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.
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.
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
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.