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2016 New Orleans Festivals
Festival Season is Year-Round in New Orleans

New Orleans is the Festival Capital of the World. We have dozens of festivals that celebrate our unique food, music and multicultural heritage all year-long.

You'll find great music at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalFrench Quarter Fest, ESSENCE Festival and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience or exotic food specialties at the New Orleans Wine and Food ExperiencePo-Boy Festival, and exciting celebrations of our city's diverse culture at Carnaval LatinoSt. Patrick's DaySouthern Decadence and many more!

We have writing and visual arts festivals commemorating our historic literary and film traditions like the annual Tennessee Williams Festival, Faux/Real Festival and the New Orleans Film Fest. And, of course, there's the biggest festival of them all – Mardi Gras, which is celebrated here like there's no tomorrow!

See the list below for the 2016 Festival Lineup in New Orleans:

January 2016
31 – King Cake Festival

February 2016
12-14 – Vietnamese New Year’s (Tet) Celebration
20 – Soul Fest

March 2016
5-6, 12-13 – Spring Fiesta
11-12 – Buku Music and Art Project
20 – Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday 
11-17 – St. Patrick’s Day Parades
19 – St. Joseph's Day
19-20 – Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival 
27 – Easter Parades
30-Apr 3 – Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

April 2016
1-2 – Hogs for the Cause 
1-3 – Tennessee Williams Literary Festival 
2 – Freret Street Fest
2 – FoodFest
7-10 – French Quarter Festival 
22-24 & 28-May 1 – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

May 2016
20-22 – Bayou Boogaloo 
26-29 – New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 
27-29 – Greek Fest

June 2016
4-5 – New Orleans Oyster Festival 
18-19 – Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival
TBD – French Market Creole Tomato Festival
17-19 – New Orleans Pride
30-July 3 – ESSENCE Festival

July 2016
4 – Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks 
1-3 – ESSENCE Festival 
7-10 – San Fermin en Nueva Orleans 
7-14 – French Film Festival
15 – Bastille Day Fete 
20-24 – Tales of the Cocktail
28-31 – Festigals

August 2016
1-31 – COOLinary New Orleans 
6 – Whitney White Linen Night
4-7 – Satchmo SummerFest
13 – Red Dress Run
13 – Dirty Linen Night
25-27 – NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival
31- September 5 – Southern Decadence

September 2016
1-5 – Southern Decadence
2-4 – Louisiana Seafood Festival
7 – Labor Day 
12-18 – We Live to Eat Restaurant Week 
15-18 – New Orleans Burlesque Festival
24 – NOLA on Tap

October 2016
1 – Art for Arts' Sake 
1-2 – Treme Fest 
6-16 – Hell Yes Fest
7-9, 15-22 – Oktoberfest
8 – Beignet Festival
9-13 – Words and Music Festival
12-20 – New Orleans Film Festival 
14-16 – Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
15 – Carnival Latino
22 – Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade
23 – Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
27-30 – LGBT Halloween in New Orleans 
28-30 – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 
31 – Halloween

November 2016
TBA – Mirliton Festival 
3-13 – Faux/Real Festival
4-6 – Airpower Expo
4 – Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
12-13 – Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
25 – Jingle Bells and Beer

December 2016
1-31 – Christmas New Orleans Style
31 – New Year’s Eve

 
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