2020 New Orleans Spring Festivals & Major Events Schedule

Right after Carnival, New Orleans and its surrounding areas gears up for a busy spring festival season.

Music lovers can look forward to big music festivals including French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest. Foodies can find festivals dedicated to tacos, barbecue, oysters, strawberries and other Louisiana delicacies.

Mardi Gras might be over, but don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon. We found nearly 50 festivals filling the massive lineup kicking off this March.

Here’s your guide to New Orleans spring festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

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March 2020


     
     

Soul Fest

March 7 – 8

Audubon Zoo
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Audubon Zoo hosts one of New Orleans’ biggest annual celebrations of African-American culture. The two-day, family-oriented event features live music from local jazz, R&B and gospel artists. Admission to the Audubon Zoo or Audubon membership will get you into the fest.
   
     
     

Los Isleños Fiesta

March 7 – 8

Los Islenos Museum & Village
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Head to St. Bernard Parish for the 45th annual cultural celebration of the Isleños people who migrated from the Canary Islands to St. Bernard during the 1700s. Cultural traditions, food, music, and dance are celebrated. Entertainment includes well-known musicians and dancers from the Canary Islands, music from local bands and amusement rides for children. Admission is $5 (kids ages 12 and under free).
   

Frisco Fest

March 7 – 8

San Francisco Plantation
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More than 100 crafters, artists and chefs gather at the historic San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, La. for the annual Frisco Fest. The fest also features Creole and Cajun cuisine, a car show, bike tour, live music and kids activities. Festival admission $5 (free for ages 12 and under). Home tour tickets $10 (free for kids ages 6 and under).    

Wednesday at the Square

March 11 – May 13

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 Young Leadership Council (YLC). Jam with local favorites as a new band takes the stage each week. The 2020 lineup includes Galactic, Flow Tribe, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Marc Broussard, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Partners-N-Crime, among others. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drink proceeds benefit the YLC.    

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

March 11 – 14

Contemporary Arts Center & Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
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The New Orleans Bourbon Festival returns for the enjoyment of bourbon lovers. Food, spirit and culture converge as the festival brings together distilleries, restaurants speakers and industry professionals in a 1920’s speakeasy setting. Ticket prices vary starting at $69.
   

St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations

March 13 – April 4

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

New Orleans Food & Wine Experience

March 18 – 22

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 event-packed feast with unique hands-on experiences. Some of the big highlights include the Grand Tasting and the Royal Street Stroll. The fest also features a Tournament of Rosés along Fulton Street and a Burlesque Brunch.    

Top Taco

March 19

Woldenberg Park
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Top Taco, a taco and tequila-centric festival, features some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city competing for top honors. Taste the best from participating restaurants like Barracuda, Casa Borrega, Felipe’s, Los Jefes and Johnny Sanchez, among others. General admission starts at $75.    
     
     

BUKU Art + Music Project

March 20 – 21

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, R&B and indie acts. Tyler the Creator, Flume, Illenium, Glass Animals, Run the Jewels and $uicideboy$ are just a few of the artists making a presence this year. Tickets prices vary for general admission and VIP admission options.
   

New Orleans Sacred Music Festival

March 21

New Orleans Healing Center
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Diverse cultures and traditions come together to share voices at this local celebration of the intersection of music and spirituality. The New Orleans Sacred Music Festival spreads peace and respect to all people and their faiths. A full schedule of performances and workshops take over the New Orleans Healing Center. Free admission.    

Greenway Fest

March 21

Greenway Great Lawn
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Lafitte Greenway’s annual hike is now a community based festival. The event celebrates the Lafitte Greenway with live music, food & art vendors, activities for kids and guided walking tours along the Greenway. Admission is free and open to the public. Biking to the event is encouraged and valets for bikes will be provided free of charge.    

Abita Springs Busker Festival

March 22

Abita Springs Park
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This Northshore festival pays homage to Louisiana roots music and showcases notable buskers, or street performers, from the greater New Orleans area. Some of the acts include Esther Rose, Sam Doores and Bad Penny Pleasuremakers. Along with a full day of music, the Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market is located on site with its food and drink vendors. Admission is free.    

Super Sunday

March 22

Central City & A.L. Davis Park
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Each year, on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, 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.    

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

March 23 – 27

Various locations  
Entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals congregate in New Orleans for a week of discussions, education and competition all to support growing companies and entrepreneurial success. Enjoy this jam-packed networking summit with citywide events. Visit the website for complete event details and registration information.    

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 25 – 29

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.”    

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

March 26 – 29

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, crafts and rides. General admission is $5.    

Hogs for the Cause

March 27 – 28

UNO Lakefront Arena
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Pork, beer and music round out this two-day event for a good cause. Local and regional barbecue competitors battle it out over the pit during the cook-off, with smoking dishes like these pork belly poppers. Grammy award-winning band Old Crow Medicine Show headlines the 2020 event. Other acts include Yola, Sweet Crude and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, among others. Proceeds benefit pediatric brain cancer. Advance tickets start at $30 for single day general admission. Free entry for kids under 10.    

New Orleans Home & Garden Show

March 27 – 29

Morial Convention Center
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Find everything for your home under one roof at this home and garden expo. Hundreds of vendors will feature everything that you need to take care of both your indoor and outdoor needs. Cooking demonstrations, seminars and workshops are all part of the weekend schedule. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for military and free for kids 12 and under.    

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

March 27 – 29

Hotel Monteleone
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Founded as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, the three-day fest has grown into an event that brings together the LGBT literary community. The festival features panel discussions, master classes and other events celebrating LGBT literature. Tickets start at $25.    

Sista Strut

March 28

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.    

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

March 28 – 29

Armstrong Park
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Get your Cajun two-step on. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation hosts the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeo Festival at Armstrong Park. The two-day event exclusively celebrates the Cajun and Zydeco music of Acadiana and the area’s food staples. This year, crawfish will also be a major theme at the fest. Along with great performances, food vendors and local art are also part of the 14th annual event. Admission is free.    
     
     

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April 2020


 

 

     
     
     

A Taste of Covington

April 1 – 5

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 $65.    
     
     

Italian Heritage Festival

April 3 – 5

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.    

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

April 3 – 5

Memorial Park Ponchatoula, La.
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Head to “Strawberry Paradise” for this free, 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 and strawberry eating contests.    

Great Louisiana BirdFest

April 3 – 6

Northlake Nature Center
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The Northlake Nature Center hosts the Great Louisiana BirdFest where visitors can participate in birding trips and workshops. The fest is held each spring when many species are migrating north through Louisiana. BirdFest includes birding trips, some Southern food, hospitality and a few workshops. Registration prices vary.    

Freret Street Festival

April 4

Freret Street between Napoleon & Valmont
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This annual, free neighborhood festival takes over Freret Street. Music stages, local vendors and festival food vendors span from Napoleon Street to Valmont Street.    

NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival

April 4

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
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Live music, face-painting and the signature Easter egg hunt are highlights at one of NOMA’s most popular events, where the whole family can come out to enjoy a day filled with fun in the sun.    

Crescent City Classic

April 11

Citywide
CCC Race Course
 
Runners and walkers can look forward to one of the region’s premier 10k road races. The Easter weekend 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 12

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

French Quarter Fest

April 16 – 19

Woldenberg Park & 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. Festival-goers can enjoy regional cuisine from more than 60 vendors and music from more than 1,700 musicians. Returning favorites include Tank and the Bangas, John Boutté, Amanda Shaw, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Chubby Carrier and hundreds more.    

Crawfest 2020

April 18

Tulane University
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Get your fill of crawfish at Tulane University’s Crawfest — an annual music, food, and arts festival located at the University’s Uptown campus. Each year, community members and students can dig into more than 20,000 pounds of crawfish and thousands of pounds of veggies. The fest also includes music from bands on two stages plus dozens of local food and art vendors.    

Hospice Foundation of the South’s Crawfish Cook-Off

April 18

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 bands like The Bucktown Allstars. Proceeds benefit the Hospice of the South. Advance tickets start at $30. Admission is $35 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are free.    

Angola Prison Rodeo

April 18 – 19

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, handmade works from inmates. Tickets are $20.    
     

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

April 20 – 26

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. Ticket prices start at $35.    

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 23 – April 26, April 30 – May 3

New Orleans Fair Grounds
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Thousands of music lovers head to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for this two-weekend festival, considered one of the city’s most world-renowned events. More than 650 bands are set to perform across 14 stages, performing virtually every kind of American music in a diverse lineup. The Who, Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks and Lizzo are among the acts headlining the fest. Let’s also not forget to mention all the incredible food vendors that will fill the Fair Grounds like the sought after Crawfish Monica, Mango Freeze and cochon de lait po-boys. Festival-goers can also enjoy art exhibits and some good people watching. Here are some festival tips straight from fest-goers to get you through. Ticket prices vary.    

NOLA Crawfish Festival

April 27 – April 29

Central City BBQ
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Crawfish lovers can indulge at the three-day NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ. Several local musicians jam while festival-goers gobble pounds of crawfish. The festival hosts an “Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off” where 20 teams compete for the best crawfish boil. Plus, there’s a crawfish eating contest to see who can chow down the most mudbugs. Ticket prices start at $35, plus taxes and fees.    
     

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May 2020


 

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

May 1 – 2

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.    
     
     

Crawfish Mambo 2020

May 11

University of New Orleans
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Head out to the University of New Orleans for the city’s largest crawfish cookoff.  The event features music, a crawfish cookoff, a peel n’ eat contest and all the crawfish you can eat for $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. Children under age 7 can join for free.    

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

May 15 – 17

Bayou St. John
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Paddle along Bayou St. John at this free, 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, paddle boat races and other activities.    

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival

May 15 – 17

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.    

Louisiana Veterans Festival

May 16

   
This festival, hosted by the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, honors our country’s heroes. The celebration features entertainment, arts and crafts, food and beverages and children’s activities. General admission is $15. Veterans and kids ages 12 and under enter for free. Heritage Park
Slidell, La.
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Jambalaya Festival

May 22 – 24

Gonzales, La.
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Head to Gonzales for a celebration of the iconic Louisiana dish. Aside from some good jambalaya, other events include a cooking contest, a pageant, carnival rides and live entertainment. Admission is free.    

New Orleans Greek Festival

May 22 – 24

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Opa! 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.    

Tremé/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival

May 22 – 24

Under the I-10 Bridge between St. Ann & St. Phillip Street
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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the Tremé 7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival, highlighting two of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods. The festival includes historic site tours, the Baby Doll Bar Crawl and the Under the Bridge festival, culminating with a second-line parade to close it all out. Tickets for tours and the bar crawl may be purchased online, but the festival itself is free and open to the public.    

Birdfoot Festival

May 25 – 30

   
The international chamber music festival with New Orleans flavor celebrates its ninth season. Music lovers can take in a series of concerts, open rehearsals and backstage experiences at different venues around New Orleans. Internationally recognized artists will delight audiences with a series of concerts and related events exploring a range of music, from the 1600s to the present.    

Overlook Film Festival

May 28 – 31

Various locations  
The Overlook Film Festival is a four-day celebration horror film programming held in New Orleans. The fest showcases exciting work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend.    

Asian Pacific American Society Festival

May 30

Audubon Zoo
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The Asian-Pacific American Society presents its signature cultural event at Audubon Zoo. The event celebrates Asian pride, partnership and progress with music, dance and cultural traditions. Families can enjoy a day filled with food, live entertainment, arts, crafts and more.    

Bluesberry Festival

May 30

Bogue Falaya Park
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The Bluesberry Festival, the North Shore’s newest immersive arts experience, features a full day of blues music and art. Among the acts are local and regional acts in blues, blues-rock and jazz genres. General admission is $25. A VIP package is also available.    

New Orleans Oyster Festival

May 30 – 31

Woldenberg Park
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Have a shucking good time at this free, two-day fest featuring all the delicious ways you can eat an oyster. Some top local restaurants will showcase their finest oyster dishes like those mouth-watering charbroiled oysters. In addition to lots of eating, the fest at Woldenberg Park will feature music, cooking demonstrations, art vendors and contests, like the oyster shucking competition.    
     
     
     

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