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New Orleans Events

March

  • Mar 02 - May 18, 2016 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.

April

  • Apr 22 - May 01, 2016 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,
  • Apr 25 - May 01, 2016 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

  • May 20 - 22, 2016 at Bayou St. John This free 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 26 - 29, 2016 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 27 - 29, 2016 at Hellenic Cultural Center Celebrating Greek culture in the Crescent City, with food, music, shopping and more!

June

  • Jun 04 - 05, 2016 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 11 - 12, 2016 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 18 - 19, 2016 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

  • Jul 01 - 04, 2016 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, 2016 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 07 - 10, 2016 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
  • Jul 19 - 24, 2016 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 distilleri
  • Jul 28 - 31, 2016 at 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!

August

  • Aug 01 - 31, 2016 at 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 menu
  • Aug 04 - 07, 2016 at French Quarter New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, is honored in true New Orleans fashion at the Satchmo SummerFest.
  • Aug 06, 2016 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 13, 2016 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 16, 2016 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 31 - Sep 05, 2016 at 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.

September

  • Sep 01 - 05, 2016 at Morgan, 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.
  • Sep 02 - 04, 2016 at New Orleans City Park 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.

October

  • Oct 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22 2016 at Deutsches Haus - Metairie, LA Three weekend of traditional German music, dancing, food and drink!
  • Oct 08 - 09, 2016 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.
  • Oct 12 - 21, 2016 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 14 - 16, 2016 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!
  • Oct 22, 23, 28, 29 2016 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 22, 2016 at French Quarter 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.
  • Oct 28 - 30, 2016 at New Orleans City Park Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park.
  • Oct 31, 2016 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.
  • TBD at New Orleans This music festival celebrates the architects of American music, artists that don’t need the help of auto-tune or even 100% function able microphones. It’s described as three days of the music you’ve never heard of.
  • TBD at French Quarter - Julia & 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.
  • TBD at 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.

November

  • Nov 05, 06, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, Dec 03, 04, 10, 11 2016 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 12 - 13, 2016 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 25, 26, 27, Dec 02, 03, 04, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 2016 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 26, 2016 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.
  • 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.

December

  • Dec 24, 2016 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 25, 2016 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 ma
  • Dec 31, 2016 at New Orleans 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!
  • 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 French Quarter Kicking off the holiday shopping season with incredible discounts, behind the scenes tours of shops, live music and a Christmas tree lighting.

January

  • Jan 02, 2017 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 - Feb 28, 2017 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. Parade season begins on January 23. The final day is Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday. This is the day before Ash Wednesday,
  • Jan 08, 2017 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 17, 2017 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 C

February

  • Feb 27, 2017 at Spanish Plaza Celebrations leading into Mardi Gras Day.
  • Feb 27, 2017 at Woldenberg Riverfront Park The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club hosts a full day of fun, food, and excitement along the river.
  • Feb 28, 2017 at New Orleans The greatest free show on earth! Mardi Gras Day parades begin at 8 a.m., and the celebration continue past sundown.

March

  • Mar 11 - 20, 2017 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 18 - 19, 2017 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.
  • 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 C
  • TBD 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.
  • TBD at 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.

April

  • Apr 06 - 09, 2017 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 15, 2017 at New Orleans 10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.
  • Apr 16, 2017 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
  • TBD 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.
  • TBD 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.