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Louisiana Music Festivals: The Top Worth the Travel

Updated on January 25, 2012

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ and HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Louisiana Music Festivals- Worth the Fuss?

Would you travel to Louisiana to visit one of these or any other festivals?

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My good friend and I at Jazz Fest 2011!
My good friend and I at Jazz Fest 2011!
My husband and I at Jazz Fest 2011!
My husband and I at Jazz Fest 2011!
The Stages and Crowd
The Stages and Crowd
One of the Cultural Shows
One of the Cultural Shows
More of the crowd!
More of the crowd!
VIP Stands
VIP Stands

JAZZ FEST (April 27-May 6, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana)

Jazz Fest is one of the largest music and cultural festivals that attracts festival goers from all over the globe. The origins of this New Orleans festival were intended to promote the Louisiana music and arts cultures that make this great state so special. Now, many different genres are represented at the festival from artists such as; John Mayer, The Zach Brown Band, Tom Petty, Al Green, The Eagles, and Better Than Ezra. The best part about coming to this festival is that you have an opportunity to taste Cajun fare, enjoy Southern hospitality, absorb a new culture and certainly experience something unlike nothing you have never seen before.

There are many ways to "pass a good time" at this festival, but there are a few tips that I have learned along the way:
*If you do not like crowds, DO NOT GO or purchase tickets to the Big Chief VIP booth.
*Be sure to bring a towel, hat, sunscreen, folding chair, blanket, koozie, soft icechest and/or backpack. For a list of what NOT TO BRING, click HERE.

The food and drinks that you will taste at Jazz Fest are some of the best that the South has to offer. Be sure to pack plenty of cash so that you can buy as much as you would like. There are also many souvenirs and CD's on sale, so plan to stock up on some local art and not worry about the cost. :)

For a list of this years performers that are lined up so far, click on this link.
For a list of the types of food that you can expect, click on this link.
For information on the types of tickets and packages you may purchase to attend this event, click on this link.
For information on the different cultures that are represented, click on this link.

The non-profit organization that now heads up Jazz Fest is a group that supports local culture, arts and music throughout the year, not just at this festival. Their mission is:

“To promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana through festivals, programs and other cultural, educational, civic and economic activities.”

What you missed in 2011- Jimmy Buffet performing "Margaritaville"

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL de LOUISIANE

Festival International (April 25-29, 2012 in Lafayette, Louisiana)

Festival International is a conglomeration of the French cultural heritage of Louisiana and from around the globe. Artists come from all over the world to celebrate with local Louisianians as well as many other international music lovers. This festival not only brings in music, but much cultural art that is both on display and for purchase. If you are looking for something unique to display in your home that has lots of soul and history, look no further than the Marche des Arts (Fine Arts Market with artists from Louisiana to Maine) and the Marche du Monde (World Market of treasures from California to Thailand).

The different styles of music represented vary from Cajun, Zydeco, Reggae, Latin, Dance, Hip Hop and the list goes on. For a list of the lineup, visit this link (available early February, but last year's list is available).

If you have an Iphone or Android, there is an app for that! Feel free to follow this link to download your guide to navigating your way through the Festival!

Feufollet at the Festival- more links for other bands on youtube.com

BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney
LSU (multipurpose) Stadium !
LSU (multipurpose) Stadium !
Good times in Tiger Stadium!
Good times in Tiger Stadium!
Map out your seats
Map out your seats

BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST (May 26-27, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Bayou Country Superfest is having its 3rd Annual Event this year right in the middle of Tiger Stadium on LSU's campus. Instead of referees, players, coaches, and fans the stadium will be packed with some of the largest country music stars and a completely different type of fan. There is a Fan Fest that takes outsides the stadium and is free entertainment, so do not think you have to miss out on the fun if you do not end up getting tickets! The party never starts and never ends because it is always going on- feel free to bring your tailgating equipment and hang out with the rest of the country music fans before showtime. There are some hotel deals available through the website, so if you are traveling in, check them out.

This year's Saturday lineup consists of: Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Little Big Town and Jerrod Niemann.

The Sunday lineup consists of: Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans and Joe Nichols.

There are many different seating packages that you can purchase for either one day or both days. Keep in mind, you are roughing it in the Louisiana heat, keep the same thoughts in mind as Jazz Fest when trying to decide what to bring. Here are the packages:

Stadium Seats

Tiger Plaza

$50 & $65 (2-day ticket, $80 & $110)

Sidelines

$85 (2-day ticket, $160)

Tiger Club

$150 (2-day ticket, $300)

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Field Level Seats

Tiger Field

$85 (2-day ticket, $170)

Tiger Field (Front Sides)

$125 (2-day ticket, $250)

Tiger Field (Front Center)

$175 (2-day ticket, $350)

VIP Golden Horseshoe
(stage-front, standing-room only)

$250 (2-day ticket, $500)

Tim McGraw- the music you cannot hear so well, but there is a nice butt shot of good ole Tim!

Here is a list of some of my other favorite Louisiana Festivals. There is of course, Mardi Gras, visit my other Hubs (King cake, Mardi Gras Balls) to read more about it!

Mardi Gras- Pick a city in Louisiana, most take part in this tradition!
Voodoo Fest- Looking to get down in New Orleans, take a visit!
St. Patrick's Day- New Orleans and Baton Rouge have parades- take your pick!
French Quarter Fest- Another festival in New Orleans, need I say more?
Zwolle Tamale Fiesta - North Louisiana- if you love tamales, you will love this one!
Festival of Lights (Christmas) - Make sure to try the Natchitoches meat pies!!
Crawfish Festival- You have to taste the many different ways that crawfish are prepared- go to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

There are MANY, MANY more festivals in Louisiana besides the lists that I have provided. Why do you say? Because some things that Louisianians love to do are eat, drink, party, celebrate and play- all in no particular order. Come join us in the South for some good times, good food and good people.

Grab some Abita beer and delicious boiled crawfish while you are in Louisiana!

Boiled to Perfection!
Boiled to Perfection!
Tasty Abita Beer!
Tasty Abita Beer!

FOR A LIST OF ALL OF THE LOUISIANA FESTIVALS, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

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