The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a multi-day cultural festival that's held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. City Park, a public park that covers 1,300 acres serves as the venue for the event.
The Voodoo Experience debuted in 1999 over the Halloween weekend. It started as a single-day event featuring local and national artists. It became a two-day festival in 2000, and its popularity swelled because of a headline-grabbing performance by Eminem to promote his three-time platinum album, The Slim Shady LP. Voodoo Experience became a three-day event in 2007.
Every year, well-known international artists from many different genres bring the stages alive. Past performers include Stone Temple Pilots, Marilyn Manson, Arcade Fire, Deadmau5, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Duran Duran, Neil Young, Nine Inch Nails, and Eminem.
Since its inception, over 2000 artists have performed, and over one million guests have attended the event. In 2013, it was taken over by Live Nation Entertainment and has also been produced by C3 Presents. People from all over the county and the world travel to New Orleans to be a part of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience and it has become an iconic Halloween tradition.
Voodoo Experience guests have a number of ticket options: General Admission, General Admission +, VIP, and Platinum. You can purchase tickets for one day of the festival or all three days. They range in price from $75 (one-day general admission pass) to $1300 (three-day platinum pass).
Platinum passes include access to the Platinum Lounge, exclusive viewing areas, catered meals, and snacks, a full-service open bar, concierge services, and a dedicated festival entrance. Recently, an official festival ticket exchange service has been introduced. If for some reason you're unable to attend the event, you can resell or exchange your passes. Check out the festival website for more information on tickets and pricing.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is held in City Park, New Orleans and you can enter it via two different gates. Driving all the way to the venue is not recommended since some of the streets are narrow and difficult to navigate. If you do decide to drive, make sure you get there early to beat the crowds. You may have an easier time leaving your rig at your campsite or parking somewhat close and making your way from there via public transportation.
Free street parking is available near City Park on a first come, first serve basis, when you can find it. Overnight parking or camping is not permitted. Patrons are requested to stay clear of any areas with restricted parking signs. Your vehicle may get towed if you park in an illegal area or blocking someone's driveway.
Patrons are encouraged to cut down their carbon footprint by using public transportation to get close to the venue. The easiest way to get there is by taking the streetcar. The 48-City Park/Museum streetcar route will get you close to the site. Another option is to ride on an RTA operated bus.
Camping or parking your vehicle overnight is not permitted within the boundaries of City Park. Book a spot at a campsite or RV park nearby in advance.
There are several RV parks in the area where you can enjoy the city's legendary hospitality and warmth. Many of these are only a short drive away from the city center and come with facilities like swimming pool access, WiFi, Laundry services, and full hookups. Travelers may find discounts for military personnel at some of these parks.
Skateboards, scooters, skates, ATVs, or other personal motorized vehicles will not be allowed on the grounds of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. You can ride your bike to the venue, but you'll need to park it at one of the designated cycle racks. The site is wheelchair-accessible, but it does have a number of small hills and dips.
Since the event takes place on Halloween weekend, you'll see lots of people in costumes. Gather your crew and create a group costume theme or dress as your favorite artists. The weather can be unpredictable, so it's a good idea to dress in layers. This way, you can stay comfortable and stylish all day long. Wear comfortable shoes because the venue is large and you'll need to walk quite a bit to get from one stage to the next.
Only small purses, drawstring bags, and totes will be allowed into the Voodoo Experience. Carry a few essentials like sunscreen, a hat, rain poncho, and bug spray. Lockers and mobile chargers are available for rent on a daily basis. Alternatively, you could leave your bag and liquids at home to enter through the no bag express lane.
Take frequent breaks to find shade and protect yourself from the sun. It can get quite loud, so a pair of earplugs can come in handy, especially if you will have youngsters along with you. Free hydration stations will be scattered all over the grounds providing cool, filtered water. Fill up your water bottle or hydration pack frequently to stay hydrated.
Guests may not bring in outside food or beverages at the Voodoo Experience . If you'd prefer to make your own meals and snacks, check if cooking is permitted at your chosen camp or RV park in advance. The policies regarding open fires, fuel use, and cooking typically vary from campsite to campsite in Southern Louisiana.
New Orleans is home to some of the best Creole and Cajun cuisine in the world. You will not want to leave the city without trying a few of the classic dishes like Jambalaya, Gumbo, and Beignets. Head to the French Quarter to eat at one of the century-old eateries or try one of the more recent restaurants along Lake Pontchartrain.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience organizers work with the top New Orleans restaurants, caterers, and vendors to bring the best local flavors to the event. There will be some delectable menu items on offer, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Plenty of vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free options will be on sale as well.
Voodoo Experience staff and security personnel will be present at the entrance gates. All bags will be checked before entry, and you may be subjected to an airport-style search. You're free to enter and exit the venue as you please as long as you're wearing your wristband and get it scanned each time.
Weather in the Gulf of Mexico can be unpredictable in the fall and may make its way north to meet guests at the festival. It's a good idea to check the weather report on the day of the event before getting dressed. Rain or shine, this is one event that will carry on in New Orleans. In the rare case of inclement weather evacuation measures are in place. Guests can follow festival staff directions at that time if needed.
Medical tents will be present throughout the grounds where you can find resources and information. Medically necessary materials will be allowed in as long as they are accompanied by a prescription with the patient's name. There will also be an accessibility center on site to provide assistance and support to patrons with disabilities.