Entering its sixteenth year, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a beloved festival that continues to draw world-renown musical acts. The history of Voodoo Fest (its colloquial name) includes several memorable moments, from R.E.M’s last American concert to Nine Inch Nails’ explosive, triumphant performance in the months following Hurricane Katrina.
Starting off as a modest weekend event, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has emerged as a full-blown, three-day festival. Just last year, the local founder of the festival, Steve Rehage, drew the attention of Live Nation Entertainment – the premier live entertainment company – and accepted an executive position with the company to propel the festival to the next level.
With City Park’s permanent festival grounds serving as the location for this year’s festival, visitors can enjoy Voodoo Fest in a variety of ways. Whether they choose to purchase a single-day ticket or a ticket for all three days, audience members can expect stellar musical sets from national performers like OutKast, Pretty Lights, Lauryn Hill, the Foo Fighters, and Zedd alongside local talents like Big Freedia and Rebirth Brass Band.
Extra perks like the on-site NOLA Food Experience encourage visitors to enjoy local cuisine. This year, restaurants like Bratz Y’all, Café Navarre, and Woody’s Fish Tacos will cater to a variety of palates.
Beyond the festival itself, visitors will enjoy a true sense of New Orleans and boost our economy through their attendance. When they take our streetcars, pedicabs, and taxis to City Park, dine out downtown, or stay in an uptown bed and breakfast, Voodoo Fest attendees add a buzzing energy to our city, as much as the pulsing beats and lights from the City Park stage.
As always, the festival coincides with Halloween, offering another opportunity for economic success. With our reputation for haunted, historic buildings, New Orleans is a natural destination for visitors looking to celebrate Halloween to the fullest.