The second weekend of Jazz Fest is coming with another round of music, art and food.

Here's everything you need to know to plan out the perfect Jazz Fest weekend.


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Gates open at 11 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Fair Grounds.

Tickets are $75 in advance of $85 at the gate, except for Thursday when locals can receive up to two $50 tickets with a valid Louisiana ID.

Read more on tickets, times and transportation here.

On the first Thursday of Jazz Fest, the gate opening was delayed because of severe storms that blew through the city.

Early weather forecasts for this weekend call for some rain, but also sunshine and warm temperatures.

Check out the weather forecast here.

After bookings and cancellations by both The Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac for the second Thursday of Jazz Fest, Widespread Panic will now perform for the longest set of the fest as the Thursday headliner.

Tom Jones and Mavis Staples round out the lineup.

See the full Thursday performance highlights and food recommendations here.

Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr. and Gladys Knight top the must-see list for Friday.

Read more about the artists and see the full lineup here.

John Prine was scheduled to headline the Blues Tent on Saturday, May 4, but cancelled on Tuesday.

Guitarist Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio will replace Prine.

Dave Matthews Band and Diana Ross will perform Saturday. Pitbull will also return to the fest after a cancellation in 2017.

See a list of Saturday's noteworthy acts here.

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews will once again close out the entire Jazz Fest on Sunday evening. He has held that spot since 2013.

John Fogerty, Jimmy Buffett, Buddy Guy and more are scheduled to perform throughout the day.

See a roundup of top performances and food recommendations here.

If the Fair Grounds shows aren't enough, there are a number of after dark performances scheduled for this weekend.

From Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk to Evanescence, several shows will keep the Jazz Fest festivities going after hours.

Find a list of noteworthy evening shows here.

Need advice on Jazz Fest food?

The Advocate's food critic tried every new Jazz Fest dish.

Find his full report here.