.
WHO IS OPERATION MOBILIZE?
Operation Mobilize is a grassroots organization founded by comedian/writer Kerry Coddett (@Overfab) in July 2016, alongside her sister, talent manager and former ad exec, Krystal Stark. The duo operate as a think tank, who collaborate and brainstorm actionable and tangible ways that everyday people can become involved in their community. Once they’ve found a new initiative, they take to the streets, mobilizing the masses to take action in whatever shape it may be, getting help from tons of friends and volunteers along the way.