2017 New Orleans Spring Festivals & Major Events Schedule

Right after Carnival season, New Orleans gears up for a busy spring festival season. From French Quarter Fest to Jazz Fest, don’t expect things to slow down any time soon. Here’s your guide to festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

March 2017


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BUKU Art + Music Project

March 10 – 12

Mardi Gras World
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The eclectic, two-day festival takes over Mardi Gras World bringing along a slew of electronic, hip-hop and indie acts. DeadMau5, Travis Scott, Grizmatik and Run the Jewels are just a few of the artists making a presence this year. A two-day pass will run you $189.99.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

March 11 – April 1

Metro Area
From the Irish Channel to Metairie, New Orleans and it’s surrounding areas go green for a couple of weeks to honor St. Patrick’s Day. Expect green beer, bagpipes and plenty of produce. Several local neighborhoods host parades and festivities.

Wednesday at the Square

March 15 – May 24

Lafayette Square
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Dance your heart out at this free concert series each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lafayette Square hosted by the Youth Leadership Council (YLC). Jam with local favorites such as Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins, PJ Morton and Tank and the Bangas and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drink proceeds benefit the YLC.

Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

March 18 – 19

Armstrong Park
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Congo Square in Armstrong Park becomes center stage for this melting pot of New Orleans culture at this two-day, family-friendly festival. Brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans funk and African dance fill the line-up at this free fest. Look out for the Rebirth Brass Band, James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars, a showcase of African dance and a set from DJ Soul Sister.

New Orleans Fashion Week

March 18 – 24

Civic Theatre
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Some of the regions’ most talented designers and fashion industry professionals flock to New Orleans for a week-long fashion fest. New Orleans Fashion Week launches with a official kick off party at the W Hotel French Quarter. Nightly runway shows take place at the Civic Theatre.

Super Sunday

March 19

A.L. Davis Park
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This year, St. Joseph’s Day and Super Sunday happen to fall on the same day. Each year, Mardi Gras Indians come out in their elaborate, full regalia participating in traditional rituals which centers around A.L. Davis Park and throughout Central City.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 22 -26

Various locations
This literary fest features a series of master classes with industry leaders, panels, and educational walking tours, among other events. The most popular part of the festival culminates with its “Stella” shouting contest where hopefuls compete in Jackson Square by belting out the famous line from “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Top Taco

March 23

Spanish Plaza
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This inaugural festival showcasing the taco features some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city competing for top honors. General admission starts at $65.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

March 23 – March 26

Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center
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Head over to St. Bernard Parish for a weekend of festivities at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. Eat crawfish in every way imaginable. Plus, enjoy live music, arts and crafts and rides. General admission is $5.

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

March 24 – 26

The Sugar Mill
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New Orleans adds another festival to its long list for bourbon lovers. The inaugural Bourbon Festival brings together distilleries, restaurants speakers and industry professionals in a 1920’s “speakeasy” setting. Ticket prices vary.

Brunch Fest NOLA

March 25

Crescent Park
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Grab your furry friends and head to Brunch Fest NOLA, a dog-friendly fest benefiting the LSPCA. Brunch-inspired restaurants, cocktails, beer and wine and live entertainment head up Crescent Park. Pre-sale tickets start at $5.

Bloody Mary Festival

March 26

The Howlin’ Wolf
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How do you like your Bloody Mary? Sip some of the city’s most delicious and innovative concoctions at this new festival. Admission to the fest grants you access to two hours of unlimited tastes. Admission starts at $39.

Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival

March 30 – April 2

Armstrong Park
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Jazz in the Park kicks off its weekly concert series this year with its inaugural Treme Crab Festival. The fest features local restaurants serving up their best crabmeat dishes. Organizers say this festival will help raise funds for the Thursday concert series. Musicians Michael Franks and Roy Ayers headline Friday’s concert where ticket prices start at $25. The concerts on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are free.

Hogs for the Cause

March 31 – April 1

UNO Lakefront Arena
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After last year’s washout, Hogs for the Cause moves to the UNO Lakefront Arena. Pork, beer and music round out this two-day event for a good cause. Proceeds benefit pediatric brain cancer. Barbecue competitors battle it out over the pit during the “High on the Hog” cook-off. Music acts like Naughty Professor, New Breed Brass Band and George Porter Jr. hit the stage. Advance tickets start at $25. Free entry for kids under 12.

Italian Heritage Festival

March 31 – April 2

Rivertown
Kenner, La.
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Former Kenner police chief Nick Congemi founded this festival to celebrate the rich Italian heritage and customs embedded into the formation of the Kenner area. Live music, food, rides, games and crafts are the festival’s main features. Some local acts expected to perform include the Chee-Weez, the Victory Belles, the Yat Pack, Bon Bon Vivant and the Bucktown All-Stars.

April 2017


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Freret Street Festival

April 1

Freret Street between Napoleon & Valmont
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This annual free neighborhood festival takes over Freret Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three music stages, more than 150 local vendors and food and drink vendors span from Napoleon Street to Valmont Street. This family-friendly fest is a great way to make your weekend soar.

A Taste of Covington

April 6 – April 9

Various locations Downtown Covington, La.
A Taste of Covington brings a five-day celebration of food, wine, music and art to historic downtown Covington, La. Chef demonstrations, a Grand Tasting, a series of vintner dinners and a champagne jazz brunch make up some of the featured events. Tickets start at $50.

French Quarter Festival

April 6 – April 9

French Quarter
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One of the country’s largest free festivals brings local music, food and drink to the epicenter of the French Quarter. This year, French Quarter Fest features more than 20 new artists including Aaron Neville who makes his festival debut.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

April 7 – April 9

Memorial Park Ponchatoula, La.
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Head to “Strawberry Paradise” for a three-day fest spotlighting the strawberry. Festival-goers can enjoy strawberries served up almost every way imaginable at this sweet event. This free, family-friendly outdoor festival happens at Memorial Park in downtown Pontchatoula, La. Weekend festivities also include tons of music, games, rides, strawberry eating contests and appearances by “strawberry royalty.”

Crescent City Classic

April 15

Citywide
CCC Race Course
Runners and walkers can look forward to one of the region’s premier 10k road races. The local racing tradition attracts more than 25,000 participants of all ages and levels, including competitive and amateur racers. A two-day expo precedes the race, and a post-race festival closes out the event at City Park.

Easter Parades

April 16

French Quarter
Several parades roll in the French Quarter on Easter Sunday. The lineup begins with the Historic French Quater Parade at 9:45 a.m., followed by Chris Owens French Quater Easter Parade at 1 p.m. and the Gay Easter Parade at 4:30 p.m.

Sista Strut

April 22

Woldenberg Park
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Strut your stuff at this walk to raise awareness of breast cancer among women of color. This breast cancer walk is a celebration among survivors and those ready to strut for a cure. Registration fees vary.

Slidell’s Crawfish Cook-Off

April 22

Fritchie Park
Slidell, La.
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Pinch, peel and suck all the crawfish you can eat, as crawfish cookin’ teams from across the South battle it out to claim the top prize. This annual crawfish cook-off at Slidell’s Fritchie Park is worth the trip. Hear live local music from Marc Broussard, Witness and more. Proceeds benefit the Hospice of the South. Advance tickets start at $30.

Angola Prison Rodeo

April 22 – April 23

Louisiana State Penitentiary
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Thousands of visitors flock to the longest running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, hand-made works from inmates. Tickets are $20.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

April 24 – April 30

TPC Louisiana
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The Zurich Classic attracts some of the biggest golf pros to New Orleans on this major stop on the annual PGA Championship Tournament Circuit. This family-friendly event tees off at TPC of Louisiana in Avondale, La. Tickets start at $25.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 28 – May 7

New Orleans Fairgrounds
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Thousands of music lovers head to the Fairgrounds for this two-weekend festival considered one of the city’s most world-renowned events. Tons of music spans several stages bringing big local and international names across different genres. Some of this year’s headliners include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, and, yeah, Maroon 5. Let’s also not forget to mention all the incredible food vendors that will fill the Fairgrounds like the sought after Crawfish Monica and Cochon de lait po-boys. Festival-goers can also enjoy art exhbits and some good people watching. Here are some festival tips straight from fest-goers to get you through. Ticket prices vary.

May 2017


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NOLA Crawfish Festival

May 1 – May 3

Central City BBQ
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Hang out at the three-day NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ. Several local musicians jam while the NOLA Crawfish King drops pounds of crawfish. The festival hosts an “Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off” on its last day where 20 teams compete for the best crawfish boil. Ticket prices vary.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

May 5 – May 7

Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, La.
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Thousands flock to the “Crawfish Capital of the World” for the weekend-long Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Enjoy crawfish prepared in every imaginable way, and experience Cajun and Zydeco culture at this gathering. Some of the features include a celebrity crawfish eating contest, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish races, cooking demonstrations, performances and a crawfish etouffee cook-off. It’s Cajun fun for the whole family! Admission starts at $5.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

May 19 – May 21

Bayou St. John
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Paddle along Bayou St. John at this family-friendly food and music fest. This three-day fest makes the perfect family outing to top off your weekend. Catch some cool local music acts like Cupid, Jon Cleary and Tank & the Bangas.

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival

May 19 – May 21

Belle Chasse, La.
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Head to Plaquemines Parish for a celebration of the parishes’ unique heritage, and feast on great local seafood while you’re at it. The fest also features live music, carnival rides, crafts and the Seafood Queen Pageant.

New Orleans Food & Wine Experience

May 25 – May 28

Various locations around New Orleans
Hundreds of wineries, restaurants and top chefs from around the city showcase their best for this diverse culinary experience. Test your palate with wine and food tastings at this four-day, event-packed feast. Some of the big highlights include the Grand Tasting and the Royal Street Stroll.

Bayou Country Superfest

May 26 – May 28

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The annual country music fest normally held in Tiger Stadium makes a move to the Mercedes-Bend Superdome this year. Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton are among the stars slated to perform. Tickets start at $45.

New Orleans Greek Festival

May 26 – May 28

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Don’t forget your toga during Memorial Day weekend. Head out to the family-friendly New Orleans Greek Festival. Food, wine, live music and dance highlights this fun toast to Greek traditions. The line-up also usually includes a Toga Contest. Entrance fee $7. Children 12 and under enter free.

Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival

May 27

Heritage Park
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Groove to performances by local jazz and blues acts while benefiting a good cause. A portion of proceeds from the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival support local young musicians and music education. Admission is $10. Kids under 12 enter free.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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See also:

Summer Festival Survival Guide

Crawfish Monica Pasta Tips