Festival: Jazz & Rib Fest
Why you should go:
If world-famous barbecue masters from Texas and Memphis (plus Australia and Toronto) aren't enough, there's some of the best jazz and blues this side of the Mississippi.
What to eat & drink:
You'll find all the lip-smacking barbecue goodness you could ever desire - the aroma alone could turn a vegan carnivore for a day. Try out local favorite (and perennial Critic's Choice winner) Smokin' Joe's or the famous Willingham's BBQ out of Memphis. You're going to need some napkins.
Groups will perform throughout each day on three different stages. New Orleans' Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is a must-see on the AEP Stage at 9:15 p.m. Friday. Hailing from the Treme neighborhood - the birthplace of jazz - Andrews has mixed funk, rock and jazz to become of the hottest names in jazz today.
Southern Living's pitmaster Troy Black will be on Long Street giving free cooking demonstrations and recipes to try at home. He'll also hand out some delicious samples.
What You Need To Know
When: Friday-Sunday, July 23-25
Where: McFerson Commons and North Bank Park, Arena District
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday
Parking: Numerous Arena District lots and garages