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Guide to Jazz Fest: Weekend 2

The best part about the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival? FOUR whole days of music, food, culture and fun, instead of just three. We’re welcoming our visitors for the second weekend of Jazz Fest, taking place May 1st-May 4th. The weather is looking great and the fest goers are looking even better. Check out some of our highlights for weekend two below!

Jazz Fest Weekend 2: Top Musical Highlights

Thursday, May 1 – The String Cheese Incident, Lyle Lovett, Solange, The Wailers, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Marcia Ball

Friday, May 2 – Christina Aguilera, Alabama Shakes, Chaka Khan, Pharoah Sanders, Theresa Andersson, Johnnyswim, Hurray for Riff Raff, Amanda Shaw, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas

Saturday, May 3 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Foster the People, Trey Songz, Better Than Ezra, Al Jarreau, The Revivalists, Allen Toussaint, Jon Batiste and Stay Human

Sunday, May 4 – Arcade Fire, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, John Fogerty, Bobby Womack, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Aaron Neville, the Radiators Return

See the full Jazz Fest Weekend 2 lineup here.

Mr. Okra at Jazz Fest. image courtesy nojazzfest.com

Mr. Okra at Jazz Fest. image courtesy nojazzfest.com

Jazz Fest Parades

Every day of Jazz Fest, you’ll catch one of the most unique aspects of Jazz Fest: parades. Circling around the Jazz Fest Grounds, you’ll run into Mardi Gras Indians, marching and brass bands, and various social aid and pleasure clubs. This weekend features the Roots of Music Marching CrusadersNative Nations IntertribalMr. Okra (the last of the great New Orleans singing street vendors), Big Chief Thunder & the Cherokee Hunters, Uptown Warriors, and Wild Red Flames Mardi Gras Indians, and more!

Jazz Fest Food

For your second weekend at Jazz Fest, we recommend sampling some of the unique dishes featured at the festival! Start with an African Combo Plate from Bennachin Restaurant that truly pays homage to Louisiana’s African roots. Next, sample some of New Orleans’ famous Vietnamese cuisine, with a Vietnamese Shrimp Bun from Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine, and slurp it all down with a Mango Freeze or hit up the beer tent for some local Abita beer. Dietary restrictions? Check out GoNOLA’s guide to eating gluten-free at Jazz Fest.

We sure are excited for a great weekend, and we hope to see you out at the Fair Grounds! Believe it or not, Bienville House still has rooms open for this weekend. Book a last minute trip with your favorite French Quarter hotel today!