Music Festivals in New Orleans

Soul Fest: March 8-9, 2014

Celebrate the wonderful legacy of African American food, music and culture that we've all come to know as soul food and soul music.  More than 20,000 people flock to the Audubon Zoo to see live musical performances by local Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Gospel artists at our Capital One Stage!  Arrive hungry because there's tons of food with southern flair, including fried Louisiana alligator kabobs, pork chops po-boys and sweet potato pies.  www.auduboninstitute.org

Buku Music + Art Project: March 21-22, 2014

Anewer event to the New Orleans festival scene is the 3rd annual BUKUMusic + Art Project, a progressive music and arts festival featuring local andnational artists such as The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding andmore. Located at Mardi Gras World, the festival also offers the BUKU GraffitiWall, indigenous art exhibits, local cuisine, and a unique VIP section on ahistoric steamboat on the Mississippi River. Visit thebukuproject.com for moreinformation on this 18+ event. www.thebukuproject.com

Congo Square/New World Rhythms Fest: March 22-23, 2014

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the seventh annual Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival in Armstrong Park. his free event celebrates the cultural diversity of New Orleans and the melting pot of traditions that gave rise to our unique music. We featurethe music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond in this two-day, family-friendly festival.www.jazzandheritage.org/congo-square

Old Algiers RiverFest: April TBA

Grown from a grassroots effort to honor the great jazz musicians that came from the West Bank in Algiers, this humble concert has grown into an annual celebratory festival. In addition to jazz and indigenous music, find art for sale, activities and local cuisine. oldalgiersriverfest.com

French Quarter Festival: April 10-13, 2014

This is the largest free music festival in the South with a special focus on New Orleans' music and food. The festival offers 20 performance stages and more than 90 food and beverage booths set among one of the countries most historic neighborhoods. Kids' activities, home tours and other festivities fill the weekend with fun. fqfi.org

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell: April 25 - May 4, 2014

For more than 40 years, music lovers from around the globe have made the pilgrimage to the historic Fair Grounds Race Course for a lineup that reads more like a who's who of music legends than an event flyer. The music is phenomenal, the food inspirational. An event worthy of the birthplace of jazz. nojazzfest.com

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo: May  16-18, 2014

From jazz and blues to Cajun and country, three days of free live music bring more than 20,000 people to the banks of the Bayou Saint John each year. Catch performances from local Louisiana artists and take part in festival events include the Rubber Duck Derby, dance lessons and the Bicycle Pub Crawl. thebayouboogaloo.com

Cajun & Zydeco Festival: June 14-15, 2014

The legendary Buckwheat Zydeco will make a return appearance to the LouisianaCajun-Zydeco Festival at Louis Armstrong Park. Also performing will be the world-famous BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet featuring special guest Jo-El Sonnier.  www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco

Essence Music Festival: July 3-6, 2014

"Party with a purpose" at this star-studded celebration of African American music and culture in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Jazz up your July with performances by the world's biggest hip-hop, R&B and soul artists, with Prince, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and Jill Scott headlining. essence.com/festival

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls): July TBA

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or "The Running of the Bulls", only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country! nolabulls.com

Satchmo Summerfest: July 31-August 3, 2014

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong is one of New Orleans' favorite native sons (and there are many to pick from). Each year, this weekend-long festival celebrates his life, legacy and music. The festivities include a seminar series, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass and second-line parade, fantastic food and a host of star-studded performers. frenchquarterfestivals.org

Crescent City Blues & BBQ: October 17-19, 2014

Two things synonymous with the South: blues and barbecue. Find the best combination of both at the free festival presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc. in Lafayette Square Park. Get a spot next to the stage to see Taj Mahal, Honey Island Swamp Band and Ruthie Foster. jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest

Voodoo Music Experience: October 31-November 2, 2014

Only the coolest take to the stage at this Halloween-themed festival in City Park, known for its blending of high-profile national artists such as Marilyn Manson, 50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M. and 311, with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and Dr. John. worshipthemusic.com 

Wednesdays at the Square (March-June and September-November)

Spread a blanket out on the grass of Lafayette Square and rub elbows with the after-work crowd while seeing live performances and watching the sun set. For 12 weeks in the spring and early summer "WATS" and from September to November "Harvest the Music" offer free outdoor concerts from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine. www.wednesdayatthesquare.com