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Weekend Picks: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Zurich Classic, and More

Jazz Fest
The 51st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest takes place April 23 - May 3, 2020. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re heading out to Jazz Fest. It’s the 50th anniversary of the festival, and as always, the festival promises great food, great music, and a great time. You can also enjoy PGA tour golf at the Zurich Classic this weekend, stop by Lafitte Greenway for a movie in the park, or head to the Ace Hotel for a music festival of their own. It just might be our favorite time of year in NOLA.

Jazz Fest (Photo: Paul Broussard)


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – The first weekend of Jazz Fest has arrived, bringing all the food, music, and good times with it over the four-day weekend. Enjoy performances from Katy Perry, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Revivalists, Al Green, and more this weekend. Check out our Jazz Fest bucket list before heading to the fest, our guide to festival outfits, and our favorite foods to get while you’re there. Tickets are $75 through April 24 and $85 at the gate.

The Zurich Classic (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Zurich Classic – Held at TPC Louisiana located just a short drive from New Orleans, Zurich Classic is the city’s annual PGA golf tournament. With plenty of opportunities to attend and enjoy during the seven-day tournament, head out to the Classic from April 22-28. Daily tickets to the tournament start at $35.

Six of Saturns – Six of Saturns is a celebration of music, culture, and the collaborative spirit featuring 12 nights of performances at the Ace Hotel. The party kicks off Thursday, April 25 at 9 p.m. with a performance from Soul In The Horn with Natasha Diggs + DProsper with Big Easy Brawlers. Check out the full schedule here.

Lafitte Greenway (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Movies in the Park – Enjoy the beautiful springtime weather along with a night of family-friendly entertainment this Friday at Lafitte Greenway. Disney’s “Inside Out” will be screened, and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket to sit back and relax. The movie begins at 6 p.m. and admission is free.


Gemini – Femaissance, the New Orleans-based project celebrating the power of female collaboration through artistry and activism, returns with its fourth art exhibition ‘Gemini’ at Magazine Merchant House (1150 Magazine St.). The curated community space, exhibiting and selling the work of 50+ local female artists, will be free and open to the public daily from April 27 to May 27. Attend the opening reception this Saturday from 6-9 p.m.


1970s Jazz Fest Film Screening – Before Jazz Fest officially begins, take a trip into the past with a screening of the Louisiana State Museum’s collection of seven different 16mm film reels from the 1970 Jazz Fest on Wednesday, April 24. Dr. Charles Chamberlain will moderate the event with the Band-In-A-Pocket Jazz Trio performing live during sections of film without sound. The screening will be held in the third-floor performance space of the New Orleans Jazz Museum both at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

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