The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival is a celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana that is held every last weekend of April and first weekend of May. Music enthusiasts from all walks of life come together during this event to watch famous personalities like Dave Matthews, James Taylor and Bon Jovi, who have graced this event at some point in their careers. The festival showcases diverse types of music, not just jazz, so anyone can enjoy the show.
Now that you have decided to attend the festival, the first order of business that you need to attend to is to find a place you can stay at during the festival weekends. Here are useful tips to help you find one.
- Visit the official website. Visiting www.nojazzfest.com will give you a clear idea on what to expect during Jazz Fest. From where to get your tickets to music schedules, this site is dedicated to provide an answer to anything jazz fest-related. The site also names Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans as its official host hotel so if you are willing to spend, this might be the hotel for you. However, if you are on a budget, there are other hotels in the vicinity that will not cost as much. By clicking “Hotels” within the “Travel” tab, you will also see a list of hotels that offer special rates to festival patrons. Keep in mind, however, that it is best to make your reservations right away as there are only a limited number of rooms that are subjected to these special rates. Remember to ask for the “Jazz fest rate” when you call.
- Motels and hostels. If staying in a five-star hotel is not an option for you, you can also consider staying at a motel or a hostel. Use a Yahoo or a Google search engine to help you find one. Take note that the Jazz Fest is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course in Gentilly Boulevard, 10 minutes away from the French Quarter so specify these areas to get a more refined result. It is important that you find a place to stay within the vicinity if you want convenience.
- Travel agencies. Ask your travel agent for possible special deals or packages with both airfare and hotel accommodations for the festival.
- Couch surfing. Couch Surfing is an international non-profit organization that aims to connect travelers to locals all over the world. Members of this site share hospitality to one another by accepting each other as either hosts or guests. Hosts, by definition itself, provide a place to stay for the guests to help them lower their travel costs. Find out more about couch surfing by signing up in their website at www.couchsurfing.org. Once you become a member, you may go ahead and look for a host in New Orleans that might help you out.
Attending an event as big as the Jazz Festival is truly an unforgettable experience. Just remember to make reservations right away. It doesn’t matter if the festival is months away. The sooner you call the better. After all, you don’t want something as trivial as finding lodging to come in between you and two weekends of good music and fun, do you?