CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL
October 13-15, 2023
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.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival takes place October 13-15
Lafayette Square Park 602 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La 70130
live Music schedule
Three days of Music, BBQ, and Art
No recording. Please, no audio or video recording of any performances at the festival.
Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the 16th annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival features three days filled with live blues and jazz performances, a local art market, and some of the best BBQ vendors throughout the Crescent City! The festival takes place at the beautiful Lafayette Square Park which is bordered by Poydras Street and St. Charles Avenue. The park is located across from the historical Gallier Hall, former City Hall and another great site for music throughout the years. Just like in the past years, there will be two stages of music, a huge arts market, lots of BBQ!
Admission to the general public is free. But for the 16th annual we are offering a limited, exclusive opportunity to purchase access to our VIP guest area. The revenue from these ticket sales helps to offset the enormous expense of putting on the festival. (We do not, however, generate a profit: The costs of staging the festival far exceed the revenue we earn from concessions, sponsorships, VIP Experience ticket sales and donations.)
We will host a huge arts market, highlighting the best local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings. As at all of our events, we’ll feature some of the best artisans in the region selling hand-made art, jewelry and other crafts.
Applications for craft vendors are currently open until June 30, 2023.
Once again, we’re going overboard with a huge spread of great barbecue, representing several regional styles – with a fresh emphasis on Louisiana, since New Orleans has seen a surge in barbecue restaurants in the time since we started this festival! And yes, it’s a barbecue festival – but we will have some options for vegetarians, vegans and those who eat gluten-free.
Applications for food vendors are currently open until June 30, 2023.
Interested in being part of this amazing festival? Join the krewe and volunteer! We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who know how to pass a good time. Click below to check out available volunteer opportunities!
Our beloved community radio station WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM will broadcast the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival live from Lafayette Square – over the air and in streaming video at www.wwoz.org.
CDs, T-SHIRTS AND AUTOGRAPHS
As always, the Louisiana Music Factory will be on festival grounds to sell CDs and other merchandise. Many of our performers will visit the tent to sign autographs immediately after their performances. We’ll also have official Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival t-shirts available in the Jazz & Heritage Merchandise Tent!
Keep the Festival Safe and Free: No Outside Food, Beverages or Pets
Like all of our events, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is completely free and open to the public – part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event – no coolers are permitted.
We realize that Lafayette Square is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home (except for service animals, of course).
The City of New Orleans has a prohibition on smoking – which doesn’t cover outdoor spaces in most of the city, but it does cover Lafayette Square. So, please, no smoking of cigarettes, cigars or pipes, and no vaping.
Please: No audio or video recording of our performers.
There is parking in the Poydras Center (650 Poydras Street) for a flat fee, and there are many other street-level parking lots in the area.
Lafayette Square is conveniently located along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line (map) and the Magazine Street (No. 11) bus route (map).
Thanks to a partnership with Blue Bikes, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is easier to attend than ever! From October 13-15 Blue Bikes is offering a promo for festival guests. To take advantage of this great deal, download the Social Bicycles app (iTunes App Store & Google Play) available for Android and Apple devices or Create an online account at bluebikesnola.com. Select the Blue Bikes New Orleans network and sign-up for the Pay As You Go plan. Enter promo code [BLUES2023] when prompted and press “Apply.” Confirm that an account credit has been applied before completing the registration. Once your account is created, simply enter your account number and PIN on any available bike to start riding.
No Chairs perimeter
Due to the heavy use of camp chairs by many fans in close proximity to our stages, we are forced to institute a “no chairs” perimeter of 75 feet from both stages. We appreciate that many of you like to bring chairs to the festival and set up camp in front of the stages. But this prevents many of our other guests from having the opportunity to get a closer look at the onstage action. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
We provide reserved areas at both stages for our guests who use wheelchairs. And we have a special deck with views of both stages reserved for our guests in wheelchairs. There is an ADA drop-off area on Camp Street where vehicles carrying passengers with special needs may unload. We also provide ADA compliant toilets in all three of our locations for Port-O-Lets (at the corners of Camp and North Maestri streets, Camp Street and South Maestri streets, and St. Charles at South Maestri). The ADA toilets are kept locked for cleanliness; to access them, please visit our Foundation Information booth and we’ll provide you with the combination, or ask any of the greeters who are seated at the donation boxes at three entry points around the park.
Brought to You By
The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a presentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Our broadcast partner is WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is grateful for support provided by the sponsors of the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, including Cathead Vodka, Urban South Brewery, WGNO New Orleans, Louisiana Lottery, WWOZ 90.7 FM New Orleans, Chillzone LLC, WWNO 89.9, Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, National Endowment for the Arts.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events.