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

A newer event to the New Orleans festival scene is the 3rd annual BUKU Music + Art Project, a progressive music and arts festival featuring local and national artists such as The Flaming Lips, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding 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

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

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

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 - May

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

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

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
July

"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)
July 9-12, 2015

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
July 30-August 2, 2015

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 16-18, 2015

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 30-November 1, 2015

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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Tuesday Sep 01, 2015

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Maple Leaf Bar Presents - Rebirth

September 01 – 29, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass Band. ReBirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music i... more
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Wednesday Sep 02, 2015

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Culture Collision

September 2, 2015
  • Location: National WWII Museum, The U.S. Freedom Pavilion Boeing Center
  • Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: National WWII Museum, The
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Join us for Culture Collision 7 at The National WWII Museum's U.S. Freedom Pavilion and is free and open to the public. The one-night-only event features more than 65 local, nonprofit visual and perf... more
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Hill Country Hounds

September 02 – 30, 2015
  • Location: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Address: 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Venue: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Time: 10:00 pm
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring Hill Country Hounds.
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Thursday Sep 03, 2015

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Jazz in the Park

September 03 – October 29, 2015
  • Location: Armstrong Park
  • Address: 701 N Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Jazz in the Park returns for eight straight weeks this fall,  with a stellar roster of New Orleans music that features Jon Cleary, Charmaine Neville, Partners & Crime,  Russel Batiste a... more
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Legendary Musicians Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew to be honored with Music Tribute - Carver Theater

September 03 – December 27, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Historic Carver Theater, The
  • Address: 2101 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Venue: Historic Carver Theater, The
  • Time: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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Join us at the Carver Theater for a Music Tribute honoring Legendary Musicians Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The "Vegas Style" show,  will be held every Thursday through Sunday at&... more
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Ogden After Hours presents Chase Gassaway

September 3, 2015
At only 29 years old, singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway has more musical experience than most artists twice his age. He's putting it to good use with the release of his second solo album, Certain Circl... more
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The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich and Special Guests 

September 03 – 24, 2015
  • Location: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Address: 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Venue: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Time: 10:30 pm
Join us for The Trio featuring Johnny Vidacovich and Special Guests.
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Will Bernard & special guest

September 3, 2015
  • Location: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Address: 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Venue: Maple Leaf Bar
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring Will Bernard & special guest.
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ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke

September 3, 2015
  • Location: Champions Square/Club XLIV
  • Address: Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Venue: Champions Square/Club XLIV
  • Time: 7:30 pm
ZZ Top with special guest Blackberry Smoke are coming to the Square on September 3!
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Friday Sep 04, 2015

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Legendary Musicians Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew to be honored with Music Tribute - Carver Theater

September 04 – December 27, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Historic Carver Theater, The
  • Address: 2101 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Venue: Historic Carver Theater, The
  • Time: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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Join us at the Carver Theater for a Music Tribute honoring Legendary Musicians Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The "Vegas Style" show,  will be held every Thursday through Sunday at&... more
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Smoothie King Center Presents - Motley Crue

September 4, 2015
  • Location: Smoothie King Center
  • Address: Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Venue: Smoothie King Center
  • Time: 9:00 pm
Iconic rock band Mötley Crüe will mark the end of their touring career and will conclude their two year Final Tour cycle at the end of 2015. Audiences can also expect a high-energy performa... more
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The Irish House - Marshall Baker

September 4, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Marshall Baker.
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The Quickening

September 4, 2015
  • Location: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Address: 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Venue: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Time: 10:30 pm
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring The Quickening.
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Saturday Sep 05, 2015

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Legendary Musicians Fats Domino & Dave Bartholomew to be honored with Music Tribute - Carver Theater

September 05 – December 27, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Historic Carver Theater, The
  • Address: 2101 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Venue: Historic Carver Theater, The
  • Time: 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
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Join us at the Carver Theater for a Music Tribute honoring Legendary Musicians Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The "Vegas Style" show,  will be held every Thursday through Sunday at&... more
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The Irish House - Crossing Canal

September 5, 2015
Join us at the Irish House for Crossing Canal.
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The Premiere of MFG: Martin, Freedman, Gross

September 5, 2015
  • Location: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Address: 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Venue: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Time: 10:30 pm
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring The Premiere of MFG: Martin, Freedman, Gross.
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