In New Orleans, springtime is typically the season of endless festivals. But as the pandemic drags on, organizers are tearing pages from their calendars and pushing events to the fall.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, originally scheduled for April, will now be held in October, organizers announced Tuesday. Events are scheduled for Oct. 8-17. Ticket refunds and exchanges will be available through the Festival Ticket Office.
“Your health, along with the health of our musicians, food and craft vendors, and all of the folks that work to make the magic happen, remains the priority as we plan the return of Jazz Fest,” Quint Davis, Jazz Fest producer and director, said in a press release.
Last year’s events were postponed and ultimately canceled due to the coronavirus. The year before, the festival celebrated its 50th anniversary with eight days of events and more than 475,000 people in attendance, according to event organizers.
“We are all ready to get together again and share that special spirit that lives at Jazz Fest. It’s taking longer than we want, but we’ll all have our celebration when the time comes,” Davis said.
Several outlets reported Jazz Fest’s new dates late last week based on information from unnamed sources.
Last week, the French Quarter Festival announced its own fall comeback. The annual celebration of Louisiana culture and heritage is now scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 3.
Buku Music + Arts Project at Mardi Gras World, which is usually held in the spring, is now scheduled for October 22 and 23.