Those looking to get an all-encompassing sense of New Orleans in all its glory don’t have to be born and raised here. Rather, they can just absorb it all in one fell swoop at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Upon entering those magnificent gates of the New Orleans Fair Grounds right off of beautiful Bayou St. John, an elaborate playground of New Orleans culture awaits. It would be sensory overload if not for the meticulous layout and organization of an impressively extensive array of New Orleans music, food and tradition. By breaking down all those pieces of the Jazz Fest puzzle into one conclusive resource, we’ve created for you GoNOLA’s Ultimate Guide to Jazz Fest, 2013 edition.
Because of the magnitude of the Jazz Fest frontier and all the many different ways to explore it, we’ve literally mapped it out for you according to personal preference. Download and print out our Jazz Fest maps to navigate through Jazz Fest’s many paths.
A fine wine isn’t the only thing that pairs with food. We believe the music at Jazz Fest paired with certain fest foods create an epiphany of the senses. In addition to the amazing local talent at this year’s Jazz Fest, there is an impressive lineup of internationally acclaimed headlining artists, like Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Frank Ocean, Hall and Oates and Maroon 5. They too, when combined with particular Jazz Fest food, create a profound sonic and savory experience. Try out our favorite local and headliner pairings or discover your own revelatory combinations.
Over many years of attending the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, we’ve accumulated some pretty valuable insider intel. Find out the best ways of getting to the fest, what to bring and what not to bring, and what to do after hours and in between the two weekends.
On this special Jazz Fest episode of GoNOLA Radio, the creators of Crawfish Monica join our hosts to talk about the famous festival food, the exclusive cultural experiences this year and generally wax poetic on all things Jazz Fest.
Check out our exclusive interviews with eminent New Orleans artists playing this year at Jazz Fest. Learn more about these beloved New Orleans musicians, what makes them tick and what they love about the fest.
Yes, Jazz Fest even has its own fashion. Take a peek at our New Orleans festival style guide to find out how to dress your best for the fest and the essential accessories to finish your look.
Watch as Fleurty Girl takes you on a virtual tour of Jazz Fest and envision yourself taking in the sights, sounds and tastes under the New Orleans sun this year!