The Ultimate Guide to New Orleans Jazz Fest 2022

What is the Jazz Festival?
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of Crescent City’s largest annual festivals, celebrating New Orleans’ unique music, arts, culture and heritage. Contrary to its name, Jazz Fest’s lineup includes hundreds of bands who perform a wide range of music – not just jazz, but also zydeco and hip-hop to funk and gospel – on more than a dozen scenes. You could say there’s something for everyone here, as the festival itself celebrates a bit of everything (plus, it features all kinds of local crafts and food vendors). Attendees can rediscover (or get to know) amazing local bands, and big-name headliners often perform with local musicians.

This year is special – after the 2020 and 2021 festivals were canceled (due to the COVID-19 pandemic, of course), 2022 promises a triumphant return. As you can imagine, NOLA goes the extra mile to get the most out of it, and here’s everything you can expect.

When is the Jazz Festival?
Jazz Fest always takes place the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May. This year, the festival will take place over two weekends, April 29-May 1 and May 5-May 8, 2022.

Where is the jazz festival?
Jazz Fest is held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds in Mid-City.

How much do Jazz Fest tickets cost?
Day tickets
Day tickets will be available in the coming weeks.

Weekend packages
A limited number of weekend passes are currently on sale. Early Bird rates (while supplies last) for the first 3-day weekend start at $210 ($225 thereafter). Early Bird rates (while supplies last) for the second 4-day weekend start at $260 ($275 thereafter).

Other options
For big spenders, Big Chief VIP, Grand Marshal VIP and Krewe of Jazz Fest tickets, which include a variety of perks, range from $800 to $1,600.

You can also sSupport WWOZ, the local jazz and heritage radio station, with a Brass pass ($800 early bird tickets) and enjoy admission and re-entry during all six days of the Fest.

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What is the program of the Jazz Fest?
Jazz Fest 2022 headliners will be The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie.

Other highlights include Jazz Fest regular Jimmy Buffet, singer-songwriter Norah Jones, Chris Isaak, CeeLo Green’s tribute to James Brown, Ziggy Marley, Randy Newman, and more.

Local stars include Jon Batiste, Irma Thomas, Soul Rebels, Big Freedia, The Radiators and of course Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Find the full program here. Daily line-ups and Jazz Fest “Cubes” – the official program – will be released at a later date.

What food can I get at Jazz Fest?
Jazz Fest food is as impressive as the music, and many festival-goers prioritize flavor over vibe. Trust us: you’ll want to try it all. Two dedicated food zones (along with other vendors scattered around) offer New Orleans dishes, Louisiana flavors, and international bites. Highlights include Monica crawfish, po-boy suckling pig, fried alligator, red beans and rice, mango gel, and crawfish bread. Bring several friends to share (and if you’re a real pro, bring ziplocs to take home these fabulous foods, as many are only available at Fest!).

What else can I do at Jazz Fest?
In addition to fabulous food and music, Jazz Fest promotes the culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana, not to mention other countries whose culture has influenced the city. Head to the Grandstand to explore the exhibits and watch cooking demonstrations by renowned local chefs. For a double dip, the grandstand is also where you can listen to interviews with some of the musicians performing at the Fest. Also be sure to discover an abundance of handicrafts ranging from jewelry and pottery to carving and art. You’ll also find local artisans demonstrating their skills, from woodcarving and weaving to glassblowing and accordion making. There is even a children’s tent with entertainment for the little ones. Keep an eye out for the frequent Second Lines that make their way through the festival site.

What should I bring to Jazz Fest?
Coolers and outside food or drink (except bottled water) are not allowed. October in New Orleans is pleasant – usually cool with a warm breeze – so check the forecast and plan accordingly. If it has been raining, wear your rain boots (as there will almost certainly be mud). We also suggest sunscreen and a hat, whatever the time of year. Folding chairs, blankets and tarps are allowed and are a great way to enjoy the music (in the seating areas, of course).

Where to stay during the Jazz Fest?
Check out our guide to where to stay in New Orleans. The French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods all offer easy access to the fairgrounds.

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