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Satchmo SummerFest
August 5-7, 2016

Satchmo SummerFest
Satchmo SummerFest
Satchmo SummerFest
Satchmo SummerFest
Satchmo SummerFest

When the City of New Orleans was planning a tribute to one of its most famous native sons, the late Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong on the centennial of his birth, they had no way of knowing how successful such an event would be.

Thousands of people turned out for the first Satchmo SummerFest in 2001. In fact, it was so successful that it became an annual three-day event held on the first weekend of August every year since.

Sponsored by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., the organization that also sponsors the highly successful French Quarter Festival and Christmas New Orleans Style, “Satchmo SummerFest,” has evolved into one of the top celebrations in a city internationally renowned for its large-scale festivities. For many people who regularly attend the festival, it is the highlight of the summer season.

The Festival

Satchmo SummerFest 2016 will take place over the weekend of August 5-7, in its new home in Jackson Square, right in the heart of the French Quarter. There is a $5 daily admission fee for adults, but children 12 and under get in free. The $5 admission fee includes a wristband that allows festivalgoers to come and go throughout the day.


Outdoor events at SatchmoFest feature live bands on two different stages, starring some of New Orleans’ top musicians. Many of them will pay their tributes to Armstrong and his music.

Headliners include:

  • Preservation Hall Brass Band
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Bill Summers & Jazalsa
  • Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • Tornado Brass Band
  • Shotgun Jazz Band
  • Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

There will also be smaller indoor concerts and performances in the new “Back o’ Town” stage within the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal at 600 St. Peter Street.

For full details on dates, times, and stages, see Satchmo Summer Fest’s official lineup here.


Samplings of New Orleans’ world-famous culinary delicacies will be offered for sale in and around the festival site, while refreshing Southern-style beverages and other soft drinks will keep you cool and hydrated.

Satchmo Seminars

In addition to all the lively outdoor music and food, the festival includes indoor events that feature inspiring seminars and lectures by musical authorities held at Le Petit Theatre, located just across the street from The Cabildo and Jackson Square.

More information about this year’s seminars will be available soon!

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