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Weekend Picks: Jazz Fest, Jammin’ on Julia, and More

Say goodbye to Jazz Fest and hello to another year wiser in the Crescent City.

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The gates on Gentilly Boulevard welcome Jazz Fest go-ers. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Part deux of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival brings big name acts like Stevie Wonder, Meghan Trainor, and Kings of Leon to the Fairgrounds for one last hurrah. You can still catch some music after the festival at Republic or the New Orleans Jazz Market, or fuel your artistic side with Jammin’ on Julia. Fulton Street gets turned into a Kentucky-esque fest for the derby, while dear ol’ NOLA turns 299 on Sunday. And don’t forget Cinco de Mayo on Friday! Check it out:

People's Health New Orleans Jazz Market. (Photo by Rebecca Ratliff)
People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

All weekend

1. Jazz Fest — It’s the second and final weekend of Jazz Fest, which means it’s your last chance to eat as much fest food as possible while groovin’ to some killer tunes. Tickets start at $70.

2. The Collective at New Orleans Jazz Market On Friday and Saturday, head to the New Orleans Jazz Market on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. for Jazz Fest after-shows. Friday admission is $10 and features Nayo Jones at 8:30 p.m. and DJ Raj Smoove at 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, catch the Swamp Donkeys at 7 and New Breed Brass Band at 10 p.m. — no cover!

Julia Street art galleries will be home to Jammin' on Julia Saturday Night. Photo: Rebecca Ratliff
Julia Street art galleries will be home to Jammin’ on Julia Saturday Night. Photo: Rebecca Ratliff


3. Jammin’ on Julia — The New Orleans Arts District Association hosts their annual Jammin’ on Julia fundraiser Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect food, refreshments, local music, and an art raffle. Free.

4. Derby on Fulton — At 1 p.m., Fulton Street offers drinks, food, games, and live music for their third annual Derby on Fulton celebration. A “Best Hat” contest hosted by Fleur de Paris encourages you to wear your best derby outfit! Benefits the NOPD Mounted Patrol. Free. (You can also catch Kentucky Derby vibes at Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak starting at noon).

Monkey Board at the Troubadour Hotel. Photo: Rebecca Ratliff
Monkey Board at the Troubadour Hotel. Photo: Rebecca Ratliff


5. Birthday party at Monkey Board — A certain city turns 299 this weekend, and Monkey Board at the Troubadour Hotel is celebrating at their rooftop lounge. Music, food, and drinks will be served from 1 to 4 p.m.


Cinco de Mayo It’s on a Friday this year! Check out five ways to celebrate May 5 here.

Nolafunk during Jazzfest — Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, and The Soul Rebels keep the party spirit alive after Jazz Fest on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight with live music at Republic NOLA. Tickets $29.50

Basin Street Records 20th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration — On Friday at 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7), the Little Gem Saloon hosts Basin Street Records’ 20th anniversary party. Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Henry Butler, Dr. Michael White Quartet, and Davell Crawford & One Foot in the Blues all perform — plus don’t miss “The Battle” pitting Kermit Ruffins against Irvin Mayfield in an epic music showdown. Tickets are $25.

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