Organizers Cancel New Orleans Jazz Fest 2021 Due To COVID-19

The beloved festival will return during its traditional timeframe next spring.

By Scott Bernstein Aug 8, 2021 2:30 pm PDT

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will not take place in October as previously scheduled due to “the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region.” Jazz Fest is now set to return to the Fairgrounds April 29 – May 8, 2022.

Last year’s Jazz Fest was also canceled as a result of the pandemic. The 2021 installment was originally postponed until October 8 – 10 and 15 – 17 back in January. Dead & Company, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Lizzo, Demi Lovato and The Black Crowes were among the acts set to play Jazz Fest this fall.

Read a full statement from Jazz Fest organizers:

As a result of the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency, we must sadly announce that the 2021 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, scheduled to take place October 8 – 17, 2021, will not occur as planned. We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the Festival during its traditional timeframe. Next year’s dates are April 29 – May 8, 2022.

Ticketholders for both Festival weekends (including those that rolled over their tickets from 2020) will receive an email this week with details about the ticket refund and rollover process. All Wednesday, October 13 tickets will be automatically refunded.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials, so that we can all soon experience together the joy that is Jazz Fest.

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