By the last days of October, much of the nation will be pulling out their winter jackets to fight the chill. But the weather in New Orleans is just perfect in the fall. Sunny all day and just cool enough to want something on your shoulders at night, late October is the perfect time of year for a music festival in the Crescent City.
Me and a friend at Voodoo Fest 2011
Voodoo Fest 2012!
The Voodoo Music Experience is a combination art and music festival taking place in City Park in New Orleans on over the weekend of October 26-28, 2012.
City Park is a large venue – the whole park is designated for the festival- so there are five stages for music. The festival’s website allows you to create your own lineup and itinerary based on the artists’ you prefer to see.
Ticket prices range from $500 for the ‘Loa Experience’ VIP ticket (which includes in and out privileges, drink specials, upgraded restrooms and more) to $90 for a single day pass.
Voodoo Festival Lineup
A wide variety of musicians are performing, including Neil Young, Green Day, Jack White, Nas, Kaskade and Coheed and Cambria and of course traditional New Orleans brass music provided by the Treme Brass Band and Preservation Hall Brass Band.
As you can see, there is music for nearly everyone’s taste.
Ozomatli at Voodoo Fest 2011 at the Bud Light tent.
Voodoo Music Fest is Family Friendly
The event is very family-friendly, especially during the daytime. There are interactive art installations where children can play ( at least that was the case in 2011 when I attended), plenty of shade and eateries.
In the evening, the music gets more adult-oriented and you are more likely to see patrons imbibe and get a little crazy.
Voodoo Festival Art
“Voodoo has established itself as one of a handful of festivals worldwide that are major destinations for art lovers. People now go for the ‘Voodoo Experience,’ where they enjoy world-class performing artists, multimedia art installations, parades, light shows, craft and food booths, and a variety of activities. A surreal playground of sculpture and multimedia exhibits incorporate the natural landscape of New Orleans’ City Park and engage festival-goers. The stellar cast of artists that create these installations has turned heads in the art community.” – from ARTWALK by Simonette Berry
Some art installations will return from 2011; some will be replaced by innovative new works made for this year’s Voodoo.
Looking for a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast?
Take a moment to peruse our bed and breakfasts in New Orleans. Some B&Bs are within walking distance of City Park; many others connect easily via streetcar, so you don’t even need to drive or worry about parking for the festival!