Right after Carnival, New Orleans and its surrounding areas gears up for a busy spring festival season. Foodies can find festivals dedicated to tacos, barbecue, oysters, strawberries and other Louisiana delicacies. We found nearly 50 festivals filling the massive lineup kicking off this March.
With the COVID pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably—and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, including musicians, fans, participants, and staff—Jazz Fest will not occur this fall, as previously announced. This conclusion is made after much careful deliberation. It takes something truly momentous to interrupt a year New Orleans tradition as special as the Festival, but we feel strongly that the most prudent course right now is to allow more time for the situation to stabilize. We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all of the matters necessary to making this difficult decision.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the premier events of the year.
The festival will return April 22 - May 2, You can read Jazz Fest's full statement here. New Orleans is known globally for its vibrant music scene and around the clock night life, it's only fitting that it's home to one of the longest running music festivals there is. After celebrating their fiftieth anniversary last year, Jazz Fest is showing no signs of slowing down and have added an extra day to the edition, making it eight days in total.
With dozens and dozens of festivals a year honoring everything from pop music and po-boys to tomatoes and Tennessee Williams, the city offers visitors an array of colorful events most every weekend. So consult the festival calendar below and start packing. Jazzfest draws close to half a million people to hear famous artists from around the world, while the best restaurants in New Orleans offer all your favorites.