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New Orleans Jazz Fest

1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70119

Apr 23 2020 - May 03 2020

Price: One-day tickets range in price from $70 to $90.

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The New Orleans Jazz Fest is an eight-day festival held over two consecutive weekends. It features 14 stages for concerts by artists from a variety of musical genres. While at the festival, you can sample Louisiana cuisine as well as standard festival fare. In addition, there is a large crafts festival providing as much variety as the music and food.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

The daily lineup of entertainers will be packed with acts you won't want to miss. Some of the biggest headliners include the Who, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Stevie Nicks, and Lenny Kravitz.

Craft Festival

The New Orleans Jazz Fest is also a major craft festival. Since starting in the 1970s, the crafts area has grown to include regional and national artists divided into three venues.

The Congo Square African Marketplace mixes music and art that was the basis of the New Orleans jazz and cultural heritage. There is a mixture of ancient and modern crafting techniques.

Located in Heritage Square, the Contemporary Crafts venue features blues, jazz, and gospel music tents. Here, you'll find leather goods, handcrafted clothing, musical instruments, metalwork, paintings, photographs, pottery turning, sculptures, and jewelry.

The Louisiana Marketplace features traditional and contemporary artists from the state. They offer items such as Creole and Acadian furniture, jewelry, and hand-colored photographs.

ON-SITE AMENITIES

Cultural Centers

The New Orleans Jazz Fest also features cultural centers that focus on local heritage.

At the Louisiana Folk Life Village, you can watch artisans create accordions, knit shrimp nets, forge ironwork, mold plaster medallions, and build boats. You'll learn about the history of the Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. In addition, you can view the creation of papier-mache work by float-makers.

In the Native American Village, you'll see basket weaving, wood carving, beadwork, and powwow dancing demonstrations. Be sure to also sample Native American foods such as maque choux and fry bread.

The Grandstand

At the Grandstand, you can explore exhibits featuring Louisiana culture, including the Food Heritage Stage, the Cajun Cabin, the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage, and the Lagniappe Stage.

Food

Food vendors can be found throughout the Jazz Fest. The full list of food vendors for 2020 has not yet been named. However, you can expect lots of traditional Louisiana cuisine as well as standard fare.

LOCATION

The New Orleans Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course. The full address is 1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70119.

LINEUP

The daily lineup of entertainers will be packed with acts you won't want to miss. Some of the biggest headliners include the Who, Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Stevie Nicks, and Lenny Kravitz.

RVING AT THE EVENT

The New Orleans Jazz Fest provides no accommodations for RVs. However, there are several nearby campgrounds, some of which may provide shuttles to the Jazz Fest. Some of the nearby options include the French Quarter RV Resort, Pelican RV Park New Orleans, and Three Oaks & a Pine RV Park. All three options are within 7 miles of the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

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WHERE TO STAY

If you wish to stay somewhere other than an RV campground, there are numerous options in and around the French Quarter. The New Orleans Jazz Fest has a list of hotels that are offering special Jazz Fest rates.

HOW TO GET THERE

Since over 500,000 people will be attending the event, using public transportation or the Jazz Fest Express shuttles is recommended. A three-day pass for the RTA buses is $9. The Jazz Fest Express offers round-trip transportation to and from the New Orleans Fair Grounds from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Locations to board the Jazz Fest Express are the Sheraton Hotel at 500 Canal Street, the Steamboat Natchez Dock on Toulouse Street, and the city park parking lot at 5700 Wisner Boulevard. A one-way trip is $11, and a round trip is $22. You can also use the NOLA Blue Bikes, which can be secured in an area outside of the festival grounds.

PARKING

On-site parking at the Jazz Fest is only available to those purchasing VIP ticket packages.

TICKETS & PRICING

Tickets can be purchased online, at the gate, or by calling 1 (855) 679-1677. You can pick up tickets at will call, have them sent to you, or print them at home. A variety of ticket options are available. With general admission tickets, you have access to all of the day's performances, art exhibits, craft booths, and food vendors. Several VIP ticket packages are available. One-day tickets range in price from $70 to $90.

The Krewe of Jazz Fest tickets are full weekend passes that are available in limited quantities. They include access to a covered viewing area at the Acura Stage, private beverage stand, private restrooms, and on-site parking or VIP shuttle tickets from downtown New Orleans. The base price is $800.

The Grand Marshal VIP pass provides standing-room-only access at the front of the three main stages. They are full weekend passes, and only limited quantities are available. They include access to the Grand Marshal Hospitality Tent, private restrooms, and on-site parking or VIP shuttle tickets from downtown New Orleans. The base price is $1,500.

The Big Chief VIP Experience tickets are full weekend passes with only limited quantities sold. The tickets include special seating, private beverage stands, private restrooms, a hospitality lounge with cash bar, and on-site parking or VIP shuttle from downtown New Orleans. The base price is $1,600.

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