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Jazz Fest New Orleans
October 7-12 and/or October 13-18
Most people think Jazz Fest is only about jazz music. It is not just jazz, it is almost every genre you can imagine.
The layout is 12 stages with close to 70 artists rotating throughout the day scattered across the huge New Orleans Fairgrounds. It is general admission so you wander from stage to stage as you please. Some stages have open seats, some are standing room, and most have plenty of grass space to lay down and just soak in the music. It is the best music layout in the U.S.!
Official Page: www.nojazzfest.com/music/
Weekend One Lineup
Dead & Company • Foo Fighters • Lizzo • The Black Crowes • Demi Lovato • Brandi Carlile • Wu-Tang Clan featuring The Soul Rebels • The Revivalists • Ludacris • Ziggy Marley: Songs of Bob Marley • Randy Newman • Tank and The Bangas • Galactic • David Sanborn • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers • Chris Isaak • Cyril Neville • Hurray for the Riff Raff • Charlie Musselwhite • Arturo Sandoval • Martha Redbone Roots Project • Ricky Skaggs • Doug Kershaw • Boyfriend • El Gran Combo, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials • Tab Benoit • Leo Nocentelli • Anders Osborne • Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters • Little Freddie King • Kathy Taylor and Favor • Tribute to Bessie Smith • Nicholas Payton • Deacon John • Lost Bayou Ramblers • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians • We are One and Divine Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, and more to be announced
Weekend Two Lineup
Stevie Nicks • Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band • H.E.R. • Norah Jones • Tedeschi Trucks Band • The Beach Boys • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • Jon Batiste • Elvis Costello & The Imposters • Brittany Howard • Irma Thomas • Melissa Etheridge • The Isley Brothers • Nile Rodgers & CHIC • Boz Scaggs • Rickie Lee Jones • Ledisi • Tower of Power • Big Freedia • Keb’ Mo’ Band • PJ Morton • Playing for Change Band • Samantha Fish • Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective • Rebirth Brass Band • Shovels & Rope • Asleep at the Wheel • Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk • The Radiators • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band • George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners • Davell Crawford • Puss N Boots • The Campbell Brothers • Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise Revival Choir • The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders • Tribute to Dr. John • The Count Basie Orchestra • New Orleans Nightcrawlers • Ronnie Lamarque, and more to be announced
Johnny G Adventure Exclusives
So how does Johnny G Adventures take a great set up and make it even better? We have VIP Passes that give us entry into several private tents for beverages, snacks, and tables to savor the best food in the world with minimal crowds. We also enter via private entrances and given exclusive In/out privileges, although I am not sure why anyone would want to leave. Tired? Take a nap on the lawn. Hungry? The food is simply the best. Why leave?
Jazz Fest happens over two weekends, typically the best months to visit New Orleans. Our adventure covers both weekends and you can either pick one of two weekends or both.
Hotels sell out fast and airfare jumps immediately after the lineup is announced. This year was pushed to October which was actually GREAT news for us. The day they announced the dates, I immediately booked hotels at phenomenal rates. The very next day, rates tripled and almost all are now sold out.
Wait! There is more!
In addition to Jazz Fest, Johnny G Adventures adds a private tour to the bayou swamps on our own private airboat to get up close and personal with gators, snakes, turtles, egrets, and nutria. The best part, is these animals are not imprisoned in cages. They are free, wild, and in their nature for us to annoy. Even better, we will be closer to these animals than you will ever get in a disgusting zoo.
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Our Bayou Swamp Tour
But still the day isn't over!
After our swamp tour, we head across the world's longest bridge (24 miles (bucket list)) to the Global Wildlife Center which is which one of the largest totally free-roaming 900 acre wildlife preserve of its kind in the country! It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world. Most importantly, they roam free and they will come to us in our private tractor trailer to feed them. It is an incredible experience and I go there every time I visit New Orleans. Again, you will never experience this in a zoo.
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I honestly believe this is the best tour in all of New Orleans. Between the private bayou airboat and tractor, I know you will come home with photos you will treasure and be the envy of anyone who says, "Oh I have been to New Orleans". Yeah, maybe so...but not in Johnny G Adventures style!
Weekend 1 - Oct. 7 - 12, 2021
October 7, Thurs: Arrivals into New Orleans
October 8-10, Fri, Sat, and Sun: Jazz Fest during the day. French Quarter by night
October 11, Monday: Private tour to experience wild alligators in the Bayou followed by a private tour of the Global Wildlife Center.
October 12, Tuesday: Departures
Weekend 2 - Oct. 13 - 18, 2021
(1 room for two left)
October 13, Weds: Arrivals into New Orleans
October 14, Thurs: Private tour to experience wild animals in the Bayou followed by a private tour of the Global Wildlife Center.
October 15-17, Fri, Sat, and Sun: Jazz Fest during the day. New Orleans by night
October 18, Monday: Departures
FYI, all hotels double and triple their prices during Jazz Fest because it is the same weekend every year. This year it was postponed so the day it was announced, I booked our lodging before the hotels had a chance to raise their rates! The next morning it was triple the price. I am passing that huge discount to our group!
Two packages to suit your preference. (Air is not included in either package and prices are for ONE weekend. Contact me for both weekends pricing)
Option 1 - VIP Jazz Fest Pass, Lodging, and Tour: $1,100 p/person double occupancy.
($1,445 single occupancy)
VIP Tickets for all 3 days of each Jazz Fest weekend. VIP Pass gives us regular ticket admittance, PLUS:
VIP entrance gate
Access to VIP Tent Hospitality which offers private bathrooms, tables, chairs, shade, fruit, and iced coffee.
Same-day In/Out privileges.
Free Wi-Fi and device recharging stations.
5 nights lodging in the heart of the French Quarter.
Airboat Gator Swamp tour aboard are our own private Airboat.
Global Wildlife Center in our own private 4WD to get as close as you could possibly imagine to hundreds of wild animals. See Slideshow above.
Private transportation from hotel, to the Swamp Tour and Global Wildlife Center.
Option 2 - VIP Jazz Fest Pass, and Tour: $590 per person either weekend
VIP Tickets for all 3 days of each Jazz Fest weekend. (See above description)
Private Airboat Gator Swamp tour and Global Wildlife Center tour
Choose your Package:
Weekend One VIP Tix, Lodging, Tour
Weekend Two VIP Tix, Lodging, Tour
Weekend One VIP Tix, Tour, no Lodging
Weekend Two VIP Tix, Tour, no Lodging
* VIP Passes are non refundable to us thus we cannot offer any refunds beyond the Tour.
* If we cannot fill both weekend VIP passes, we may not be able to offer VIP passes for the other weekend. This will be explained more clearly upon booking.
You may also call or email to reserve your spot
Call: 1-530-208-7800 or email:
Frequently Asked Questions
The Official FAQs link: coming soon on their website
Where do I fly into? - New Orleans. Take a Lyft or Uber to the Marriott Courtyard 124 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70130
What can I bring and not bring into Jazz Fest - See Official FAQs coming soon on their site
Which Jazz Fest weekend is the best to attend- Both weekends are always great. Your only deciding factor is if there happens to be a particular band you want to see.
Do I have to stick with the group? - Absolutely not. In fact I encourage everyone to explore the different stages and share your experience with others. Just wander and you will bump into each other on the fairgrounds.
Do I have to do the side tours? - Our goal at Johnny G Adventures is to bring the best experience to our customers. The tour makes this adventure great, so if you prefer to pass on the tour, it is probably best to book your own travel. No hurt feelings.
What is the weather like - October is a great time when the weather cools down. Average for the weekend is 73 degrees, ranging from 65 to 80 degrees.
Who is this adventure leader, Johnny G - Johnny G has been to New Orleans at least 30 times hanging with locals and native New Orleanians. I know the city and can give you a taste of the local version of the Big Easy!
Why should I book through Johnny G Adventures - If you ask this question, you have never been on a Johnny G Adventure ! Our tours are "adventures" and they are unlike what any other tour operator can offer at ANY price! We try to make everything private and avoid the public crowds. As boastful as it sounds, no one is as FUN as we are. End of story.
Once you have experienced a Johnny G Adventure, you will never ask this silly question again.
Are kids allowed? Anyone is welcome to join us. Please understand that Bourbon Street is known for it's debauchery. The fest itself is fine as is our tours, Let your morals dictate if you bring kids onto Bourbon Street.
Okay, how do locals pronounce New Orleans - "New OR-lins," or some say with four syllables: "New AHL-lee-ins. But please do NOT to pronounce it "NAW-lins," which many tourists tend to say "New Or-LEENZ". Ugh.
Payments accepted - We accept US Checks, PayPal, Venmo, American Express, Mastercard, and Visa.
What if I have more questions? Contact us and we will answer as best we can.