It is less than a week for the famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! “Jazz Fest,” as we call it, is an annual event that is regarded as one of the premier festivals of music, food, crafts, and culture. Not surprisingly, the fest attracts music lovers from across the globe as it offers them a wonderful variety of music, ranging from Gospel, to R&B, Rock, Cajun Zydeco, Latin music, and of course traditional New Orleans jazz.

The Schedule

This year, the fest runs from April 27th to May 6th. The seven-day music extravaganza starts on April 27th, Friday, continues through April 28th, 29th, May 3rd (Thursday), 4th, and 5th, and ends on May 6th, Sunday. The organizers have arranged 13 different stages for various music events. During the program days, the events start at the stages by around 11:15 am and ends by 7:00 pm.

Major Events

Headliners, such as Steve Miller and Jack White get maximum performance time – 100 minutes. Both perform on the last day of the event – May 6th. The other bigwigs who participate in the fest include Charlie Wilson, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Beck, and David Byrne. All of them get 90 minutes to entertain their fans and audience.

Festival goers can also enjoy Henry Butler, the famous jazz pianist, tributes to Jelly Roll Morton at the pavilion. Also, Kermit Ruffins, the eminent jazz trumpeter, will pay his respect to Louis Armstrong. Additionally, Lena Prim would tribute to her jazz singer dad, Louis Prima, at the pavilion.  

Tickets and Pricing

Tickets for both the weekends are available separately and each ticket is valid for a single day. This means that the first weekend tickets are for April 27th, 28th, and 29th, and the second weekend tickets are for May 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. People who are planning to attend multiple days in a weekend should purchase additional tickets depending on the number of days they want to attend.

The regular advance ticket scheme for both the weeks are available until April 26th, and it costs $70 per ticket. People who could not book the tickets online can buy it from the gate for $80 per ticket. The child tickets are only available at the gate, and that charges $5 per ticket. The children should be between the ages 2 – 10 and should be accompanied by adults.

The organizers have brought a special ticket program for May 3rd named “Locals Thursday.” With the ticketing program, the residents of Louisiana can purchase up to two tickets for $50 each. The residents can buy the tickets only from the designated gates after producing valid Louisiana photo identity cards.

How to Book the Tickets?

You can purchase the early-bird advance tickets and advance tickets online from Ticketmaster.com or get them from any Ticketmaster Outlet. You can also save a few bucks on fees and purchase tickets in person at the Smoothie King Center Box Office by paying cash or using a credit card.