New Orleans makes the music.
You make the memories.
Every year, parents lather their kids up with sunscreen from tip to toe and head to Jazz Fest. While it seems like it might be more work than fun to have the little ones in tow, most parents we know wouldn't have it any other way. This – and Mardi Gras – is what growing up in New Orleans is all about. You've gotta start them on the Zydeco and crawfish bread early!
If you do decide to Jazz Fest with the fam, here are a few tips. You might want to bring a beach blanket or a chair with an umbrella for quick naps. If you're worried about music levels on your little one's ears, throw some ear muffs or headphones into the stroller. Bring one of those battery operated fans if you've got one (they have them now that just snap into your smartphone). And invest in a pair of those cute little rain boots, just in case.
Jazz Fest tickets are less than the cost of a movie these days (just $5 for kids 2 to 10), so it's hard to beat. And the Official Jazz Fest Shuttle will get you right inside the gate (see link below). Once inside, head for less crowded stages like the Jazz & Heritage and Fais Do-Do stages. Plus the Blues and Gospel tents offer chairs and some respite from the heat. And don't forget the Kids Tent! Come see groups like the New Orleans Tricentennial 100 Voices Youth Choir, the Magical Moonshine Theater, the Puppets Arts Theatre, the Harris Family Cajun Band, the New Orleans Baby Doll Ladies, the Culu Children's Traditional African Dance Company Stiltwalkers and so much more. Some might recommend going on Thursday to avoid the larger crowds but some of the best acts are on the weekend so we say "just go for it."