New Orleans Jazz Fest
April 26 to May 5, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Are you looking for an excuse to visit New Orleans? If so, the local jazz festival is a great reason to plan a trip. This 10-day jazz extravaganza is a great spectacle whether you love jazz or are just starting to discover this genre of music. New Orleans Jazz Fest is an annual event that takes place every spring at the end of April and early May. Besides the opportunity to hear an incredible variety of music, you will also get to explore the history and cuisine of the New Orleans French Quarter.

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2013 Lineup

The lineup for the 2013 New Orelans Jazz & Heritage Festival is pretty impressive, and you wouldn't expect anything less out of NOLA. Headliners include the Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, the Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer, BB King, and so much more.

Music and Culture

What many people don’t know about New Orleans Jazz Fest is that the actual title is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. This means that the event is about more than just music; it is about celebrating local heritage through crafts, food, and other forms of culture. Music is definitely the highlight for many visitors, who over the course of 10 days attend concerts ranging from well-known musicians such as John Legend to local stars. While you’re exploring the New Orleans French Quarter, you will be surrounded by music day and night.

Local Cuisine

New Orleans Jazz Fest might be known for its music, but the food is pretty incredible too. There are few other events where it is possible to taste such a range of affordable New Orleans style cooking. The Food Fair features plenty of Creole and Cajun cooking, along with international options. Parents wondering if there is kid-friendly food at the festival will be pleased to know that there are vendors specializing in options appealing to kids. If you’re interested in learning how to cook New Orleans style, be sure to check out the cooking stages where you can learn a trick or two from famous chefs.

Crafts, Shopping, and Culture

Any truly great festival is multi-faceted. This is definitely the case with the New Orleans Jazz fest, which in addition to music and food also offers the opportunity to discover local crafts and bring home some special souvenirs. Be sure to check out Louisiana Marketplace that features jewelry, clothing, art, and photographs all from local artisans. To blend in with the locals, consider checking into a New Orleans vacation rental and be in the middle of it all.


Single-day tickets range from $45 to $65, depending on how early you buy tickets. (Hint: the earlier you buy, the better!) If you're looking for something a bit more fancy, splurge on a VIP pass.

If you’ve spent some time exploring the New Orleans French Quarter in the past, you might be surprised at how much is on offer during the Jazz Festival.