The word “FUN” is synonymous with the term Festivals in New Orleans. NOLA is known the world over as a fun town, full of festivities, parades, music, food, and art.
Mardi Gras is just one of the many New Orleans festivals that this city can boast, and it is a very large events. Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday so it is a different calendar day every year. Mardi Gras is a big draw to the Crescent City. Of all the festivals in New Orleans this is the largest with the guest from all over the world. Any weekend you visit New Orleans you are guaranteed that there will be festivals going on the year round. In this town that never seems to sleep.
Springtime Festivals in New Orleans
The French Quarter Festival runs during four days in mid-April where non-stop 275 hours of musical entertainment can be enjoyed on twenty stages. Music fans flock to Woldenberg Park, Jackson Square, Decatur Street, The Old U.S. Mint and other scattered French Quarter venues. The festival attracts over 500,000 participants for this New Orleans music fest. Begun in 1984, the French Quarter Festival is the largest free music festival in the South. It represents a multitude of musical genres such as traditional and contemporary jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, classical, opera, Zydeco, Latin World, International, and children’s music. Food and drink is available in beautiful Jackson Square and a free shuttle service will take you from stage to stage.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April and May is a must see. This is the crown jewel of New Orleans festivals. The historical New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course in Gentilly is the venue. 12 stages of soul-stirring music—jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more.
The Louisiana Marketplace is a showcase of original handcrafted clothing, gorgeous leather goods and crafted musical instruments, along with a colorful array of paintings, photographs, sculptures and one-of-a-kind jewelry items. You will find delectable food items in Congo Square, Heritage Square and the other food areas selling such wares as Po-Boys, Cajun Jambalaya, Alligator Pies, Beignets, Crawfish Bisque, Pralines, and fresh pies to name a few items. It is food and music galore. On the crafty and cultural end, there are “villages” set up to represent the various heritages such as Louisiana Folklife Village where Cajun musicians handcraft accordions, boat builders ply their craft, and you will learn the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians and Marching Clubs. The Native American Village will introduce you to a real pow-wow with traditional dances, drumming and singing.
The Satchmo Summerfest is an event that music lovers everywhere should not miss. It dedicates this New Orleans jazz fest to the life and music of New Orleans born Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. It is a free music festival enhanced with speakers, seminars and food and drink.
Xmas in New Orleans
There is no Christmas like Christmas New Orleans Style, a festival held during the month of December. Food, romance, art, architecture and music, this festival has it all. Enjoy the gospel choirs in the St. Louis Cathedral. Feel like a little child again as you stroll or ride along the oak trees all lit up in City Park. See the homes decorated in the Garden District. Every nook and cranny of New Orleans is ready for the holidays during the entire month of the season.