Music Festivals in New Orleans

Lafayette SquareWednesdays at the Square
March - May

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, discover what "WATS" is all about and from September to November, experience "Harvest the Music." These festivals offer free outdoor concerts from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine. 

Buku LogoBuku Music + Art Project
March 11-12, 2016

A newer event to the New Orleans festival scene is the 5th annual BUKU Music + Art Project, a progressive music and arts festival featuring local and national artists such as Pretty Lights, Fetty Wap, Kid Cudi and more. Located at Mardi Gras World, the festival also offers the BUKU Graffiti Wall, indigenous art exhibits, local cuisine and a unique VIP section on a historic steamboat on the Mississippi River. Visit the website for more information on this 18+ event. 

Congo Square New World Rhythm FestivalCongo Square/New World Rhythms Fest
March 19-20, 2016

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

Soul FestSoul Fest
March 5-6, 2016

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. 

French Quarter FestivalFrench Quarter Festival
April 7-10, 2016

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. 

Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 22-May 1, 2016

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 and the food is inspirational. An event worthy of the birthplace of jazz. 

bayou boogaloo

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo
May 20-22, 2016

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 including the Rubber Duck Derby, dance lessons and the Bicycle Pub Crawl. 

Cajun & Zydeco Festival

Cajun & Zydeco Festival
June 18-19, 2016

The legendary Buckwheat Zydeco will make a return appearance to the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival at Louis Armstrong Park. Also performing will be the world-famous BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet featuring special guest Jo-El Sonnier.  

EssenceEssence Music Festival
June 30-July 3, 2016

"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 Usher, Mary J. Blige, Common and Indie.Arie headlining. 

 

Running of the BullsSan Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls)
July8-10, 2016

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, better known as "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! 

Jazz MusiciansSatchmo Summerfest
August 4-7, 2016

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.

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ
October 14-16, 2016

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 the headliners up close. 

voodooVoodoo Music Experience
October 28-30, 2016

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. 

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Thursday Feb 11, 2016

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After-Party ft. Glen David Andrews

February 11, 2016
  • Address: 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Time: 10:00 pm - midnight
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Crescent City Joymakers featuring Leroy Jones & Katja Toivola

February 11, 2016
  • Location: Palm Court Jazz Cafe
  • Address: 1204 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting February 11, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Location: Houston's Restaurant
  • Address: 1755 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Time: Mon-Thur 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm | Fri/Sat 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm | Sun 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at Houston's Restaurant located at 1755 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, LA. They are a sophisticated jazz ensemble performi... more
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Heart of the House

February 11, 2016 – January 8, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Heart of the House puts the spotlight on House of Blues krewe members. There's a lot of talent under our roof and we're putting them on the stage to show you what our h... more
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The Music of the Rolling Stones

February 11 – 13, 2016
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic bands of the last 50 years. Their music has been the soundtrack to many people’s lives whether conscious or unknowingly. From commercials, to super ... more
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Tom Hook

February 11 – 25, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday
  • Location: The Fountain Lounge (inside the Roosevelt Hotel)
  • Address: 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Time: 5 PM on Wednesday, 5:30 PM on Thursday
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TOM HOOK- SOLO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel
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Friday Feb 12, 2016

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After Party ft Johnny Vidacovich Trio

February 12, 2016
  • Location: The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market
  • Address: 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Time: 10:00 pm - midnight
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Amanda Ducorbier

February 12 – 27, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: The Fountain Lounge (inside the Roosevelt Hotel)
  • Address: 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Time: 9 PM
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel
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Antoine Diel at the Fountain Lounge

February 12 – 26, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: The Fountain Lounge (inside the Roosevelt Hotel)
  • Address: 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Time: 5:30 PM
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ANTOINE DIEL - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel
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Chris Brown Valentines Royalty Concert

February 12, 2016
Chris Brown returns to the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 12! for his Valentines Royalty Concert! The concert will feature special guests Omarion and August Alsina.    
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting February 12, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Location: Houston's Restaurant
  • Address: 1755 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Time: Mon-Thur 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm | Fri/Sat 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm | Sun 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at Houston's Restaurant located at 1755 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans, LA. They are a sophisticated jazz ensemble performi... more
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The Music of the Rolling Stones

February 12 – 13, 2016
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Saturday Feb 13, 2016

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Amanda Ducorbier

February 13 – 27, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Location: The Fountain Lounge (inside the Roosevelt Hotel)
  • Address: 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Time: 9 PM
AMANDA DUCORBIER - TRIO at the Fountain Lounge in the Roosevelt Hotel
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Backyard Grooves

February 13, 2016 – January 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.  
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Bolden Bar After-Party

February 13, 2016
  • Location: The Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market/Bolden Bar
  • Address: 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Time: 10:00 pm - midnight
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Mama's Music

February 13, 2016 – January 10, 2026
In Big Mama's Lounge. 21+ with valid photo I.D. 7-string guitarist Justin Donovan and Jeff Jani play a mix of soul, blues and jazz music.  
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Solo Sessions Concert Series- Chante Moore- an Intimate Affair

February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 13th
  • Location: Wonderland Production Studio
  • Address: 3233 St Bernard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122
  • Time: 8 pm
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The House of Groove

Starting February 13, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Location: The House of Groove
  • Address: 1927 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Time: 9:00 pm until
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The House of Groove is a House Party and a live improvised musical journey featuring some of New Orleans most progressive musicians. DJ Kelly Fresh will be on the ones and twos! This week we are featu... more
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The Music of the Rolling Stones

February 13, 2016
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic bands of the last 50 years. Their music has been the soundtrack to many people’s lives whether conscious or unknowingly. From commercials, to super ... more
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