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November

  • TBD at Oak Street, New Orleans The Po-Boy Festival is a one-day family event held on Oak Street celebrating--you guessed it--the delicious po-boy sandwich.
  • TBD at Armstrong Park Come for the gumbo, stay for the music. A weekend filled with fun at Armstrong Park in the heart of Treme. A mix of legendary local musicians and top notch brass bands fill the park with their sounds.
  • TBD at New Orleans The Hell Yes Fest is 5 days of just about every kind of humor you can imagine, presented by dozens of rip-roaring performers from all over the United States, with a special emphasis on local entertainers.
  • TBD at French Quarter Fête des Fromages, A Festival of Cheeses, Wines & Music, is put on by the French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • TBD at New Orleans From Uptown to the French Quarter taste New Orleans' craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys.
  • TBD at Champion's Square Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Boudin, Bourbon & Beer is a great way to raise money for a good cause, sample delicious food from top local as well as national chefs and enjoy live music.
  • Nov 04 - 22, 2020 at New Orleans, LA Established in 1989, the NOFF has grown into one of the nation's major film festivals. Each year, the festival attracts thousands of visitors, writers, producers, and directors, and features everything from full-length feature films to music videos.
  • Nov 27, 2020 - Jan 01, 2021 at New Orleans City Park Annual holiday light extravaganza featuring hundreds of thousands of lights, amusement rides, entertainment, snacks and more. A family tradition and a favorite for both locals and visitors to New Orleans.

December

  • TBD at Jackson Square Join in a truly moving 65-year-old tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral this Free and open to the public. Candles and songbook provided by Patio Planters.
  • TBD at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall H This year is sure to be enchanting with a myriad of dazzling holiday lights, the annual Hall of Trees featuring more than 70 Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and organizations, and the centerpiece of this year's festivities - an indoor ice skating rink which is sure to bring out the child in everyone.
  • Dec 01 - 25, 2020 at New Orleans Christmas New Orleans Style is a month long event where feasts and finery await you at every corner of town. Come listen to a concert in the St. Louis Cathedral, or go caroling in Jackson Square. Enjoy a Yuletide feast with Reveillon Dinners offered at many local restaurants.
  • Dec 24, 2020 at Gramercy, Lutcher & Paulina, LA From Baton Rouge to New Orleans, bonfires are lit along the Mississippi River to help guide Papa Noel to the Crescent City!
  • Dec 31, 2020 at New Orleans New Year's Eve in New Orleans - Bring in the New Year New Orleans Style! Enjoy fabulous music at the Decatur stage at Jackson Square, the Fleur de Lis drop and Fireworks over the Mississippi at Midnight!

January

  • TBD at Mercedes-Benz Superdome Annual major bowl game… a high point of New Year’s Eve festivities. The Southeast Conference (SEC) Champs serve as host for the game each year.
  • Jan 06, 2021 at New Orleans It marks three things: Twelfth Night, The Epiphany, and the beginning of the Carnival season. Yes, while many people outside of New Orleans believe that Mardi Gras is a one day event, those of us living here know that it’s an actual season, kind of like Christmas. From January 6 through Fat Tuesday, New Orleanians will be celebrating.
  • Jan 08, 2021 at Chalmette, LA Visitors can enjoy military drills, cannon and musket firing, and crafts and cooking demonstrations. Park staff and volunteers in period clothing will represent American and British soldiers and civilians, while explaining their roles in the battle.

February

  • Feb 01 - 16, 2021 at New Orleans Mardi Gras season begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6. Mardi Gras is a time for parties, parades, balls and celebrations. In 2021, Mardi Gras Day falls on February 16 so parades will begin 3 weekends prior. The final day of the celebration is Fat Tuesday. the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, when Christians traditionally sacrifice in imitation and remembrance of Jesus' 40-day fast in the desert.
  • Feb 05 - 07, 2021 at Clearview Shopping Center Family Gras is a great "free" annual event in Metairie two weekends prior to Mardi Gras day offering national entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family
  • Feb 15, 2021 at Woldenberg Park/Spanish Plaza (New Orleans Riverfront) Lundi Gras is a series of events that take place on the day before Mardi Gras day at Woldenberg Park including an all day Zulu festival with entertainment, food and fun plus the King of Zulu and the King of REX meet at Spanish Plaza for a Carnival tradition followed by fireworks on the river!
  • Feb 16, 2021 at New Orleans The greatest free show on earth! Mardi Gras Day parades begin at 8 a.m., and the celebration officially ends at midnight.

March

  • TBD at Chalmette, LA The annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival takes place at nearby Chalmette every March. Eat Crawfish served numerous ways while enjoying great music, arts and crafts, carnival games and more!
  • TBD at Lakefront Arena Grounds Drawing chefs and music artists from all over, Hogs for a Cause is one of the best barbecue festivals in America!
  • TBD at New Orleans This event attracts internationally known figures, such as Alec Baldwin, Dick Cavett and noted author Calvin Trillin. Festival activities revolve around Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, the Cabildo of the Louisiana State Museum, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Palm Court Jazz Café and the Contemporary Arts Center.
  • TBD at Lafayette Square A free 10-week live concert 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event showcases local artists as they play a variety of music including jazz, swamp pop, funk, Latin rhythms, and more. Expect performances by some of New Orleans’ big name brass bands as well.
  • TBD at New Orleans The New Orleans Bourbon Festival’s mission is to provide our attendees with an opportunity to enjoy exceptional Bourbon and cuisine surrounded by the charm and culture of New Orleans.
  • TBD at Mardi Gras World Adult (18+) boutique festival filled with live, electronic music and classic New Orleans cuisine. It blends youthful creativity and energy with the iconic New Orleans traditions.
  • TBD at New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just one day in New Orleans; here it’s turned it into a multi-week celebration with parades, block parties and plenty of corned beef and cabbage.

April

  • TBD at New Orleans Fair Grounds A musical celebration held at the Fairgrounds Race Track and celebrated throughout the city. Music, food, crafts, and more music! Outdoor stages host jazz, R&B, gospel, African, Caribbean, Cajun, blues, ragtime, folk, bluegrass, reggae and country music, with evening performances happening at venues all around town. Hundreds of unofficial street bands, local artists, crafts and food.
  • Apr 03, 2021 at New Orleans 10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.
  • Apr 04, 2021 at French Quarter Easter in New Orleans is special masses at St. Louis Cathedra, delicious brunches at New Orleans' best restaurants and not just one, but three parades through the French Quarter
  • Apr 08 - 11, 2021 at French Quarter Enjoy music from 23 stages throughout the historic Vieux Carré, and sample New Orleans cuisine from over 60 food and drink booths.
  • Apr 17, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome The annual Bayou Classic football game pits Grambling State University and Southern University against each other at the end of each season.
  • Apr 19 - 25, 2021 at TPC Louisiana A four-day event filled with world-class players, nonstop PGA TOUR action and the kind of food and fun you can only find in New Orleans.

May

  • TBD at Bayou St. John This music and arts festival set on the banks of the historic Bayou Saint John is a local favorite. Stroll through the art market to find unique goodies and listen to up and coming musicians of all genres. It’s the spirit of Jazz Fest with a much better price tag.
  • TBD at Woldenberg Park An oyster themed festival in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park. Festival includes an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest and live music.
  • May 28 - 30, 2021 at Hellenic Cultural Center Celebrating Greek culture in the Crescent City, with food, music, shopping and more!

June

  • TBD at Downtown New Orleans Enjoy a girls weekend away in the heart of New Orleans. Its New Orleans' newest party, but with a purpose. A party for women, by women. Enjoy world-famous cuisine, culture and of course cocktails while discovering your inner diva!
  • TBD at French Market This festival is located in the nation's oldest marketplace, the French Market and features cooking demonstrations, the Creole Tomato Parade, as well as live music.

July

  • TBD at Mercedes Benz Superdome The Essence Music Festival is the nation's largest annual African-American event, offering more than 50 acts each night on five stages.
  • TBD at French Quarter In a five day celebration of cocktails and culture, Tales of the Cocktail brings together some of the most well-known, respected minds in mixology. This annual event features cocktail tastings, mixing competitions, dinners, field trips to local distilleries and seminars by top mixologists.
  • Jul 04, 2021 at French Quarter Join us for our annual 4th of July celebration, with activities and entertainment for the entire family along the riverfront, ending with a spectacular fireworks show over the Mississippi River.
  • Jul 30 - Aug 01, 2021 at French Quarter New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, is honored in true New Orleans fashion at the Satchmo SummerFest.

August

  • TBD at Arts District/CBD Explore the hippest art scene in New Orleans and its stunning galleries at the 18th Annual White Linen Night in New Orleans' Arts District.
  • TBD at French Quarter Dirty Linen Night (usually one week after White Linen Night) showcases art galleries, antiques, jewelry and specialty shops along the culturally rich and elegant Royal Street.
  • TBD at New Orleans New Orleans' own annual encierro (bull run) pays homage to the world famous encierro of Pamplona, Spain. In New Orleans style, our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other roller derby leagues across the country.
  • TBD at New Orleans The New Orleans Red Dress Run is one of the largest Red Dress Runs in the United States. Hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, the New Orleans Red Dress Run contributes to several charities.

September

  • TBD at New Orleans The best burlesque dancers in the world will be competing for the title "Queen of Burlesque" at the New Orleans Burlesque Festival.
  • TBD at Woldenberg Park National Fried Chicken Festival free fest takes place in September at Woldenberg Park.
  • TBD at Champion Square Gleason Gras, a pep rally in Champion Square to fight ALS, kicks off the football season.
  • TBD at Morgan City, LA Deep in the heart of Cajun Country, every Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of people celebrate this delicious marine delicacy at Louisiana's oldest chartered harvest festival.
  • TBD at Gretna Enjoy the casual atmosphere of this diverse music and arts festival located in historic downtown Gretna. Take the ferry across the Mississippi River, and make a day of it!
  • TBD at French Quarter Informally known as "Gay Mardi Gras," Southern Decadence is a long weekend event sponsored by New Orleans' gay and lesbian community and centers around the French Quarter.
  • TBD at New Orleans Jazz Museum Annual Downriver Festival will celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River.
  • TBD at Laketown in Kenner The annual Freedom Fest at the Lake is the way Kenner thanks the men and women who keep the city, parish and country thriving and free.
  • TBD at New Orleans City Park festival grounds Join beer lovers from all over kick off Oktoberfest with the absolute largest and most outrageous beer festival in the region.

October


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