New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, more commonly known as Jazz Fest, is arguably the biggest and best festival of the year in New Orleans. Seven full days of performances from world-renown performers like Elton John, Lady Gaga, Wilco, and The Who (to name just a few) treats Jazz Fest patrons to a lifetime’s worth of concerts in one single festival.

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will play on the last day of Jazz Fest. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Facebook)

Although the festival isn’t as close to our hotel as, say, French Quarter Festival, it’s definitely one worth attending. You can take a scenic streetcar trip up Canal Street and over to City Park or have our concierge arrange a taxi. Plan to spend the full day at Jazz Fest and check out ample food vendors, crafts presentations, and, of course, music.

Every night after Jazz Fest, our sister property Hotel Monteleone is hosting their annual Jazzy Jam concert series. The music will go all night long in an elegant (and air-conditioned) atmosphere – the perfect way to relax after a full day at Jazz Fest!

Take a look at a few of the Jazz Fest headliners each day below. 

Friday, April 24

Keith Urban


Saturday, April 25

The Who

Ryan Adams

John Legend

Treme Brass Band

Sunday, April 26

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga


Irma Thomas

Allen Toussaint

Rebirth Brass Band

Thursday, April 30

Widespread Panic

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Friday, May 1

No Doubt

Paloma Faith


Saturday, May 2

Elton John

Ed Sheeran


Aaron Neville

Sunday, May 3

Lenny Kravitz

Steve Winwood

Dr. John

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