The festival is held on the New Orleans riverfront at Mardi Gras World, within walking distance of the Warehouse District and the famed French Quarter. BUKU's unique stages include the Power Plant (outside along the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad with the spooky Market Street Power Plant as the backdrop), the Ballroom (a concert hall with wrap around balcony viewing), the Back Alley (tucked away with the feel of a secret riverside dance party), and the Float Den (one of the leading Mardi Gras float production houses). Being on the Mississippi River allows BUKU fans incredible views of the Crescent City Connection bridge while boats and barges roll along the river. The Creole Queen riverboat docks next to the festival, acting as the VIP-only S.S. BUKU for the weekend, with an open bar, special performances and a viewing area of the main stage from the boat's top deck.
In addition to the musical performances, BUKU features installations by prevalent local and national artists. Sculptures, paintings, graffiti, and other mediums are all included, including the annual live gallery, the pieces of which are created in real time during the festival's two days and auctioned off to fans to raise money for charity. In 2013, the festival worked with over 20 artists and designers to put together pieces that were mostly interactive or integrated into the experience of the festival, including Fort BUKU made out of shipping containers and dredge netting creating a fun place for fans to hang and watch the main stage. BUKU also focuses on an all illustrated branding approach conceptualized by Los Angeles-based music and art enigma Young & Sick, who also made his debut festival performance on the Float Den stage at BUKU in 2014.