New Orleans Events 2015

New Orleans Events in January

Sugar Bowl

January 1, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Each year, one of college football’s greatest traditions takes place right in New Orleans. It’s the annual Sugar Bowl! The Mercedes-Benz Superdome hosts many acts aside from the two competing schools, including live performances, pep rallies, and more. Tickets tend to sell out pretty quickly, but the party is just as live at many of the local sports bars – you’ll still feel like a part of the action during every play!

Joan of Arc Parade

January 6, 2015 at the French Quarter. Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc has dedicated itself to honor Joan of Arc and to highlight her relationship to New Orleans. This is done via an annual parade featuring an artistic interpretation of Joan’s famous pursuits and is performed to glorify the French heritage of our great city. Bring your loved ones and friends out to enjoy music, puppets, knights, royalty, and more!

Commemorating the Battle of New Orleans

January 8-11, 2015 at the Chalmette Battlefield in Chalmette, Louisiana. This event celebrates the last major battle of the War of 1812, as re-enactors come together to provide an educational experience for visitors. While there, you can expect live musket and cannon firing, in addition to campfire cooking. There will also be several displays throughout the day between 9:30am and 4:30pm, so you can witness one of the skirmishes against the British for yourself.

New Orleans Events in February

Mardi Gras Season

January 31-February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The season starts with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. From then until Mardi Gras Day, you can expect tons of festivals, parades, balls, and much more. Clear your schedule, because there are going to be lots of events that you won’t want to miss!

Zulu's Lundi Gras Festival

February 16, 2015 at the Woldenberg Riverfront Park. For a day full of excitement, food, and fun, join the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club in their annual Lundi Gras Festival. Expect to see vibrant acts rich with culture, and enjoy live music, delicious food, and more. It all makes for the perfect buildup to the Mardi Gras festivities.

Mardi Gras

February 17, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Get ready for the greatest celebration ever. Locals know to expect some of the most extravagant and decorative floats, costumes, and krewes anywhere. The festivities start at 8:00am, and continue well past sundown. If you’re visiting New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras for the first time, you're truly in for a treat. Head over to the New Orleans Mardi Gras site for information on this unforgettable celebration.

New Orleans Events in March

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

March 14 – 22 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For as much culture and influence that the French and the Spanish have provided to us, the Irish have lent their fair share as well. Many of those who immigrated to the United States in the 17th century ended up in New Orleans. Many Irish individuals settled into an area south of Magazine Street, which came to be known as the Irish Channel. Visit the area on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before St Patrick’s Day on the 17th for a host of different parades, parties, and more.

New Orleans International Beer Festival

March 21, 2015 at Champions Square in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. If craft beer is your thing, you’re going to be in heaven at the New Orleans International Beer Festival. Try over 150 different kinds of craft beer from breweries around the world – all outside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Champions Square!

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 25 – 29, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The famous playwright, Tennessee Williams, cited New Orleans as his muse. Can you blame him? Our city has so much to be inspired by, which explains why Williams often used New Orleans as the setting for his plays. The festival draws many famous actors, writers, and speakers to meet and discuss Williams’ work. If you’re visiting from out of town, be sure to book your hotel accommodations early; things will get crowded very quickly!

New Orleans Events in April

Easter Parades

April 5, 2015 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This is a special time for us, as there are ceremonial masses at St. Louis Cathedral, tons of different brunches, and not one, not two, but THREE popular parades for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Visit the French Quarter to be a part of the festivities!

French Quarter Festival

April 9-12, 2015 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Each year during the second weekend of April, the French Quarter draws over 500,000 guests from all around the country to enjoy the sounds of local musical talent. Each of the stages features a number of different genres, including blues, jazz, rock, Cajun, and more. While you’re there, enjoy over 60 food and drink stations that offer a multitude of delicious options.

Robert Graham Trunk Show

April 16, 2015 at Perlis Baton Rouge. More info coming soon.

Jazz and Heritage Festival

April 24 – May 3, 2015 at The New Orleans Fair Grounds. One of NOLA’s premier events, the Jazz and Heritage Festival draws all sorts of visitors and acts to the area. Expect tons of crafts, food, music, and more. Previous years have seen plenty of famous faces, including Phish, Santana, and Robin Thicke. Between enjoying the various acts, make some crafts at any of the stations that will be present, and enjoy a fun-filled time with your loved ones.

New Orleans Events in May

Bayou Boogaloo

May 15 – May 17, 2015 along Bayou Saint John at Orleans Ave. and N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy. Like most New Orleans festivals, Bayou Boogaloo is an exciting party filled with lots of live music, food and arts and crafts. While you're there you can enjoy the many different stages of music that are widely separated from each other in order to prevent the stages from not clashing with each other. This event is also extremely family-friendly with a kid's stage and many games and activities for children.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

May 20 – May 23, 2015 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. According to Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience is a "Perennial 'Top Ten' Wine and Food Festival". Expect anywhere from 40 to 60 wineries and restaurants to participate in this event. Past participants have included world-renowned chefs such as John Besh, Susan Spicer, Tory McPhail, Tariq Hanna and Brian Landry.

Greek Fest

May 22 – May 24, 2015 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Every year on Memorial Day Weekend New Orleans celebrates some of it's first settlers from the mid-1800s. Like all other ethnic festivals in New Orleans, the Greek Festival features music and delicious culinary specialties. Sink your taste buds into a great tasting gyro, souvlaki, baklava or dolma while enjoying the great sounds of Greek entertainment.

New Orleans Oyster Festival

May 30 - May 31, 2015 at the Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Every year at the height of the oyster harvest season, New Orleans hosts an annual Oyster Festival. Stroll from tent to tent and experience the several different ways oysters can be prepared on the half-shell. You can't have a festival in New Orleans without live music. Some of New Orleans' best bands will be performing. There is also an oyster-eating contest on the 2nd day that is definitely worth checking out.

New Orleans Events in June

Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival

June 6 - June 7, 2015 at Louis Armstrong Park. This fun-filled free event celebrates Cajun and Zydeco music. Both were birthed in Louisiana and are celebrated on the first weekend in June every year. The music relies heavily on fiddles, guitars, accordions and crooning vocals. Of course, you can't have a festival in New Orleans without food. Cajun specialty vendors highlight this event to display some of their finest crafts.

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 13 - June 14, 2015 at the French Market. For over 20 years, this festival has celebrated the creole. Creoles are essential ingredients in many of the most popular dishes served by New Orleans' top restaurants. Their versatility and unique flavor make them a favorite among both chef's and diners. Local food booths typically serve up fried green tomatoes, creole tomato bloody marys, creole tomato with shrimp salad and many more creole favorites!

New Orleans Events in July

Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks

July 4, 2015 in downtown New Orleans. Celebrate America's independence by enjoying the sites along the banks of the Mississippi River. Take a steamboat and cruise the river as you get up close and personal with the fantastic firework show. The city's parks also offer the perfect location for BBQs and picnics with friends and family. Whatever your preference for 4th of July is, you're sure to find something fun happening in downtown New Orleans.

Tales of the Cocktail

July 15 - July 19, 2015 in the French Quarter. This fun filled event celebrates the many cocktails which were first made in New Orleans. Some of the best bartenders around the city and country come in to concoct some of the well-known drinks that have made New Orleans famous. There are many restaurants that participate in this event and reservations are strongly recommended.

New Orleans Events in August

White Linen Night

August 1, 2015 on Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District. Before air conditioning was something that kept us cool, New Orleanians did a variety of things to keep cool. One of them was wearing white clothing to reflect the sun's heat. This white linen tradition is revisited every summer on the first Saturday night in August. You'll find participants wearing a variety of white outfits as they stroll through the many art galleries on Julia Street and the nearby streets.

Red Dress Run

August 8, 2015 will begin at Louis Armstrong Park. The biggest little Red Dress run is home to New Orleans. It acts as a great cause to support charity but is also self-proclaimed to be a "drinking club with a running problem". Wearing a red dress is a must and running in the same dress two years in a row is considered a no-no. The event begins at 9:30am and the running starts at 11:30am.

COOLinary New Orleans

August 1 - August 31, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Celebrate the great tasting food of New Orleans during the month of August! Many famous restaurants in the area will be offering affordable delicious three-course meals. Famous restaurants who will be participating include 7 On Fulton, Bombay Club, Bourbon Heat, GW Fins, Pelican Club, Royal House Oyster Bar and many more!