New Orleans Annual Events

| JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN |
| JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC & Christmas in New Orleans |

January

Battle of New Orleans Celebration

Re-enactment of the famous 1812 battle at Chalmette National Park features military drills, musket firings and cooking demonstrations with period costumes. On Saturday night, guided lantern tours illuminate the ?night before the battle? within warring encampments.
Call (504) 589-4428 for more information.


See New Orleans' historic City Park transformed into a holiday wonderland. Its ancient oak trees are aglow with massive ornaments along the two-mile driving tour that is spangled with over two million sparkling lights and lighted displays. The Driving Tour highlights include a 52-foot paddle wheeler, jazz musicians and a recreation of an Acadian Village alive with Zydeco music.
When: November through early January
Where: City Park

Nokia Sugar Bowl Classic
New Orleans' oldest annual sporting event, originating in 1935. Features two of the top college football teams in the country.
Where: Louisiana Superdome.
Call (877) 99-SUGAR for packages or (800) 672-6124 for information.


 
February
Mardi Gras || Mardi Gras Tips
Depending on the Gregorian calendar, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday between Feb. 3 and March 9. Legendary for freewheeling street parties, formal masquerade balls, parades and more. Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.

O'Houligan's Ball
Legend has it that the Irish were not invited to any of the New Orleans society Mardi Gras celebrations. So in the early 1800?s, they created their own O?Houligan?s Ball where outrageous costumes mocked popular society gatherings.
Call (504) 529-1317 for more information.


New Orleans International Boat Show

Louisiana Superdome hosts a wide selection of new boats, engines and accessories for fun on the water.
Call (504) 780-1818 for more information.


Nokia Sugar Bowl Mardi Gras Marathon
This 5K marathon starts on Sugar Bowl Drive outside of the Louisiana Superdome and winds through streets of the historical city.
Call (504) 454-8687 for more information.
March
 
Children's World Fair
International exhibition at the Children's Museum features music, literature, crafts, and food from 16 countries.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.


Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Five days of theatrical and musical events, lectures, panel discussions and literary tours - even a "Stella!" shouting contest  - are part of a salute to the great playwright.
Where: Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carr
Call (504) 581-1144 for more information.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival
The St. Bernard Parish Civic Center is the scene for this crawfish extravaganza featuring some 25 ways to cook crawfish along with non-crawfish dishes, plus rides, games and live entertainment. Call (504) 874-1921 for more information.

Earth Fest
A festival to learn about the environment. Answer questions for prizes, enjoy live music and feast on Louisiana cuisine.
Where: Audubon Zoo
Call: 1-866-487-2966 for more info

Gay Easter Parade
A chance for New Orleans' gay community to demonstrate their party spirit and creativity.
Recommended parade attire includes tuxedos, summer suits, Easter dresses and, of course, Easter bonnets. Be warned however - nudity or partial nudity is not permitted.
When: Easter Sunday
Where: French Quarter
Call: 504 581 4173 for more info
 
 
 
April
Crescent City Classic
The 10K Crescent City Classic road race starts at the Quarter's Jackson Square, heads downtown and to Esplanade Ridge on a tree-shaded route winding up at historic City Park.
Call (504) 636-1020 for more information.


French Quarter Festival
A free admission celebration of New Orleans' food and music with musicians on 13 stages throughout the French Quarter, fireworks, children's activities and more. Includes tours of historic homes, riverfront music concerts, fun events, and food.
Where: French Quarter
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information or see
frenchquarterfestivals.org
 
Symphony Swing in the Oaks

The Louisiana Philharmonic present their annual free concert under the stars on the Dreyfous Meadow in New Orleans' City Park.
See
the Louisiana Philharmonic Website for further info.

MO Fest
On the Monday and Tuesday between Jazzfest weekends the Mayor's Office Festival showcases new music talent.
Call (504) 636-1020 for more information


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
The world's premier music event. Join the crowds at the many music stages and tents, or just wander among the arts and craft booths and the family-friendly grandstand area.
 
Where: The Heritage Fair takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.

 
May
Greek Festival
Greek music, food, crafts and entertainment reign at the Hellenic Cultural Center.
Call (504) 282-0259 for more information.
When: Late May


New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Featuring wines from more than 100 wineries worldwide,  tastings, symposia, and vintner dinners Where: French Quarter
Call (504) 529-WINE for more information.

Zoo-To-Do
Black tie event raises money for the Audubon Zoo.
Call 504 861 6160 for tickets.
 

June
Great French Market Tomato Festival
Cooking demonstrations, tomato tasting and musical entertainment.
Call (504) 636-1020 for more information.


International Arts Festival
The Big Easy's third oldest festival takes over Marconi Meadows Park for a family-oriented fusion of arts, crafts, jazz, reggae, salsa, zouk and R&B. Cajun, Caribbean and African cuisine. Music and culture of the African Diaspora in City Park.
Call (888) 767-1317 or (504) 367-1313 for more information.

Shakespeare Festival
The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University is now in its second decade.
Call 504-865-5105 for more info.

July
ESSENCE Music Festival
Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this festival attracts some of the biggest R & B performers in the world to the Superdome. Features nightly performances and daytime empowerment seminars with top national experts.
Where: New Orleans, Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Go Fourth on the River

Featuring food, music, attractions and a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River. The entire riverfront gets into the act, with many area businesses hosting special Independence-themed shows
Where: Woldenberg Park, NOLA Riverfront

Call (504) 636-1020 for more information.

Red River Western Festival
At the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport, the Red River Western Festival (part of Ark-La-Tex) celebrates heritage of the Old West with chuckwagons, music jamborees, costume competition and barn dancing.
Call (318) 798-3014 for more information.
 

 
August
 
Satchmo Summerfest
Music and food combine within the French Quarter to honor native son Louis Armstrong. Enjoy a star-studded musical lineup, intimate seminars, a jazz Mass, a second-line parade, and children's activities.
Where: French Quarter Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint 

Call (504) 636-1020 for more information or www.frenchquarterfestivals.org
 

 

Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail celebrates the culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans, the birthplace of the cocktail.
Southern Comfort's provides a provides a three-day opportunity to celebrate the history and culture of New Orleans dining and drinking. In the French Quarter meet nationally-known authors, attend food, beverage, and party planning seminars and spirited dinners.
Call (504) 636-1020 for more information.

White Linen Night
This open-air event features gallery exhibit openings throughout the city's Warehouse Arts District. Wearing white linens, as the name would suggest, travelers and locals take to a friendly stroll down the streets of the Art District.
Where: French Quarter

Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.

 

September
Southern Decadence - Labor Day Weekend (1st weekend in Sept)
Labor Day weekend brings on New Orleans Southern Decadence like no other, with celebrants converging on the French Quarter to party at what's often called the Gay Mardi Gras. This annual gathering of gay men and women has been in with the "out" crowd for more than 30 years.
Where: New Orleans, Superdome and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 

Call (504) 636-1020 for more information.

Big Easy Comedy Festival
The five-day event has an impressive menu of seminars, comedy films, workshops, improv and sketch nights, along with a grand finale comedy blow-out show.
Call (504) 495-7327 for more information.
October
Swamp Festival
Cajun food, music, and crafts
aka Louisiana's bayou country comes to  the Big Easy
Where: City Park Tennis Center
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.

Bayou Women's Tennis Tournament
Women at every level of ability are welcome at the annual Bayou Women's Tennis Tournament in New Orleans.
Presented by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association.
Where: City Park Tennis Center
Call (504) 943-4807 for more information.

New Orleans Film & Video Festival

Premieres and executive film screenings, independent filmmakers' showcase, workshops, and parties over 7 days for 8,000+ visiting industry professionals and local film buffs.
Where: Landmark Theatres at Canal Place, Contemporary Arts Center, Prytania Theatre, Entergy IMAX Theatre at the Aquarium of the Americas, other sites TBA 

Fresh Art Festival
This free public arts festival showcases one-of-a-kind paintings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, and more, plus hands-on activities for young children and art demonstrations for all.
For more info: www.artscouncilofneworleans.org  

Voodoo Music Experience
Halloween-themed music festival in City Park. It's all about the music.

Art for Arts' Sake

Galleries throughout the city open the season with evening activity culminating in music, food and dancing at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.


Gretna Heritage Festival
The Gretna Heritage Festival promotes organizations in the City Of Gretna, celebrating from the Mississippi's west bank with music, food and crafts.
Call (504) 361-7748 for more information.


Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Gallon upon gallon of Louisiana's favorite chicken/sausage stew mixes with entertainment, food and a 5K run over the Mississippi River Bridge.
Call (504) 436-4881 for more information.


Halloween in New Orleans
In a city ripe with voodoo legend, Halloween gets special treatment with haunted house tours, costume parties and a Moonlight Witches Run. Also no other  time of the year brings as much of the "skin" tradition to the French Quarter as well as multitudes of costumed characters.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.


Oktoberfest
German food, drinks and polka are in plentiful supply at Deutsches Haus on South Galvez.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.

Bayou Bachanal
Caribbean Parade in Downtown New Orleans
Promoting pride, awareness and education of Caribbean culture in the New Orleans by showing off the spectacular Carnival traditions of the Caribbean

New Orleans Media Experience
Highlighting the convergence of film, advertising, music and videogames, while bringing together industry leaders, artists, professionals and consumers in an enlightening and entertaining multi-arts celebration feature.
When: during the week of Halloween

Bucktown Seafood Festival
Authentic Bucktown seafood is accompanied by live entertainment, cultural crafts, festival posters, games, raffles and more.
Call (504) 833-8224 for more information.

 

November

Bayou Classic

Bayou Classic action marks the traditional end of the football season with a game between Southern University and Grambling University at the Louisiana Superdome.
When: Late November
Call
(800) 672-6124 for more information.

 
See New Orleans' historic City Park transformed into a holiday wonderland. Its ancient oak trees are aglow with massive ornaments along the two-mile driving tour that is spangled with over two million sparkling lights and lighted displays. The Driving Tour highlights include a 52-foot paddle wheeler, jazz musicians and a recreation of an Acadian Village alive with Zydeco music.
When: November through early January
Where: City Park

Destrehan Plantation Fall Festival

Experience Louisiana past and present with the 1830s Mule Barn, arts & crafts vendors, food booths, historical reenactments, and candle making, indigo dyeing and other craft demonstrations.
When:
Mid-November
Where: Destrehan Plantation
 
December
Words and Music Festival
New Orleans honors William Faulkner for five days of enlightenment and entertainment with well-known authors, editors, agents, and entertainers.
Call (504) 636-1020 for more information.

See New Orleans' historic City Park transformed into a holiday wonderland. Its ancient oak trees are aglow with massive ornaments along the two-mile driving tour that is spangled with over two million sparkling lights and lighted displays. The Driving Tour highlights include a 52-foot paddle wheeler, jazz musicians and a recreation of an Acadian Village alive with Zydeco music.
When: November through early January
Where: City Park

 
Christmas New Orleans Style
Visit our expanded guide to the 3rd great season of joy and mirth in the City of New Orleans.
City-wide events include candlelight caroling in Jackson Square, tours of historic homes decorated in 19th century holiday style, cooking demonstrations,
free nightly concerts at the Cathedral,  daily Chefs? Cooking Demonstrations, candlelight caroling, special riverboat cruises, tours of decorated homes, shows, unique holiday shopping, traditional bonfires and more.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information. 


Sugar Bowl Basketball Classic
This invitational basketball tournament features four top teams at the New Orleans Arena, making for an exciting run-up to the football Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.
When:
End of December, before the Sugar Bowl
Where:
New Orleans Arena

New Year?s Eve
Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, features fireworks and a lighted ball dropping from atop Jackson Brewery to welcome the new year.
Call (800) 672-6124 for more information.


 

 
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