The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is one of the most diverse music festivals in the world. The list of acts runs the gamut of music from gospel, to zydeco, to rock and roll and everything in between. You are sure to see some old favorites, and probably have a few new ones after your time here enjoying live music for days on end. If you are planning on heading to the festival this year, or any year, there are a few things to keep in mind. Island Trader Vacations invites you to get to know more about this popular festival before you go.
To ensure an effortlessly great time, it takes a little bit of planning and not just going off the cuff. Here are some of the do’s that you want to make sure you cover.
- Do take the bus or taxi to the festival grounds as parking is very limited and the tow away zones are strictly enforced.
- Bring a hat, as the festival is held at the race track and there is no hiding from the sunshine.
- Even with a hat, make sure you are also wearing sunscreen.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day. Not just by drinking cocktails and beer, make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
- Check the weather forecast and prepare for it, if rain is in the forecast and you don’t want to lug around a rain coat or poncho pack a garbage bag. It works perfectly as a poncho and will fold up super small.
Now for all the Don’ts of the festival.
- Don’t bring in any outside food, as it’s not allowed.
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. Yes, this was mentioned on the Do list, but it’s very important as it can be in the high 90’s during the festival and that thick humidity that the south is known for.
- Don’t try to see every act, as it’s impossible. Pick some of your favorites and branch out and listen to something you’ve never heard before.
- This is the Jazz and Heritage Festival so don’t miss out on all the art on display and for sale. This festival isn’t just about the music but the heritage a folk art of the area.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival should be a must on anyone’s list that loves music and culture, especially that of New Orleans. The lineup will stun you year after year. The best part about it is that you get to experience it all in the Big Easy which is an adventure within itself.