The 2021 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be postponed to October due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to a source with direct knowledge of the plan.
The Jazz Fest will take place at Fair Grounds on the weekend of Oct. 8 and Oct. 15, the sources said.
Other new media, including WWL Television and OffBeat Magazine, also confirmed the scroll through their own sources.
Since its inception in 1970, the Jazz Fest has ended in late April / early May. In recent years, the festival spans four four-day, two-day weekends.
In addition to the times of the year, other changes could be in 2021, with the first Jazz Fest reportedly going to be a three-day weekend from Friday to Sunday. The second weekend may or may not include Thursday, Oct. 14.
The official announcement of the festival plans could take place as early as next week.
Board members of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the festival’s nonprofit organization, met on Thursday evening to discuss the planned move and other shows.
In 50 plus years as a New Orleans concert promoter, Beaver Productions’ Don Fox has canceled shows for all sorts of disasters.
The Jazz Fest celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, with its eight-day attendance at Fair Grounds reaching a peak of 475,000, marking the largest event since Hurricane Katrina.
In 2020, both the Jazz Fest and the French Quarter Fest were initially postponed and then canceled altogether as the outbreak persisted.
On Thursday, the makers of the French Quarter Festival officially announced that it would postpone its own festival from April to the fall. The 2021 French Quarter Festival is scheduled for Sept. 30 – Oct. C. 3.
With the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, festival manufacturers are hopeful that this fall, in the wake of hurricane season, will take place.
If so, it will be New Orleans Music Month, with festivals taking place over five consecutive weekends.
French Quarter Fest is 30 Sep. – Oct. 3.
Jazz Fest will be full the following two weekends.
A downsized version of the Buku Music + Arts project at Mardi Gras World will take place October 22-23.
End of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience Marathon will take place on a traditional Halloween weekend, October 29-31.
The layout will be changed to some extent.
This is an evolving story.