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September

  • Sep 20 - 23, 2021 at Virtual for 2021 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.
  • Sep 25, 2021 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.
  • Sep 25 - 26, 2021 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.
  • Sep 30 - Oct 02, 2021 at French Quarter Enjoy music from 23 stages throughout the historic Vieux Carré, and sample New Orleans cuisine from over 60 food and drink booths.

October

  • Oct 01, 2021 at Deutsches Haus (1700 Moss St.) Six weekends (Friday & Saturday) of traditional German music, dancing, food and drink!
  • Oct 08, 09, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17 2021 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.
  • Oct 08 - 10, 2021 at Bridge City, LA Over 2,000 gallons of Bridge City's world famous gumbo will be cooked at the Bridge City Gumbo Festival!
  • Oct 08 - 10, 2021 at Pontchartrain Park in Gentilly 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 21 - 24, 2021 at City Park, New Orleans Bring the kids and get ready for a spooky good time at Ghost in the Oaks in City Park.
  • Oct 22 - 23, 2021 at Market Street Power Plant 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.
  • Oct 22 - 24, 2021 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!
  • Oct 23, 2021 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 23 - 24, 2021 at Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans Lakefront National Fried Chicken Festival free fest takes place Oct 23-24 in new location at the Lakefront.
  • Oct 30, 2021 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.

November

  • TBD at New Orleans From Uptown to the French Quarter taste New Orleans' craftiest and most delicious Bloody Marys.
  • 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.
  • TBD 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.
  • TBD 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.
  • TBD 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 04, 2021 at French Quarter Fête des Fromages, A Festival of Cheeses, Wines & Music, is put on by the French-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Nov 05 - 21, 2021 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.
  • Nov 25, 2021 - Jan 02, 2022 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.

December

  • TBD 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.
  • Dec 01 - 25, 2021 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.
  • TBD 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 19, 2021 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 24, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2022 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, 2022 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, 2022 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.

February

  • TBD 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 2022, Mardi Gras Day falls on March 1 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.
  • TBD at Clearview Shopping Center 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
  • Feb 28, 2022 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!

March

  • Mar 01, 2022 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.
  • 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).

April

  • Apr 08 - 10, 2022 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.

July

  • 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!

September

  • 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 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.
  • TBD at New Orleans Jazz Museum Annual Downriver Festival will celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River.

October

  • 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 New Orleans City Park Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park.
  • 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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