2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival: What to See

Jazz PlayerNew Orleans is home to some of the most festive, entertaining, and delicious festivals in the world. Perhaps the most well-known of these is Mardi Gras, and this past February marked the city’s busiest—and safest—one to date, with highlights including the ubiquitous parade and infamous Bourbon Street revelry. Celebrity guests who want to check the New Orleans Mardi Gras off their bucket list—and festival regulars, too, of course—will want to sign up for our 2017 Mardi Gras Signature Event Sailing on board Celebrity Equinox®. The limited-edition, 11-night sailing departs from Fort Lauderdale on February 20th, and with staterooms filling up fast, we advise that you book now to avoid disappointment.

Meanwhile, later this month, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course over two consecutive weekends (April 24-26 and April 30-May 3). Now in its 46th year, the festival celebrates the city’s rich music culture that includes a wide variety of genres: R&B, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock, rap, country, bluegrass, and of course, jazz. The don’t-want-to-miss lineup of artists currently slated to perform on the festival’s 10-plus stages include today’s hottest contemporary stars, including Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Hozier; country artists Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves; legendary performers Elton John and the Who; and jazz masters, Ellis Marsalis and the Rebirth Brass Band. In addition, the Georgia-based jam band, Widespread Panic, has been honored with the festival’s longest set—an impressive three hours and 15 minutes.

To keep fans going strong all weekend, the New Orlean’s top restaurants will set up pop-up food stands, serving over 200 different bites and beverages. The collective menu has been curated to include traditional and contemporary Creole and Cajun recipes, as well as the New Orleans standards (think po’ boys, alligator pies, and beignets from Café du Monde).

Tickets and hotels are still available, so if hot nights and even hotter music are up your alley, book your accommodations today.

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