Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
February 5, 2017
Participants from 50 states and 23 countries descend on New Orleans to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. 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.
Scrap Dat Productions
February 16–18, 2017
Come to the Castine Center in Mandeville, LA to enjoy scrapbooking, paper crafts, crafting and lots of fun around fun at this event featuring a 45-hour crop shop and several vendors with new merchandise.
French Quarter Festival
April 6–9, 2017
Check out Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Louisiana State Museum's Old US Mint and Jackson Square for a celebration of music, food and culture, featuring food from several vendors and performances from hundreds of musicians.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28–May 7, 2017
This 10-day event celebrates Louisiana heritage, food, crafts and musicians at the Fair Grounds Race Course. You can enjoy a variety of performances, including jazz, R&B, bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, country and rap.
Annual Dragon Boat Races
May 13, 2017
Races at the Walgreens Greater New Orleans International Dragon Boat Festival will run from approximately 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and admission is free for spectators. A site map will be available two weeks before the event. Parking is located in front of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (address: 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, LA 70447).
Essence Music Festival
June 30–July 3, 2017
Stop by the nation’s largest annual gathering of African-American musicians, and treat yourself to three nights of musical performances and cultural celebrations.
August 30–September 4, 2017
One of the largest pride festivals in the South will celebrate its 43rd year with live concerts, a parade and more.
Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival
October 14–15, 2017
Every year, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum pays tribute to the handcrafted wooden boats of the Gulf Coast. Hundreds of boats will line the banks of the Tchefuncte River as more than 30,000 wooden boat enthusiasts come to celebrate the wonders of wood and water.
October 27–29, 2017
Head to City Park to experience a three-day music and arts festival showcasing national artists and local Louisiana musicians.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
January 1, 2018
Be sure to get your tickets well in advance for this annual college football bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Played since 1925, this game ties with the Orange Bowl and Sun Bowl as the second-oldest bowl game in the country.