New Orleans Events
- Southern Decadence Festival September 2 - 7, 2015 - 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 and Petroleum FestivalSeptember 4 - 7, 2015 - Morgan, 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.
- Louisiana Seafood FestivalSeptember 4 - 6, 2015 - 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.
- Gretna Heritage Festival Oct. 2 - 4, 2015 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!
- Oktoberfest Oct 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2015 at the 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie , LA - Traditional German music, dancing, food and drink! For additional information, call: (504) 522-8014.
- Art for Arts Sake October 3, 2015 - 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 October 15 - 22, 2015 New Orleans, LA22 - 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.
- Wooden Boat Festival October 10-11 - 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 October 16-18 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 October 24, 2015 in the French Quarter - Krewe of Boo, New Orleans official Halloween parade will march through New Orleans starting at 6:30 pm. It’s the only major parade with full size floats to travel through the French Quarter.
- Boo at the Zoo
October 16, 17, 23, 24, 2015 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.
- Bywater Mirliton Festival October 25, 2015 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.
- Halloween October 31, 2015 - 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.
Look your best with a New Orleans style Halloween mask from The Mask Store.
- Voodoo Music Experience October 30 - November 1, 2015 City Park, New Orleans - Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park.
- Louisiana Renaissance FestivalNovember 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 December 5, 6, 12, 13, 2015 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! For more information, call: (985) 429-9992.
- Treme Creole Gumbo Festival November 14 - 15, 2015 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.
- Shop Away in the Vieux Carre - Christmas Tree Lighting
2015 Date TBA in the French Quarter - Kicking off the holiday shopping season with incredible discounts, behind the scenes tours of shops, live music and a Christmas tree lighting.
- faux/real November 4 - 22, 2015 New Orleans - Wild, weird, fresh original theater of all types for in New Orleans neighborhoods! 60 performing groups, 200 shows, tons of free-for-all at the tent, and one eccentric parade.
- Oak Street Po-Boy Festival November 22, 2015 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 28, 2015 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.
- Celebration in the OaksNovember 27 - January 3 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 20, 2015 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 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!
- Crescent City CountdownNew 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
- Sugar Bowl Jan. 1, 2016 in the 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.
- Beginning of Carnival Season Jan. 6, 2016 is a big day in 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 Jan. 6 through Fat Tuesday, New Orleanians will be celebrating.
- Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans January 8 - 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 SeasonJanuary 23 - February 9, 2016 - 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. Parade season begins on January 23. 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 February 8, 2016 at Woldenberg Riverfront Park - The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club hosts a full day of fun, food, and excitement along the river.
- Lundi Gras February 8, 2016 - Spanish Plaza adjacent to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk - Celebrations leading into Mardi Gras Day. For additional information, call: (504) 522-1555.
- Mardi Gras Day February 9, 2016 (Fat Tuesday) New Orleans - The greatest free show on earth! Mardi Gras Day parades begin at 8 a.m., and the celebration continue past sundown.
- Wednesdays at the Square Concert Series
Every Wednesday from mid-March through May 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.
- Spring FiestaMarch 4 - 6, 2016 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
- BUKU Music + Art Project
Mid-March near Mardi Gras World - Adult (18+) boutique festival filled live, electronic music and classic New Orleans cuisine. It blends youthful creativity and energy with the iconic New Orleans traditions.
- St. Patrick's Day Celebrations March 11- 20, 2016 - 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.
- St. Joseph's Day and Irish-Italian Parades March 19 and 20, 2016 - In the French Quarter and 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.
- Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary FestivalMarch 30 - April 3, 2016 in 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.
- Crescent City ClassicMarch 26, 2016 New Orleans - 10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.
- Easter March 27, 2016 in the 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
- French Quarter FestivalApril 7 -10, 2016 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.
- Ponchatoula Strawberry FestivalApril 8 -10, 2016 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.
- Irish Italian Islenos Parade April 9, 2016 in the 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.
- Jazz and Heritage FestivalApril 22 - May 1, 2016 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.
- Zurich ClassicApril 20 - 26, 2016 New Orleans Country Club - 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.
- Greek FestivalMay 27 - 29, 2016 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
- New Orleans Oyster Festival
Dates TBD in the French Quarter - An oyster themed festival in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park. Festival includes an oyster shucking contest, oyster eating contest and live music.
- New Orleans Wine and Food ExperienceJune 8 - 12, 2016 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
- Cajun Zydeco FestivalJune 25 - 26, 2016 in the Treme - 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).
- Creole Tomato FestivalJune 11 - 12, 2016 in the French Quarter - 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.
- Go 4th on the River July 4, 2016 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 FestivalJuly 1 - 4, 2016 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 7 - 10, 2016 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 past encierro!
- FestiGals July 28 - 31 in the French Quarter - 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!
- Satchmo Summerfest August 4 - August 7, 2016 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 1, 2015 - Explore the hippest art scene in New Orleans and its stunning galleries at the 18th Annual White Linen Night in New Orleans' Arts District.
- Dirty Linen Night August 8, 2015 in the 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.
- Red Dress Run August 8, 2015 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.
- COOLinary New Orleans August 1 - 31, 2015 New Orleans - Celebrate dining in America's most delicious city! 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.