Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

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  • 540 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 250, New Orleans, LA 70130 | P: (504) 558-6100
  • 540 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 250, New Orleans, LA 70130
    P: (504) 558-6100
  • 540 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 250
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    P: (504) 558-6100
  • Presented By: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • Dates: October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Lafayette Square Park
  • Time: Friday, Oct. 13: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15: 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Price: free

On the third weekend of October, come enjoy the cooler weather with live music, incredible barbecue, and great company. Food and art vendors will congregate between the two stages set up on either side of Lafayette Square. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

The Venue

Lafayette Square is home to many popular festivities, such as Wednesday at the Square. Sandwiched between St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street, and one block from the bustling Poydras Street, the event will be right in the middle of the downtown buzz.

The Event

The festival will take place on Friday, October 13 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p,m., and Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Food and Shopping

Various food and craft vendors will be located around the square, including some of the city’s best BBQ. The huge arts market will feature 24 of the best local and regional makers of handcrafted artworks and home furnishings.

Stay tuned for a full line-up of vendors here.

The Music

The stages will feature renowned blues artists throughout the three days of the festival. Headliners include:

  • Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters
  • Little Freddie King
  • King Edward
  • Guitar Lightning Lee
  • Luther Kent & Trick Ba

...and many more!

For a full lineup, head to the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival’s website here.


The event is completely free and open to the public. No pets, or outside food and drink are permitted.

VIP weekend passes are available to purchase for $250 here. The passes grant access to special viewing and eating areas at both stages, a complimentary bar and a deluxe indoor hospitality suite.


Parking is available at many parking lots within a few blocks of the festival. The Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) will offer all-day parking on Saturday and Sunday for a flat fee of $10 per day -- enter the parking garage from Camp Street. There will also be free valet bicycle parking.

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