Every spring in New Orleans, hundreds of thousands of locals and international visitors alike converge for two long weekends of incredible music, food and culture. And every night, including the weeknights in between, music clubs throughout the city burst with live music, sometimes playing till the sun comes up. The city comes alive with joyous music lovers who walk the streets, ride the streetcars, dance, dine and shop.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the best parties you’ll find in Louisiana. Each year the Jazz Fest organizers present us with an unparalleled music experience that reminds us how lucky we are to live in a place with such an abundance of music, food, art and thriving cultural traditions. A mini-village is built at the Fair Grounds Race Course site in the Mid-City neighborhood of Faubourg St. John, with 12 stages of simultaneous music programming and approximately 60 performances per day. Regional music is well represented with a variety of Cajun, swamp pop, Zydeco, gospel, Mardi Gras Indians and brass bands, as well as major recording artists from around the world.
As you make your way from stage to stage, with music playing from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., you’ll need to fortify yourself. The variety of food is an unparalleled representation of Louisiana cuisine. The 70 food booths offer an array of dishes including Muffulettas, Crawfish Étouffée, Softshell Crab Po-boys, Gumbo, Natchitoches Meat Pies, Oyster Rockefeller Bisque, Cracklins, Shrimp Tacos, Pecan Catfish Meunière and on and on and on. TABASCO® Sauce pairs perfectly with these Louisiana food delicacies, so be sure to ask the various food booths for some.
A stunning array of one-of-a-kind art is available around the grounds in the Festival’s crafts areas. The Contemporary Crafts area is a highly competitive art fair featuring up to 60 different jury-selected artists each weekend – showcasing handcrafted clothing, beautiful leather goods and hand-blown glass, along with paintings, photographs, sculptures and jewelry.
In the Louisiana Marketplace, the state’s finest traditional and contemporary artists display and sell hand-colored photographs, pine needle baskets, whimsical jewelry and other creations that evoke the state’s unique cultural history. In the Louisiana Folklife Village, you can see local cultural traditions come to life, such as Mardi Gras Indians crafting their intricately beaded costumes on-site, Cajun boat-builders hewing cypress pirogues, Louisiana musicians working on handmade accordions and guitars, and papier mâché artists creating whimsical sculptures for Mardi Gras floats.
Enter Congo Square and experience music and art from Africa and the African Diaspora. The Congo Square stage features performances by African, African-American, African-Caribbean and Latino musicians. Shop at Congo Square African Marketplace for original paintings, sculpture, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments and an array of handcrafted artwork.
For more information, visit www.nojazzfest.com or call 504-410-4100.