Voodoo Music & Arts Experience
October 30-November 1, 2015
Like most festivals, here in New Orleans and elsewhere, the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience started out small and, over time, exploded into a mega-event spanning several days and drawing big names and even bigger numbers.
Over its first fifteen years, Voodoo has booked over 2,000 acts and has drawn more than a million people, along with some of the top acts on the contemporary popular music scene. It is now second only to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in annual attendance figures.
Originally scheduled to coincide with the nearest weekend to Halloween, this year’s Voodoo Fest will start Friday, October 30, and run through Sunday, November 1.
The Festival Grounds in City Park is the site of the festival whose motto is “Worship the Music.” Four unique performance areas, each of which is enhanced by the use of interactive art, will feature top-tier and innovative artists from a variety of musical genres, all of which reflect the multitude of cultures that define the New Orleans demographic.
This year’s lineup is as stellar as it has been in previous years. Voodoo 2015 headliners include Florence + The Machine, Girl Talk, Ozzy Osbourne, Santigold, Zac Brown Band, Dead Mau5, Slightly Stoopid and dozens more. New Orleans stars in the lineup include Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Dumpstaphunk, Flow Tribe and the Soul Rebels brass band.
Other acts among those announced for 2015 include:
- Jack Ü
- Modest Mouse
- Jane's Addiction
- Duke Dumont
- Giorgio Moroder
- Eric Prydz
- Chance the Rapper
- Third Eye Blind
And many more! For a full lineup of musical acts visit the Voodoo Official Musical Lineup.
Voodoo Fest also features a wide variety of food specialties, many of which can only be found in New Orleans and south Louisiana. Artwork and local crafts will also be on hand for display and sale.
The organizers of Voodoo have negotiated special discounted rates with some local hotels for visiting festival-goers. You can search for rates and availability from this list of 2015 Voodoo Experience partner hotels.
Parking and Transportation
Special parking arrangements are available for those who choose to drive to the festival site. Parking passes can be purchased online for the full three days from $60 - $100, depending on location.
Three-day, $60 shuttle passes are also available for those who are interested in booking transportation to and from the festival grounds. Shuttles will run between the Hyatt Regency in downtown New Orleans and City Park. More locations may be added.
You can purchase a parking pass, shuttle service or locker access directly from Voodoo’s website.
Under normal conditions, City Park is located just a short, 15-minute drive from the French Quarter and downtown. However, during Voodoo Fest you can likely expect to hit some additional traffic as you approach the festival site. Parking restrictions will likely be in effect and illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owners’ expense.
Be advised it is illegal to park on the grassy medians between the lanes of major streets, as well as too close to driveways and fire hydrants or in specially designated zones such as freight, handicapped or passenger zones.
You might also find this additional information regarding general New Orleans parking rules and restrictions helpful.
Other Ways to Get There
Due to increased traffic and limited parking, we highly recommend you take advantage of public transportation to get to and from the fest site.
The Canal Street Streetcar CITY PARK / MUSEUM Line will take you from downtown to the main gates of City Park in air conditioned comfort for $1.25 each way. You can catch the Canal Street Streetcar along any one of many stops downtown - just make sure you take the CITY PARK / MUSEUM line, and bring exact change.
City bus #91 Jackson-Esplanade will also bring you right to the entrance of City Park near the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The Regional Transit Authority lists complete streetcar and bus schedules on their website.
You can also take a taxi or Uber to get to Voodoo. It typically takes about 15 minutes from downtown or the French Quarter and should cost around $20, depending on the size of your party.
With the Festival grounds less than five miles from downtown and the French Quarter, bicycling is another option for getting there. New Orleans is a bike-friendly city with lots of bike rental shops happy to accommodate you.
For More Information
You can find more details and the most up-to-date information about this year's event on the Voodoo 2015 website and via their social channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.