Music, food and fun are served in great supply during the annual Soul Fest presented by AARP!
Over 20,000 visitors converge upon the Zoo for one of New Orleans’ biggest celebrations of African American history. The two day family-oriented event features live musical performances by local Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Gospel artists at our Capital One Stage!
Visitors can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers, and also enjoy the Zoo's collection of exotic animals! Festival goers have the chance to visit with local health, education and social service organizations and receive valuable wellness and lifestyle information.
Soul Fest is always free with Zoo admission or Audubon membership.
Held annually at the Audubon Zoo, Soul Fest is a celebration of African American food, music, crafts and culture. Especially soul food and soul music!
Soul Fest goes beyond the usual festival-type fair by highlighting the achievements and heritage of African Americans, and it promotes healthy living via a health fair offering free screenings. There are also special events just for kids at Soul Fest that involve fun, creative activities and opportunities for learning more about African-American culture and history.
Begun in the early 2000s, recent Soul Fests have presented such talented artists as trumpeter extraordinaire Irvin Mayfield, gospel great Yolanda Adams, the Hot 8 and Rebirth Brass Bands and a number of uniquely New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Big Chiefs. Local artisans showcase their original handmade crafts such as jewelry, art, stationery, frames and more, all of which are available for purchase. Restaurants and caterers specializing in Creole cuisine and authentic soul food offer such tasty dishes as smothered pork chops with greens, fried Louisiana alligator kabob, Jamaican chicken with vegetables, pork chop po-boys, hot sausage po-boys, turkey legs, sweet potato pies and other delicious treats.
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