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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival


The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest), formed in 1970, is Louisiana’s largest celebration of the musical and cultural heritage of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. This annual 10-day festival of cultural events coincides with various international music festivals occurring across the gulf coast.

link list:  Houton’s iFest held last 2 weekends in April (2013: 20-21 & 27-28)

Lafayette’s FIL usually held the 3rd weekend in April (2013: 24-28) 

Evolving over the years from a small fair, attracting only about 350 visitors in its first year, Jazz Fest has grown to become one of New Orleans’ major events drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Crescent City each spring.  With a musical line up spotlighting performers from New Orleans and across the state of Louisiana, as well as internationally acclaimed artists, the festival provides a full slate of popular and iconic performers representing a wide range of musical styles. Reflecting the history of New Orleans as a culturally rich international trading center, Jazz Fest features various marketplaces where local and visiting artisans exhibit their art and craftwork, some offering demonstrations of ancient crafting techniques.  As a tribute to local heritage, various venues or ‘villages’ are set up for discussions, demonstrations and exhibitions celebrating the multi-cultural roots of the state, representing Native American, African-American, Cajun, Creole, French, Isleño and Latin.

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, about 3 miles from the French Quarter

Transportation to and from the festival grounds is available via The Jazz Fest Express.  Information on prices, hours of operation and departure locations can be found at the Gray Line New Orleans website

Information for planning your visit to Jazz Fest is available at the official festival website. The FAQs page can be very helpful, as well. 

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has become so popular that even the festival posters are now collector’s items.  Visit the design team’s website for more information on Jazz Fest and Congo Square Posters.