- Sugar Bowl
Jan. 2, 2014 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - While the game is the high point of New Year’s Eve festivities, Sugar Bowl events also include a prep football classic, a swimming invitational, a sailing regatta, a basketball classic, a pep rally and more. The Southeast Conference (SEC) Champs serve as host for the game each year.
- Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans
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. For additional information, call: (504) 589-4428.
- Mardi Gras Season
Citywide, February 15 - March 4 - Mardi Gras season begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6. Mardi Gras is a time for parties, parades, balls and celebrations. It's truly the greatest free show on earth! The final day is Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday. This is 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.
- Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival
Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Monday before Mardi Gras Day - The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club hosts a full day of fun, food, and excitement along the river.
- Lundi Gras
Spanish Plaza adjacent to the Riverwalk Marketplace, Monday before Mardi Gras Day - Celebrations leading into Mardi Gras Day. For additional information, call: (504) 522-1555.
- Mardi Gras Day
Citywide, Fat Tuesday - The greatest free show on earth! Mardi Gras is a time for parties, parades, balls and celebrations. Many Mardi Gras Day parades begin at 8am, and parades continue past sundown.
- Valentine's Day Specials
- St. Patrick's Day Parades
- Irish-Italian Parades
St. Joseph's Day - In the French Quarter and Metairie
- Crescent City Classic
10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.
- Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
March - April - 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.
- French Quarter Easter Parades
Don't miss Chris Owens' Annual French Quarter Easter Parade on Easter Sunday! It kicks off at 11:00 a.m.
- French Quarter Festival
April 10- 13, 2014 in the French Quarter - Enjoy music from 15 stages throughout the historic Vieux Carré, and sample New Orleans cuisine from nearly 60 food and drink booths. Second weekend in April.
- Spring Fiesta
French Quarter - Many of New Orleans' private homes are open to the public. Tour plantation homes, French Quarter Creole cottages and patios, and Garden District mansions. Free classical concerts and opera performances are held all around town. Tickets needed. For additional information: (504) 581-1367
- Jazz and Heritage Festival
April 25 - May 5 at the New Orleans Fairgrounds - 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.
- Annual Zurich Classic
PGA Tour - 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.
- Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
April 11-13 2014 in Ponchatoula, LA - The Pontchatoula Strawberry Festival is held every April in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, just north of Lake Pontchartrain. Your chance for food, music, dancing, and fresh strawberries right off the farm.
- New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
May 21- 24, 2014 in New Orleans - Join the outstanding restaurants that make New Orleans a premier culinary destination as signature dishes are paired with exceptional wines from around the world during this five-day event. For more information, please call: (504) 529-WINE
- Greek Festival
May 23- 25, 2014 at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd. - Celebrating Greek culture in the Crescent City, with food, music, shopping and more! For additional information call: (504) 282-0259
June 14 - 15, 2014 in the French Quarter - The Vieux-To-Do celebrates three uniquely New Orleans and Louisiana specialties: seafood, Creole tomatoes and Cajun/Zydeco music. Fest organizers boast "a half-mile of food, music and fun!" With free music on five stages, cooking demonstrations and cookbook signings throughout the weekend, you'll see some of the city's finest chefs at work. Plus, stroll between over 50 food, beverage and shopping booths, including arts and crafts by skilled artists and artisans. As always, there are plenty of activities for the kids, so bring the whole family along.
June 19- 22, 2013 in the French Quarter - Enjoy a girls weekend away in the heart of New Orleans. Its New Orlean’s 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!
- Go 4th on the River
July 4, 2014 in the 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. Visit Go4thontheRiver.com for events and attractions, and print the savings coupons offered.
- Essence Music Festival
July 3- 6, 2014 at the 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.
- San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls)
July 10 - 13, in Downtown 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! Click here to see photos from 2011's encierro!
- Satchmo Summerfest
July 31 - 3 in the French Quarter - New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, is honored in true New Orleans fashion at the Satchmo SummerFest.
- White Linen Night
August 2, 2014 - Explore the hippest art scene in New Orleans and its stunning galleries at the 18th Annual White Linen Night, held August 3, 2013 in New Orleans' Arts District.
- Dirty Linen Night
August 9, 2014 - 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.
- Red Dress Run
August 9, 2014 - 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.
- COOLinary New Orleans
New Orleans - Celebrate dining in America's most delicious city! Starting on August 1 and continuing through August 30, this summer restaurant promotion features affordably priced mouthwatering three-course menus. It's going to be a delicious summer, with famous New Orleans restaurants offering specially priced summer menus that will cool down your wallet while warming up your appetite.
- Southern Decadence Festival
August 27 - September 1 in the French Quarter French Quarter - Informally known as "Gay Mardi Gras," Southern Decadence is a weeklong event sponsored by New Orleans' gay and lesbian community, and centers around the French Quarter.
- Shrimp Festival and Petroleum Festival
August 29 - September 2, 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. For more information, call: (985) 385-0703.
- Ponderosa Stomp
2014 dates TBA - New Orleans - Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival honoring rock and roll, jazz, country, punk, soul, and other facets of Louisiana and Southern roots music.
- Gretna Heritage Festival
Oct. 3- 5 in Gretna, LA - 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!
2014 dates TBA at the Deutsches Haus, 415 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA - Traditional German music, dancing, food and drink. For additional information, call: (504) 522-8014.
- Art for Arts Sake
October 4, 2014 - French Quarter, Julia, and Magazine Streets - This annual rite of fall has become one of the hottest events of the year for art lovers and partygoers in and around New Orleans. The free citywide gallery hop marks the opening of the city's arts season. For more information, call: (504) 528-3805.
- New Orleans Film Festival
2014 dates TBA 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.
- Louisiana Seafood Festival
Oct. 14- 12 at the City Park Festival Grounds, 1701 Wisner Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70124 - Louisiana knows a thing or two about seafood. October 11-13, seafood aficionados and some of the state’s premier chefs come together at City Park to celebrate the food and culture of the state’s favorite seafood group.
- Wooden Boat Festival
Oct. 11-12, Madisonville, LA - This festival features 100 wooden boats from all over the United States, an enormous children's village, crafts, food and great music. For additional information, call: (985) 845-9200
- Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct. 17-19, Lafayette Square Park, 540 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 - This free festival is held at Lafayette Square (between St. Charles and Camp Street). It features two stages, as well as crafts, and of course, food, including New Orleans' best BBQ!
- Krewe of Boo
Oct. 25 at 6 pm in the French Quarter - Krewe of Boo, New Orleans official Halloween parade will march through New Orleans on Saturday, October 26 at 6 pm. It’s the only major parade with full size floats to travel through the French Quarter.
- Boo at the Zoo
2014 dates TBA - Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70118 - et your little ghosts and goblins ready – Boo at the Zoo is one of the best Halloween events for kids in New Orleans. On select days around Halloween, the Audubon Zoo turns into a Halloween extravaganza for kids under the age of 12.
October 31, 2014 - New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans is one of the best cities to be in for Halloween Weekend. Spend Halloween in a city full of ghosts, voodoo legends and spooktacular themed events.
- Voodoo Music Experience
November 1-3, 2013 City Park, New Orleans - Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park.
- Louisiana Renaissance Festival
November 2,3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30
Dec. 1, 7, 8 Hammond, Louisiana - Open rain or shine, the Louisiana Renaissance Festival brings a medieval English village and festive marketplace to life, mixing it with a little bit of Louisiana spice! For more information, call: (985) 429-9992.
- Bywater Mirliton Festival
November 9, 2013 Bywater - Begun in 1989 by the Bywater Neighborhood Association, the Mirliton Festival honors Southern Louisiana's favorite vegetable and highlights the Bywater's unique culture with a day of local music, food and art.
- Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
November 9- 10, 2013 Armstrong Park - Come for the gumbo, stay for the music. Nov. 9-10 is 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.
- Shop Away in the Viuex Carre - Christmas Tree Lighting
November 16, 2013 in the French Quarter - Kicking off the holiday shopping season with incredible discounts, behind the scenes tours of shops, live music and a Christms tree lighting.
- Fringe Festival
November 20, 2013 November 24, 2013 New Orleans - Wild, weird, fresh original theater of all types for five days in New Orleans neighborhoods! 60 performing groups, 200 shows, tons of free-for-all at the tent, and one eccentric parade.
- Po-Boy Festival
November 24, 2013 Uptown 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.
- Bayou Classic Football Game
November 30, 2013 Louisiana Superdome - The annual Bayou Classic football game pits Grambling State University and Southern University against each other at the end of each season.
- Celebration in the Oaks
November 29 - January 4 in 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.
- Caroling in Jackson Square
December 22, 2013 in Jackson Square, French Quarter - 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 December 22, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) Free and open to the public. Candles and songbook provided by Patio Planters.
- Bonfires on the Levee
Christmas Eve in Gramercy, Lutcher, and Paulina, LA - From Baton Rouge to New Orleans, bonfires are lit along the Mississippi River to help guide Papa Noel to the Crescent City!
- Christmas New Orleans Style
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 restaurants. Take some time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas celebrated the New Orleans way!
New Year's Eve
- Crescent City Countdown
New Year's Eve New Orleans - Bring in the New Year New Orleans Style! Enjoy fabulous music at the Decatur stage at Jackson Square, Fleur de Lis drop and Fireworks over the Mississippi at Midnight! Details at CrescentCityCountdown.com