It's the biggest music festival of the fall season and second only to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in terms of size for the entire year. The Voodoo Experience brings three days of live entertainment to City Park over Halloween weekend with such top name stars as Ozzy Osbourne, My Morning Jacket, Jakob Dylan, Drake and dozens of other local and international favorites.
For more information on Voodoo Experience, click here.
Louisiana Swamp Festival (Swamp Fest)
This annual celebration of Louisiana's Cajun culture and heritage takes place the first weekend in November, appropriately, at the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit in the Audubon Zoo. Come out and enjoy two days of great Cajun and Zydeco music, fabulous Cajun food and exquisite works of art and craftsmanship.
For more information about Swamp Fest at Audubon Zoo, please call (504) 581-4629 or 1-800-774-7394 or click here.
In the years before the slaves were liberated, their owners in New Orleans would give them a "day off" from their free labor on Sundays to get out and enjoy a little revelry. They would gather in a place known as Congo Square to sing and dance and beat on drums in keeping with their ancestral African heritage.
From these hypnotic African rhythms and other strains of music that filtered into New Orleans in the late 1800s came the musical art form now known as Jazz.
Today that colorful African heritage is celebrated in the same locale, in Congo Square, which is now a section of Louis Armstrong Park in the 900 block of North Rampart Street. The fourth annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival is being held on Sunday, November 14. It is presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, and held in conjunction with the Foundation's Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium.
The late Tom Dent, for whom the symposium was named, was a noted New Orleans writer, folklorist and civil rights activist.
This free, day-long festival celebrates the historic role of Congo Square as the birthplace of American music. On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Tom Dent Symposium will feature panel discussions in topics relating to the mixture of world cultures that took place at Congo Square, resulting in the development of jazz and, by extension, all of American music.
On Sunday, Nov. 14, the best of African drumming and dance will be presented plus music from Africa, the Caribbean and the American South.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. was established in 1970 with a mission to sow the seeds of our unique culture for generations to come. As the nonprofit owner of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -- Jazz Fest -- the foundation works all year long to promote and develop the culture of New Orleans and the surrounding region. Their areas of focus are education, economic development and culture.
The festival opens at 11 a.m. and is free. Louis Armstrong Park is located on North Rampart Street, nine blocks above Canal Street and opposite the French Quarter. For more information on the Congo Square Rhythms Festival check local listings as the date gets closer.
Wrapping up the year in a festive mood, Christmas New Orleans Style offers more than a month's worth of holiday concerts, holiday shopping opportunities, cooking demonstrations, dazzling indoor and outdoor lighting displays and dozens of other special events. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," as the old song goes and nowhere is that more true than here in the Crescent City where holiday traditions are celebrated in style – New Orleans Style!
For more information about Christmas New Orleans Style, click here.
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