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October

  • Oct 17 - 25, 2018 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.
  • Oct 19, 20, 26, 27 2018 at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70118 Get 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.
  • Oct 26 - 28, 2018 at New Orleans City Park Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park.
  • Oct 31, 2018 at New Orleans 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.

November

  • Nov 03, 04, 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, Dec 01, 02, 08, 09 2018 at Hammond, LA 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!
  • Nov 09, 2018 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 11, 2018 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.
  • Nov 14 - 18, 2018 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.
  • Nov 15, 2018 at French Quarter Kicking off the holiday shopping season with incredible discounts, behind the scenes tours of shops, live music and a Christmas tree lighting.
  • Nov 17 - 18, 2018 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.
  • Nov 17, 2018 at French Quarter Fête des Fromages, A Festival of Cheeses, Wines & Music, is put on by the French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Nov 23, 2018 - Jan 01, 2019 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.
  • Nov 23 - Dec 30, 2018 at Audubon Zoo Audubon Zoo Lights, open the Friday after Thanksgiving through the end of December. One of America’s most beloved zoos will be decorated with festive light displays featuring alligators, elephants, flamingos, lions and more.
  • Nov 24, 2018 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.

December

  • Dec 01 - 25, 2018 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 16, 2018 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.
  • Dec 20 - 31, 2018 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 24, 2018 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, 2018 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

  • Jan 01, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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.
  • Jan 27, 2019 at Champion Square Come enjoy the annual King Cake Festival benefitting babies and children at Ochsner Hospital!

February

  • Feb 16 - Mar 05, 2019 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 2019, Mardi Gras Day falls on March 5 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 22 - 24, 2019 at Mardi Gras Plaza (on Vets Hwy near Causeway) 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

March

  • Mar 04, 2019 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!
  • Mar 05, 2019 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.
  • Mar 10 - 24, 2019 at French Quarter & Metairie St. Patrick’s Day is not the only parade in New Orleans in March! New Orleans always finds a reason to celebrate, and there are two parades in celebrate Italian (and Irish) heritage in the French Quarter and in the suburb of Metairie.
  • Mar 15 - Apr 06, 2019 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.
  • Mar 20 - 23, 2019 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.
  • Mar 21 - 24, 2019 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!
  • Mar 22 - 23, 2019 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.
  • Mar 27 - 31, 2019 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.
  • Mar 29 - 30, 2019 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!
  • Mar 29, 30, Apr 06, 07 2019 at 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. .
  • Mar 30, 31 2019 at Armstrong Park New Orleans' favorite brass bands and players of jazz, soul-funk, Latin jazz and West African music

April

  • TBD at Louis Armstrong Park Jazz in the Park is held in Louis Armstrong Park every Thursday and features live local bands, food vendors, local artists and more.
  • TBD at Lafayette Square A free 12-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.
  • Apr 06, 2019 at St. Bernard Parish This fun parade, just 5 miles from New Orleans, celebrates three unique heritages. As with any parade in New Orleans expect amazing floats and bands, but instead of beads flying through the air watch for cabbage, potatoes, onions and carrots.
  • Apr 06, 2019 at New Orleans Produced by Freret Market, the Freret St. Festival signals the kick-off to New Orleans Festival Season! It's usually held the first Saturday of April.
  • Apr 11 - 14, 2019 at French Quarter Enjoy music from 15 stages throughout the historic Vieux Carré, and sample New Orleans cuisine from nearly 60 food and drink booths.
  • Apr 12 - 14, 2019 at 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.
  • Apr 20, 2019 at New Orleans 10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.
  • Apr 21, 2019 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 22 - 28, 2019 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.
  • Apr 26 - May 05, 2019 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.

May

  • TBD at 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.
  • May 17 - 19, 2019 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.
  • May 25 - 27, 2019 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!
  • Jun 01 - 02, 2019 at Woldenberg Park An oyster themed festival in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park. Festival includes an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest and live music.
  • Jun 08 - 09, 2019 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.
  • Jun 22 - 23, 2019 at Armstrong Park There's a new location and weekend for the festival this year. This year the festival moves to Armstrong Park in Treme. The mainstay of the festival is Cajun-Zydeco music and dancing (there will be lessons).

July

  • 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 - 07, 2019 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.
  • Jul 04, 2019 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 13 - 15, 2019 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.

August

  • Aug 01 - 31, 2019 at New Orleans Celebrate dining in America's most delicious city! This summer restaurant promotion during the month of August features affordably priced mouthwatering three-course menus. It's going to be a delicious summer, with famous New Orleans restaurants offering specially priced summer menu.
  • Aug 02 - 04, 2019 at French Quarter New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, is honored in true New Orleans fashion at the Satchmo SummerFest.
  • Aug 03, 2019 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.
  • Aug 10, 2019 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.
  • Aug 10, 2019 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.
  • Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2019 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.
  • Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2019 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.

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 New Orleans Everyone knows we love our food down here in New Orleans. And Restaurant Week New Orlean's goal is to support and build connections with our local restaurants.
  • TBD at Champion Square Gleason Gras, a pep rally in Champion Square to fight ALS, kicks off the football season.
  • 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 Woldenberg Park National Fried Chicken Festival free fest takes place in September at Woldenberg Park.
  • 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 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.
  • Sep 07, 2019 at Old U.S. Mint & French Market Annual Downriver Festival will celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River.

October

  • TBD at City Park October is when the Beignet Fest takes place each year.. Is there a more iconic New Orleans dessert than a beignet? We don't think so and these scrumptious squares of fried dough has their very own festival.
  • TBD at Madisonville, LA This festival features 100 wooden boats from all over the United States, an enormous children's village, crafts, food and great music.
  • TBD at Federal City, 2500 General Meyer Ave at Shirley Drive The Algiers Fest will celebrate the military, police and the Algiers community.
  • TBD at Bridge City, LA Over 2,000 gallons of Bridge City's world famous gumbo will be cooked at the Bridge City Gumbo Festival!
  • TBD at The Sugar Mill Come celebrate the Latin music, food, culture and art that make up New Orleans at the Carnaval Latino.
  • TBD at New Orleans From its beginnings eight years ago, the annual Gentilly Fest has aimed to raise funds to aid in the rebuilding and continued growth of the Gentilly area.
  • TBD at Treme Produced by the Historic Faubourg Tremé Association, the Treme Fall Festival supports the vibrant history and culture of Tremé.
  • TBD at Lafayette Square Park 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!

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