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The Ultimate Virtual Survival Guide to New Orleans Jazz Fest

A series of GoNOLA TV videos full of valuable tips from Jazz Fest attendees on the music, food, art, culture and logistics of the New Orleans Jazz Fest!

So what’s all the Jazz Fest hype about? Watch and listen as Jazz Fest virgins and veterans give us their tips for where to go, what to see, what to bring (or leave at home), what to eat and how to get there. Let these GoNOLA TV Jazz Fest videos be your guide to the best time at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival you could possibly have. Play the videos below to begin your digital Jazz Fest journey.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: “What Dey Say”

Some are first-timers; some have come every single year. A sampling of Jazz Fest goers tell us what number of Jazz Fests they’re on, why they came in the first place, and why they keep coming back.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Music

For lovers of all types of music, it doesn’t get better than the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Whether you’re looking for Jazz, blues, Cajun, rock, folk, hip hop, R&B, funk, country or gospel, you’ll find it and then some at one of Jazz Fest’s 11 main stages and tents. Check out these festers’ tips for where to go depending on what you’re looking for.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Food

As the name indicates, Jazz Fest is a music festival, but for some, it’s more of a food festival. Find out what the festival favorites are that you can’t miss, plus the hidden gems worth seeking out, including the “unique and exceptional phenomenon” that is Crawfish Monica, as well as the cochon de lait po-boy, soft shell crab po-boy, Rosemint Iced Tea and Mango Freeze, just to name a few.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Crafts

Jazz Fest is multi-dimensional with layers of one amazing aspect of New Orleans culture after the next. One of the most alluring is the arts and crafts of the festival. The amazing, hand crafted art at Jazz Fest offers a tangible way to bring a piece of the festival home with you. Because Jazz Fest is a meticulously elaborate affair, the art markets are categorized by contemporary, African and Louisiana genres.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Kids

Jazz Fest is one festival you don’t have to worry about bringing the kids to. With an entire section of the festival devoted to children, there is a kids’ tent and many great kid-friendly food options. But don’t take it from us – watch some of the littlest festival goers share what it was like for them to attend Jazz Fest, plus some tips from the parents, too.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Transportation

So how do you even get to Jazz Fest? First thing’s first: transportation. Jazz Fest is located in the beautiful Bayou St. John neighborhood of New Orleans inside the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Track. Take a cue from these expert festers for the best ways to get to Jazz Fest, whether you’re driving, walking, biking or using public transportation.

New Orleans Jazz Fest: Survival Guide

To send you off from this digital journey, we leave you with some final words of wisdom from the Jazz Fest community. Take note of this vital information to ensure the best and most comfortable experience at New Orleans Jazz Fest. Happy festing!