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Fried Chicken Festival

  Fried chicken is just one of New Orleans’ many staple dishes—and one that gets an entire festival to itself. A number of restaurants, chefs and food vendors battle it out amidst live entertainment in Lafayette Square for the title of best fried chicken. In just its second year, the two-day fry-off on September 23-24…

How Do You Make a Beignet?

  One of New Orleans’ staple desserts is perfectly light, fluffy, sweet and decadent—but how do they make them? You can pick up the mixings at popular places like Café Du Monde, but following the right recipe is also important. If you really want to take a piece of Crescent City home with you, learning…

Old U.S. Mint

  Located at 400 Esplanade Street in the French Quarter, the Old U.S. Mint is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and admission is always free. The historic building opened in 1835 and is the only American building to be both a U.S. and Confederate Mint. Designed by architect William Strickland…

Southern Decadence

  It all started as a low-key going away party in 1972, but Southern Decadence has turned into one of the biggest and best yearly events in New Orleans. From August 30 – September 4, the annual LGBTQ cultural festival brings in more than 125,000 participants from around the globe. Also known as “Gay Mardi…

Pharmacy Museum

  One of New Orleans’ best kept secrets is the Pharmacy Museum, centrally located and established by Louis J. Dufilho Jr. in 1816. As the first licensed pharmacist in the country, he was quick to claim that position after an 1804 law passed which required all pharmacists take exams. Visit the very first licensed apothecary…

Satchmo SummerFest

  Located at the Old U.S. Mint, the celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s birth August 4, 1901 always means a party. He changed American music for good by his 20s, and by the time he was in his 70s he was revolutionary in the music industry. Turning jazz into the pop music that we know…

New Orleans Pride

  Of all the pride parades and events around the country, New Orleans is one of the most popular—tripling in size over the past five years. Spanning from June 9 – 11, it all starts with a Pride Weekend Kick-Off Party where you can mingle with local celebrities. Next up is Family Day in the…

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

  Creole cuisine wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the delectable tomato—which is why there’s an entire summer fest dedicated to this amazing fruit. In June, you really see the fresh tomato dishes highlighted on menus around the city, and they are irresistible at farmers markets. Tomato crops debut each June, with the tomato festival…

New Orleans Oyster Festival

New Orleans Oyster Festival Mark your calendars for June 3 – 4 and experience the New Orleans Oyster Festival! This free, outdoor, two-day event is held next to Jax Brewery, and you’ll find a smattering of complementary events in the French Quarter. Sample local and imported oysters while enjoying competitions, live music, and of course…

Greek Fest!

  Memorial Day Weekend is synonymous with Greek Fest in New Orleans, and 2017 has May 26, 27 and 28 earmarked for one of the best foodie fests in the city. Eat, drink and dance the weekend away while feeling like you were whisked from the land of Creole to the land of Greek Gods…