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Insider’s Guide: Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

A look at the lineup and all of the tips for your best Voodoo experience yet.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2016 (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is one of New Orleans’ quintessential music festivals. Since its inception, the festival has hosted thousands of musical acts, including a mix of national headliners and local favorites, all staged under City Park‘s majestic oaks.

In addition to the music, Voodoo regularly welcomes burlesque performers and circus acts to the festival grounds. City Park is transformed into an other-worldly stomping ground to worship the music. The experience is a feast for the eyes thanks to large-scale art installations, an art market, and the wide range of outlandish costumes festival-goers wear in honor of Halloween.

Take a look at who’s playing, how to get there, and a few other top tips below with our Insider’s Guide.

Interactive art is a part of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Photo: Paul Broussard)

The Acts

Friday Oct. 27

Voodoo Fest kicks off with performances by Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Galantis, and Kehlani.

Saturday, Oct. 28

The sounds of rock n’ roll will echo throughout the night with Foo Fighters and Brand New. DJ Snake and RL Grime also take the stage.

Sunday Oct. 29

For its final day, Voodoo goes out with a bang with performances by headliners the Killers. Post Malone, Miguel, and Louis the Child are also set to take the stage that night, along with American folk band the Head and the Heart. See the full Voodoo Fest lineup here.


Heads up that a road closure at Canal Boulevard and City Park Avenue might delay your travel time to the fest, but it’s nothing a little planning won’t take care of.  See a list of detours and more information on the closure here. Don’t forget to have a plan in place for when you leave to avoid fest traffic.

Parking is limited in and around the park, and you’ll want to avoid parking on the neutral ground or bayou, both of which will most likely get you towed. The festival does have a shuttle service in place.


This is an outdoor festival – rain or shine – so wear comfortable, waterproof shoes. (umbrellas are not permitted, but ponchos are.) Outside food, drinks, and beverages are prohibited, but there are lots of delicious food and beverage options on site. Voodoo Cashless lets you link your credit card to your wristband so you don’t have to worry about hauling your wallet around. Small bags and phone cameras are welcome, but professional cameras and long lenses are not permitted. You can bring blankets, towels, and collapsible chairs, but tents are not allowed. Neither is Fido – leave your pets at home.

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