The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has easily grown to be one of the most anticipated events of the year in NOLA. The festival features talent and artists of various genres, all while celebrating Louisiana culture and paying tribute to the musical traditions that started it all.
Historical festival appearances include world-renowned jazz composer, Duke Ellington, and vocal legend, Patti Labelle, and the lineup has continued to impress ever since.
NOLA Jazz Fest 2017 dates are April 28 – April 30 and May 4 – May 7.
The festival will be held at The Fair Grounds Race Course (10 minutes from the French Quarter).
Remember to download your festival map.
Seven days of festivities means loads of talent and unforgettable performances by some of the best artists in the world.
Hundreds of talented and well-known artists will take a stage at the festival, leaving very little room for disappointment with the festival lineup.
Some notable artists this year include Stevie Wonder, Usher, Earth, Wind & Fire, Darius Rucker, Meghan Trainor, Elle King, Maroon 5, Amos Lee, Harry Connick, Jr., Corrine Bailey Rae, Widespread Panic, Pitbull, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Kings of Leon, The Roots, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, and so many more!
Get the complete NOLA Festival 2017 lineup list here.
Ticket options range from general admission, which are good for any one day of the weekend purchased, to various VIP passes that allow access to every festival day and have a variety of perks.
Children, ages 2-10, get admission for only $5!
View all festival ticket options here.
The NOLA Jazz and Heritage Festival would be remiss to not showcase some of the unique qualities of Louisiana culture. Thus, four festival villages were born. Each one features a different element of local traditions, from crafts to music and food. Make sure to stop by each one.
Louisiana Folklife Village
Witness weavers and craftsmen create artisanal masterpieces before your eyes using age-old techniques. These artists include boatmen, ironworkers, fishermen, musicians and more all sharing the mysteries behind their crafts.
Native American Village
This village pays tribute to the indigenous populations of Louisiana. Natives will demonstrate traditional crafts, such as basket weaving, wood carving and beadwork. This is also where you’ll find traditional native cuisine and dances.
This area features various exhibits that show the vibrant culture of New Orleans, from food to music.
Cultural Exchange Pavilion
This newly integrated village features a new international collaboration each year. In 2017, New Orleans will honors its deep ties with Cuba by showcasing some of the great contributions the country has made to the U.S., including music, foods and dances.
Best places to stay in New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz Festival will undoubtedly bring a large crowd, which means limited (and pricey) accommodation options. AllTheRooms has every room available in New Orleans (yes, even homestays) for every budget.
The festival is held at the fair grounds, located near the French Quarter, both would be great options. Of course, the infamous Bourbon Street provides a fun, authentic experience. Take your pick.
Once you’ve selected your accommodation, secure your Jazz Fest Express shuttle pass so all your transportation needs will be set!
Jazz Fest Food
A trip to New Orleans would not be complete without a taste of the unique food that the city has to offer. From pecan pie to po-boys, alligator cakes to jambalaya, New Orleans Jazz Fest has a menu to appease all festivalgoers.
Options include both sugar-free and vegetarian options, so everyone can partake in the delicious array of foods.
Of course, there’s a food map so you know exactly where to find every item that your heart (and stomach) desires.
Our suggestion: don’t skip the smoked sausage macque choux.
(Read more: Best places to stay in New Orleans for foodies)
A festival this big needs its own smartphone app. Luckily they’ve created one. The Jazz Fest app has a map, schedules, lineup information, food menus, performance reminders and even social media integration. Don’t head to the festival without it!