Shake off winter chills with a trip to New Orleans, where our mild weather and super hot music scene is sure to warm you up. Just check out these must-see music festivals, and you’ll have a little spring in your step in no time.
Big Easy Blues Festival
No trip to the Big Easy would be complete without experiencing the soulful sounds of Southern blues. On your next trip, don’t miss the 5th Annual Big Easy Blues Festival
, a one-night event that will have you dancing and singing along like a N’Awlins native. The festival will welcome renowned musicians such as Clarence Carter, Jeff Floyd, Mel Waiters and Millie Jackson.
New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
Runners in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
won’t need a high-energy music mix on their iPod to get them through the race — they’ll have a local band at every mile to keep the motivation factor up. At this unique event benefitting the American Cancer Society, runners can hear sounds of the city as they make their way through the course, which means on the New Orleans route, there’s sure to be plenty of jazz, blues, soul and more. Once participants make it to the Finish Line Festival, they can join fellow racers, spectators and cheer teams for a headliner concert and celebratory activities.
Foburg: A Music Festival
Catch hundreds of alternative and indie-rock bands the week before they head to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The three-day Foburg
music festival features musicians from the greater Gulf South, as well as touring groups passing through the Big Easy. This festival will feature more than 200 bands performing in more than 20 venues located throughout the Faubourg Marigny
French Quarter Festival
It’s hard to beat free entertainment, so whether you’re on a budget or just want to experience Louisiana’s largest free music event, you won’t want to miss the French Quarter Festival
. Watch live performances held in historic venues and on stages throughout the French Quarter, and fill up on local cuisine from food vendors at Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Old U.S. Mint.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 27–May 6
This annual festival, which many people refer to as Jazz Fest
, is a biggie you can’t miss. It takes place over two weekends and features an array of arts, culture and food. Watch more than 100 performers, including headliners like Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Beach Boys, Al Green, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Foo Fighters, and become immersed in special exhibits featuring Louisiana folklore and Native American arts. Attendees also can peruse handmade crafts by local and national artisans.