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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Thursday Sep 29, 2016

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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting September 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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Heart of the House

September 29, 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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Jazz in the Park

September 29 – November 3, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • 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 10th season this fall running from September 8th to November 3rd, with a stellar roster of New Orleans music that features Kid Merv,  Nigel Hall, Erica Fa... more
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Joy Theater Presents - Bear Creek Bayou Pre-Party

September 29, 2016
  • Location: Joy Theater
  • Address: 1200 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Venue: Joy Theater
  • Time: Doors open 7:00 pm; Show 8:00 pm
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Join us for an epic night of music at the Joy Theater for The Bear Creek Bayou Festival! The  lineup will feature Soulive & Friends, OG GAT (Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore & Skerik), Naugh... more
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The Irish House Presents - O'Sullivans Ladies Night

September 29, 2016
  • Location: Irish House, The
  • Address: 1432 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: The Irish House
  • Time: 6:00 pm
Join us at the Irish House for O'Sullivans Ladies Night. Music with Roy Gele.
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Thursdays at Twilight Garden Concerts featuring Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans

September 29, 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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Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Swing Dance Festival

September 29 – October 3, 2016
Come experience the wonders of our magical traditional jazz, blues, and swing dance community! For the first time ever, The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival is offering 16 hours of dance classes for... more
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Friday Sep 30, 2016

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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

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

September 30 – 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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New Orleans Funk Band NOISEWATER at Music At The Mint

September 30, 2016
  • Location: U.S. Mint
  • Address: 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 7pm
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NOISEWATER is a New Orleans funk rock band comprised of musicians from a diverse background. The members have played the specter of music from Metal to Big Band and Jazz to Progressive Rock. It is wit... more
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Scales & Ales

September 30, 2016
  • Location: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas A Facility of Audubon
  • Address: #1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Time: Patron Party 7:00 pm; 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Soak up the sights and sounds at the 7th annual Scales & Ales event  to benefit the Aquarium's education programs and conservation initiatives. This  signature fundraiser for the Audubo... more
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Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Swing Dance Festival

September 30 – October 3, 2016
Come experience the wonders of our magical traditional jazz, blues, and swing dance community! For the first time ever, The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival is offering 16 hours of dance classes for... more
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Saturday Oct 01, 2016

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Backyard Grooves

October 1, 2016 – January 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.  
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Mama's Music

October 1, 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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Music Box Village Sneak Preview with Quintron and OneBeat

October 1, 2016
  • Location: Music Box Village
  • Address: 4557 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
  • Time: 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM
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On Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, 2016, New Orleans Airlift welcomes international and local musicians to its developing Music Box Village installation. Local swamp-tech organist/ i... more
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OneBeat Community Show

October 1, 2016
OneBeat musicians close their New Orleans residency with an afternoon of collaborative performances featuring talented young artists from community organizations Silence is Violence, Make Music NOLA, ... more
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Studio 233 Presents Laugh and Chill featuring R&B artist Avant and comedian Pierre Edwards

October 1, 2016
  • Location: Studio 233
  • Address: 233 Newton Street, New Orleans, LA 70141
  • Time: Doors open 8:00 pm; Show 9:00 pm
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Join us at Studio 233 for the Laugh and Chill event series featuring  R&B artist Avant with comedian Pierre Edwards. Also, featuring DJ Captain Charles, DJ Polo, Stooges Brass Band. There wil... more
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The House of Groove

Starting October 1, 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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Treme Festival

October 01 – 02, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Henriette DeLille Street @ Gov. Nicholls Street
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On the first weekend of October, the famous Tremé neighborhood will host its second annual Tremé Festival. All weekend you can enjoy the local music and food of this cherished New Orlean... more
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Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Swing Dance Festival

October 01 – 03, 2016
Come experience the wonders of our magical traditional jazz, blues, and swing dance community! For the first time ever, The New Orleans Swing Dance Festival is offering 16 hours of dance classes for... more
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