The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience returns this weekend to New Orleans, bringing some of its biggest headliners yet: The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers, Tool, Arcade Fire, Cage the Elephant and G-Eazy, to name just a few. The Big Easy has always traditionally been a hot spot to spend Halloween weekend, and there's no better place to be in the city than Voodoo Fest. If you haven't already gotten your tickets, purchase them here-- this isn't a festival you want to miss. Grab your 3-day general admission pass for $165, or a single day pass for only $79. LOA VIP is officially sold out.
Now that you've got your tickets in hand, here are some helpful tips that will aide you in getting ready for the big weekend!
1. Go Cashless! Voodoo attendees don't have to worry about keeping up with cash or credit cards all weekend. Your wristband will double as a method of payment, enabling you to purchase food, drinks, merchandise and more. Vendors accepting wristbands will be marked with a Cashless logo. Just load your card up before you hit the fest! You can activate it here. It's completely free to use and super secure, requiring you to set up a pin in order to use it.
(P.S. In case you're a Citi Cardmember, you'll want to register with your Citi card because the benefits are endless, including a special Cardmember lounge with Wi-Fi and a dedicated bar, a special viewing patio, $5 off the first merchandise purchase for the first 2,000 cardmembers who register, special commemorative items and more!)
2. Getting to and From the Festival: As always, Voodoo Fest is being held at City Park, but be sure to note that the front gate has moved. You will now enter at the Festival Grounds Reunion Center.
Getting to and from the festival has never been easier, with options like the Voodoo Shuttle (Hyatt Downtown to City Park every 30 minutes starting at 11 am), taking the Streetcar to the New Orleans Museum of Art with a quick walk to the festival grounds, and a Parent Cell Phone Lot that you can be dropped off/picked up at that's located near the entrance.
Limited parking is available near and around the park as well, but reserved parking is already sold out.
3. Show up early! Gates open at 12 pm each day, and there isn't an act worth missing this year. Some of my personal picks include (besides the insane headliners, of course!):
4. Lastly, remember that the event is rain or shine. And if you're familiar at all with Louisiana weather in late October, you know any outdoor event is probably a little bit of both. Bring a poncho, but please note that umbrellas fall under the prohibited items list. Check out the full list of items you can and can't bring into Voodoo Fest here.