Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
October 14-16, 2016
On the third weekend of October, come enjoy the cooler weather with live music, incredible barbeque and great company. Food and art vendors will congregate between the two stages set up on either side of Lafayette Square. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
Lafayette Square is home to many popular festivities, such as Wednesday at the Square and the upcoming New Orleans Fried Chicken Festival. Sandwiched between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street and one block from the bustling Poydras Street, the event will be right in the middle of the downtown buzz.
The festival will take place on Friday, October 14 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Food and Shopping
Around the square there will be various types of food and crafts, including some of the city’s best barbeque. There will also be a huge arts market featuring 24 of the best local and regional makers of handcrafted artworks and home furnishing.
Stay tuned for a full line-up of vendors here.
The festival is one of several presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the same organization that produces the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival every year.
The stages will feature renowned blues artists throughout the three days of the festival. Headliners include:
- Tab Benoit
- Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
- Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters
- Little Freddie King
- Johnny Sansone
For a full lineup, head to the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival’s website here.
The event is completely free and open to the public. No pets or outside food and drink are permitted.
VIP weekend passes are available to purchase for $250 here. The passes grant access to special viewing and eating areas at both stages, a complimentary bar and a deluxe indoor hospitality suite.
Parking is available at many parking lots within a few blocks of the festival. The Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) will offer all-day parking on Saturday and Sunday for a flat fee of $10 per day – enter the parking garage from Camp Street. There will also be free valet bicycle parking.
For more information on Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, visit www.jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest.