There is no better place than New Orleans in spring! The weather is calm, the sun is shining and there are so many festivals! Check out this list and get out there!
Hogs for the Cause: April 1-2, 2016
The nation’s premier fundraiser for children with pediatric brain cancer and their families, Hogs for the Cause brings together some of New Orleans’ top musicians, along with 80 or more teams of amateur and professional barbecue competitors for the “High on the Hog” Cook-Off competitions. The BBQers will compete for the title of Louisiana Pork Champion. www.hogsforthecause.org
Freret Street Festival: April 1, 2016
Get ready to celebrate the booming local vendors of Freret Street with live bands, food, arts, crafts and more. On Saturday, April 2nd, local vendors, restaurants and bands will set up their tents and tables for festivalgoers to enjoy a taste of the eclectic Freret Street. www.freretstreetfestival.com
Wednesday at the Square Concert Series
Running from March until June, residents and visitors can enjoy the different acts that take part in this 12-week concert series held at Lafayette Square. www.wednesdayatthesquare.com
French Quarter Festival: April 7-10 2016
With 20 performance stages and over 90 food and beverage booths, this is the largest free music festival in the South. It’s a celebration of the local culture and music, plus there are tons of attractions that are organized in association with the festival. http://fqfi.org/
Jazz in the Park: Thursdays between April 14- June 2, 2016
Starting on April 14th, the park will host a live concert series every Thursday evening. There will be local bands, live painting and art displays, food vendors, and even a DJ to host each event! Admission is free, so head on over to the park and watch the sun go down to the sounds of a NOLA band. www.pufap.org
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY SHELL: APRIL 22-MAY 1, 2016
People come from all over the country to experience the New Orleans Jazz Festival. While it may be a festival to celebrate city’s connection to jazz, the event features artists and acts from every style of music that you can imagine. It’s a big event with big names and it only happens in New Orleans.
With the New Orleans festival season, it seems like there is another exciting event every day. It’s a great time of year and there is lots of fun to be had. Come to the city, have a good time and experience some of the events that help to make New Orleans a one of a kind city. www.nojazzfest.com
Bayou Boogaloo: May 20-22, 2016
Some of the biggest names in their respective genres will be headlining more than two dozen bands and solo artists performing at this year’s 11th Bayou Boogaloo festival over the weekend of May 20-22. Bayou Boogaloo is truly a NOLA-style party with lots of live music, food, arts and handicrafts. And, best of all, admission is FREE! www.thebayouboogaloo.com
New Orleans Food & Wine Experience: May 26-29, 2016
Get ready for one of the most exciting culinary events of the year! This May, hundreds of wineries and restaurants will join forces for the 23rd New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, attracting all food, wine, art, and music lovers to various venues throughout the French Quarter. www.nowfe.com.
Greek Fest: May 27-29, 2016
There is entertainment for all ages, from kids’ activities to fun things for the adults to do, like dancing or renting a canoe to ply the serene waters of Bayou St. John. Lucky winners of random drawings may win trips to Greece and the fabled Grecian isles of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Those who wish to take something Greek home with them can purchase the latest festival poster or other souvenirs and handcrafted items. www.greekfestnola.com.
New Orleans Oyster Festival: June 4-5, 2016
This June, you can indulge in delicious oysters and support the restaurants and industries that bring them to the city. Local music, crafts, and an incredible food vendor lineup will be scattered throughout Woldenberg Park in Downtown New Orleans. The festival is FREE to enter and will have plenty of food for purchase so come hungry! www.neworleansoysterfestival.org
French Market Creole Tomato Festival: June 11-12, 2016
June in New Orleans means the arrival of Creole tomato dishes on local restaurant menus, in farmers markets and at roadside stands. Typically the crop arrives in early June, which is why the French Market Creole Tomato Festival is always held the second weekend of that month. http://www.frenchmarket.org
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival: June 18-19, 2016
The melodic sounds of fiddles, accordions, washboards, guitars and more will be coming from Louis Armstrong Park over the weekend of June 18-19 as the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival goes into its tenth year. The festival will be open from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on both days and admission is FREE. www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco
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