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 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
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.  

Essence 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. 

Satchmo 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.

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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Sunday May 29, 2016

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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - Keith Stone Band

May 29, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for Keith Stone Band.
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BB King's Blues Club New Orleans Presents - VeeJay and Louisiana Lightning

May 29, 2016
Join us at the BB King's Blues Club New Orleans for VeeJay and Louisiana Lightning.
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Mama's Music

May 29, 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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St. Mary's Assumption Church Presents - A Concert of Sacred Music

May 29, 2016
  • Location: St. Mary's Assumption Church
  • Address: 2030 Constance Street, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 3:00 pm
Join us for a concert of Sacred Vocal Music with the Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble. They will perform selections by Gregorio Allegri- Miserere, Michael Bach- Halt was du hast, Orlando di Lasso-De P... more
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Treme 7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival

May 29, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Treme and Surrounding New Orleans Neighborhoods
  • Time: Friday 10:00 am-Midnight; Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Join us to celebrate the history, music, traditions, and culture of two of the oldest, most notable neighborhoods in the United States!
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Trinity Artist Series Presents - Ryan Dodge

May 29, 2016
  • Location: Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Address: 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA
  • Time: 5:00 pm
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New York based composer/multi-instrumentalist Ryan Dodge present a concert of piano,violin and organ music in a program that spans three centuries of musical thought, including works by Bach, Copland,... more
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Monday May 30, 2016

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

May 30, 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 30, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 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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Monday Blues

May 30, 2016 – January 5, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley.
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The Irish House Presents - Big Easy Traditional Music Session

Starting May 30, 2016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location: Irish House, The
  • Address: 1432 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Venue: The Irish House
  • Time: Monday 7:00 pm
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This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see local and visiting musicians playing Irish New Orleans tunes. If you're a musician bring along your instrument. If you hav... more
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The Maison Presents - Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses

May 30, 2016 – July 31, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Location: Maison, The
  • Address: 508 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Venue: The Maison
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing i... more
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Tuesday May 31, 2016

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

May 31, 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 31, 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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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting May 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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First Folio! Closing Reception and Dramatic Prelude to the 2016 New Orleans Shakespeare Festival

May 31, 2016
  • Location: Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane - Tulane University
  • Address: Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Maple Leaf Bar Presents - Rebirth Brass Band

May 31 – 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 31, 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 Jun 01, 2016

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

June 1, 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

June 1, 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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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting June 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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The Maison Presents - New Orleans Jazz Vipers

June 1, 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 Jun 02, 2016

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

June 2, 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

June 2, 2016
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David Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio

Starting June 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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