Music Festivals in New Orleans

Wednesdays at the Square
March 1 - May 17, 2017

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 Music + Art Project
March 10-11, 2017

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 Rhythms Fest
March 18-19, 2017

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 Fest
March 2017

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 Festival
April 6-9, 2017

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. 

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28-May 7, 2017

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. 

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo
May 19-21, 2017

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
June 24-25, 2017

The annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is a free event produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. As always, it will feature the best in Cajun and zydeco music, plus great Louisiana food and a huge arts market.

Essence Music Festival
June 29 - July 2, 2017

"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. 

Satchmo Summerfest
August 3-6, 2017

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.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ
October 13-15, 2017

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. 

Voodoo Music Experience
October 27-29, 2017

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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Monday May 22, 2017

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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 22, 2017
  • 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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Monday Blues

May 22, 2017 – January 5, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley.
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The Irish House Presents - Big Easy Traditional Music Session

Starting May 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location: Irish House, The
  • Address: 1432 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: The Irish House
  • Time: Monday 7:00 pm
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This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see local and visiting musicians playing Irish New Orleans tunes. If you're a musician bring along your instrument. If you hav... more
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The Maison Presents - Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

May 22 – July 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location: Maison, The
  • Address: 508 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Venue: The Maison
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing i... more
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The Somerton Suitcase at VASO (Residency)

Starting May 22, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location: VASO
  • Address: 500 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70119
  • Time: 10 PM - 1 AM
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The Somerton Suitcase is live every Monday night at VASO on Frenchmen St. Catch us from 10 PM till the party stops. In 2011 The Somerton Suitcase was born; blending loved musical genres with powerful ... more
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Tuesday May 23, 2017

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"Organ & Labyrinth"- Organ recital and candlelight with Albinas Prizgintas on the 5000-pipe Trinity

May 23 – 30, 2017
  • Location: Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Address: 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Join us for Organ and Labyrinth with Albinas Prizgintas as he performs on the 5000-pipe  ... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 23, 2017
  • 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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Singer/Songerwriter Night hosted by Michael Hayes

May 23, 2017 – January 6, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. House of Blues New Orleans hosts a new weekly Singer-Songwriter Night in the Voodoo Garden from 7-10pm and invites ALL Singers and Songwriters in the city to take part.... more
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The All-Star Covered-Dish Country Jamboree

May 23 – 30, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Location: Mag's 940
  • Address: 940 Elysian Fields, New Orleans, LA 70117
  • Time: 9pm
The only Classic Americana show of its kind in New Orleans, each week featuring three bands from the Gulf Coast region as well as national and international touring acts. In addition to all-night-danc... more
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Wednesday May 24, 2017

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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

May 24 – December 6, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Old Opera House
  • Address: 601 Bourbon St., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
  • Time: 7:00 pm
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have not seen the award winning Chicken on the Bone band st the Old Opera House, at 601 Bourbon St. The band will have you singi... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 24, 2017
  • 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 Maison Presents - New Orleans Jazz Vipers

May 24 – July 26, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Location: The Maison
  • Address: 508 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Venue: The Maison
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The New Orleans Jazz Vipers play a free dinner show at The Maison every Wednesday from 7PM-10PM. In 2009, the original New Orleans Jazz Vipers morphed into two new bands, Joe Braun's The New Orleans J... more
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YLC Wednesday at the Square:Sweet Crude and Tank and the Bangers

May 24, 2017
  • Location: Lafayette Square Park
  • Address: Between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us for the 18th Annual Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette Square (between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, directly across fro... more
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Thursday May 25, 2017

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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

May 25 – December 6, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Old Opera House
  • Address: 601 Bourbon St., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
  • Time: 7:00 pm
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have not seen the award winning Chicken on the Bone band st the Old Opera House, at 601 Bourbon St. The band will have you singi... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 25, 2017
  • 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

May 25, 2017 – 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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Jazz in the Park

May 25 – June 1, 2017
  • Location: Armstrong Park
  • Address: 901 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jazz in the Park returns for its 11th season this spring running from March 30th to June 1st, with a stellar roster of New Orleans music that features Davel Crawford, Preservation Hall All Stars, Bag... more
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Lilith in Loa Songwriter Series

Starting May 25, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Location: LOA Bar in the International House Hotel
  • Address: 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: International House
  • Time: 8-10 pm
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From Laurel Canyon to the West Village, Nashville to New Orleans, the LOA Bar in the International House Hotel presents "Lilith in Loa: A Songwriter Series." This weekly event, inspired by t... more
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Friday May 26, 2017

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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

May 26 – December 6, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Old Opera House
  • Address: 601 Bourbon St., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
  • Time: 7:00 pm
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have not seen the award winning Chicken on the Bone band st the Old Opera House, at 601 Bourbon St. The band will have you singi... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 26, 2017
  • 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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Mercedes Benz Superdome Presents - The Bayou Country Superfest

May 26 – 28, 2017
The  8th Annual  Bayou Country Super Fest is coming to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans during the Memorial Day Weekend 2017! Get ready for a spectacular show!   The lineup fo... more
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Saturday May 27, 2017

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Backyard Grooves

May 27, 2017 – January 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.  
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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

May 27 – December 6, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Old Opera House
  • Address: 601 Bourbon St., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70130
  • Time: 7:00 pm
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have not seen the award winning Chicken on the Bone band st the Old Opera House, at 601 Bourbon St. The band will have you singi... more
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Mercedes Benz Superdome Presents - The Bayou Country Superfest

May 27 – 28, 2017
The  8th Annual  Bayou Country Super Fest is coming to the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans during the Memorial Day Weekend 2017! Get ready for a spectacular show!   The lineup fo... more
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The House of Groove

Starting May 27, 2017
  • 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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