New Orleans’s 20th Voodoo Fest: A Weekend of Art, Food, & Music

New Orleans’s 20th Voodoo Fest: A Weekend of Art, Food, & Music

Majeedah Johnson
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October, 2019 marks the 20th year of the Voodoo Music & Art Experience, also known as Voodoo Fest, in New Orleans. Since its inaugural festival in 1999, Voodoo Fest has hosted over 2000 artists and entertained over one million concert-goers. Over the years, its national acts have included Rage Against the Machine and Kendrick Lamar, and local favorites such as Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band. This year, Voodoo Fest promises another roster of compelling music acts, delicious cuisines, and exciting adventures.

During Halloween weekend — Friday, October 25th – Sunday, October 27th — thousands of festival-goers will flock to City Park to enjoy a magical weekend. With 65 bands scheduled to perform, there’s something for every musical taste.  This year’s roster includes performances by Guns N’ Roses, Post Malone, and the Seratones. 

Plenty of succulent food options will add to this memorable festival experience. Visitors can stop by the Forked Up Food Court to enjoy some of the best dishes that New Orleans has to offer. Vendors in attendance include Dat Dog, Reginelli’s Pizzeria, and Boucherie. A host of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free meals will also cater to diverse appetites and food preferences. For festival-goers who were lucky enough to snag tickets to the now sold-out Feast Under the Stars, Chef Aarón Sánchez and Friends will serve up a 5-course meal during the festival’s kick off event. 

Whether it’s magnificent art installations, spooky Mortuary tours or dizzying amusement park rides, festival-goers have a host of activities from which to choose. Before departing the festival, Voodoo’s Market Place offers visitors original artwork and goodies to take home.   

Halloween is one of the biggest weekends for New Orleans and attracts 3-5000 visitors each year ( From the people surveyed after the event, about 1/2 are from Louisiana and the other half are visitors. With other activities during the weekend including Krew of Boo, The Lazrus Ball, and The New Orleans Vampire Ball, visitors have plenty of options for partying and celebration during the Halloween weekend. 

SLEM readers, let us know what you’re getting into this Halloween season. 

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