The Voodoo Music Festival is the most significant Halloween tradition in New Orleans. This multi-day music and arts event is held annually in City Park during the Halloween weekend. Throughout its history, the event has featured more than 2,000 artists and hosted over one million visitors. The lineup has included stars of various genres, such as Marilyn Manson, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tiësto, Nine Inch Nails, KISS, R.E.M., Thirty Seconds to Mars, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, and more. Local Louisiana musicians also perform along with national stars.
The festival was launched in 1999 and has been nominated twice for Pollstar's Music Festival of the Year. In 2005, Voodoo held a post-Katrina event, after which the festival's founder, Stephen Rehage, and his team were presented with a key to the city to mark its role in recovery efforts.
The Voodoo Music Experience currently has three areas: Le Ritual, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival. Each of them is meant to showcase different sides of New Orleans. "Le Flambeau" is focused on the style of The Big Easy. "Le Ritual" features mainstream music, while "Le Carnival" showcases indie bands and burlesque. The festival has around 100,000 spectators every year.
Besides music and art, Voodoo offers a culinary experience involving some of the top chefs of New Orleans making it a great opportunity to taste local delicacies.