Music Festivals in New Orleans

Lafayette SquareWednesdays 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 LogoBuku Music + Art Project
March 11-12, 2016

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 Rhythm FestivalCongo Square/New World Rhythms Fest
March 19-20, 2016

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 FestSoul Fest
March 5-6, 2016

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 FestivalFrench Quarter Festival
April 7-10, 2016

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. 

Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 22-May 1, 2016

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. 

bayou boogaloo

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

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.  

EssenceEssence 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. 

 

Running of the BullsSan Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls)
July8-10, 2016

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, better known as "The Running of the Bulls", only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country! 

Jazz MusiciansSatchmo 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.

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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. 

voodooVoodoo 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 May 03, 2016

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

May 3, 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

May 3, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 3, 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

May 03 – 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

May 3, 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 May 04, 2016

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

May 4, 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 - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie J Blues

May 4, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 4, 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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Siberian Invasion! Noisewater, Crooked Vines, Pistachio, and Joe Welnick Live!

May 4, 2016
  • Location: Siberia
  • Address: 2227 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
  • Time: 8pm
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Four funky acts descend upon Siberia for a night of groove and revelry: Noisewater Nola's own hard funk-rock sons! Harnessing inspiration from New Orleans culture and infusing it with a bit of rock, j... more
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Soiree d'Or, a black-tie gala celebrating 50 years of The Historic New Orleans Collection

May 4, 2016
  • Location: Orpheum Theater
  • Address: 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Time: Patron party: 6:30 p.m. - Gala: 7:15 p.m.
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The Maison Presents - New Orleans Jazz Vipers

May 4, 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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YLC Wednesday at the Square: The Soul Rebels + Tank and the Bangas

May 4, 2016
  • Location: Lafayette Square Park
  • Address: Between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us for Wednesday at the Square. The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette Square (between Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Gallier Hall) ... more
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Thursday May 05, 2016

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

May 5, 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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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie Jonte Mayon

May 5, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstars Band ft. Jonte Mayon.
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 5, 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

May 5, 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

May 05 – June 9, 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 this spring running from April 14th to June 9th, with a stellar roster of New Orleans music that features Amanda Shaw, Kermit Ruffins, Honey Island Swamp Band, Davell Crawfor... more
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Friday May 06, 2016

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

May 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for BB King Allstar Band ft. Larry Johnson & Jonte Mayon.
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - BB King Allstars Band ft. Stevie J Blues

May 6, 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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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - Marc Stone Band

May 6, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Marc Stone Band.
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

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

May 06 – 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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Jazz in the Park's First Annual Treme Art and Music Festival

May 06 – 08, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Armstrong Park
  • Address: 901 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Join us for  Jazz in the Park first annual Treme Art and Music Fest. The new festival will put an emphasis on local organizations like school marching bands, second lines and dance troupes in add... more
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Whitney Zoo to Do

May 6, 2016
  • Location: Audubon Zoo A Facility of Audubon Nature Institute
  • Address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Time: 7:00 pm - Midnight (Sponsor and Patron Party, Audubon Tea Room); 8:30pm-Midnight (Gala)
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It's time to party under the oaks at the annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do. New Orleans' most anticipated philanthropic event is much more than a fund-raiser, offering guests an evening of fine dining, dancin... more
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Saturday May 07, 2016

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5th Annual Crawfish Mambo: Cook-off & Music Festival

May 7, 2016
  • Location: The Cove at the University of New Orleans Lakeshore Campus
  • Address: 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70122
  • Time: 11am-6pm
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New Orleans’ largest crawfish cook-off offers all-you-can-eat crawfish cooked hot all day by up to 100 boiling teams. Sample them all while enjoying the all-star music line-up including: Rockin&... more
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