For Events Like Mardi Gras, This Hotel Is a Top Choice
Conveniently located near many of the big events held in New Orleans, the Country Inn & Suites offers one of the city's best values for guests attending Jazz Fest, sporting events, Mardi Gras and more. Choose this hotel as your home away from home for everything from music and food festivals to athletic games and cultural events. There is never a dull moment in the Big Easy!
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Undoubtedly the most popular event in New Orleans, Mardi Gras goes well beyond New Orleans roots to unite French culture, ancient tribal rituals of fertility and the Roman celebration of Lupercalia. Today, this translates to great revelry, costumed crowds and huge parades, which begin two Fridays before Mardi Gras Day.
French Quarter Festival
Apr 10–13, 2014
A celebration of music, food and culture, this award-winning gathering brings more than 70 food and beverage vendors to Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Louisiana State Museum's Old US Mint and Jackson Square. This event also serves as the largest free music festival in the South, so stop by to hear rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz and more from 450 musicians.
Crescent City Classic
Apr 19, 2014
Join runners from around the world for one of the city's most attended 10k races. The route takes you through historic Jackson Square, the modern financial district and the historic homes of Esplanade Avenue. Pass the finish line at City Park and join in the post-race festivities.
Zurich Golf Classic
Apr 24–27, 2014
A combination of golf tournament and New Orleans-style grandeur, this PGA Tour stop brings together the biggest names in golf with a celebration of the city's popular food and music.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Apr 25–27, 2014 and May 1–4, 2014
One of the Big Easy's biggest cultural festivals, this 10-day celebration of Louisiana heritage brings local foods, craft artisans and countless musicians to the Fair Grounds Race Course. You can expect to hear a variety of tunes, including jazz, R&B, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, country and rap.
Bayou Country Superfest
May 24–25, 2014
Spend your Memorial Day weekend enjoying the biggest names in country music. This major music event is held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Creole Tomato Festival
Jun 7–8, 2014
Named after a tomato that was imported from the West Indies and now thrives in southern Louisiana, this festival is devoted to local farmers and the area's unique cuisine. Pick up some fresh goods from the farmers' market and learn to cook like a local by attending one of the cooking demonstrations. Also, don't miss the live music and Creole Tomato Parade.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Jun 8–9, 2014
Held in combination with the Creole Tomato Festival, this celebration of local dance music is held at the Old US Mint and also features food vendors and a large arts market.
Essence Music Festival
Jul 3–6, 2014
Enjoy three nights of musical performances and cultural celebrations at the Essence Music Festival, the nation's largest annual gathering of African-American musicians.
Justin Timberlake: 20/20 World Experience Tour
Aug 3, 2014
See one of the year's best concerts at 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.
Aug 29–31, 2014
This huge annual gathering, one of the largest pride festivals in the South, celebrates its 42nd year with live concerts, a parade and guaranteed great times.
Gretna Heritage Festival
Oct 3-5, 2014
Every fall, Gretna Heritage Festival encompasses 25 city blocks in downtown Gretna, LA. Take the ferry across the mighty Mississippi River and enjoy live music featuring performances by international and local artists on seven stages. The festival also features food, arts and crafts, carnival rides and more fun for the whole family.
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2014
Enjoy a taste of both national artists and local Louisiana musicians at Voodoo Experience, a three-day music and arts festival hosted by City Park.
Nov 29, 2014
You haven't seen a football rivalry until you've attended the Bayou Classic, when the tradition-bound universities of Southern and Grambling State come to New Orleans to compete for football glory.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan 1, 2015
Get your tickets early to attend this annual college football bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Played since 1935, this major game is one of the second-oldest bowl games in the country.
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Jan 25, 2015
The Rock N Roll Marathon is an international event in which runners from all 50 states and 23 countries participates. The course brings you past the mansions along St. Charles Avenue, the historic architecture of the French Quarter, the elegant homes on Esplanade Avenue, the scenic Lake Pontchartrain shoreline along Lakeshore Drive and more.