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!
When: 10/28/16 - 10/30/16. Attend the 2016 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA. This annual festival features an amazing musical line-up including the Arcade Fire, The Weeknd, The Chainsmokers and more.
Experience the official New Orleans Halloween parade, the Krewe of Boo. Floats made of 3D paper mâché and fiberglass along with spooky characters will fill the French Quarter while attendees enjoy live music and face painting leading up to the event.
When: 10/30/16. Cheer on the New Orleans Saints as they take on the Seattle Seahawks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The game is at 12:00PM. Go Saints!
When: 11/03/16. Don’t miss out on seeing SIA: Nostalgic for the Present Tour live on stage at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. This world-famous singer will continue to “wow” audiences everywhere as she performs her hit singles.
Bring the whole family to the New Orleans Book Festival and enjoy games and activities, readings, and signing sessions from local and national authors. There will be evening performances and snacks and treats to enjoy.
When: 11/12/16 - 11/13/16. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents the 2016 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival as it returns for its 9th year to Armstrong Park in New Orleans, LA. This year’s festival will include live music, gumbo-cooking demonstrations, crafts and more.
When: 11/13/16. Cheer on the New Orleans Saints as they take on the Denver Broncos at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The game is at 12:00PM. Go Saints!
When: 11/22/16 - 11/27/16. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is being brought to life at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA. Enjoy this heart-warming holiday musical with your friends and family, and listen to the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr....
Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with the Bayou Classic Parade featuring the Grambling State and Southern University marching bands. The parade starts at the Superdome and will travel to the French Market.
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!
The Grambling State University Tigers will battle the Southern University Jaguars in the 43rd Annual Bayou Classic. This college football rivalry is one of New Orleans favorite sporting events and will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
When: 11/27/16. Cheer on the New Orleans Saints as they take on the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The game is at 12:00PM. Go Saints!
When: 12/04/16. Cheer on the New Orleans Saints as they take on the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The game starts at 12:00PM. Go Saints!
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...
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!