NEW ORLEANS FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
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.
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.
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.
Mardi Gras Parades
Parades continue until Fat Tuesday ending with the Zulu and Rex parades.
Celebrations happen throughout the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Jazz Fest continues into early May.
Bayou Country Superfest
Three day Country Music event featuring world famous country musicians. Takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Red Dress Run
Charity run through the French Quarter and Downtown. Participants (both male and female) must run attired in a red dress.
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.
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.
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!
NOLA Christmas Fest
Ten day long indoor family Christmas festival, complete with an ice skating rink and ice slides at the Convention Center.
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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