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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Sunday May 01, 2016

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Backbeat Jazzfest Series Presents - Funky But Better

May 1, 2016
  • Location: Blue Nile
  • Address: 534 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: Doors open 10:00 pm
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Backbeat Jazzfest Series Presents - Mia Borders and Colin Lake

May 1, 2016
  • Location: Blue Nile (Balcony Room)
  • Address: 534 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: Doors open 10:30 pm
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Tribute Band

May 1, 2016
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - Jason D

May 1, 2016
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - Keith Stone Band

May 1, 2016
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - Marc Stone Band

May 1, 2016
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - Roddy Romero & The Hub City Allstars

May 1, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Roddy Romero & The Hub City AllStars.
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Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: Living for the City - The Music of Stevie Wonder

May 1, 2016
Close out your festival weekend with House of Blues New Orleans for Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, May 1st at 9:00pm. The Grammy and Billboard award winning artist will b... more
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Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra present Living for the City: The Music of Stevie

May 1, 2016
  • Location: House of Blues
  • Address: 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Time: 8 pm Doors /// 9 pm show
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Grammy Award Winning Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra perform the music of Stevie Wonder to close out another great Fest!
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Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse Presents - Germaine Bazzle

May 1, 2016
  • Location: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
  • Address: 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
  • Time: 8:00 pm
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for Germaine Bazzle
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Mama's Music

May 1, 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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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 1, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Address: 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119
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Jazz Fest is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana.  Featuring an endless amount of music, succulent local and regional delicacies, one-of-a-kind handma... more
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PONDEROSA STOMP PRESENTS SOUTH LOUISIANA SWAMP STOMPEDE

May 1, 2016
Kick off the day with Awakenings presented by Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Ponderosa Stomp featuring lil Buck Sinegal and the Buckaroos with special guest Buckwheat Zydeco.
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SOUTH LOUISIANA SWAMP STOMPEDE

May 1, 2016
A rich gumbo of So. LA talent takes over Three Keys with Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band, CC Adcock + The Lafayette Marquis and Guitar Lightnin Lee and His Thunder Band.
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Trnity Artist Series Presents - Rich Look, Tim Paco, and Michael Skinkus

May 1, 2016
  • Location: Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Address: 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 5:00 pm
Join us for a  Jazz Fest Concert at Trinity with Rich Look, singer/pianist, Tim Paco, bass/tuba, Ronel Johnson, trombone, Michael Skinkus, percussion. They  will be  performing a progra... more
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Monday May 02, 2016

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Backbeat Jazzfest Series Presents - NTH Power: The 3rd Annual Last Hoorah

May 2, 2016
  • Location: Blue Nile
  • Address: 534 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: Doors open 10:30 pm
Join us for the NTH Power: The 3rd Annual Last Hoorah.
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson

May 2, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson.
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie J Blues

May 2, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft Stevie J Blues.
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 2, 2016
  • 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 2, 2016 – 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 2, 2016
  • 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 2, 2016 – 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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Tuesday May 03, 2016

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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Jonte Mayon

May 3, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Jonte Mayon
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie J Blues

May 3, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie j Blues.
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 3, 2016
  • 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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