While for many the main draw to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival may be the incredible daily lineup of live music, for many others, the food selection reigns king. This is for good reason too—Jazz Fests vendors pull out all the stops, including local restaurants and caterers, some of whom prepare and serve their food for Jazz Fest exclusively out of the entire year. The offerings are wide-ranging, absolutely delicious and are a proud showcase of the food that represents the city.This year there are nine areas of the festival where you’ll find food and drinks—as well as mini stations throughout the grounds—to keep you going throughout your long day at the Fest. Spread out throughout the fest, you can hardly turn around without having these vendor stands in eyeshot, though a few areas are more prominent and varied than others. Food Area I, near the center of the map just passed the race track, and Food Area II, on the left side of the festival grounds in the center of the track, are by far the largest collection of food booths, where you’ll find the majority of your Fest dining options.
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As one of the top three annual New Orleans festivals and the largest free music fest in the South, French Quarter Fest remains a favorite in the hearts of many of the city’s visitors and inhabitants. It’s a weekend in which an entire section of the city is transformed, from street to sidewalk to green space, into a boisterous celebration of local culture: food, music, art and more. This upcoming four-day weekend, April 11th-14th, the French Quarter will open its doors to hundreds of thousands of attendees to celebrate its 30th annual festival this year.
If you’ve never had the chance to go to French Quarter Fest, you can expect to see, hear and taste some of the best that New Orleans has to offer. With more than 800 musicians and food from 65+ local restaurants, you’ll enjoy a heaping taste of New Orleans culture any day of the fest—and more if you visit for the whole weekend.
Springtime is here! And New Orleans knows exactly how to celebrate the perfect weather—outdoor music and food festivals. New Orleans festivals celebrate all things New Orleanians love: music, food, drink and the outdoors. Here are some of our favorites that we recommend you visit the city for if you can. These festivals have to be experienced to be believed.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – Weekends of April 26 – May 5
The biggest of all the festivals, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival—otherwise known as Jazz Fest—is an enormous celebration of local and national music alike. There you’ll find music of all types, from jazz and Cajun to traditional African and rock, plus a plethora of delicious local foods, including the fest’s famous Crawfish Bread. read more »
Who doesn’t love knocking back a couple of cold ones with buddies on a Saturday afternoon? How about having a selection of more than 150 craft beers for you to sample?
For the city of New Orleans, festivals—and most celebrations in general—tend to revolve around an essential cultural trifecta: food, music, and the arts. Whether it’s bigger, ticketed festivals like New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest or Voodoo Music Experience, or smaller, free fests like the two being held this weekend, they all sample the best the city has to offer in each of these three cultural categories.
This weekend, October 12-14th, downtown New Orleans hosts two different free festivals that attract visitors and locals alike each fall. Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates the taste and quality of the state’s world-renowned under-the-sea delicacies, and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival combines genres of music and food that have been slow-cooked to perfection in restaurants and venues around the city.
At Woldenberg Riverfront Park on the Mississippi River, stages of live music, rows of food tents, and strips of artist booths converge to support local seafood eateries and artists alike. From fish, shrimp, and crabs to oysters, crawfish, and other seafood eats, just about every edible underwater creature available in the Gulf of Mexico and local waters will be represented.
In New Orleans, fall, like spring, is festival season. After a long and hot summer, we are anxious to get outside and enjoy the weather as it turns crisp and cool . To take advantage of this temperate perfection while it lasts, we find a reason to revel in Big Easy culture every weekend of the month.
This weekend, the New Orleans Museum of Art and its adjacent Sculpture Garden host Where Y’Art (September 7th). The evening will be enlivened by jazz music from saxophonist John Doheny, local restaurant fare from joints like Crepes a la Carte, Green To Go NOLA, and Woody’s Fish Tacos, and of course, art and art activities, all accessible with museum admission.
Next weekend, the Fourth Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival (September 13th-15th), hosted by Harrah’s Casino and the House of Blues, presents enticing dancing talent from around the world, including renowned dancers of the past. In addition to performances, the festival will feature panels, workshops and the Queen of Burlesque competition.