• BAYC’s First Annual Ape Fest Gets Off to a Flying Start!

  • The first annual Ape Fest, hosted by the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), has begun with a bang! The festival kicked off yesterday, October 31, in New York City, with Bored Ape holders from all over the world pouring in. The first event of the BAYC Ape first, APED NYC, at Bright Moments Gallery, alone drew 700 people who queued outside the gallery.

    Last night, BAYC tweeted, “There are about 700 apes lined up wrapping the block surrounding the gallery on three sides.” To avoid police closing down the event, BAYC distributed timed wristbands to everyone in line.

    The bands had an hour-long time slot, and those who received them had to return at that time to claim their yacht wristband. BAYC could not only “break up the crowd,” but also keep people from standing in line for hours.

    BAYC Ape Fest: What Happened on Halloween?

    The “immersive gallery experience” from yesterday was followed by a costume contest and the “Ape Fest Mutant Halloween Party” today. Then there was the “Ape Fest Yacht Party” on a 1,000-person yacht!

    The yacht party tickets were free for Bored Ape and Mutant Ape holders on a first-come, first-served basis. Celebrities who attended the party included DJ and producer Kygo and musician and OneRepublic’s lead singer Ryan Tedder.

    BAYC wrote, “Thank you for such an incredible night, apes.” “Wednesday will be even better. “I’ll see you at the merchandise pop-up and the warehouse party.”

    Holders of the BAYC and MAYC also took to Twitter to share snippets from the events. While some called the Yacht party “fun” and “lit,” producer and DJ Matt Steffanina referred to it as “history in the making.”

    Many people expressed their delight at finally meeting the Bored Ape family in person. Dylan Mayoral, a blockchain gamer, tweeted, “I had an amazing night with the @BoredApeYC fam.”

    What’s in store for the future?

    The BAYC Ape Fest is far from over! BAYC will host a merch pop-up event on November 1st and 2nd, complete with merch, music, a food truck, and arcade machines. This event is free and open to the public. According to BAYC, this is akin to “Ape Fest’s living room couch.”

    On November 3rd, the merch pop-up event will be followed by a Warehouse Party at Brooklyn Steel. “If you’re only going to one event at APE FEST, we recommend you make it this one,” BAYC said. “For one night only, we’re bringing the swamp to Brooklyn Steel and transforming the warehouse into the BAYC.”

    While Yacht Party wristbands grant access to the Warehouse party, BAYC/MAYC members who do not have a band can get theirs from the merch pop up store. In addition, if there is still room, the general public can purchase tickets and attend the party.

    The BAYC Ape Fest concludes with a VIP Charity Dinner at Carbone on November 6. Because seating is “extremely limited,” tickets will be auctioned off beginning October 29. The entire sale proceeds will be donated to charity.

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