The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, often known as Jazz Fest, is an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Use of the term “Jazz Fest” can also include the days surrounding the Festival and the many shows at unaffiliated New Orleans nightclubs scheduled during the Festival event weekends.
The performance lineup is announced in the month of December each year, and a more complete schedule known as the “cubes” or “grids” is released in early April. Tickets can be purchased online or from the New Orleans Arena Box Office or New Orleans Zephyrs Field. Ticket prices have increased dramatically since a rainy 2004 Festival; in 1997, tickets were $12 and, by 2007, they cost $45 at the gate or $35 in advance. In 2014, they cost $55 in advance and $70 at the gate. There are also kids’ tickets (ages 2–10) available for $5. In addition, there are various VIP packages available.
Applications to perform (from the general public) are limited to bands from Louisiana, so as to promote and preserve local culture.