Here’s a list of upcoming New Orleans festivals, other major events postponed amid coronavirus concerns

Organizers for several New Orleans festivals have postponed or called off events amid coronavirus concerns in New Orleans and its surrounding areas. The changes come after numerous cases involving patients who have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide proclamation banning gatherings of 250 or more people prompted even more festivals and major events to cancel or postpone upcoming events.

Photo by Zack Smith Photography, Courtesy of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.

French Quarter Fest is one of the latest major festivals impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. The popular New Orleans music festival has been rescheduled for Oct. 1 to Oct. 4.

“We understand the impact this news brings to so many people. For fans who were traveling, we encourage you to contact your airline and hotel immediately for any changes. We are communicating directly with all artists, vendors, sponsors and staff on next steps,” organizers said in a release.

More than 1,700 Louisiana musicians were scheduled to perform at the festival celebrating New Orleans’ diverse, unique culture. The festival was originally scheduled for April 16 to April 19 at Woldenberg Park and the French Quarter.

Photo courtesy: Buku Music + Art Project

Another big music festival, BUKU Music + Art Project also announced it will postpone the music festival originally set for March 20 and March 21 at Mardi Gras World, in a statement via Twitter.

In the statement, organizers revealed that the City of New Orleans notified the festival that it could not take place.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we respect their decision, and instead of crying we’ve been planning…fast,” organizers said in the statement.

Prior to the announcement from BUKU Fest, a string of other large-scale events were impacted by COVID-19 fears, including Hogs for the CauseTop Taco and the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience.

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The New Orleans Bourbon Festival was one of the first major festivals to postpone events “due to the increased threat of coronavirus in the New Orleans area,” organizers announced in a statement.

The fourth annual festival was scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 14 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

Board members of Kids Can Nola, the non-profit charitable arm of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, said the “difficult decision” to postpone events came after city officials canceled other public events.

New Orleans Bourbon Festival was set to feature four days of seminars, grand tastings, dinners and other bourbon-centric events.

Organizers said they are actively working with venues, partners and proper officials to schedule a new festival date.

Mayor Cantrell and city officials also canceled several other major parades and events in New Orleans surrounding St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. The Downtown Irish Club Parade, Irish Channel Parade, Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade and Uptown Super Sunday were some of the major events affected.

City officials called the decision a “proactive” approach out of an abundance of caution to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Here’s a list of upcoming festivals and major events canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns:

March 2020

New Orleans Bourbon Festival

Original dates: March 11 – 14
New dates: TBD

The fourth annual festival was scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 14 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. The event features seminars, grand tastings, dinners and other bourbon-centric events. (Read more)

Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival

Canceled date: March 13-15

Organizers canceled the annual festival celebrating Sicilian heritage of Independence, La. with live music, spaghetti eating contest, meatball toss, spaghetti cookoff, dancing in the streets and more.

India Fest

Original date: March 14
New date: June 6

The family celebration of Indian art and culture at the New Orleans Museum of Art was scheduled in conjunction with a new exhibit “Buddha and Shiva: Lotus and Dragon.”

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Original dates: March 18 – 22
New date: TBD

The 28th annual event was originally scheduled to take place from March 18 to March 22. The culinary and wine-focused festival has been New Orleans staple event, featuring wine dinners, premium tasting events, seminars and the iconic Royal Street Stroll. (Read more)

Top Taco

Original date: March 19
New date: TBA

The fourth annual taco and tequila festival was scheduled for March 19 at Woldenberg Park. During the festival, local chefs and mixologists compete for top honors in several categories judged by local celebrities and festival-goers. Top Taco has tentatively reserved a new festival date at the Woldenberg Park location. Details about the new date will be released at a later time. (Read more)

New Orleans Book Festival

Canceled dates: March 19 – 21

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University was scheduled to feature readings, panel discussions, keynote speeches. This event provided opportunity for outlets, authors and readers to interact with each other in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival

Original dates: March 21 – 24
New dates: April 23 – 26

The St. Bernard Parish festival celebrates Louisiana crawfish with an assortment of crawfish dishes, live music, crafts and rides.

Kenner Hispanic Fest

Original date: March 28 – 29
New dates: TBD

The 10th annual festival was scheduled for March 28 and March 29 at Kenner Laketown. The event celebrates the rich and diverse Hispanic legacy in Kenner and the surrounding region. (Read more)

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Canceled dates: March 23 – 27

The annual event attracts entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals to New Orleans for panel discussions, workshops, pitch competitions and networking events. Organizers have canceled the event scheduled from March 23 to March 27. (Read more)

Hogs for the Cause

Canceled dates: March 27 – 28

The annual event attracts lovers of BBQ and music for the two-day festival that features food from local and regional chefs. (Read more)

BUKU Art + Music Project

Canceled dates: March 20 – 21
New dates: Labor Day weekend (actual dates not confirmed)

Tyler, The Creator, Flume and Illenium was scheduled to headline the fest scheduled for March 20 – 21 at Mardi Gras World. The eclectic festival features a mix of electronic, hip-hop, R&B and indie acts. (Read more)

The 2020 Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival 

Canceled dates: March 25 – 29

The five-day literary festival was slated to host their 34th year before cancellation. Due to a high-volume of speakers and events, they are unable to reschedule any of their festivals. They also host the annual Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams festivities.

New Orleans Home & Garden Show

Original dates: March 27 – 29
New dates: TBD 

The five-day literary festival was slated to host their 34th year before cancellation. Due to a high-volume of speakers and events, they are unable to reschedule any of their festivals. They also host the annual Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams festivities.

Sista Strut New Orleans

Canceled dates: March 28
New date: Sept. 12

The breast cancer walk, originally scheduled for March 28 at Woldenberg Park will now be held on September 12, iHeart Media announced. The goal of Sista Strut is to heighten awareness about the issues of breast cancer in women of color, as well to provide valuable information on community resources. (Read more)

April 2020

NCAA Women’s Final Four

Canceled dates: April 3 – 5

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. (Read more)

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

Canceled dates: April 3 – 5
New dates: TBD

The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is a free family-friendly, outdoor festival centered around Louisiana’s strawberry season.  (Read more)

French Quarter Fest

Canceled dates: April 16 -19
New dates: Oct. 1 – 4

More than 1,700 Louisiana musicians were scheduled to perform at the festival celebrating New Orleans’ diverse, unique culture. The festival was originally scheduled for April 16 to April 19 at Woldenberg Park and the French Quarter. (Read more)

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Canceled dates: April 23 – April 26, April 30 – May 3.
New dates: TBA

Organizers for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced they will postpone the festival until the fall, in response to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns. (Read more)

May 2020

New Orleans Oyster Festival

Canceled dates: May 30 & 31

The 11th annual festival was scheduled for May 30 and May 31 at Woldenberg Park. Organizers site “expanding restrictions on business operations” along with government restrictions on large group gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The festival is known for showcasing oyster dishes from popular local restaurants like Drago’s Seafood Restaurant and Acme Oyster House. (Read more)

 

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