Music in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Jazz Fest

Held during the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May, this world-renowned extravaganza of music, food, crafts and good living is a mainstay of the New Orleans festival calendar, attracting both interna…
Cultural in New Orleans

Mardi Gras

In February or early March, Fat Tuesday marks the orgasmic finale of the Carnival season. Expect parades, floats, insane costumes, and a day of absolute mad cap revelry as the entire city throws down for an all-day …
Cultural in New Orleans

St Joseph's Day – Super Sunday

March 19 and its nearest Sunday bring 'gangs' of Mardi Gras Indians out into the streets in all their feathered, drumming glory. The Super Sunday parade usually begins around noon at AL Davis Park in Central City.
Music in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City


Millennials love this weekend-long extravaganza of indie, hip-hop, EDM, art installations and neon everything. The party goes down at Mardi Gras World in early March. In a city that loves retro sound and old-school …
Music in CBD & Warehouse District


Also known as 'the party with a purpose,' Essence is the largest celebration of African American culture in the USA. A slate of celebrities, academics and serious music talent descends on the city for a fantastic we…
Music in French Quarter

French Quarter Festival

During the second weekend of April, the largest free music festival in the country takes over the French Quarter.
Cultural in New Orleans


The New Orleans metropolitan area is home to one of the largest Vietnamese diaspora communities in the USA. Its biggest festival is Tết Nguyên Đán, also known as Vietnamese New Year, or (because we're in Louisiana) …
Parade in French Quarter

Easter Sunday Parades

On Easter Sunday in New Orleans, there are no less than three parades: a 'regular' Easter parade that departs from Antoine's around 9:45am; a 1pm parade led by cabaret superstar Chris Owens; and the Gay Easter Parad…
Cultural in New Orleans

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

In the depths of summer, New Orleanians recreate Spain's running of the bulls...sort of. Thousands dress in white and wear red scarves, proceed to get rip roaring drunk, and then run through the streets chased by 'b…
LGBT in French Quarter

New Orleans Pride

The official New Orleans Pride celebration gets a bit overshadowed by Southern Decadence, but that doesn't mean this party isn't an affair to remember. The centerpiece of the event – part of national Pride celebrati…