Here in New Orleans, we think everything's a good enough reason to celebrate. That must be the reason for our record number of festivals held each year! Check out the celebrations we have planned in the next few weeks:
Honoring African-American culture and wellness, this unique festival features soul food cuisine, live music, one-of-a-kind crafts and a free health fair. Artisans showcase and sell original arts and crafts, such as jewelry, leather goods and more. Restaurants and caterers serve delectable Creole cuisine and authentic soul food like jambalaya balls, turkey legs with mustard greens, crawfish rice, seafood gumbo, baked chicken and Ooey Gooey Cake.
Held from March 23-April 1 Spring Fiesta, is a series of events designed to entertain, educate, and allow all to revel in the cultural heritage that is uniquely New Orleans. Throughout the year, visitors are encouraged to admire the exterior of the beautiful homes throughout the city. But during Spring Fiesta, visitors are given an opportunity to explore the interiors of 20 privately owned homes in the French Quarter, Uptown and the Garden District. They can experience the grandeur of the past and see what a New Orleans home might have looked like a century or more ago. The festival includes a parade of horse-drawn carriages through the French Quarter and the presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court at Jackson Square. To learn more about the Spring Fiesta, visit www.springfiesta.com/
Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival
March 21-25 is five days dedicated to honoring the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works and literary life in the adopted city he called his "spiritual home." The fest has two days of master classes; an impressive roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars' conference; comedy improv and a poetry slam; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; and special evening events and parties. Visit http://tennesseewilliams.net/ for more info!
Congo Square/ New World Rhythms Festival
March 24-25, celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Louisiana. Influences from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America combined to make New Orleans a melting pot of world culture, and these two days of festivities celebrate that. Featuring world-music from all of those regions, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is a unique event, full of music and dance, great food and exotic crafts. Go to www.jazzandheritage.org/congo-square/ for more info!
Louisiana Oyster Jubilee
You're invited on March 10 to join Louisiana's chefs, restaurateurs and oyster aficionados as they celebrate Louisiana's savory oysters. The Louisiana Oyster Jubilee celebrates Louisiana's rich musical and culinary culture with live music, food and fun in the heart of the French Quarter. Make sure to witness the several French Quarter restaurants that come together to create the Longest Oyster Po-boy! Visit www.oysterjubilee.com/ for more info!
New Orleans Roadfood Festival
March 23-25, celebrates great American roadside eats. The fest is full of food made by cooks, bakers, pitmasters and sandwich-makers who are America's culinary folk artists. Roadfood means great regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods. It is almost always informal and inexpensive; and the best Roadfood restaurants are colorful places enjoyed by locals (and savvy travelers) for their character as well as their menu. Visit www.neworleansroadfoodfestival.com/ for more info!
French Quarter Festival
April 12-15, is Louisiana's largest free music festival! Listen to live music from one of the dozen stages set up around the French Quarter, blaring beats of traditional and contemporary jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans funk, classical, swing, rock, international and sounds that come from our own Crescent city's history. Be sure to participate in the festival's signature event, the "world's largest jazz brunch" in Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the French Quarter. Click www.fqfi.org for more info!
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell
April 27-May 6, New Orleans is hosting musicians from every genre for the two-weekend, seven-day long festival this spring! Some of the top names form this years line-up are The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Beach Boys, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Bon Iver, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, Bunny Wailer, Feist and Florence + The Machine, and many more. Jazz Fest goers look forward to the food at the fest almost as much as the music! Keep an eye out for the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians in their traditional feathers and sequins, singing their native chants. Click www.nojazzfest.com for more info!