Don’t get in trouble at Jazz Fest! Leave these prohibited items at home

Many festival-goers planning to head to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are mapping out what they need to pack for the Fair Grounds. However, festival organizers warn some items are off limits. The two-weekend festival returns to the Fair Grounds on Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29 and continues Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 6.

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Festival organizers release all the key information you need to know to enjoy Jazz Fest to the fullest, including this list of items to leave at home.

  1. Hard-sided coolers: You can bring in soft coolers, but not larger than 12-pack size.
  2. Athletic games, hula hoops, frisbees, kites, etc.
  3. Large chairs with rocker, footrests, side tables, etc.
  4. Other personal transport devices (e.g. skateboards, Segways, hoverboards, go-peds, etc.)
  5. Bicycles
  6. Video and audio recording equipment
  7. Weapons, illicit drugs, and other contraband
  8. Outside beverages whether carried or in vehicles except factory-sealed water for personal consumption
  9. Wagons, pull-carts or rolling bags, packs, etc.
  10. Pets
  11. Glass
  12. Metal poles
  13. Personal tents, shade canopies or other shelters/shacks, sport-brellas, etc.
  14. Beach or pole-style umbrellas (over 63”)
  15. Promotional items
  16. Drones
  17. Inflatable items

Other important Jazz Fest restrictions

Festival organizers also prohibit any unauthorized vending or solicitation unless you’re an official, permitted fest vendor. Festival-goers are also not allowed to insert stakes, poles or any objects into the ground to reserve space. Also, don’t try using ropes, cords or tape to reserve spaces either. Finally, reserving tarp space larger than 6’ x 8’ is strictly prohibited, according to festival organizers. Prohibitions will be strictly enforced. All bags will be searched, and all vehicles will be subject to search.

So, what is allowed? Here’s what you can bring

Festival organizers outline a list of items that are allowed into the festival:

  • Small bags and backpacks (17” x 12” x 10”)
  • 12-pack or smaller soft coolers
  • Single, collapsible chairs
  • Wheelchairs, medical scooters
  • Blankets and ground tarps – 6’ x 8’ or less, leaving enough space around each blanket/tarp for safe foot passage
  • Push strollers for children
  • Handheld, personal-sized umbrellas
  • Factory-sealed bottled water for personal consumption


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