What do tickets cost?
For Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 2020 prices are $70 (early bird until Jan 28) or $75 advance (through the Wednesday before each weekend), plus service fees. Gate price is $85 (no fees).
For Saturdays, 2020 prices are $80 (early bird until Feb 14) or $90 advance (through the day prior), plus service fees. Gate price is TBA.
Saturday tickets are date-specific, good only on that day.
Fees for online purchases run about $9-10 per ticket, plus a per order shipping fee of $15.
Children's tickets (age 2-10) are $5, at the gate only. Under 2 get in free. It's really a pretty good value when you realize that for that price, you can see many acts, each of whom usually charge $20, $30, $50, $100 or more for their concerts.
Started in 2018, there will be $50 tickets available for Thursdays only, at the gate only, for Louisiana residents with ID (2 tickets per resident limit).
There are several acts I want to see at the Festival. Do I need a separate ticket for each?
One ticket gets you in to the Festival and will let you see as many performers at as many stages as you like.
Do I need a separate ticket for each day?
Yes, each day requires a new ticket. Note that 1st weekend single-day tickets are good for any day on the 1st weekend (except Saturday) 2nd weekend single-day tickets are good for any day on the 2nd weekend (except Saturday).
Is there a multi-day festival pass?
New for 2020, there's a wristband good for all 4 days of the selected weekend. Price is $255 (early bird until Jan 28) or $275 after that. The wristband is non-transferrable (unless it's put on loosely, I guess) and does not allow re-entry. If you're sure you'll use all four days, the pass saves about $55-60.
Wristbands are available online only, and are not available at the gate or box office.
Wristband supplies are limited.
All VIP passes are sold as weekend passes.
If you want to help a good cause, for a $850 donation ($800 early bird thru Feb 14), WWOZ, a community radio station that's the official station of the Fest, will give you a Brass Pass that give you unlimited entrance for every day of Jazz Fest (including in/out privileges), plus access to the WWOZ Hospitality Tent at the Fest (free water, iced coffee, and fruit; plus slightly cleaner port-o-johns). The Brass Pass is transferable on a daily basis. A portion of the cost (about $200) is tax deductible. Details at wwoz.org.
The fest offers three different VIP packages. I describe them here.
Re-entry? Can you leave and get back in on the same day?
No, there is no In and Out allowed with general admission tickets. Re-entry will require a new ticket. The VIP tickets and the WWOZ Brass Pass and Gala Pass do allow free re-entry.
If your group will be purchasing 50 or more tickets, call the Festival's Ticket Manager at (504) 410-4100 for info or for the group order form. The face value is not discounted, but there are no per-ticket fees. There's a flat fee of $25/order that includes shipping. Early bird pricing applies if bought before the early bird deadline.
Is there reserved seating?
No, it's all general admission. The VIP tickets get you into private areas, but there are no reserved seats there.
Will it sell out?
Only premium days have ticket limits. Other days, tthey'll just keep selling tickets and packing them in (except premium days are limited). Even when a really popular act plays. Record single day attendance was 160,000 for the Dave Matthews Band and Mystikal on Second Saturday, 2001 - but that day was an aberration. Elton John day in 2015 probably drew 130,000+, and that's the only other time they've passed 100,000. The old record was 98,000 on Second Saturday in 1998, when Jimmy Buffett headlined (a great set, by the way). Typical attendance is 60,000 on a weekday, 80-90,000 on a weekend. See recent attendance numbers here.
When do tickets go on sale?
Usually the day after the performers are announced.
How do I get advance tickets?
Through the Fest website. With any of these methods, they'll hit you up with a hefty per ticket "convenience" charge ($10+/ticket for 2019), plus a per-order delivery fee.
Yikes! I really really really hate fees. How can I avoid the surcharge?
There are four ways to minimize fees:
Hey, Swag, I bought my tickets a while ago, but I haven't gotten them yet, and I leave for New Orleans tomorrow! What now?
Contact ticket purchase support at http://support.festivalticketing.com/.
Page last updated January 29, 2020