Special Event Schedule

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Mardi Gras Parade Schedule!!!!

Happy Carnival Y'all




St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 10
Molly's at the Market Irish Parade - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11& Tuesday, March 17
Uptown/Irish Channel

Parasol's Block Party 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 & Friday, March 17
Uptown/Irish Channel

Tracy's Block Party 11 a.m. - 'til

Saturday, March 11
Irish Channel Parade - 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 18
French Quarter

Italian-American St.Joseph's Parade - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17
Downtown Irish Club Parade - 6:00 p.m


Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 22- March 26
For years literary aficionados have come to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.



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French Quarter Fest

April 6, 7, 7, 9
Enjoy 250 hours of entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances
on seventeen stages throughout the French Quarter. 

Jass Fest I    •  Jazz Fest II
12 stages of soul-stirring music—jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more
check the official website for day by day line-ups

Jass Fest Weekend I
April 27, 28, 29

Jazz Fest Weekend II
May 4, 5, 6, 7

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Bayou Boogaloo

May 20, 21, 22
Relax alongside beautiful Bayou St. John as Bayou Boogaloo, a FREE music, art and food festival, celebrates our Mid-City neighborhood

New Orleans Wine &
Food Experience

May 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Join thousands of wine and food lovers at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience


Greek Fest

May 27, 28, 29
Opa! Come dance, eat and be merry, Greek Style, by the Bayou St. John every Labor Day weekend.


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Creole Tomato Festival

June11 & 12
Where else but in New Orleans will you find a festival celebrating tomatoes? It happens annually when the Creole tomato harvest comes in and what better place than in the French Market, the oldest urban outdoor market in the U.S.


Cajun Zydeco Festival

June 18 & 19
Laissez le bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll, and they do – for FREE! - at the Cajun-Zydeco Festival. Two days of swingin' Cajun and Zydeco music, fabulous food, colorful crafts and "passin' a good time" in the French Quarter.


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Essence Festival

July 1, 2, 3
Spend your 4th of July holiday in New Orleans to celebrate the talent of Essence music festival.

Bastille Day

July 9 & 10
It's considered the "French Independence Day" and it comes only a few days after our own. Come celebrate Bastille Day in New Orleans, the most French of American cities, with food, fireworks and fun!

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans
(Running of the Bulls)

July 9
Get your running shoes on and prepare to be chased through the French Quarter by the Big Easy "RollerBulls" as New Orleans harmlessly duplicates the thrill of Spain's Running of the Bulls.

Tales of the Cocktail

July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Only in New Orleans, where the cocktail was first created, could there be a week-long celebration of exotic libations.


July 28, 29, 30
Grab your girlfriends and head down to the ultimate "gals" getaway during this weekend-long celebration of women.
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Coolinary New Orleans

August 2016

Beat the heat by staying "cool" within an affordable price range as some of New Orleans' top restaurants offer deep discounts on their fabulous culinary selections.

Satchmo Summer Fest

August 4, 5, 6, 7
Three days of outdoor concerts, music history seminars, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, a second-line parade, and local food.

Whitney White Linen Night

August 6
A great Art Walk from the 300 - 600 blocks of Julia Street ending in an
after party at the CAC on the 900 block of Camp Street
check back for details

Red Dress Run

August 13

Put on your red dress – yes you men too! – and join in with the 3-H Club as they run for charity while celebrating the joys of beer and life's other pleasures.

Dirty Linen Night

August 13

Save your dirty linens from the weekend before for this event! The most quirky and fun annual art walk through Royal’s Street famous galleries and shops.


Southern Decadence

September 2, 3, 4

Dubbed “Gay Mardi Gras," this celebration of GLBT culture features elaborate costumes and high fashion

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October 7, 8, 9, and 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23
On the last weekend of September and every weekend during October, visitors can enjoy a piece of Germany in the heart of New Orleans.

Louisiana Seafood Festival

Come out and enjoy the fabulous seafood our city is famous for and be assured that it's as good as the music you'll be hearing at this annual September event in the Fulton Street Mall.

New Orleans Film Festival

New and established filmmakers premiere their latest full-length features, shorts and animation and music videos. Get inspired through the art of film.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

This FREE weekend festival presents many of the top performers from southern Louisiana and Mississippi , plus delicious food and unique visual art.