Despite some heavy rains during its two-week run, the 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival brought roughly 425,000 people to the Fair Grounds Race Course. That number is on par with 2016's attendance, when the fest canceled or cut short headlining performances on its second Saturday because of rough weather. Roughly 460,000 people attended the 2015 fest, another year in which weather issues forced sets to cut short. This year marked the fest's third consecutive year facing weather problems, though it remained open for most of its seven days. Rough weather delayed the opening of the gates until the early afternoon on Sunday, April 30.
This year brought headliners Stevie Wonder (who returned to the fest after his slot was canceled last year), Snoop Dogg, Usher and The Roots, Lorde, Tom Petty, Alabama Shakes and many others. Read Jazz Fest critic Count Basin's review of this year's event here.