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Tips for New Orleans Jazz Fest

Two amazing music weekends, just down the road.

By Bryan Washington April 23, 2015

The charm of NOLA

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If you haven't yet gotten your tickets for the New Orleans Jazz Fest, there's still some left for most days of this two-weekend festival, which kicks off tomorrow. And for everyone already planning to see Ed Sheeran, Wilco and John Legend, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

You don't have to stay in a pricy hotel: Another option is to rent a house for the weekend. Depending on how many people you’re bringing, the rates you’ll find from subletters in Uptown (and Mid-City and Bywater and University) could cut your lodging costs in half, leaving extra money for nice meals (and drinks). But hurry up and reserve it! 

Craft your set list: You wouldn’t be the first person to think a band playing weekend two (No Doubt, May 1) is actually slated for weekend one—or to discover that the Jelly Roll Morton Tribute (April 26) is playing at the same time as your reservation at that restaurant your friend mentioned on Canal. Check the website and use the "custom schedule" feature, and bookmark the festival’s Twitter page for updated info.

Don't forget to in the sights: Here in America’s most European city, make sure to stop and appreciate the circa-1800 cottages lining Esplanade, and the pastel townhouses straddling the whole of Marigny. And make time for the NOLA gem that is City Park, where you can lie on the lawn digesting that po'boy in peace. 

Use common sense: We know. Your ex’s ex-best-friend “lost” his wallet on Bourbon. Don't be that guy. Indulge in moderation and look out for your friends.

Slow down: Relax. You’re in the Big Easy, where life’s just looser. Enjoy it while you can.


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