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How to Get to Jazz Fest

Tips to Ride, Shuttle, Bike, and Park



We’re less than 48 hours away from Jazz Fest, and locals and tourists alike are scrambling to figure out the most time and cost efficient ways to travel to, park, and navigate their way around the expansive Fair Grounds. With the 2017 fest bigger and better than ever before, The City of New Orleans encourages festival-goers to bicycle or carpool whenever possible, and to make use of the returning Jazz Fest shuttle system. 


Jazz Fest Reveals 2017 Cubes

Check Out the Full Lineup Here



For weeks now, New Orleanians and tourists alike have been studying this year’s Jazz Fest schedule, trying to piece together their fest itineraries. Stevie Wonder or Snoop Dogg? Usher & the Roots or Dr. John & the Gris-Gris Krewe? Soul Queen Irma Thomas or Taylor Swift's BFF Lorde? Tuesday (3.28), the team behind the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival dropped the complete hour-by-hour schedule that seasoned festivalgoers know as "the cubes."  


Rain Forces Jazz fest to Call It a Day


Bad weather may be Jazz Fest tradition, but on Saturday (4.30), the rain and lightning were too much. In a late afternoon announcement, organizers cancelled the remaining acts do to the elements.


Today in NOLA/Jazz Fest After Hours: 4.30.16


Jazz Fest is back and so are the insane after hours offerings. Haynes, Denson, Galactic, Rebirth, and the Dozen are just a few of the acts jamming tonight. On this day in 1812, Louisiana officially became the 18th state in the Union. And, there is lots to do to celebrate statehood.


Mud Bugs

Pro-Tips for Handling a Muddy Jazz Fest



It’s official now. After a healthy downpour on Thursday (4.28) afternoon, the Fairgrounds will be traditionally muddy for Jazz Fest. As the Fest halts for no man or mud, it’s time to embrace the mud! NoDef has some suggestions for vets and newbies alike about how best to handle the element.


Bleacher Creatures

Notes on Jazz Fest's 2016 Changes



Change is often frowned down upon in New Orleans, especially change at Jazz Fest. On Friday (4.22), the iconic festival kicked off with a few new tweaks. By “tweaks,” we primarily mean the addition of large, green bleachers in the outfield. Controversial form the point of announcement, the new additions proved positive in their debut.


Hello Goodbye: Neville Brothers to Reunite for Farewell Show


Music lovers were sad to see the Neville Brothers end their storied career with a fade rather than a bang. Today, NOLA’s favorite sons announced that the group will deliver the sendoff that they deserve. On May 2, the Nevilles will play a farewell show at the Saenger Theatre.


Jazz Fest Goes Lenny Kravitz's Way


Lenny Kravitz will be joing the Jazz Fest headliners. Today, the Jazz and Heritage Festival announced that the locally linked rocker is the big surprise filling the "TBA" spot on Sunday, May 3. No word on whether Sidney Torres will make a cameo.


Council Declares April 24 Bo Dollis Day


The New Orleans City Council’s debate of the Smoke Free Ordinance banning smoking in bars and public spaces in the regular meeting today (1.22) is the meeting’s marquis event. But, before deliberations begin on the controversial ban, the Council recognized the late Big Chief Theodore “Bo” Dollis for his lifetime achievements in preserving the music and culture of the city. The first day of Jazz Fest (4.24) will be recognized as Bo Dollis Day.


The Music Never Stopped: Voodoo Dead


The Grateful Dead have dominated the day’s music headlines with the news that the group’s four remaining members will stage a reunion (along with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio) for the group’s 50th anniversary. The band’s birthday celebration will also include New Orleans. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann announced plans for Voodoo Dead during the JazzFest period.


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