Music Festivals

2015 New Orleans Festivals
Festival Season is Year-Round in New Orleans

New Orleans is the Festival Capital of the World, with dozens of special events that celebrate our unique food, music and multicultural heritage all year!

You'll find great music at the New Orleans 'Jazz & Heritage Festival''French Quarter Fest''ESSENCE Festival' and 'Voodoo Music + Arts Experience'; local food specialties at the Louisiana Seafood Festival, 'New Orleans Wine and Food Experience''Po-Boy Festival' and others; and celebrations of our city's diverse culture at Carnaval Latino, Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival'Southern Decadence' and more. We have writing and visual arts festivals commemorating our historic literary and film traditions like the annual 'Tennessee Williams Festival', Fringe Fest and the 'New Orleans Film Fest'. Of course, the biggest festival of them all, 'Mardi Gras', is celebrated here like nowhere else in the world!

New Orleans festivals take place nearly every weekend, and often during the week. Check out our festival calendar below, pick the event(s) that you'd like to experience for yourself, and then plan your trip!

January 25, 2015
Put on your running shoes, take to the streets and see the sights of the Crescent City on foot.
Through February 17, 2015
Make plans to attend the greatest free show on earth with dozens of parades, lots of beads and plenty of fun.
February 19-21, 2015
Tet, or Vietnamese New Year, is the biggest celebration in Vietnamese culture. With one of the largest and most vibrant Vietnamese populations in the country, New Orleans is a prime destination to enjoy the event!
Wednesdays Between March 11 & May 27, 2015
Looking for something free and exciting to do in downtown New Orleans on a Wednesday afternoon in the spring? Come to Lafayette Square for a taste of great music, food and fun!
March 13-14, 2015
With live performances on four different stages, Buku Fest combines your favorite hip-hop, indie rock, and EDM artists with local street performers and a house party vibe.
March 13-17, 2015
With a little luck of the Irish, you’ll be in New Orleans for all of the St. Paddy’s Day festivities.
March 21-22, 2015
Go back in time to enjoy the African rhythms and dancing, inspired from the slaves of the 1800s before they were liberated.
March 21-29, 2015
Enjoy a day of horse drawn carriages and a historic cultural celebration, and even take a tour of the most beautiful private homes in the city.
March 25-29, 2015
For years literary aficionados have come to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.
March 27-28, 2015
Grab some BBQ at the nation’s premier fundraiser for children with pediatric brain cancer and their families.
March 27-29, 2015
In the mood for food? Who isn't? Prepare your appetites for the best of everything from appetizers to entrees to desserts at this year's Food Fest in the historic French Market. You'll want to taste it all! Guaranteed!!
April 4, 2015
Celebrate the booming local vendors of Freret Street with live bands, food, fine art, t-shirts, and more!
April 9-12, 2015
With outstanding live music and great Creole and Cajun foods, the French Quarter Festival rocks the Quarter.
Thursdays Between April 16 & June 11, 2015
The famous Louis Armstrong Park, located an easy walking distance from the French Quarter, hosts free live music each Thursday in the spring. Enjoy local jams, New Orleans food and artists selling wares.
April 24-26 & April 30 - May 3, 2015
New Orleans annual spring celebration of music, food, art, fun, and did we mention music? Not to be missed.
May 15-17, 2015
Relax alongside beautiful Bayou St. John as Bayou Boogaloo, a FREE music, art and food festival, celebrates our Mid-City neighborhood.
May 20-23, 2015
Join thousands of wine and food lovers at the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience.
May 22-24, 2015
Opa! Come dance, eat and be merry, Greek Style, by the Bayou St. John every Labor Day weekend.
May 30, 2015
Held every year near Jax Brewery, this free two-day event features highly entertaining eating contests as well as all the oyster tasting you could ask for!
June 6-7, 2015
Laissez le bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll, and they do – for FREE! - at the Cajun-Zydeco Festival. Two days of swingin' Cajun and Zydeco music, fabulous food, colorful crafts and "passin' a good time" in the French Quarter.
June 11-14, 2015
Grab your girlfriends and head down to the ultimate "gals" getaway during this weekend-long celebration of women.
June 13-14, 2015
Where else but in New Orleans will you find a festival celebrating tomatoes? It happens annually when the Creole tomato harvest comes in and what better place than in the French Market, the oldest urban outdoor market in the U.S.
July 2-5, 2015
Spend your 4th of July holiday in New Orleans to celebrate the talent of ESSENCE Festival.
July 4, 2015
New Orleans’ biggest Fourth of July party happens on the Mississippi River with “Go Fourth of the River,” a celebration that includes a “Dueling Barges” fireworks show and patriotic music.
July 9-12, 2015
Get your running shoes on and prepare to be chased through the French Quarter by the Big Easy "RollerBulls" as New Orleans harmlessly duplicates the thrill of Spain's Running of the Bulls.
July 11-14, 2015
It's considered the "French Independence Day" and it comes only a few days after our own. Come celebrate Bastille Day in New Orleans, the most French of American cities, with French food, music, and fun!
July 13-20, 2015
Only in New Orleans, where the cocktail was first created, could there be a week-long celebration of exotic libations.
July 17-23, 2015
Every year the New Orleans Film Society hosts this French Film showcase at the Prytamia theatre to celebrate film culture in the Frenchest city in the nation.
July 30-August 2, 2015
Three days of outdoor concerts, music history seminars, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, a second-line parade, and local food.
August 2015
Beat the heat by staying "cool" within an affordable price range as some of New Orleans' top restaurants offer deep discounts on their fabulous culinary selections.
August 1, 2015
Three days of outdoor concerts, music history seminars, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, a second-line parade, and local food.
August 8, 2015
Put on your red dress – yes, you men too! – and join in with the 3-H Club as they run for charity while celebrating the joys of beer and life's other pleasures.
August 8, 2015
Save your dirty linens from the weekend before for this event! The most quirky and fun annual art walk through Royal’s Street famous galleries and shops.
September 2-7, 2015
Nicknamed "Gay Mardi Gras" and held annually over Labor Day weekend, this celebration of LGBT culture attracts participants from all over the world.
September 4-6, 2015
Come out and enjoy the fabulous seafood our city is famous for and be assured that it's as good as the music you'll be hearing at this annual September event in the Fulton Street Mall.
October 3, 2015
Art for Art’s Sake opens up Julia Street, the Arts (Warehouse) District, and Magazine Street for visitors to walk into every gallery, shop, and boutique for extended hours of local art, food, and wine.
October 9-24, 2015
On the last weekend of September and every weekend during October, visitors can enjoy a piece of Germany in the heart of New Orleans.
October 9-11, 2015
A celebration of New Orleans’ connection with Latin America, Carnaval Latino is a chance to enjoy the best of Latin food, music and art. The event also includes the colorful “Desfile de Las Americas” parade!
October 15-22, 2015
New and established filmmakers premiere their latest full-length features, shorts and animation and music videos. Get inspired through the art of film.
October 16-18, 2015
This FREE weekend festival presents many of the top performers from southern Louisiana and Mississippi, plus delicious food and unique visual art.
October 31, 2015
Thought Halloween was just a silly holiday for trick or treating? Think again. Halloween in New Orleans is an all out celebration complete with a parade, music festival, cemeteries, and plenty of voodoo magic.
October 29-November 2
Old writers share their wisdom and experience while new writers have the opportunity to present their latest works in the city that has inspired so many famous authors.
October 30-November 1, 2015
Held each October around Halloween, Voodoo Music Experience brings together great music, food & crafts.
November 4-22, 2015
Bring your unproduced play or one-person show or just bring yourselves and enjoy the premieres of new works that may one day light up the marquee along the Great White Way.
November 22, 2015
Meat, cheese, veggies and plenty may-nez, as we say here, as well as anything else that can be stuffed between two halves of a French bread loaf. Come out to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival and find out what the fun's all about.
Head to the Bywater for this free festival that showcases an essential element to Creole cuisine, the Mirliton vegetable.
November 14-15, 2015
Come see where the popular HBO TV series is made and taste one of the 'hood's most popular culinary delicacies – a spicy, steaming hot bowl of good ole' Creole gumbo.
December 1-31, 2015
Get a taste of the Holiday Spirit - experience some New Orleans-style Christmas cheer.
December 31, 2015
Start the New Year off right in New Orleans with one of the greatest New Year's Eve parties in the country complete with great live music, food, and fireworks.
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