New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

April and May are all about jazz in New Orleans, with this annual event taking in Crescent City from April 27 – 29 and May 3 – 6. Known simply as Jazz Fest by the locals, it’s a one of a kind multi-day event that celebrates the heritage and culture of the city and Louisiana as a whole. You’ll be treated to non-stop music and decadent delicacies available only in New Orleans. A family-friendly fete, there’s something for everybody at this spring gathering.

The festival has been ranked as Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar. The Wall Street Journal raves about it, saying the festival “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation.” According to Life Magazine, it’s the “country’s very best music festival.”


Rock On in New Orleans


Explore 12 stages of music from around the world. From jazz to zydeco and Cajun to African, performers travel from around the globe to take to these famous stages. In the past, Harry Connick Jr., Fats Domino, and many more have graced the stages. However, each year gets bigger and better—and a few surprise performances are always kept secret until the last minute.


From Aretha Franklin to Miles Davis and Bob Dylan, the best of the best have performed here. Check out the food vendors, enjoy a hurricane or two, and kick back for two long weekends of non-stop entertainment at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course.