Today, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has announced the official dates for 2019, as well as the addition of an extra day. Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the world-famous Jazz Fest will return to the Fair Grounds Race Course from Thursday, April 25th through Sunday, the 28th, and Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 5th. That’s right, both weekends will start on a Thursday and end on a Sunday, alleviating some of the crowded atmospheres that the first weekend is traditionally known for.

While the lineup has not yet been announced, it can be assumed that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will continue on with their reputation as one of the best festivals in all the land. Regardless of who’s playing, it’s the people, food, and culture that bring people back year after year. For more information, head to the event’s website.