Chris Thomas King plays in the Blues Tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday, May 5, 2023. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

With Jazz Fest 2023 in the books, it's time to start the countdown to 2024. 

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is scheduled to return to the Fair Grounds next year at its traditional time — the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May.

In 2024, those days fall on April 26 to May 5.

The lineup of performers is typically released in January, about three months ahead of the festival. Tickets go on sale when the lineup is announced.

The scheduling cubes, which list the time slots when each performer or band takes the stage, are released a month before Jazz Fest. 

Think you have what it takes to play Jazz Fest?

Nearly 90% of the musicians presented at Jazz Fest are active members of the Louisiana community, according to festival organizers.  

"The mission of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is to promote, preserve, perpetuate, and encourage the music, arts, culture, and heritage of Louisiana," the Jazz Fest website reads. 

So if you think you have what it takes to play alongside the usual greats, send in an application. 

The 2024 application period runs from July 1 to Oct. 1. A link will be posted to the Jazz Fest website then. You can also apply to host a craft or food booth at the 2024 festival. 

Find more information on performance, craft and food booth applications here