Published on 04/24/18 by Bishop and Briley
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Yeeeeaaaarrrr.” Do yourself a favor and imagine that in Andy Williams’ singing voice and not mine. Jazz Fest is FINALLY here, my friends! For the next two weeks there will be music everywhere – day and night. Mid-City will be abuzz with laughter and revelry, and the weather should be absolutely PERFECT.
The whole thing can be a little overwhelming so we’ve tried to compile some “tips” for our clients and friends. Please feel free to add your “pro-moves” to this entry in the comment section, and let’s all have a great fest!
First thing’s first – What should you wear? Comfortable shoes are most important here. There may be days you find yourself out of the house/hotel by 11 AM only to not return home until 3 or 4 AM. That’s a whole lot of dancing and walking. Be kind to your feet so you can do it all again the next day. If we get a bit or rain, its time to pull out the shrimp/rain boots. Guess what – we’re at a race track. That mud isn’t always mud! My next recommendation would be a big sunhat – guy or girl. Not only will it feel like its 5-10 degrees cooler out, it will protect you from the sun. My final and favorite accessory is the kimono – paired with a tank underneath you can stay cool during the day, protect yourself from too much sun, and have a thin layer at night.
Next – What on Earth do I eat and drink? New Orleans isn’t your normal city, and Jazz Fest isn’t your normal festival. Where I grew up festival food meant corn dogs and funnel cakes. Not here. Don’t worry about grabbing lunch before heading into the fest. The food is what makes the experience so great. Some of our favorites are:
Soft shell crab po boy
Cochon de lait po-boy
Crawfish bread/sausage jalapeno bread
This list goes on and on. Long story short –EAT IT ALL. You can’t go wrong!
Next Question: Should I buy late night show tickets in advance? Most people will disagree with me here, but I always say No. You don’t know where your day or night will take you so its best to just go with the flow. Will some shows sell out? Yes. Will some people have too much fun at the fest and have to sell their tickets (usually at a discount) to a sold out show? Most likely, yes. The last few years we’ve only purchased a few tickets in advance. Don’t worry if you don’t have tickets to the show you want to see. You’ll most likely always be able to get in.
Next: Best way to get to and from the fest? There are shuttles from downtown, there are places to lock up your bike, and there are ubers and lyfts a plenty. Stay safe. Don’t feel like you have to drive. There are always other options.
Over the next few weeks, just have fun! Venture to the smaller tents. Check out music you’ve never heard before. Make new friends. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!