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New Orleans Attractions: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

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Welcome to the vibrant and beguiling city of New Orleans, where culture and soul thrive. Amidst the numerous offerings of this city, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival stands out as a unique and irresistible celebration of music and good food. 

Brace yourself for an enchanting journey as you’re taken into the heart and soul of this one-of-a-kind festival! Beyond the surface of the events fascinating facade, an exciting world awaits, with countless facts, enriching details, and a deep-seated sense of enthusiasm that permeates throughout, making it an indelible experience. 

Overview of the Festival

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Prepare to be transported to a magical world of music, food, and art as you celebrate at the annual Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival in vibrant New Orleans! This festival was originally founded in 2006 and pays homage to the rich blues tradition of the city and its neighboring areas, drawing some of the most incredible performers from Southern Louisiana and Mississippi, who will serenade you with their soulful melodies that will leave you spellbound. 

Beyond the fantastic music, you will be tantalized by an array of BBQ vendors offering mouth-watering dishes that will leave you craving more! Additionally, the festival also features an awe-inspiring art market where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of artwork, home accessories, and jewelry, so you can take home a unique memento that will forever remind you of this unforgettable experience. With so much to see, eat, and hear, this festival is truly a must-visit for anyone ready to dive into the bluesy world of New Orleans and get lost in its irresistible charm. 

Dates & Admission Cost

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Mark your calendars for the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival from October 13th to October 15th, 2023, held at Lafayette Square Park in downtown New Orleans. Convenient parking is available at the Poydras Center on 650 Poydras Street, while festival-goers can also opt for eco-friendly transportation with Blue Bikes, using the promo code “BLUES2023.” General admission to the festival is free, but this year, the 16th edition introduces VIP tickets priced at $300. VIP access includes a dedicated guest area with exclusive stage viewing, a complimentary bar, and access to a lounge, supporting the organization of this remarkable event. 

Food & Music

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Get ready for a feast for your ears and your taste buds at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in New Orleans! This event is going all out with a huge selection of sumptuous barbecue, showcasing various regional styles. This year, there’s a special emphasis on Louisiana cuisine, reflecting the recent surge in barbecue restaurants in New Orleans. Even if you’re vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, there are still plenty of options available. 

As for the music, prepare to be blown away by an impressive lineup of talented musicians, including renowned artists like Tab Benoit and Shemekia Copeland. From The Lilli Lewis Project to Lil Jimmy Reed, the stages will resonate with the heart and soul of blues music throughout the festival weekend. 

Have More Fun on a French Quarter Tour 

While attending a festival in New Orleans can be a blast, venturing deeper into the city’s rich history can be just as exciting. Step back in time and uncover the enchanting history of New Orleans with our captivating French Quarter tour! Wander through the iconic streets of this historic district, guided by knowledgeable locals who breathe life into its storied past.  

Discover hidden courtyards, elegant Creole architecture, and legendary landmarks, including the famous St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the lively history and sounds of jazz on every street corner on our French Quarter walking tour. From the allure of Bourbon Street to the mystery of the Voodoo culture, our French Quarter tour promises an unforgettable adventure, making this season in New Orleans truly special. 

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