Jazz Fest, Cinco de Mayo Fest, Jammin’ on Julia among things to do this weekend May 5 - 7

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - There’s always something happening around a busy festival season in New Orleans, including week two of Jazz Fest.

Here’s a list of events happening in New Orleans and the surrounding areas this weekend from May 5 to May 7.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Week 2

Jazz Fest returns for its second week at the Fair Grounds starting with Locals’ Day on Thursday through the final day on Sunday. Festival-goers heading to the Fair Grounds should prepare for a new cashless system this year and several food menu changes, including more than a dozen new dishes.

Some of this weekend’s big headliners include Santana, Jon Batiste, Kane Brown, Ludacris, Dead & Company, The Lumineers, H.E.R., Trombone Shorty, Tom Jones and Maze ft. Frankie Beverly.

Find complete details at the Jazz Fest website.

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Cinco de Mayo Fest

Mannie Fresh, Partners ‘N Crime and Honey Island Swamp Band will headline the annual Cinco de Mayo Fest returning to Fat City Park in Metairie on Friday, May 5.

Now in its seventh year, the event organized by Fat City Mexican restaurant Los Jefes Grill returns in an expanded space with a new charity partner, Ecco NOLA. The fest will feature two stages of live entertainment, live lucha libre, food trucks and the city’s biggest taco eating contest.

The event runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Fest ticketing options start at $25 for general admission, and VIP and table service options are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Cinco de Mayo festival website.

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Jammin’ on Julia

Jammin’ on Julia, a spring art walk and music festival hybrid event, returns to the New Orleans Arts District on Saturday, May 6.

The block party features gallery openings along Julia Street and surrounding areas, with musical performances in select galleries on Julia, Camp, and Magazine Streets. Guests can also find food trucks and bars on the closed 400 and 500 blocks of Julia Street. The event is free and open to the public and offers an opportunity to stroll through the historic Arts District and discover New Orleans’ contemporary art, music, and cuisine.

A map/gallery guide with complete exhibitions and music listings, and additional event details are available at the website, artsdistrictneworleans.com.

Six of Saturns Festival at Ace Hotel

Six of Saturns, Ace Hotel’s annual post-jazz fest music concert series, kicks off its second week at the on-site music venue Three Keys.

Organizers call the festival a “celebration of music, culture and the collaborative spirit of the city.

“Six of Saturns 2023 is a true celebration of New Orleans,” said Jevon Thompson, Three Keys’ music and programming director. “This year, we’ve embraced the global musical influences that have made our distinctive sound by creating a lineup of artists ranging from R&B to electronic to classic New Orleans brass, to reflect the full variety of our local scenes.”

Some acts taking the stage this week include:

Big Freedia Jazz Fest After Party

New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia hosts two Jazz Fest After Party shows at Toulouse Theatre on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6.

The “Queen Diva” will perform along with some special guests. New Orleans rapper Pell will join open the show on Friday, and Saturday’s show features New Orleans singer Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph.

Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for Friday are $35, and tickets for Saturday are $30. Visit the website for tickets and more details.

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