The 2019 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, hosted by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation is sure to be one for the books in its 14th year. This free admission, award-winning festival uses its proceeds for free, year-round programs in education, economic development, and cultural enrichment. The festival is right in the heart of the city at Lafayette Square Park from Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20. On Friday the hours are 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on both days.
With more than 10 performers on two stages and tons of food vendors, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Performers include Tab Benoit, Tucka, The Allman Betts Band, and many more. The Louisiana Music Factory will be hosting the merchandise operation, where most performers visit the tent to sign autographs immediately after their performances. There will be an official Crescent City Blues & BBQ festival t-shirt available for purchase as well. As always, there will be an arts market with 22 of the best local and regional makers of hand-crafted artworks and home furnishings. Of course, there will be a huge spread of great barbecue, representing several regional styles, but with an emphasis on Louisiana. Though this is a barbecue festival, there will be options for vegetarians, vegans, and for those with a gluten-free diet.
For those wanting a more exclusive experience at the festival, there are VIP Experience Passes which include access to special viewing and seating areas at both stages, two complimentary bars, and a deluxe indoor hospitality suite with a balcony view of Lafayette Square, air conditioning, and real bathrooms. VIP passes cost $250 each, plus a service charge of $13.49, and are good for the entire weekend. Single-day passes are not sold, and passes are not refundable or transferrable.
There will be no outside food or drinks allowed at the festival. Pets are also not permitted, with the exception of service animals. There is also no smoking or vaping allowed.