May 16, 2013 17:39 Photos: Jazz Fest begins! Photos: Jazz Fest begins! Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Friday was the opening day of the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Dr. John performed at the Acura stage Friday, April 26, 2013. Advocate story May 16, 2013 Comments Friday was opening day for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The festival continues over the weekend and starts back up Thursday, May 2, ending the following Sunday.