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Best of the Fest

NoDef's Guide to Non-Jazz Fest Festivals

For many locals and tourists alike, the Fair Grounds will become a second home for the next seven days, offering a nonstop lineup of music, food, drinks, crafts, and fun.


But the party doesn't stop at Jazz Fest — many top NOLA talents will be taking the stage at your favorite venues across the city as part of the many mini festivals kicking off this week. 


On the eve on the 48th annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, NoDef offers a round-up of the best fests around town. 

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."  

All That Jazz

Photographs from Jazz fest 2016

Jazz Fest offered two weeks of food, drinks, sun, rain, and of course music. Paulo Steven Diniz and Rachel June braved the mud and sun at the Fairgounds to photgraph it all for our readers. Click on through to the check ou the best of the 2016 Fest in photos.

Singing in the Rain

A Wet Saturday at Jazz Fest (Photos)

On Saturday (4.30), the Fair Grounds were wet, very wet. Still, early end aside, Jazz Fest did manage to pack in six solid hours of music and fun. For those that  braved the entire day, there were some intimate moments seeking shelter. Rachel June was in the trenches (literally) to photgraph it all. Click on through for scenes from the Fest.

Festive Fotos

Pictures from Jazz Fest 2016

Jazz Fest is a sensory overload of sights and sounds. It's impossibel totake it all in, even over seven days. So NoDef dispatched Paulo Steven Diniz to the Fairgounds to photgraph it all for our readers. Click on through to the check ou the first installation of the 2016 Fest in photos.

Nice Cubes

Jazz Fest Drops Daily Schedule Cubes

With a month to go until JazzFest, Quint Davis and co. made the annual visit to the Fair Grounds Tuesday morning to unveil the cubes. Fans Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, and Snoop Dog. So, start requesting some days off from work and get those chairs cleaned up.

JazzFest After Dark: 5.3.14

The Boss wraps up at 7, but the party will keep going all night. In the clubs on Saturday night, Shamarr Fest returns, an all-star lineup blends genres at Howlin' Wolf and locals pay tribute to Randy Newman. Here's a full post-Fest rundown:

JazzFest Planner: Picks, Cubes Weather for Sat., May 3

An epic set from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band closes JazzFest's second Saturday, but there's plenty of music to take in before checking in with the Boss. Below, find picks, cubes and today's weather report:

Today in New Orleans: 5.03.14

Those missing the Boss at Jazz Fest can still choose from a host of local artists to see all over the city in the daytime hours. Pianist Tom McDermott, guitarist Alex McMurray, and many more are performing during the day. On this day in 1699, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville returned home to France after exploring the northern coast of the Gulf. Now, more to do this Saturday, and stay with NoDef for tonight’s after hours picks. 

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