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November 26th


Prytania, 12p.m.;2:30p.m.;5p.m.;7:30p.m.;10p.m.

Last installation of Hunger Games



Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

American indie film


Ed Volker

Chickie Wah Wah, 9p.m.

The Radiators lead man


The Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Ft. Johnny Vidacovich and special guests


Cornhole Thursdays in the Courtyard

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Celebrate Turkey Day with cornhole


November 27th

Pelicans v. Clippers

Staples Center, 9:30p.m.



New Orleans Suspects

Maple Leaf, 10:30p.m.

Old fashioned neighborhood party


Royal T

Gasa Gasa, 10p.m.

Also ft. Painted Hands and Vapo Rats


Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Tip’s, 9p.m.

Classsic Nola jams


James Hall

Circle Bar, 10p.m.

Rock singer and guitarist


Young Jeezy

Republic, 10p.m.

Album release party


November 28th

Pelicans v. Jazz

Vivint Smart Home Arena

Utah takes on New Orleans


Mac Miller

The Joy, 8p.m.

Also ft. Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas and Njomza


Classic Weekend Jam

Lakefront Arena, 8p.m.

Ft. Yo Gotti and Rick Ross


Bayou Classic

Superdome, 4p.m.

Southern University v. Grambling State University


Football & Courtyard Bar

Gasa Gasa, 7p.m.

Football and alcohol— need we say more?


Bad Girls of Burlesque

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Drinks, music and burlesque


November 29th

Saints v. Texans

NRG Stadium, 12p.m.

Nola takes on Houston


Holiday Inn

Prytania, 10a.m.

1942 flick starring Fred Astaire


Joe Krown Trio

Maple Leaf, 10p.m.

Also ft. Walter “Wolfman Washington and Russell Batiste


Gospel Brunch

House of Blues, 10a.m.

Definitely try the chicken and waffles


Hot 8 Brass Band

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Classic NOLA jams


November 30th

Big K.R.I.T.

House of Blues, 8p.m.

Part of the Kritically Acclaimed Tour



Higher Heights Reggae Band

Blue Nile, 9p.m.

Get your reggae jams on


Glen David Andrews

b.b.a., 10p.m.

Nola jams


Aurora Nealand & Royal Roses

Maison, 7p.m.

Traditional jazz meets modernity

Hit n Run Guide to Jazzfest

NOLA Drinking Chart Creator Sends Up the Fest

Map After the Jump

When is a map more than a map? When it's ripe for satire. Our beloved Jazzfest is an institution so rich with characters and local flavor! It's a real playground for those willing to laugh at themselves. My Hit N Run Guide to Jazzfest should having you navigating the Fairgrounds like you've been going every year for the last million years.


As a college lad, my first visit to Jazzfest confused me. I got turned around a lot, got stuck a lot, and I sometimes didn't know what I was watching or why I should care. Why should you be eating hot food in the sun when it's 90 degrees? How the hell do they get those flags in here? And why is that lady in that nutty dress making advances on that watermelon?


(Click the FullScreen Button in the Lower Right Hand Corner)


I saw some people freak out from the stimulation and hit the ground in the fetal position wailing like Little Freddie King. I wondered if I would be next.


'Fest became more manageable to me as the years went on. I've volunteered, been sent for work purposes, and attended on my own recognizance; each time getting more comfortable moving around and finding the place I wanted to be. The map is a summation of activities and factoids I've collected in those travels.

Does the map cover absolutely everything there is to know about Jazzfest? Of course not. You'll need an official Jazzfest map to start your planning and the Hit n Run map to complete it. Disagree on a point? Add your own adventuresome observations in the comments. And don't try to climb the chain-link fence and swim in the lake, they don't like that.

All bathrooms are not equal

All bathrooms are not equal at Jazz Fest. The bathrooms in the Grandstands are worth the wait. Plus, if you time it right, samples from Zatarain's Food Heritage Stage.

Bad bathrooms? They're not

Bad bathrooms? They're not any cleaner than the others. All the bathrooms are the same.

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