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Nowhere on the planet is there a greater selection and wider diversity of special events than those you can experience in New Orleans. Whether your stay starts today, this weekend or next year, view our New Orleans events calendar to find things to do in the Festival Capital of the World.

Start with great music at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, Essence Music Fest and Voodoo Festival. Explore exotic food specialties at the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, Po-Boy Festival and others. Celebrate our city's diverse culture at Fiesta Hispanica, St. Patrick's Day, Southern Decadence and more. We have writing and visual arts festivals commemorating our historic literary and film traditions like the annual Tennessee Williams Festival, FringeFest and the New Orleans FilmFest. And, of course, there's the biggest festival of them all – Mardi Gras, which is celebrated here like there's no tomorrow!

Celebration in the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks is a holiday light display that turns the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens at City Park into a holiday wonderland. Enjoy rides, beautiful displays, and hot chocolate!

Jersey Boys

When: 12/13/16 - 12/18/16. The multi-award winning musical, Jersey Boys, is coming to Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, to bring to life the story about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons. This musical features their hit songs, “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t...

NOLA Christmas Fest

Experience holiday spirit at the NOLA Christmas Fest and take in the light displays, Hall of Trees, and the indoor ice skating rink. There will also be a maze, gingerbread house display, and Santa’s play-land to explore!

35th Annual Ole Man River Half Marathon and 5K

When: 12/17/16. The 35th Annual Ole Man River Half Marathon and 5K will take place in downtown Gretna, near the Jefferson Parish courthouse and Gretna City Hall in New Orleans, LA. This marathon will feature the 2014 Louisiana RRCA Half Marathon State Championship and is open to both runners...

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

When: 12/23/16. Enjoy an evening performance of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Saenger Theater. Get into the holiday spirit with your family and friends on December 23rd.

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When: 12/24/16. Cheer on the New Orleans Saints as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The game starts at 12:00PM. Go Saints!

Crescent City Countdown

Spend your New Year’s Eve at the Crescent City Countdown at Jackson Square and experience live entertainment, fireworks over the Mississippi, and the Fleur de Lis dropping at midnight! This is a celebration, New Orleans style, to ring in 2017.

Amy Schumer Live

See Amy Schumer Live, at the Smoothie King Center for fun entertainment on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss the stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and producer when her tour stops in New Orleans!

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