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 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 2017

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/July 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 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 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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Tuesday Dec 06, 2016

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Celebration in the Oaks

December 6, 2016 – January 1, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden
  • Address: Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Time: Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. Closed November 28-December 1, December 24th and December 31st.&n... more
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Christmas New Orleans Style

December 06 – 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans
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There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December. Experience the magic o... more
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Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series featuring - Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots

December 6, 2016
  • Location: St Louis Cathedral Church
  • Address: 615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 6:00 pm
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly presents the free Christmas New Orleans Style 2016 Concert Series. Throughout the month of December, revel in the sounds of the season with jazz performa... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting December 6, 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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Singer/Songerwriter Night hosted by Michael Hayes

December 6, 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 Dec 07, 2016

6

Celebration in the Oaks

December 7, 2016 – January 1, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden
  • Address: Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Time: Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. Closed November 28-December 1, December 24th and December 31st.&n... more
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Christmas New Orleans Style

December 07 – 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans
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There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December. Experience the magic o... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting December 7, 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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9

Oscar and The Blues Cats Jam

December 07 – 28, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Location: The Pour House Saloon
  • Address: 3501 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
  • Time: 8:30pm
This bands plays Blues music, which guest musicians will sit in and play with the band in Jam Night.
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Saenger Theatre Presents Tony Bennett

December 7, 2016
One of the biggest icons in American music, Tony Bennett, comes to the Saenger Theatre for an evening of beloved songs. Bennett has set worldwide record sales, has dozens of platinum and gold albums t... more
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The Maison Presents - New Orleans Jazz Vipers

December 7, 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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Thursday Dec 08, 2016

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Celebration in the Oaks

December 8, 2016 – January 1, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden
  • Address: Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Time: Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. Closed November 28-December 1, December 24th and December 31st.&n... more
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13

Christmas New Orleans Style

December 08 – 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans
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There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December. Experience the magic o... more
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Christmas New Orleans Style Concert Series featuring - Greater St. Stephen Mass Choir (Gospel)

December 8, 2016
  • Location: St Louis Cathedral Church
  • Address: 615 Pere Antoine Aly, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 6:00 pm
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) proudly presents the free Christmas New Orleans Style 2016 Concert Series. Throughout the month of December, revel in the sounds of the season with jazz performa... more
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15

Dave Ferrato Open Jam Series

December 08 – 29, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Location: The Pour House Saloon
  • Address: 3501 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121
  • Time: Starts at 8:30pm
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Dave Ferrato and Band Host a Thursday Night Open Jam Series! Any and all musicians are welcome to come jam and play with the band! All music styles and instruments are welcomed! Come enjoy the show or... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting December 8, 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

December 8, 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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International House Hotel Presents - Songwriter Series | Loa

December 8, 2016
  • Location: International House
  • Address: 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: International House
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us Thursdays at Loa.  Inspired by the era-defining songwriters and their legendary bohemian enclaves, Loa presents a weekly acoustic music series.  The featured artist  will be Ru... more
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International House Hotel Presents - Songwriter Series | Loa

December 8, 2016
  • Location: International House
  • Address: 221 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: International House
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us Thursdays at Loa.  Inspired by the era-defining songwriters and their legendary bohemian enclaves, Loa presents a weekly acoustic music series.  The featured artist  will be Da... more
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Leroy Jones with NHJP-DOTLO Ranger Program's "Jazz Masters Series"

December 8, 2016
  • Location: Old U.S. Mint - 3rd Floor
  • Address: 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for a performance featuring Leroy Jones with NHJP-DOTLO Rangers Program's "Jazz Masters Series."
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21

Lilith in Loa Songwriter Series

Starting December 8, 2016
  • 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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22

Tales of the Toddy

December 8, 2016
  • Location: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
  • Address: 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113
  • Venue: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
  • Time: Hot Toddy Package: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Early Access; General Admission: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The holidays are upon us once again, and nothing goes better with all the good tidings than great cocktails. Tales of the Toddy returns  for its tenth year to help everyone get into the holiday ... more
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Friday Dec 09, 2016

23

Celebration in the Oaks

December 9, 2016 – January 1, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans Botanical Garden
  • Address: Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Time: Friday and Saturday 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday - Thursday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Visit Website
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibits in the country. Closed November 28-December 1, December 24th and December 31st.&n... more
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24

Christmas New Orleans Style

December 09 – 31, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: New Orleans
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There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities taking place throughout December. Experience the magic o... more
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25

David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting December 9, 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
  • Visit Website
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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