Don’t get in trouble at Jazz Fest! Leave these prohibited items at home

Many festival-goers planning to head to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are mapping out what they need to pack for the Fair Grounds. However, festival organizers warn some items are off limits.

The two-weekend festival returns to the Fair Grounds from April 25 to April 28 and May 2 to May 5

Festival organizers release all the key information you need to know to enjoy Jazz Fest to the fullest, including this list of prohibited items to leave at home:

  1. Hard-sided coolers: You can bring in soft coolers, but not larger than 12-pack size.
  2. Outside beverages whether carried or in vehicles except factory-sealed water for personal consumption
  3. Wagons, pull-carts or rolling bags, packs, etc.
  4. Pets
  5. Glass
  6. Metal poles
  7. Personal tents, shade canopies or other shelters/shacks, sport-brellas, etc.
  8. Beach or pole-style umbrellas (over 63”)
  9. Drones
  10. Inflatable items
  11. Promotional items
  12. Athletic games, hula hoops, frisbees, kites, etc.
  13. Bicycles
  14. Large chairs with rocker, footrests, side tables, etc.
  15. Other personal transport devices (e.g. skateboards, Segways, hoverboards, go-peds, etc.)
  16. Video and audio recording equipment
  17. Weapons, illicit drugs and other contraband

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Other important Jazz Fest restrictions

Festival organizers also prohibit any unauthorized vending or solicitation unless you’re an official, permitted fest vendor. Festival-goers are also not allowed to insert stakes, poles or any objects into the ground to reserve space. Also, don’t try using ropes, cords or tape to reserve spaces either. Finally, reserving tarp space larger than 6’ x 8’ is strictly prohibited, according to festival organizers. Prohibitions will be strictly enforced. All bags will be searched, and all vehicles will be subject to search.

So, what is allowed? Here’s what you can bring.

Festival organizers outline a list of items that are allowed into the festival:

  • Small bags and backpacks (17” x 12” x 10”)
  • 12-pack or smaller soft coolers
  • Factory-sealed bottled water for personal consumption
  • Single, collapsible chairs
  • Wheelchairs, medical scooters
  • Blankets and ground tarps – 6’ x 8’ or less, leaving enough space around each blanket/tarp for safe foot passage
  • Push strollers for children
  • Handheld, personal-sized umbrellas