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Dive into a musical gathering that combines the fervor of a gospel hymn with the joy of a jazz parade and sets it all to the beat of iconic artists from New Orleans and around the world. This year marks the 300th Anniversary of the City of New Orleans and the 49th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and music’s brightest stars will be here to help us celebrate. Whether this is your first Jazz Fest or your 49th, these are our suggestions for making the most of your visit.

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Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

First task: pick your weekend. Sting, Jimmy Buffett and the one-and-only Aretha Franklin are headlining April 27-29 and Lionel Ritchie, Beck, Aerosmith and Jack White will take the main stage May 3-6. Or, make like a local and stay for both.

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

Make the rounds! Don’t miss the Louisiana Folklife Village spotlighting the heritage of ritual and celebration. Our Mardi Gras Indians are sure to make an appearance.

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

Wear comfy shoes. The party will spill into the street. As you’re walking back to the hotel, march to the beat of the brass bands playing along the way.

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

Bring sunscreen…and a poncho. Jazz Fest weather can be unpredictable but the muddy dance parties are legendary so don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits.

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

Getting down at Jazz Fest is mandatory and so is getting your grub on. The region’s best restaurants will there in force to make sure the food at the fest is not to be missed.

 

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

There’s art everywhere. Pop into the Louisiana Marketplace and the Contemporary Crafts tents where you’ll find works by local and regional artists and artisans.

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

Dance the night away. The music doesn’t stop after the headliners take a bow. Visit the clubs along Frenchman Street or hit up the Maple Leaf – big stars often hop on stage!

Old No 77 Hotel and Chandlery New Orleans Jazz Fest

Follow the flags. Local krewes will hoist colorful banners during the fest to mark their spots. Use them to navigate the crowds and find where you left your friends.