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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

In late April, just before the onset of the summer heat and humidity, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course. Numerous stages simultaneously present a vast cross-section of musical performances by top artists, ranging from traditional New Orleans jazz to Gospel, country, rap, hip-hop and Creole zydeco. In addition to the hundreds of performances and thousands of musicians the festival includes numerous food stalls and hundreds of arts and crafts displays making it a true celebration of the city's culture and heritage.

Venue: The central event is held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, but celebrations take place around the entire city.

Date: 24 April to 3 May 2015

Website: www.nojazzfest.com