NEW ORLEANS FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

 

January

Allstate Sugar Bowl

Second oldest bowl game featuring college football’s SEC champion and another high ranked opponent on New Year’s Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/sports/events/sugarbowl.html

 

Mardi Gras Parades

Parades start on January 6 and run through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. Link shows calendar of parades and locations.

www.neworleansonline.com/mardigras/parades.html

 

King Cake Festival

A one day event to benefit Ochsner Hospital for Children, Starts out with a 4.5K run followed by music and King Cake tastings at Champion’s Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

www.kingcakefestival.org

 

February

   

Mardi Gras Parades

Parades continue until Fat Tuesday ending with the Zulu and Rex parades.

www.neworleansonline.com/mardigras/parades.html

 

Mardi Gras

Celebrations happen throughout the city.

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/

 

March

 

Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon

Marathon begins and ends at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Runners follow the course through the French Quarter, St. Charles Avenue, the Garden District, Audubon Park, and City Park. A gala New Orleans style blowout party follows at the finish line.

www.runrocknroll.com/neworleans

 

Spring Fiesta and Historic Home Tour

For one week, visitors can tour the interiors of twenty privately owned homes in

The French Quarter, Uptown, and the Garden District.

www.springfiestanola.com

    

St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, parades roll down Magazine St. and St. Charles Avenue with plenty of green beads and doubloons being thrown. If you are lucky, you may catch a coveted potato or head of cabbage! Wear green or you may get pinched.

www.irishchannel.org

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/seasonal/stpatricksday.html

 

Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday

Takes place on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day (March 19). The city’s Mardi Gras Indian Tribes put on their totally handmade headdresses and suits (weighing up to 150 pounds) and strut their stuff in a parade starting and ending

at A. L. Davis Park (Washington Avenue and LaSalle Street). These outfits are only worn twice each year, at Mardi Gras and Super Sunday. After the old outfit is deconstructed, a new one for the next year is made entirely by hand.

www.neworleansonline.com/multicultural/multiculturaltraditions/supersunday.html

 

April

 

French Quarter Festival

Louisiana’s largest free music festival takes place over three days with over a dozen stages located throughout the French Quarter. Don’t miss the “world’s largest jazz brunch” in Woldenberg Riverfront Park. More than sixty food and beverage booths are scattered throughout the French Quarter with dishes priced between $3.00 to $5.00.

www.fqfi.org

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/festivals/musicfestivals/fqfest.html

 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

The locals call it Jazz Fest and it features music, food, arts and crafts, and second line parades-something for everyone. Twelve music stages showcase internationally renowned musical guests as well as local favorites. Ten days of music and good food running from late April until early May. JazzFest is usually held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course (1751 Gentilly Blvd.).

www.nojazzfest.com

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/festivals/musicfestivals/jazzfest.html

 

May 

 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Jazz Fest continues into early May.

www.nojazzfest.com

www.neworleansonline.com/festivals/musicfestivals/jazzfest.html

 

Bayou Country Superfest

Three day Country Music event featuring world famous country musicians. Takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

www.bayoucountrysuperfest.com

www.neworleansonline.com/festivals/musicfestivals/bayou-country-superfest.html

 

June

 

New Orleans Oyster Festival

Free two day outdoor event located in the parking lot next to the Jax Brewery. Live music, contests and competitions, and oyster tasting.

www.nolaoysterfest.org

www.neworleansonline.com/festival/culinaryfestivals/oysterfest.html

 

New Orleans Pride

A weekend of events that are centered around the LGBT community of New Orleans including Family Day, New Orleans Pride Parade, and Pride Brunch (a ticketed event with a keynote speaker).

www.prideneworleans.com

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/lgbt/pride.html

   

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

Free weekend event held at the Old U. S. Mint on the edge of the French Quarter.

Two music stages, a huge craft fair, cooking demonstrations, and Cajun speciality food vendors.

www.jazzandheritage.org/cajunzydeco/

www.neworleansonline.com/festivals/musicfestivals/cajunzydecofestival.html

 

July

 

Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks

Dueling Barges is an exciting fireworks display set to patriotic music which starts  about 9 PM and can be viewed from anywhere along the Mississippi Riverfront.

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/seasonal/fourthofjuly.html

 

August

 

Red Dress Run

Charity run through the French Quarter and Downtown. Participants (both male and female) must run attired in a red dress.

www.nolareddress.tumblr.com

 

September

 

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

Following the Queen of Burlesque competition, the Queen’s Ball will feature the Queen and her full court of dancers for an evening of entertainment.

www.neworleansburlesquefest.com

www.neworleansonline.com/festivals/otherfestivals/burlesquefestival.html

 

October

 

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

Typically held on the Saturday evening before Halloween. Parade route goes through the French Quarter, then passes through Jackson Square and the Warehouse District on the way to the Convention Center. Throws are either edible or collectible.

www.kreweofboo.com

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/seasonal/events/kreweofboo.html

 

November

 

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Traditionally held in Congo Square located in a corner of Louis Armstrong Park on the second weekend of November. Featuring Jazz Music and Gumbo!

www.jazzandheritage.org/treme-gumbo/

www.neworleansonline.com/festivals/culinaryfestivals/treme-creolegumbo.html

 

December

 

NOLA Christmas Fest

Ten day long indoor family Christmas festival, complete with an ice skating rink and ice slides at the Convention Center.

https://nolachristmasfest.com

 

I will continue to add to this list… however, if you’ve participated in an event or are an organizer of an event that you don’t see here but think I should include, I’d be happy to: please send me the information via my CONTACT form and I’ll check it out.

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