Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic
Celebrate 37 years of competition and fun at one of the city's most attended 10k races. The Crescent City Classic route winds through historic Jackson Square, the contemporary financial district and the historic homes of Esplanade Avenue. Stay after for post-race festivities New Orleans style.
Hogs for the Cause
April 1–2, 2016
Head over to City Pork—that’s what locals dub City Park during this mouthwatering charity barbecue competition and music festival. A top pediatric cancer research fundraiser, Hogs for the Cause pits the finest New Orleans chefs against each other in a barbecue contest, and the music lineup includes celebrated local and national touring artists.
Zurich Golf Classic
April 25–May 1, 2016
Zurich Golf Classic is not your typical charity golf tournament. This event blends New Orleans-style grandeur with a PGA Tour stop to bring together the biggest names in golf with popular food and music. And it’s all for children’s service organizations.
May 20–22, 2016
With free music, great local food and art available for purchase, this family-friendly celebration along historic Bayou St John celebrates the best of New Orleans.
Bayou Country Superfest
May 28–29, 2016
This Memorial Day, see a star-studded lineup of country music’s brightest at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
June 18–19, 2016
Boot-scoot at this free event showcasing the best Cajun and zydeco performers. Join in at 11:30 a.m. at Louis Armstrong Park—an easy walk from the Country Inn & Suites. You can enjoy local arts and hand-crafted food while your children make crafts in the supervised kids’ tent from noon to 5:00 p.m. The festival is held in combination with the Creole Tomato Festival.
Essence Music Festival
June 30–July 3, 2016
The Essence Music Festival is America's largest annual gathering of African-American musicians. Find out why over three nights of musical performances and cultural celebrations.
Creole Tomato Festival
June 2016 (Exact dates TBD)
Are you a foodie or do you aspire to be one? This festival, named for a famous local tomato variety, is devoted to area farmers and unique Bayou cuisine. Purchase fresh products from the farmers' market and learn local secrets at one of the cooking demonstrations. You won’t want to miss the live music and Creole Tomato Parade.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (The Running of the Bulls)
July 9, 2016
Based on the famous bull runs of Spain, our “bulls” start running at 8:00 a.m. One difference – our bulls are roller derby teams from around the country chasing runners through New Orleans’ Central Business District. Stay after for the festivities including food and music.
August 4–7, 2016
Honor the one-and-only Louis Armstrong! Scrumptious food and local live music fashion a weekend full of jazz exhibits, a second line parade and a local art contest.
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
October 14–16, 2016
Only two blocks from the Country Inn and Suites, the Blues and BBQ festival awaits you. Devour freshly made barbecue and get your groove on with free music, featuring local and national artists.
The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
October 28–30, 2016
Immerse yourself in the music at this major national festival in City Park. Enjoy a wide array of musical styles emphasizing the world’s largest rock and electronic acts. Come in costume since this event corresponds with the famed New Orleans Halloween celebrations.
November 26, 2016
Get the chief seats to watch top rivals Southern and Grambling State universities sports teams face off in this fiercely competitive football game.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
January 2, 2017
Hosted annually at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, top college football teams have been battling it out since 1935, making the Sugar Bowl the second-oldest game in the country.
February 28, 2017 | February 13, 2018 | March 9, 2019
A once-in-a-lifetime experience, Mardi Gras season begins two Fridays before Mardi Gras Day. America’s biggest party has something for every reveler, including costumes, beads, King Cakes and parades that draw up to 250,000 partygoers each year.
French Quarter Festival
April 6–9, 2017
It’s a party only New Orleans could put on. 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. With more than 700,000 people attending, it’s the largest free music festival in the South. Sing and sway to rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz and more from 450 musicians.
Easter in New Orleans
April 16, 2017
Hop on the streetcar with kids and head over to the Storyland and the Easter Egg Hunt at Carousel Gardens in City Park, starting at 9:00 a.m. Then celebrate at the Chris Owners French Quarter Easter Parade at 1:00 p.m., starting from the corner of the Canal and Bourbon Streets.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28th–May 7, 2017
NOJazz is a 10-day celebration of Louisiana heritage. Fusing local foods, craft artisans and countless musicians at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the event brings you live performances including jazz, R&B, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, country and rap.