What is Jazz Fest?
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of Crescent City’s biggest annual festivals, celebrating the unique music, arts, culture, and heritage of New Orleans. Unlike its name suggests, the Jazz Fest lineup features hundreds of bands that perform a wide range of music—not just jazz, but anything from zydeco and hip-hop to funk and gospel—on over a dozen stages. You could say there’s something for everyone here, because the festival itself celebrates a little bit of everything (plus, it packs all sorts of local crafts and food vendors). Attendees can rediscover (or get to know) amazing local bands, and big-name headliners often perform with local musicians.
This year is special—after the 2020 and 2021 festivals were canceled (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, of course), 2022 promises a triumphant return. As you can imagine, NOLA is going the extra mile to make the most of it, and here’s everything you can expect.
When is Jazz Fest?
Jazz Fest is always held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. This year's festival will be held over two weekends, April 29-May 1 and May 5-May 8, 2022.
Where is Jazz Fest?
Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds in Mid-City.
How much are Jazz Fest tickets?
Single day tickets
Single day tickets will be available in the coming weeks.
A limited number of single weekend passes are currently on sale. Early Bird prices (while supplies last) for the first 3-day weekend start at $210 ($225 after that). Early Bird prices (while supplies last) for the second 4-day weekend start at $260 ($275 after that).
For big spenders, the Big Chief VIP, Grand Marshal VIP, and Krewe of Jazz Fest tickets, which include a variety of perks, range from $800-$1600.
You can also support WWOZ, the local jazz and heritage radio station, with a Brass Pass (early bird tickets $800) and enjoy entry and re-entry all six days of the Fest.
What is the Jazz Fest lineup?
Headlining Jazz Fest 2022 will be The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie.
Other highlights include the Jazz Fest regular Jimmy Buffet, singer-songwriter Norah Jones, Chris Isaak, CeeLo Green's Tribute to James Brown, Ziggy Marley, Randy Newman, and more.
Local stars include Jon Batiste, Irma Thomas, Soul Rebels, Big Freedia, The Radiators, and of course Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. Find the full lineup here. Daily lineups and the Jazz Fest “Cubes”—the official schedule—will be released at a later date.
What food can I get at Jazz Fest?
Jazz Fest food is as impressive as the music, and many festival attendees prioritize the flavors over the vibes. Trust us: you’ll want to try everything. Two dedicated food areas (plus more vendors scattered about) offer New Orleans eats, Louisiana flavors, and international bites. Highlights include crawfish Monica, the cochon de lait po-boy, fried alligator, red beans and rice, mango freeze, and crawfish bread. Bring several friends to share (and if you’re a real pro, bring ziplocs to take home these fab foods, as many are only available at the Fest!).
What else can I do at Jazz Fest?
In addition to fabulous food and music, Jazz Fest promotes the culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, not to mention other countries whose culture has influenced the city. Head to the Grandstand to check out exhibits and sit in on cooking demos from acclaimed local chefs. For a double-dip, the Grandstand is also where you can listen to interviews with some of the musicians performing at the Fest. Be sure to also check out an abundance of crafts that range from jewelry and pottery to sculpture and art. You’ll also find local artisans demonstrating their skills, from woodcarving and weaving to glassblowing and accordion-making. There’s even a kids tent with entertainment for the little ones. Keep an eye out for frequent Second Lines weaving their way through the festival grounds.
What should I bring to Jazz Fest?
Coolers and outside food or beverage (except for bottled water) are not allowed. October in New Orleans is pleasant—typically cool with a warm breeze—so check the forecast and plan accordingly. If there’s been rain, wear your rain boots (because there will almost certainly be mud). We also suggest sunscreen and a hat, regardless of the time of year. Collapsible chairs, blankets, and tarps are allowed and are a great way to enjoy the music (in designated chair areas, of course).
Where should I stay during Jazz Fest?
Check out our guide to where to stay in New Orleans. The French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods all offer easy access to the Fairgrounds.