Like its signature dish, gumbo, Louisiana is a spicy stew comprised of many distinctive elements: African-American, Cajun, Creole, Latin, French, Cuban, Isleño, Native American, and practically everything in between. To experience this unique culture firsthand, step into the Louisiana Folklife Village and discover many of the state’s generations-old traditions – and cultural highlights. Here you can see artists create elaborate sculptures for Mardi Gras floats, blacksmiths forge decorative ironwork for French Quarter balconies, musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, and Mardi Gras Indians bead their suits. Learn how to knit a shrimp net, build a pirogue or glitter a Muses shoe. These are only a few of the dozens of traditions featured in the Louisiana Folklife Village that bear witness to our state’s unique cultural and diverse history.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary Jazz Fest, we are featuring an array of special programming.
The Folklife at 50 Tent will showcase special commemorative exhibits, demonstrations and interactive art projects throughout the eight days of Jazz Fest. Join us as we celebrate, honor and reflect on five decades of cultural traditions and heritage.

First weekend, we are honored to have La Société de Ste. Anne in the Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler tent as they too, celebrate their 50th anniversary! For the first time, this secret society walking krewe joins in the Folklife Village revelry.

Second weekend, back by popular demand, it’s Under the Big Top! Step right up to witness amazing aerialists perform their spectacular stunts! Catch a laugh with creative circus clowns!

This circus troupe has created a special Jazz Fest anniversary show in honor of the golden anniversary of Jazz Fest. Daily demonstrations and mini-circus shows will be held throughout the second weekend in the Folklife Village.

Be sure to catch a special mariachi performance on Cinco de Mayo at 1:30 p.m. in the Folklife Village!