New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2016
Mahalia Jackson, often called the greatest gospel singer, returned to her hometown to appear at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April of 1970. While attending the Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square (then known as Beauregard Square), she and Duke Ellington, who also appeared at the event, came upon the Eureka Brass Band leading a crowd of second-line revelers through the Festival grounds. George Wein, producer of the Festival, handed Ms. Jackson a microphone, she sang along with the band and joined the parade…and the spirit of Jazz Fest was born.
This spontaneous, momentous scene—this meeting of jazz and heritage—has stood for decades since as a stirring symbol of the authenticity of the celebration that was destined to become a cultural force.
Now 46 years later, Jazz Fest is stronger than ever. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with this legendary festival once again and offer travel packages to make this can’t-miss event accessible for fans all over the world. Travel packages include a hotel stay and shuttle transportation between your hotel and the festival, as well as your choice of festival passes — ranging from general admission all the way up to Big Chief, their highest VIP tier and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We can’t wait to see you ‘Down South in New Orleans’!