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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…

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…

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…

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

  Wine and food really are an “experience” in New Orleans, and this aptly named annual festival brings the pair together in one mega event Memorial Day weekend. From May 25 – 28, you’ll be treated to a number of special events starting with an intimate wine dinner May 25th at 7 p.m. at a…

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

  Locals simply call it Jazz Fest, and it’s one of the top celebrations of music, culture and heritage in Louisiana. Endless music, incredible delicacies, and artisanal crafts are all at the ready. Enjoy second line parades at this “Festival of the Year,” dubbed by Pollstar Magazine. The Wall Street Journal calls it “a showcase…

Free New Orleans Outings

  New Orleans is packed with freebies, so you can really make the most of a budget vacation. Window shop along Chartres and Royal Street, taking in the galleries, antique shops and, of course, street performers. Head over to the Arts District for more! Each first Saturday of the month is open gallery night with…