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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 (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.

During the festival, 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 arts 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. 25

Voodoo Fest kicks off with performances from Guns N’ Roses, Brandi Carlile, Interpol, Bishop Briggs, and others.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Beck, Bassnectar, The National, Young the Giant, and Clairo take the stage on this second night of all-star performances.

Sunday, Oct. 27

For its final day, Voodoo goes out with a bang with performances from Post Malone, Rezz, Bring Me the Horizon, and others. See the full Voodoo Fest lineup here.

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Transportation

There are now two entry gates at the festival, the traditional entrance along Friedrichs Avenue, and a new gate along Golf Drive. 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 encourages public transportation use and also has a pick up/ drop off area located on Victory Avenue across from Storyland. For more information, see here.

Tips

This is an outdoor festival – rain or shine – so wear comfortable, waterproof shoes (umbrellas are not permitted, but ponchos are). 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, empty water bottles, 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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