The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation puts on a lot more than just Jazz Fest each year. On November 13 and 14, the NOJHF will present a pair of music festivals at the Old U.S. Mint celebrating New Orleans' ties to other cultures through live music, dance performances, art markets, and cuisine.
Honoring New Orleans' Latin roots and status as a gateway to Central America and beyond, the fourth annual Fiesta Latina brings music and food from throughout Latin America to the Old U.S. Mint. The event highlights the Crescent City's ties to the region and showcases a variety of cultures.
The fourth annual Congo Square Rhythms Festival honors Congo Square as the birthplace of American music and is held in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium. On Saturday, the Symposium features panel discussions on the mixture of cultures that took place at Congo Square, resulting in the development of jazz and, by extension, all of American music. On Sunday, the festival focuses on African drumming and dance, with music from Africa, the Caribbean and the American South.
Please note that this year's Congo Square Rhythms Fest will be held at the Old U.S. Mint, not in Congo Square.