February 28, 2017 | February 13, 2018 | March 9, 2019
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. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, Mardi Gras season begins two Fridays before Mardi Gras Day.
French Quarter Festival
April 6–9, 2017
More than 70 food and beverage vendors show up for this award-winning gathering at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. 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. It’s a party only New Orleans could put on.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic
April 15, 2017
Celebrate 38 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.
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 28–May 7, 2017
A 10-day celebration of Louisiana heritage, NOJazz fuses 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.
Zurich Golf Classic
May 1–5, 2017
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 19–21, 2017
Ready for 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 27–28, 2017
Featuring country music’s best and brightest stars, this festival is held on Memorial Day weekend at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
June 24–25, 2017
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 2, 2017
America's largest annual gathering of African-American musicians, the Essence Music Festival, is composed of three nights of musical performances and cultural celebrations.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (The Running of the Bulls)
July 7–9, 2017
Modeled after Spain’s famous bull runs, these “bulls” start running at 8:00 a.m. One difference – the bulls are roller derby teams from around the country chasing runners through the Central Business District in New Orleans. Stay after the fun for food and music.
August 4–6, 2017
A weekend festival filled with scrumptious food, live music, fashion, jazz exhibits, a second line parade and a local art contest. What better way to honor the one-and-only Louis Armstrong?
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival
October 13–15, 2017
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 27–29, 2017
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 25, 2017
Get the chief seats to watch top rivals Southern and Grambling State universities sports teams face off in this fiercely competitive football game.
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
February 17–18, 2018
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Come see why this event has become one of the biggest parties in New Orleans, featuring local musical acts, the Finish Line Festival and free-flowing beer.