We all know and love Jazz Fest — the crown jewel of New Orleans festivals. But did you know that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation produces and presents a slew of other festivals throughout the year — and that they're all free to the public? We've created five new festivals, each one spotlighting a different element of the gumbo that makes up New Orleans' culture. Whether you're into the blues and R&B, Cajun and zydeco, African drumming and dance or down-home jazz, we've got a festival for you. Not only are we creating new entertainment options for visitors and locals alike, we're also supporting our cultural economy by providing new employment opportunities for our musicians, food vendors, craft artisans and more. Check out the listing of festivals below to see how we translate our mission into action all year long.
Jazz Fest is much more than one of the premier — and most beloved — festivals in the world. It is a signature cultural event for its home city, rivaling Mardi Gras as one of New Orleans’ global calling cards. For more information visit the official Jazz Fest website.
Without the blues, there would be no jazz or R&B. Our Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, established in 2006, continues New Orleans’ historic role in making the blues and R&B among the most influential sounds in the world. The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival presents many of the top performers from southern Louisiana and Mississippi, plus delicious food and unique visual art. Learn more.
Congo Square, on the outskirts of the French Quarter, is often called the birthplace of American music. It was there that African slaves gathered on Sunday afternoons to practice their ancestral traditions. Their legacy lives on in our Congo Square Rhythms Festival, a free event that celebrates the music and dance of our forebears, and the new styles that continue to emerge from New Orleans’ cultural melting pot. Learn more.
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival celebrates the rich traditions of southwest Louisiana. The combination of rollicking two-step music and spicy seafood are a potent example of how we in Louisiana love to “pass a good time.” Learn more.
Celebrating the Tremé neighborhood as a key proving ground in the birthplace of jazz — and New Orleans’ melting-pot culture as symbolized by the ubiquitous dish called gumbo — the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival combines food, music and holiday fun for the whole family. Learn more.