Music Festivals in New Orleans

Wednesdays 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 Music + Art Project
March 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 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
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.  

Essence 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. 

Satchmo 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.

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. 

Voodoo 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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Monday Jun 27, 2016

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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson

June 27, 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 - Keith Stone Band

June 27, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band.
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting June 27, 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

June 27, 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 June 27, 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

June 27, 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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The Somerton Suitcase at VASO (Residency)

Starting June 27, 2016
  • 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 Jun 28, 2016

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

June 28, 2016
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie J Blues

June 28, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting June 28, 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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Maple Leaf Bar Presents - Rebirth Brass Band

June 28 – September 27, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Location: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Address: 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Venue: Maple Leaf Bar
  • Time: 10:30 pm
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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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Singer/Songerwriter Night hosted by Michael Hayes

June 28, 2016 – 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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Wednesday Jun 29, 2016

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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie J Blues

June 29, 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 June 29, 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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The Maison Presents - New Orleans Jazz Vipers

June 29, 2016 – 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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Wednesdays on the Point

June 29 – July 6, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Location: Algiers Ferry Landing
  • Address: 200 Morgan Street, New Orleans, LA 70114
  • Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
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Looking for some evening fun and excitement in New Orleans this summer? Especially some fun and excitement that's family-friendly and FREE!? A short, quick and scenic ferry ride will take you to Algie... more
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Thursday Jun 30, 2016

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

June 30, 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

June 30, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting June 30, 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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Heart of the House

June 30, 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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Thursdays at Twilight - Rocky's Hot Fox Trot Orchestra

June 30, 2016
  • Location: City Park, Botanical Garden
  • Time: 6:00 pm
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There are always cold mint juleps to be had at these musical events!
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Friday Jul 01, 2016

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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting July 1, 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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ESSENCE Music Festival

July 01 – 03, 2016
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of today's greatest African-American artists and three full days of empowerment seminars featuring the biggest names in music a... more
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House of Blues Presents - Hot Out The Pot Boiled Crawfish

July 01 – December 30, 2016
  • Location: House of Blues
  • Address: 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: House of Blues
  • Time: 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
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Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink specials and FRESH, LOCAL seafood! Whatever is in season we are boiling it, shucking it or frying it! Our beautiful outdoor... more
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Saturday Jul 02, 2016

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Backyard Grooves

July 2, 2016 – January 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.  
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