What is The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival?
After Mardi Gras, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – locally referred to as ‘Jazzfest’ - is the biggest event on the city calendar. Held annually since 1970 (with the exception of 2020 due to Covid) Jazzfest is the ultimate celebration of all things New Orleans.
New Orleans is America’s musical melting pot, so despite the name Jazzfest, it is not exclusively about jazz. New Orleans has deep musical roots in gospel, blues, R&B, zydeco, Bluegrass, country music and more – every visitor can find some music to their taste.
Alongside the music, visitors can discover unique exhibitions such as the Louisiana Folklife Village, browse locally made handicrafts and of course, eat!
Need to Know
Jazzfest is a major event, make sure you check out the line-ups and book early. While Jazzfest does draw famous musicians from around the country, make sure to check out a few local acts for an authentic NOLA experience.
Did You Know?
New Orleans is rightfully proud of it’s rich and unique culinary history, so naturally food is a huge part of the festival. You won’t find cotton candy and traditional carnival snacks here though – all food vendors at the event are local and serving up the food for which New Orleans is famous – beignets, muffulettas, jambalaya, gumbo, fried green tomatoes and more.
Coronavirus is causing a number of event cancellations; we provide event website links on each page for you to check the latest updates.
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