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Festivals in New Orleans

It is said that New Orleans residents should have five good costumes ready to go at any given time. Celebration is at the core of the New Orleans' experience, and to get a true taste of the city, every visitor should join in one of these unforgettable festivals. So pack that favorite sequin dress, that amazing hat you never get to wear and even a wig or two and head down to the Crescent City for food, music and more!

Each year, a season of New Orleans festivals kicks off with the biggest of them all, Mardi Gras - which should be on your bucket list if you haven't experienced it yet. The fun continues throughout the year with dozens more reasons to come out and party down. Whether its music, food or the arts you love (or all of the above), you'll want to join in as New Orleans lets its hair down and declares, "laissez les bons temps rouler!" (let the good times roll).


Mardi Gras

Parades, Parades and more - plan to attend the Greatest Free Show on Earth! more


Music Festivals

Come and enjoy one of New Orleans' legendary music festivals! more


Food & Drink Festivals

From seafood to cocktails, New Orleans is home to many delicious festivals all year long! more


Film & Literary Festivals

Pay homage to literary greats like Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner or up-and-coming filmmakers! more


LGBT Festivals

Diversity is celebrated in New Orleans, and all are welcome at festivals like Southern Decadence! more


Theater Festivals

Celebrate Shakespeare’s enduring legacy and other cutting-edge performances that take center stage! more


Art Festivals

Experience the visual arts New Orleans-style at one of our fantastic art-inspired festivals! more


Holiday Celebrations

New Orleans is a city that lives to celebrate. Come join us as we take holidays to a whole new level! more


Historic Home Festival

Experience the grandeur of the past as you walk through the historic homes that are not usually open to the public! more