2019 New Orleans Spring Festivals & Major Events Schedule

Right after Carnival, New Orleans and its surrounding areas gears up for a busy spring festival season.

From French Quarter Fest to the big 50th anniversary of Jazz Fest, don’t expect things to slow down anytime soon. We found more than 40 festivals filling the massive lineup kicking off this March.

Here’s your guide to New Orleans spring festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

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March 2019


Soul Fest

March 9 – 10

Audubon Zoo
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Audubon Zoo hosts one of New Orleans’ biggest annual celebrations of African-American culture. The two-day, family-oriented event features live music from local jazz, R&B and gospel artists. Admission to the Audubon Zoo or Audubon membership will get you into the fest.

Los Isleños Fiesta

March 9 – 10

Los Islenos Museum & Village
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Head to St. Bernard Parish for this annual cultural celebration of the Isleños people who migrated from the Canary Islands to St. Bernard during the 1700s. Cultural traditions, food, music, and dance are celebrated. Entertainment includes well-known musicians and dancers from the Canary Islands, music from local bands and amusement rides for children.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations

March 10 – April 6

Metro Area
From the Irish Channel to the North Shore, New Orleans and it’s surrounding areas go green to honor St. Patrick’s Day. Expect green beer, bagpipes and plenty of produce. Several local neighborhoods host parades and festivities.

Great Louisiana BirdFest

March 10, April 5 – 8

Northlake Nature Center
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The Northlake Nature Center hosts the Great Louisiana BirdFest where visitors can participate in birding trips and workshops. The fest is held each spring when many species are migrating north through Louisiana. BirdFest includes birding trips, some Southern food, hospitality and a few workshops. Registration prices vary.

Top Taco

March 14 *postponed to May 16

Woldenberg Park
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Top Taco, a taco and tequila-centric festival, features some of the best chefs and mixologists in the city competing for top honors. Taste the best from participating restaurants like Agave House, Arana, Rum House, La Casita and Johnny Sanchez. General admission starts at $75.

New Orleans Home & Garden Show

March 15 – 17

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Find everything for your home under one roof at this home and garden expo. Hundreds of vendors will feature everything that you need to take care of both your indoor and outdoor needs. Cooking demonstrations, seminars and workshops are all part of the weekend schedule. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for military and free for kids 12 and under.

Frisco Fest

March 16 – 17

San Francisco Plantation
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More than 100 crafters, artists and chefs gather at the historic San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, La. for the annual Frisco Fest. The fest also features Creole and Cajun cuisine, a car show, bike tour, live music and kids activities. Festival admission $5. Free fest admission for kids ages 12 and under. Home tour tickets $10. Home tour free for kids ages 6 and under.

Super Sunday

March 17

A.L. Davis Park
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Each year, on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, Mardi Gras Indians come out in their elaborate, full regalia participating in traditional rituals which centers around A.L. Davis Park and throughout Central City.

Wednesday at the Square

March 20 – May 22

Lafayette Square
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Dance your heart out at this free concert series each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lafayette Square hosted by the Youth Leadership Council (YLC). Jam with local favorites as a new band takes the stage each week. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and drink proceeds benefit the YLC.

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

March 20 – 23

Contemporary Arts Center & Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
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The New Orleans Bourbon Festival returns for the enjoyment of bourbon lovers. Food, spirit and culture converge as the festival brings together distilleries, restaurants speakers and industry professionals in a 1920’s “speakeasy” setting. Ticket prices start at $59.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

March 21 – 24

Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center
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Head over to St. Bernard Parish for a weekend of festivities at the Louisiana Crawfish Festival. Eat crawfish in every way imaginable. Plus, enjoy live music, crafts and rides. General admission is $5.

BUKU Art + Music Project

March 22 – 23

Mardi Gras World
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The eclectic, two-day festival takes over Mardi Gras World bringing along a slew of electronic, hip-hop and indie acts. Lana Del Rey, RL Grime, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood, Earl Sweatshirt and Ella Mai are just a few of the artists making a presence this year. A two-day pass will run you $220.

Sista Strut

March 23

Woldenberg Park
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Strut your stuff at this walk to raise awareness of breast cancer among women of color. This breast cancer walk is a celebration among survivors and those ready to strut for a cure. Registration fees vary.

Hike Fest

March 23

Greenway Great Lawn
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Lafitte Greenway’s annual hike is transformed into the venue’s first ever festival. There will be live music, food & art vendors, activities for kids and, of course, periodic guided hikes through the greenway. Admission is free and open to the public. Biking to the event is encouraged and valets for bikes will be provided free of charge.

Abita Springs Busker Festival

March 24

Abita Springs Park
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A full day of free French Quarter-inspired jazz music awaits you at the Abita Springs Busker Festival. Some of the acts include Zach Bryson and the Meat Rack, Crazy Arms, and Tuba Skinny. Hot food vendors (that have been juried) will also be available if you need a snack in between sets. Parking can be a challenge, so get there early to secure a spot near or around the festival.

New Orleans Fashion Week

March 24 – 30

The Monastery
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Some of the regions’ most talented designers and fashion industry professionals flock to New Orleans for a week-long fashion fest. New Orleans Fashion Week’s Nightly runway shows take place at The Monastery.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

March 25 – 29

Various locations
Entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals congregate in New Orleans for a week of discussions, education and competition all to support growing companies and entrepreneurial success. Enjoy this jam-packed networking summit with citywide events. Visit the website for complete event details and registration information.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 27 – 31

Various locations
This literary fest features a series of master classes with industry leaders, panels, and educational walking tours, among other events. The most popular part of the festival culminates with its “Stella” shouting contest where hopefuls compete in Jackson Square by belting out the famous line from “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Hogs for the Cause

March 29 – 30

UNO Lakefront Arena
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Pork, beer and music round out this two-day event for a good cause. Local and regional barbecue competitors battle it out over the pit during the cook-off, with smoking dishes like these pork belly poppers. Music acts like Lost Bayou Ramblers, Samantha Fish, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Dumpstaphunk hit the stage. Proceeds benefit pediatric brain cancer. Advance tickets start at $30. Free entry for kids under 10.

Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

March 30 – 31

Armstrong Park
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Congo Square in Armstrong Park becomes center stage for this melting pot of New Orleans culture at this two-day, family-friendly festival. Brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans funk and African dance fill the line-up at this free fest. Look out for the Rebirth Brass Band and a showcase of African dance.

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April 2019


 

New Orleans Food & Wine Experience

April 3 – 7

Various locations around New Orleans
Hundreds of wineries, restaurants and top chefs from around the city showcase their best for this diverse culinary experience. Test your palate with wine and food tastings at this event-packed feast. Some of the big highlights include the Grand Tasting and the Royal Street Stroll. Plus, the fest adds two new experiences this year — a Tournament of Rosés along Fulton Street and a Tabasco brunch at NOCHI.

Italian Heritage Festival

April 5 – 7

Rivertown
Kenner, La.
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Former Kenner police chief Nick Congemi founded this festival to celebrate the rich Italian heritage and customs embedded into the formation of the Kenner area. Live music, food, rides, games and crafts are the festival’s main features.

New Orleans Sacred Music Festival

April 6

New Orleans Healing Center
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Diverse cultures and traditions come together to share voices at this local celebration of the intersection of music and spirituality. The New Orleans Sacred Music Festival spreads peace and respect to all people and their faiths. A full schedule of performances and workshops take over the New Orleans Healing Center. Free admission.

Freret Street Festival

April 6

Freret Street between Napoleon & Valmont
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This annual, free neighborhood festival takes over Freret Street. Music stages, local vendors and festival food vendors span from Napoleon Street to Valmont Street. This family-friendly fest is a great way to make your weekend soar.

Asian Heritage Festival

April 6

Audubon Zoo
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The Asian-Pacific American Society presents its signature cultural event, the Asian Heritage Festival, at Audubon Zoo. The event features a celebration of the music, dance and traditions of Asian and some of the Pacific Islands. Families can enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, arts, crafts and more.

Crawfest 2019

April 6

Tulane University
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Get your fill of crawfish at Tulane University’s Crawfest — an annual music, food, and arts festival located at the University’s Uptown campus. Each year, community members and students can dig into more than 20,000 pounds of crawfish and thousands of pounds of veggies. The fest also includes music from bands on two stages plus dozens of local food and art vendors. Dive into unlimited crawfish, soda and water. The event is free and open to all Tulane students with a current Splash Card and free for children age 12 and under. Tickets for non-students are $15.

A Taste of Covington

April 10 – 14

Various locations Downtown Covington, La.
A Taste of Covington brings a five-day celebration of food, wine, music and art to historic downtown Covington, La. Chef demonstrations, a Grand Tasting, a series of vintner dinners and a champagne jazz brunch make up some of the featured events. Tickets start at $55.

French Quarter Fest

April 11 – 14

French Quarter
One of the country’s largest free festivals brings local music, food and drink to the epicenter of the French Quarter. Festival-goers can enjoy food from more than 60 vendors, including some new dishes, and music from more than 250 acts. Galactic, Irma Thomas and George Porter, Jr. headline the French Quarter Festival. Others acts filling the daily lineup include Water Seed, Flow Tribe, Rockin’ Dopsie. Here’s a list of new things festival-goers can expect this year.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

April 12 – 14

Memorial Park Ponchatoula, La.
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Head to “Strawberry Paradise” for this free, three-day fest spotlighting the strawberry. Festival-goers can enjoy strawberries served up almost every way imaginable at this sweet event. This free, family-friendly outdoor festival happens at Memorial Park in downtown Pontchatoula, La. Weekend festivities also include tons of music, games, rides and strawberry eating contests.

NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival

April 13

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
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Live music, face-painting and the signature Easter egg hunt highlight one of NOMA’s most popular events, where the whole family can come out to enjoy a day filled with fun in the sun.

Crescent City Classic

April 20

Citywide
CCC Race Course
Runners and walkers can look forward to one of the region’s premier 10k road races. The Easter weekend tradition attracts more than 25,000 participants of all ages and levels, including competitive and amateur racers. A two-day expo precedes the race, and a post-race festival closes out the event at City Park.

Easter Parades

April 21

French Quarter
Several parades roll in the French Quarter on Easter Sunday. The lineup begins with the Historic French Quarter Parade at 9:45 a.m., followed by Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade at 1 p.m. and the Gay Easter Parade at 4:30 p.m.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans

April 22 – 28

TPC Louisiana
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The Zurich Classic attracts some of the biggest golf pros to New Orleans on this major stop on the annual PGA Championship Tournament Circuit. This family-friendly event tees off at TPC of Louisiana in Avondale, La. Ticket prices start at $35.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 25 – May 5

New Orleans Fairgrounds
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Thousands of music lovers head to the Fairgrounds for this two-weekend festival, considered one of the city’s most world-renowned events. Tons of music spans several stages bringing big local and international names across different genres. So many epic acts are set for Jazz Fest’s big 50th anniversary including The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Diana Ross and Santana. Let’s also not forget to mention all the incredible food vendors that will fill the Fairgrounds like the sought after Crawfish Monica, Mango Freeze and cochon de lait po-boys. Festival-goers can also enjoy art exhibits and some good people watching. Here are some festival tips straight from fest-goers to get you through. Ticket prices vary.

Zoo-To-Do For Kids

April 26

Audubon Zoo
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End the work week on a good note by enjoying a day with your kids at Audubon Zoo’s Zoo-To-Do For Kids event, where numerous artists and entertainers (such as face painters, magicians, crafters, etc.) will keep the family entertained for hours. Inflatables, games, and snacks will also be available.

Hospice Foundation of the South’s Crawfish Cook-Off

April 27

Fritchie Park
Slidell, La.
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Pinch, peel and suck all the crawfish you can eat, as crawfish cookin’ teams from across the South battle it out to claim the top prize. This annual crawfish cook-off at Slidell’s Fritchie Park is worth the trip. Hear live, local music from bands like The Bucktown Allstars. Proceeds benefit the Hospice of the South. Advance tickets start at $30. Admission is $35 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are free.

Angola Prison Rodeo

April 27 – 28

Louisiana State Penitentiary
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Thousands of visitors flock to the longest-running prison rodeo in the nation. In addition to the various rodeo events, many visitors look forward to the arts and crafts show including the intricate, handmade works from inmates. Tickets are $20.

NOLA Crawfish Festival

April 29 – May 1

Central City BBQ
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Hang out at the three-day NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ. Several local musicians jam while festival-goers gobble pounds of crawfish. The festival hosts an “Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off” on its last day where 20 teams compete for the best crawfish boil. Plus, the festival hosts its first-ever crawfish eating contest. Ticket prices start at $35, plus taxes and fees.

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May 2019


Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

May 3 – 5

Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, La.
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Thousands flock to the “Crawfish Capital of the World” for the weekend-long Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Enjoy crawfish prepared in every imaginable way, and experience Cajun and Zydeco culture at this gathering. Some of the features include a celebrity crawfish eating contest, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish races, cooking demonstrations, performances and a crawfish etouffee cook-off. It’s Cajun fun for the whole family! Admission starts at $5.

Crawfish Mambo 2019

May 11

University of New Orleans
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Head out to the University of New Orleans for the city’s largest crawfish cookoff.  The event features music, a crawfish cookoff, a peel n’ eat contest and all the crawfish you can eat for $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. Children under age 7 can join for free.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

May 17 – 19

Bayou St. John
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Paddle along Bayou St. John at this free, family-friendly food and music fest. This three-day fest makes the perfect family outing to top off your weekend. Catch some cool local music acts, paddle boat races and other activities.

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival

May 17 – 19

Belle Chasse, La.
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Head to Plaquemines Parish for a celebration of the parishes’ unique heritage, and feast on great local seafood while you’re at it. The fest also features live music, carnival rides, crafts and the Seafood Queen Pageant.

Jambalaya Festival

May 17 – 19

Gonzales, La.
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Head to Gonzales for a celebration of the iconic Louisiana dish. Aside from some good jambalaya, other events include a cooking contest, a pageant, carnival rides and live entertainment.

New Orleans Greek Festival

May 24 – 26

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Don’t forget your toga during Memorial Day weekend. Head out to the family-friendly New Orleans Greek Festival. Food, wine, live music and dance highlights this fun toast to Greek traditions. The line-up also usually includes a Toga Contest. Entrance fee $8. Children 12 and under enter free.

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*All dates and information are subject to change.

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See also:

Jazz Fest: 17 things you need to survive according to festival-goers

Jazz Fest Food: Crawfish Monica Pasta