New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 22-24 & April 28-May 1, 2016
It’s time to get your tickets for this year’s 47th annual Jazz Fest! With some of the biggest musical acts scheduled to perform, this year’s festival looks irresistible. This spring, people will come to New Orleans from all over the world for this two-weekend, seven-day music festival at the historic Fair Grounds Race Course.
Whether you like jazz, rock, hip-hop, pop, funk, indie, blues, or zydeco, Jazz Fest has live entertainment for everyone.
In addition to world famous performers like Stevie Wonder and Neil Young, some of the most prominent names in jazz and funk will represent New Orleans at Jazz Fest this year, including Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Flowtribe. Nola’s legendary brass bands will also be performing, including Hot 8 Brass Band on Friday, April 22 and Rebirth Brass Band on Saturday, April 30th.
And if you enjoy gospel music, you can catch some of the city’s top church and school choirs in the Gospel Tent.
Here are just a few of this year’s headliners:
- Stevie Wonder
- Pearl Jam
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Neil Young
- Snoop Dogg
- Steely Dan
- Van Morrison
- Nick Jonas
- Julio Iglesias
- Elvis Costello
- Flo Rida
Some of New Orleans’ most famous performers will include:
- Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
- Rebirth Brass Band
- Aaron Neville
- Irma Thomas
- Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
- Big Freedia “Queen of Bounce”
- The Allen Toussaint Band
- The B.B. King Blues Band
- Kermit Ruffins
And many more! Check out the Jazz Fest Line-up for the full day-by-day performance schedule.
Nowhere else can you find such a delectable variety of local and worldly food options as at Jazz Fest. There will be an abundance of Cajun, Creole and other New Orleans traditional staples, as well as snacks, desserts and drinks with international inspiration.
In addition to the dozens of fine foods offered, there are two cooking stages at the Fair Grounds Grandstand demonstrating the rich culinary history of New Orleans, and offering samples of signature dishes featuring local ingredients from famous chefs, farmers, fishermen, and home cooks.
Art and Activities
Musicians aren’t the only form of live entertainment at Jazz Fest this year. There will be professional craft showcases, cultural marketplaces, and of course, the Mardi Gras Indians! Be sure to keep an eye out for their colorful suites and feathered headdresses.
Crafts and Marketplaces
As in previous years, the Festival Crafts will showcase the works of hundreds of local and nationally known artists. Festivalgoers can visit multiple marketplaces throughout the event space to get a taste of art inspired from cultures across the globe.
At the Congo Square and African Marketplace, you will find a combination of both ancient and modern crafts from around the African Diaspora. These pieces are full of culture and soul that have shaped New Orleans today.
The Louisiana Marketplace will display traditional and contemporary works, including woven baskets, unique jewelry items, and hand-colored photographs.
Among the blues and gospel tents in Heritage Square will be Contemporary Crafts, a nationally recognized showcase of intriguing handcrafted pieces, like clothing, accessories, pottery, jewelry and more.
If you’re looking for even more cultural immersion, Jazz Fest will present the Louisiana Folk Life Village and the Native American Village, which will celebrate our state’s rich heritage with songs, dancing, crafts, and exhibits for all to enjoy.
The Fair Grounds Race Course is located at 1731 Gentilly Boulevard, just minutes from downtown and the French Quarter.
How to Get There
The immediate area around the site will be barricaded and off-limits to most vehicular traffic. Bus service on the Esplanade route will take festival-goers to within walking distance of the festival gates, as will shuttle bus service from various park-and-ride lots and other convenient pick-up points around the city. There are also taxi stands located outside of the major entrances to the festival.
Biking is another popular way to get to the festival. There are a number of bike paths that lead to the fairgrounds, as well as bike parking. For more information, click here
Taking the Streetcar
For a scenic route to the festival you can take the Canal Street Streetcar line from downtown New Orleans, transfer to the North Carrollton Avenue branch and take it to the end at City Park. From there the festival is about a half-mile walk down Esplanade Avenue. Follow the crowd and you can’t miss it.
For more information on travelling to and from Jazz Fest, visit www.nojazzfest.com/travel.
Early bird tickets will be available through February 2nd for $60, and regular tickets can be purchased through April 21st for $65. Gate price is $75 per ticket, plus processing fees. Children’s tickets available for $5 for kids ages 2-10 (must be accompanied by an adult).
You can also purchase a variety of VIP packages for special access to a hospitality lounge, parking, and upfront viewing.
To order tickets or receive more information on Jazz Fest 2016 visit the website at www.nojazzfest.com.