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November

  • Nov 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, Dec 02, 03, 09, 10 2017 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 24, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018 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 25, 2017 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, 2017 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 02, 2017 at City Park Moved to Dec 2 due to Hurricane Nate! October will mark the first ever Beignet Fest. Is there a more iconic New Orleans dessert than a beignet? We don't think so and these scrumptious squares of fried dough are finally getting their very own festival.
  • Dec 17, 2017 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 22 - 31, 2017 at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2018 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, 2018 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 06 - Feb 13, 2018 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 2018, parades begin in late January. The final day is Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday. This is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, when Christians is traditionally sacrifice in imitation and remembrance of Jesus' 40-day fast in the desert.
  • Jan 08, 2018 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 28, 2018 at Champion Square Come enjoy the annual King Cake Festival benefitting babies and children at Ochsner Hospital!

February

March

  • TBD at New Orleans From Uptown to the French Quarter taste New Orleans' craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys.
  • Mar 03, 04, 10, 11 2018 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 08 - 10, 2018 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 09 - 10, 2018 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 11 - 25, 2018 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 17 - 18, 2018 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 21 - 25, 2018 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 22 - 25, 2018 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 23 - 24, 2018 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 31, 2018 at New Orleans 10K race from Downtown New Orleans to City Park, drawing runners from all over the world.

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.
  • Apr 01, 2018 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 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 07, 2018 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 12 - 15, 2018 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 13 - 15, 2018 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 14, 2018 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 23 - 29, 2018 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 27 - May 06, 2018 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 18 - 20, 2018 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 25 - 27, 2018 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 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

July

  • Jul 05 - 08, 2018 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 13 - 15, 2018 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.
  • Jul 17 - 22, 2018 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.

August

  • 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 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 01 - 31, 2018 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.
  • 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.
  • Aug 03 - 05, 2018 at French Quarter New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, is honored in true New Orleans fashion at the Satchmo SummerFest.
  • Aug 30 - Sep 03, 2018 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 30 - Sep 03, 2018 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 Old U.S. Mint & French Market Annual Downriver Festival will celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River.
  • TBD at New Orleans Thirty days of special events paying homage to a New Orleans classic, the Daiquiri!
  • TBD at Treme Produced by the Historic Faubourg Tremé Association, the Treme Fall Festival supports the vibrant history and culture of Tremé.
  • TBD at Crescent Park, New Orleans Alongside traditional beef burgers, the festival will offer hot sausage and seafood burgers, such as lobster, crawfish, crab and shrimp varieties.
  • TBD at Woldenberg Park National Fried Chicken Festival free fest takes place in September at Woldenberg Park.
  • 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 10, 2018 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.

October

  • 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% functional microphones. It’s described as three days of the music you’ve never heard of.
  • 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.
  • Oct 13, 2018 at The Sugar Mill Come celebrate the Latin music, food, culture and art that make up New Orleans at the Carnaval Latino.