New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Tickets
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual
celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been held yearly since 1970 when it was founded by George Wein; similar festivals were held by different organizers in the 1960s. The first two festivals were held in Louis Armstrong Park, at Congo Square and the adjoining New Orleans Municipal Auditorium. More recent festivals have been held at the much larger New Orleans Fairgrounds, a horse racing track. Order your New Orleans Jazz Festival Tickets online today!
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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Performances span every style of music associated with the city and the state, including blues, R&B, gospel music, Cajun music, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk music, Latin, rock, rap music, country music, bluegrass and everything in between. The festival highlights jazz music, both contemporary and traditional.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival also features vendors with local foods and crafts. In addition to the performance stages, there is an interview stage where festival goers can hear musicians being interviewed. There are also exhibits of crafts and photography related to local music and culture.
The festival is a major tourism destination, with an importance for New Orleans only rivaled by Mardi Gras. In addition to the official New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival events, many other music events take place around the city than usual during festival and the week in between the two weekends. Early Jazz Fests featured almost exclusively local acts; as the festival grew more nationally known acts (most recently Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, and Counting Crows) were scheduled in addition to local performers.