In the top three of New Orleans festivals, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Nov. 1-3)—commonly referred to as Voodoo Fest—is held each fall around Halloween weekend and draws thousands upon thousands of attendees to City Park each year, now in its new dedicated festival locale within the park. The festival’s rich combination of music and art now pairs with camping, amusement park rides and the sometimes forgotten, but always dependable, menu of stellar local food.
The festival’s mainstay, its much anticipated music lineup, generally aims to please a younger crowd of 18 through 35, but many of its musical offerings can be enjoyed by music lovers of all ages. The lineup incorporates a large group of alternative and indie artists, local, national and international, as well as local jazz, blues and brass band musicians for one of the most well-rounded lineups you’ll find at any festival in the city.
Headliners include Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Kid Rock, Calvin Harris and Bassnectar, plus dozens of other alternative, electronic, rock, indie, jazz, blues, brass band musicians and beyond. Notable local performers include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, Glen David Andrews, The Revivalists, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, John Michael Rouchelle, Coyotes, The Scorseses and Big History, to name a few.