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 Aug 30, 2016

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"Organ & Labyrinth"- Organ recital and candlelight with Albinas Prizgintas on the 5000-pipe Trinity

August 30, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Location: Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Address: 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Join us for Organ and Labyrinth with Albinas Prizgintas as he performs on the 5000-pipe  ... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting August 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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Maple Leaf Bar Presents - Rebirth Brass Band

August 30 – 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

August 30, 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 Aug 31, 2016

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Culture Collison 8

August 31, 2016
Come see what the New Orleans Culture scene has to offer. Enjoy a unique happy hour with great food samplings. Look for cash bars and scope out upcoming cultural events,  join arts organizations,... more
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting August 31, 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

August 31, 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 Sep 01, 2016

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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting September 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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Heart of the House

September 1, 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 Garden Concerts featuring Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue

September 1, 2016
  • Location: New Orleans City Park - Pavilion of the Two Sisters
  • Address: 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Venue: New Orleans City Park
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stroll through the New Orleans Botanical Garden at twilight, settle indoors at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters with a mint julep and enjoy the finest musicians New Orleans has to offer. This popular ... more
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Friday Sep 02, 2016

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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting September 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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House of Blues Presents - Hot Out The Pot Boiled Crawfish

September 02 – 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 Sep 03, 2016

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Backyard Grooves

September 3, 2016 – January 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.  
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta featuring Leroy Jones Quintet

September 3, 2016
  • Location: Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans
  • Address: 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: Royal Sonesta New Orleans
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Come join us at the Royal Sonesta for Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse featuring Leroy Jones Quintet.
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Mama's Music

September 3, 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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The House of Groove

Starting September 3, 2016
  • 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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Westbank Heritage Festival

September 03 – 04, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Alario Center Segnette Field
  • Address: 2000 Segnette Blvd, Westwego, LA
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Get ready for the Westbank Heritage Festival with  epic performances by Jodeci, Morris Day and The Time, Gina Brown, International Entertainer, 5th Ward Weebie, Irvin Mayfield, Mystikal, Choppa S... more
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