Jazzfest 2021 canceled

Published 10:08 am Monday, August 9, 2021

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For the second straight year, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, commonly known as “Jazz Fest,” has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival organization’s official Twitter account released a statement Sunday detailing the decision. The statement reads:

“As a result of the current exponential growth of new COVID cases in New Orleans and the region and the ongoing public health emergency, we must sadly announce that the 2021 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, scheduled to take place Oct. 7-8, 2021, will not occur as planned. We now look forward to next spring, when we will present the festival during its traditional timeframe. Next year’s dates are April 29-May 8, 2022.

“Ticketholders for both festival weekends (including those that rolled over their tickets from 2020) will receive an email this week with details about the ticket refund and rollover process. All Wednesday, Oct. 13, tickets will be automatically refunded.

“In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials, so that we can all soon experience together the joy that is Jazz Fest.”

At the current time, the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival in September and the Washington Parish Free Fair in October are still scheduled to be held.