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Jazz Fest New Orleans


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.!   

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Weekend One Lineup

Headliners: The Who • Foo Fighters • Nelly • Randy Newman • Lionel Richie • José Feliciano • Tab Benoit • Cowboy Mouth • The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra  • Arturo Sandoval • The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas • Lil’ Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers • ‘In Memory of Ellis Marsalis’ by the Ellis Marsalis Band w/ Jason Marsalis • CeeLo Green As…”Soul Brotha #100” (A James Brown Tribute) • The Dixie Cups



Weekend Two Lineup

Headliners: Stevie Nicks • Jimmy Buffett • Willie Nelson • Norah Jones • The Black Crowes • Elvis Costello • Ziggy Marley: Songs of Bob Marley • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Luke Combs • Ludacris • Irma Thomas • Melissa Etheridge • Boz Scaggs • Kool & The Gang • Buddy Guy • Rickie Lee Jones • Chris Isaak • David Sanborn • The Radiators • Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers • Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes • The Cowsills • Marcia Ball • Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers • The Iguanas • Wayne Toups


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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Swamp Tour Airboat

Our Bayou Swamp Tour

Gator Wrangler

Gator Wrangler

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.

Global Wild LIfe Center

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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 - April 28 ~ May 3, 2022

April 28 Thurs: Arrivals into New Orleans

April 29 - May 1, Fri - Sun: Jazz Fest during the day. French Quarter by night

May 2 Monday:  Private tour to experience wild alligators in the Bayou followed by a private tour of the Global Wildlife Center

May 3, Tuesday: Departures



Weekend 2 - May 4 ~ May 9, 2022


May 4 Weds: Arrivals into New Orleans

May 5 Thurs: Private tour to experience wild animals in the Bayou followed by a private tour of the Global Wildlife Center. 

May 6 - 8 Fri - Sun: Jazz Fest during the day. French Quarter by night

May 9 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:  $1,500 p/person double occupancy.
($2,350 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 at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel ​in the heart of the French Quarter.

  • Airboat Gator Swamp tour.

  • Global Wildlife Center in an open wagon 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:  $650 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

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Choose your Package:

  1. Weekend One VIP Tix, Lodging, Tour

  2. Weekend Two VIP Tix, Lodging, Tour

  3. Weekend One VIP Tix, Tour, no Lodging

  4. 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 MSY  

  • 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. 

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