Joining us at Voodoo this Halloween weekend in New Orleans? With so much to see, hear, and taste, here are the important logistics and tidbits to keep you in the know.
BOX OFFICE + TICKETING 101
The Voodoo Box Office will be located across from the Front Gate of the Festival on Friedrichs Avenue. Hours are as follows:
Wednesday, 10/24 – Thursday, 10/25: 12pm – 7pm
Friday, 10/26: 10am – 9pm
Saturday, 10/27: 10am – 9pm
Sunday, 10/28: 10am – 8pm
Please bring a valid photo ID in order to pick up your wristbands.
ACTIVATE YOUR WRISTBAND + VOODOO CASHLESS
Wristband activation ensures a smooth process when entering the festival each day and allows you to add emergency contact info to your wristband. All you need to do is enter your wristband ID number and contact info to activate!
You’ll also have the opportunity to register for Voodoo Cashless – it’s the easy way for you to pay for food, drinks, merch and more with your wristband during the festival. New For 2018, use your PayPal account to register for Cashless and you may also receive a $5.00 Voodoo Credit applied to your festival wristband good for your purchases at Voodoo. Terms apply.
BAG SEARCH + ENTERING THE FEST
Want to get into Voodoo as quick as possible? Leave your bag AND liquids at home
If you DO NOT have a bag, please enter through the No Bag Express Lane. If you DO have a bag, please enter through the Bag Lane and expect delays as bags are open for inspection. Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited. Hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir. Please check the list of prohibited items in advance, listen for the audio announcements and dispose of any item that is not allowed inside the festival.
Do not leave your items unattended. Lockers & Mobile Charging Packs are available for 3-Day, 2-Day and 1-Day rentals, available near the main festival entrance. Click here to reserve your locker in advance to secure best available pricing. Please have your wristbands securely fastened on your right wrist and visible to security as you enter the festival grounds.
Whenever possible, patrons should avoid arriving during peak hours from 3-5pm to ensure the quickest entry into the park.
PRO-TIP: We have added a second entry gate along Golf Drive that is open for all GA, VIP and Platinum ticket holders.
Your safety is our top priority. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the fest:
- Have Emergency Contact info on your person and your phone lock screen in case emergency personnel need to know (PRO-TIP: Make sure to register your wristband where you will be asked to fill out an Emergency Contact).
- Remember to stay hydrated (visit our Hydration Stations for free, cool, filtered water) and eat regularly at the Forked Up Food Court.
- Protect yourself from the sun – take breaks and find shade. Sunscreen lotion, hats, and sunglasses are key. Forget your sunscreen? Head to the Voodoo Mart (between the Le Plur Stage and The Mortuary) to purchase some.
- Bring hearing protection – we get loud, so ear plugs are a good idea.
- Keep yourself and your belongings safe – be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal items at all times. If you find something OR lose something, head to a Guest Services for our Lost & Found. Keep your cell phone and wallet close – the New Orleans Police Department will be on the lookout for cell phone theft.
- Bring a list of allergies and medications you take in case of medical emergency.
- Dress for the weather – we’re constantly monitoring the weather. Keep an eye on the radar before heading to City Park so you can dress accordingly (rain boots, ponchos, etc). Nola has been pretty rainy lately, so a good pair of rain boots might be a wise investment. Forget your poncho? Head to the Voodoo Mart to purchase one.
- If you get lost or separated from your group, designate the Guest Services Tent inside the Front Gate on Friedrichs Avenue as your meeting place!
- Voodoo wants every fan to feel safe at the fest. There is a zero-tolerance policy for harassment. Please let our staff know if you feel harassed or threatened in any way. You can also visit a Medical Tent for resources and information. NO always means NO. Check out our Safety page for more information.
The Voodoo Mart is your one-stop shop to buy snacks and basic festival necessities. Apple? Trail mix? Poncho? Sunscreen? The Voodoo Mart has you covered.
FREE HYDRATION STATIONS
Liquids are not allowed into the festival. Bring an empty refillable container and fill up at the free hydration stations at the fest. Stay hydrated out there!
BREW DAT CRAFT BEER HALL
Voodoo’s Brew Dat Craft Beer Hall is a beer-lover’s dream! Take a break from the music and check out this haven offering craft beers on tap, sports, and more. A selection of New Belgium beers, including Voodoo Ranger IPA, Imperial IPA, 8 Hop Pale Ale, Citradelic and Fat Tire will be available.
FAMILIES AT VOODOO
Voodoo is great for families, with children 10 and under admitted for free with a ticketed adult. Once you’re in the park, visit a Guest Services booth where parents can register their kids with the festival and receive a special wristband. In the event that a child gets lost, we have a reliable and fast way to reunite them with their parent.
GUEST SERVICES AND LOST & FOUND
Visit a Guest Services booth for all event related questions while on site. Festival programs, lost and found, Tag-A-Kid and other event services are offered. Guest Services booths are located inside each of the entrances. If you lose something at the festival, you can also visit Voodoo’s virtual lost and found at voodoofestival.com/lostfound. Here you can view found inventory, submit a claim, and be more easily connected with your item(s). If you find something, please turn it into a Guest Services booth.
Help keep City Park beautiful by using the provided waste and recycling bins. Visit a Rock & Recycle Center for details on how to rock out, recycle, and be rewarded with a collectible Voodoo Shirt and a chance to earn cool prizes like a Fairdale bike or 2019 Voodoo Tickets!
DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE APP
Download the Official Mobile App presented by BACARDÍ® now for iPhone and Android to have everything you need to know about the festival right in your pocket. You’ll be able to create your own custom schedule, check out the map, discover artists you may not know on our lineup, and more.
PRO-TIP: Be sure to opt-in for push notifications to stay in the know about what’s going on around the festival. You’ll be the first to know about things like schedule changes, important updates, and fun giveaways.
GETTING TO CITY PARK
There are plenty of ways to get to Voodoo! From Uber to public transportation, keep reading for ways to get to the fest this Halloween weekend.
UBER PICKUP ZONE
Uber is the Official Ride of Voodoo. When you’re ready to head home, exit the grounds before requesting your ride. Follow the signs to the Uber lot along Victory Avenue, right across from Storyland. This is the only spot you’ll be able to request an Uber to/from. New to Uber? Download the Uber app and sign up with promo code VOODOO18 to get $15 off your first ride. Sign up here: get.uber.com/go/VOODOO18. New users only. Valid only in New Orleans, LA. Promo expires 12/31/18.
We encourage the public to take public transit! If taking public transportation from downtown, take the 48-City Park/Museum streetcar on the Canal Street streetcar line. Depart the streetcar at the end of the City Park Line at Lelong/Esplanade and Carrollton Avenues and walk into City Park.
You can take the streetcar to the New Orleans Museum of Art, which is right next to the Festival. Check it out here.
Connecting service is also available with a transfer to the City Park Line from the St. Charles Streetcar Uptown or via RTA buses. To view bus routes, call the RTA Rideline at 827-RIDE (7433) or visit www.norta.com.
PICK UP/DROP OFF AREA
Anyone getting dropped-off or picked-up is welcome to use this dedicated space on Marconi Dr. between Victory Ave. and Tad Gormley Stadium. This is the best meeting spot for getting picked up after Voodoo. Please note that this is just a pick-up and drop-off zone, so drivers must remain in vehicles.
Voodoo takes place in a great neighborhood, and the folks there are overly tolerant of the extra disruption Voodoo brings every year. Please be respectful of our neighbors and their properties – don’t do anything you wouldn’t want someone doing in your yard. Also note there is limited street parking near and around City Park. Please be aware of any signs restricting parking. Overnight parking, walking, sleeping, camping by individuals or groups is prohibited within the confines of City Park. Also, parking on the Bayou or the Neutral Ground (median) is illegal and you will be towed.
Please be respectful of our neighbors. Do not park within 3 feet of any driveway or within 15 of a fire hydrant or your car WILL be towed.
Go green and bike to the festival! Bike parking can be found directly south of the Box Office, near the main entrance east of Enrique Alferez Dr.! If you plan on leaving your bicycle at the bike racks, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Please be aware that all bikes left locked in the designated bike racks after 11 PM on Sunday risk being impounded.
THE FESTIVAL MAP
Once you’ve downloaded the mobile app, take a look at the Official Voodoo Map to get to know the festival grounds. Find out which stages are where and map out other hotspots like the Free Water Filling Stations, Forked Up Food Court, Brew Dat Sports and Craft Beer Bar and the Voodoo Mart.
PRO-TIP: We have added a second entry gate along Golf Drive that is open for all GA, VIP and Platinum ticket holders.
FORKED UP FOOD COURT
New Orleans is known for its incredible cuisine, and the Forked Up Food Court will feature some of the best traditional dishes the city has to offer plus vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. From Blue Oak BBQ and Dat Dog to Reginelli’s Pizzeria and Boucherie, there’s something for everyone.
Food vendors will be open all day and accept cash, credit, debit, and Voodoo Cashless payments. There are also plenty of ATMs available throughout the park.
AROUND THE PARK
When you’re ready to take a break from all the music, be sure to check out other happenings in the park to help you relax and have fun offstage. From the Toyota Music Den to the JaM Cellars Voodoo Wine Lounge, some of our favorite partners will be in City Park to bring you free goodies, fun activities, giveaways and more throughout the weekend.
PLUS for the first time, we’re introducing Voodoo Cares – a nonprofit area featuring Love Hope Strength Foundation and Musicares. Stop by to learn about these great causes making a difference.
WORSHIP THE MERCH
Grab the latest voodoo gear at the Merch Church located in the heart of the festival just across from the main entrance. Be sure to get your hands on the limited-edition 20th anniversary goods. From blankets and hoodies to socks and bandanas, we have tons of treats in store. You’ll also find the latest swag from your favorite bands under the same roof.
Surrender to the festival magic and shop early for the best selection!
We teamed up with New Orleans-based artist Pat McGuinness to produce this year’s commemorative poster. In celebration of the 20th anniversary, this poster is available in two versions; the Commemorative as well as the Numbered Foil Edition. Don’t miss out on this limited-edition collectable. These posters will never be reprinted – once they’re sold out, they’re gone forever!
VOODOO LIVESTREAM PRESENTED BY TOYOTA MUSIC
Fans who can’t make it to City Park will be able to enjoy select performances at home by watching our Livestream presented by Toyota Music. Check out the list of artists who will be streaming below, and tune in on our homepage all weekend long to watch!
KEEP UP WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for the latest information and updates on the festival. Remember to hashtag all of your photos #VoodooFest, and we’ll see you in City Park!