Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic
One of the city's most attended 10k races, the Crescent City Classic 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.
February 9, 2016 | February 28, 2017 | February 13, 2018
Experience an event like no other, which begins two Fridays before Mardi Gras Day. This festival unites French culture, ancient tribal rituals of fertility and the Roman celebration of Lupercalia to create a celebration of great revelry, costumed crowds and huge parades.
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
February 29, 2016
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is an international event featuring participants from 50 states and 23 countries. The course includes views of the mansions along St. Charles Avenue, the historic architecture of the French Quarter, the elegant homes on Esplanade Avenue and the scenic Lake Pontchartrain shoreline.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
March 12, 2016
This traditional New Orleans parade starts at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Tchoupitoulas Street at 1:00 p.m. The parade is celebrating its 66th year through the Irish Channel. Keep a lookout—traditional throws include heads of cabbage. Don’t forget to wear green!
Hogs for the Cause
April 1–2, 2016
Hop on the Streetcar and take a ride to City Park for a delicious charity barbecue competition and music festival benefitting cancer research. Some of the areas finest chefs partake, and the music lineup includes great local and national touring acts.
Easter in New Orleans
April 3, 2016
Take the kids to the Storyland and the Easter Egg Hunt at Carousel Gardens in City Park, starting at 9:00 a.m. Then, join the fun at the Chris Owners French Quarter Easter Parade at 1:00 p.m., starting from the corner of the Canal and Bourbon Streets.
French Quarter Festival
April 7–10, 2016
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 for a celebration of music, food and culture. 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.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 22–24, 2016 and Apr 28–May 1, 2016
Join in this 10-day celebration of Louisiana heritage, uniting local foods, craft artisans and countless musicians at the Fair Grounds Race Course. You can enjoy a variety of performances, including jazz, R&B, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, country and rap.
Zurich Golf Classic
April 25–May 1, 2016
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.
May 20–22, 2016
Free music, great local food and art available for purchase—this neighborhood festival along Bayou St John is a perfect opportunity to party with the locals.
Bayou Country Superfest
May 28–29, 2016
This Memorial Day event hosts some of the biggest names in country music to the area at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Essence Music Festival
June 30–July 3, 2016
Featuring three nights of musical performances and cultural celebrations, the Essence Music Festival is the nation's largest annual gathering of African-American musicians.
Creole Tomato Festival
June 2016 (Exact dates TBD)
Named after a famous local tomato variety, this festival is devoted to local farmers and the area's unique cuisine. Pick up some fresh goods from the farmers' market and attend one of the cooking demonstrations to learn local secrets. Also, don't miss the live music and Creole Tomato Parade.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
June 2016 (Exact dates TBD)
Held in combination with the Creole Tomato Festival, this celebration of local dance music takes place at the Old US Mint. Enjoy a wide variety of food vendors and a large arts market.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (The Running of the Bulls)
July 9, 2016
The “bulls” start at 8:00 a.m. with roller derby teams from around the country chasing runners through the Central Business District, followed by a party featuring food and music.
August 4–7, 2016
Great food and local live music honoring Louis Armstrong! Make a weekend of it and enjoy jazz exhibits, a second line parade and a local art contest!
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
October 14–16, 2016
Just two blocks from Country Inn New Orleans French Quarter, the Blues and BBQ festival is a great weekend event. The music is free, featuring local and national artists, and there are delicious BBQ options available for purchase.
The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 28–30, 2016
Taking place in City Park, the major national music festival features a wide variety of music—with focus on the worlds largest rock and electronic acts. But do expect New Orleans flavor. Be sure to bring a costume as this one matches up with the New Orleans Halloween celebrations.
November 26, 2016
Purchase tickets to see this famed game between rival Southern and Grambling State universities sports teams in an intensely competitive football game.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
January 2, 2017
Hosted annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this college football bowl has been played since 1935 making it the second-oldest game in the country.