Celebrating 50 Years of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is an iconic annual celebration of music and culture held at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. For 50 years, this festival has been drawing in thousands of visitors from all over the world to experience the unique culture of the city. Just saying the words “Jazzfest” is enough to evoke a sense of nostalgia and excitement in long-time fans. The festival was first held in Congo Square in 1970 and has since grown to attract nearly half a million attendees to the festival site.

Listeners can enjoy a variety of genres from jazz and gospel to R&B and rock from the multiple stages of the fairgrounds. The Jazz & Heritage Gala is an annual event that celebrates the festival while also raising funds for the Foundation's mission of making music education accessible to all children. Few music festivals can compare to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. This event is firmly established as a singular celebration of historical and contemporary significance.