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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Thursday Apr 27, 2017

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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

April 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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Dark Star Orchestra

April 27 – 28, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1200 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Venue: Joy Theater
  • Time: 8:30pm
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Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive cat... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting April 27, 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

April 27, 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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INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CELEBRATION

April 27, 2017
  • Location: Treme Rec Center
  • Address: 900 N. Villere St., New Orleans, LA 70122
  • Time: 7:00 – 10:00pm
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY CELEBRATION Thursday, April 27 7:00 – 10:00pm Treme Rec Center 900 N. Villere St. Celebrate an evening of jazz. Featuring the sounds of the Preservation Hall All-Stars, an... more
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Jazz in the Park

April 27 – 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 April 27, 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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Special Outdoor Concert -"Threadhead Thursday"

April 27, 2017
Join us for a Special Outdoor Concert -"Threadhead Thursday!"
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Tom McDermott & Chloe Feoranzo Musical Performance

April 27, 2017
Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ premiere piano players and composers. He grew up in St. Louis, where he earned a Masters’ Degree in Music, wrote music journalism, and soaked up the s... more
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Friday Apr 28, 2017

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

April 28, 2017
See Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals live at the Orpheum Theater on Friday, April 28, 2017.
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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

April 28 – 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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Dark Star Orchestra

April 28, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 1200 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Venue: Joy Theater
  • Time: 8:30pm
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Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive cat... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting April 28, 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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Saturday Apr 29, 2017

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Backyard Grooves

April 29, 2017 – January 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.  
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Chicken on the Bone Band on Bourbon St

April 29 – 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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STS9

April 29, 2017
Since forming in Atlanta 15 years ago, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the international music scene. STS9 is Hunter Brown (guitar/sequences... more
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The House of Groove

Starting April 29, 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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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Dumpstaphunk and special guests

April 29, 2017
Join us for 3rd Annual Treme Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with special guests Dumpstafunk plus additional guests!
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