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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Postponed to Fall: See New Dates

AEG Presents officially announced that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will push its 2021 dates to the fall.

On Tuesday (Jan. 19), AEG Presents announced that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will push its 2021 dates from spring to fall. Jazz Fest 2021 is now scheduled for Oct. 8‐17.

“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,” said producer/director of Jazz Fest Quint Davis in a release. “Your health, along with the health of our musicians, food and crafts vendors, and all of the folks that work to make the magic happen, remains the priority as we plan the return of Jazz Fest.”

The festival regularly takes place at the end of April and early May but was forced to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic. The traditionally eight-day event was once again scheduled for that time of year, but has been postponed.


The event intends to share lineup and other details in the spring on their social media accounts. In the coming weeks, the festival will also announce the process for exchanging or refunding tickets for those who currently maintain tickets for the postponed April event. Ticketholders will receive emails directly from the Festival Ticket Office.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year‐round activities in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. The annual event is a co‐production of Festival Productions, Inc.‐New Orleans and AEG Presents.