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Jazz Fest '22: Traffic, parking restrictions and what you can and can't bring with you

It's been two years since the last Jazz Fest, so give yourself a refresher on the items you can't bring into the event.
Credit: Amy Harris/Invision/AP
Kermit Ruffins performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday, May 3, 2019, in New Orleans. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

NEW ORLEANS — Friday begins the first weekend of Jazz Fest, which will take place Friday to Sunday, April 29 through May 1 from 11pm-7pm. The second weekend takes place from Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 8 from 11pm-7pm. 

It's been two years since the last Jazz Fest, and though Covid-19 cases are on the rise again in Louisiana, there will not be any vaccination, testing, or mask mandates to attend the festival. 

There are some important things to note about Jazz Fest, including things you may want to leave behind before heading to the fairgrounds. 

Prohibited items include:

  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Soft or rolling cooler larger than 12-pack size
  • Outside drinks except factory-sealed water for personal consumption
  • Pets
  • Glass
  • Metal poles
  • Personal tents, shade canopies or other shelters/shacks, sport-brellas, etc.
  • Beach or pole-style umbrella's (over 63")
  • Drones
  • Inflatable items
  • Promotional items
  • Athletic games, hula hoops, frisbees, kites, etc.
  • Bikes
  • Large chairs with rocker, footrests, side tables, etc.
  • Skateboards, Segway's, hoverboards, etc. 
  • Inserting stakes, poles, or other objects into the ground, or use of ropes, cords, tape, etc. to reserve space
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Weapons, illicit drugs, or other contraband

Neighborhoods Impacted:

  • Fairgrounds
  • Bayou St. John
  • Desaix
  • Seventh Ward.


Attendees and citizens should expect road closures, traffic delays and heavy pedestrian traffic during the event. The New Orleans Police Department will restrict vehicle traffic around the festival and additional intermittent street closures might be required as crowd size warrants.

Restricted Access Area

A restricted access area will be in place on festival days. Vehicles without residential permits will not be allowed within the boundaries of Mystery Street, Fortin Street, Gentilly Boulevard, and Grand Rte. Saint John Street.


Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring surrounding streets for illegal parking. Attendees and residents should make sure to follow all posted signs, not block hydrants, driveways and sidewalks and not park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop sign. For more information or to report improper parking, anyone can call 504-658-8100 for parking enforcement.



Bicycle parking areas are located adjacent to the Gentilly Boulevard and Sauvage Street pedestrian festival entrances. Blue Bikes will also have drop zones located at those entrances.


RTA routes may experience delays or detours during the event. All RTA service alerts, updates, and detours can be accessed by downloading the RTA’s GoMobile app. To learn more, visit www.norta.com or call Ride Line at 504-248-3900.


The Jazz Fest Express provides continuous round-trip transportation between four departure points and the Fair Grounds. The shuttle operates all eight days of the festival from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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