New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or as the locals call it, Jazz Fest, is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. Featuring an endless amount of music, succulent local and regional delicacies, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, second line parades and so much more – there is something for everyone at Jazz Fest!

Over the years Jazz Fest has received many honors, including being named the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine. The Wall Street Journal says Jazz Fest “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…” and Life magazine has called Jazz Fest “the country's very best music festival.”

With 12 stages of soul-stirring music—jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more—the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a singular celebration. The event has showcased most of the great artists of New Orleans and Louisiana of the last half century: Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Ellis Marsalis, The Radiators, Irma Thomas, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Better Than Ezra, Ernie K-Doe, Vernel Bagneris, The Zion Harmonizers, Beausoleil and many others.

The Lineup

The Festival has always blended in a wide mix of internationally renowned artists from both Louisiana and the rest of the world. The 2018 lineup includes both local and international performers throughout the two weekends.

Headliners include:

  • Aerosmith
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Sting
  • Jimmy Buffet
  • Jack White
  • LL Cool J
  • Beck
  • Lionel Ritchie
  • David Byrne
  • Anita Baker
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Khalid
  • Sturgill Simpson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Shery Crow
  • Common
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Trombonne Shorty
  • The Revivalists

...and so many more! For the full lineup and day-by-day schedule, head to Jazz Fest’s official website. Tickets can also be purchased here.

Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course. For more information, visit:

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