New Orleans Festivals
After the epic carnival of Mardi Gras, New Orleans during comes alive during Spring with a flurry of outdoor activities every weekend. From festive celebrations that showcase delectable food to vibrant music and rich cultural heritage — Springtime in the Crescent City is when all these components come together for something truly special!
These joyous series of events come to life with the help of beautiful spring weather, which is warm and sunny but not too hot. With so many exhilarating things to experience in New Orleans, it may be hard to decide which ones you want to attend! Here are some of the most beloved festivals that should not be missed.
French Quarter Festival – April 13th-16th, 2023
French Quarter Festival, better known as French Quarter Fest, is a loving celebration of New Orleans’ most famous and historic neighborhood. Attendees get to enjoy the Crescent City’s best food and music in stunning French Quarter environments like Royal Street, Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, and the Mississippi Riverfront. The 2023 music lineup features multiple generations of New Orleans’ greatest performers, including Irma Thomas, Rebirth Brass Band, and Tank and the Bangas.
Schedule & Details
Come join the fun for an incredible four days of music, festivities and fun at the 2023 French Quarter Festival! You’ll find stages and entertainment all throughout the iconic neighborhood from April 13th until 16th with no admission fees. There will also be plenty of delicious food and beverages available to enjoy while you take it all in!
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – April 28th-May 7th, 2023
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the second-largest annual event in New Orleans, after Mardi Gras. Despite the popular nickname “Jazz Fest”, this festival isn’t just about jazz, or even just about music. Jazz Fest is an all-encompassing celebration of every style of music, art, and food that makes Louisiana special. Expect performances by everyone from world-famous headliners to local street performers, all accompanied by mouth-watering food from all over South Louisiana.
Schedule & Details
The 2023 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival takes place at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course over the span of two consecutive weekends: April 28th-30th and May 4th-7th. Festival hours run from 11 AM-7 PM. Single day tickets start at $85, while weekend passes can go up to $290. A variety of VIP packages are also made available.
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo – May 19th-21st, 2023
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is a kid- and pet-friendly New Orleans festival staged along beautiful Bayou St. John, a landscaped canal that runs across town. Like any respectable New Orleans spring festival, Bayou Boogaloo features a dazzling array of local art, food and beverages. Both locally and nationally popular musical acts perform on multiple stages. Bayou Boogaloo’s most unique feature is water tickets, which permit fest-goers to boat and raft on the Bayou itself during the festival.
Schedule & Details
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo takes place along Bayou St. John area of the city. The 2023 festival will happen on May 19th-21st, beginning at 4:30 PM on the 19th and 11:30 AM on the 20th and 21st. Single day tickets are $15, while weekend passes are $35. Water tickets are the same price as regular tickets, with a $2 environmental fee attached for maintaining the Bayou.
Learn More About New Orleans with a French Quarter Tour
Are you yearning to get a better understanding of the special culture and history what New Orleans has to offer? Look no further than an excursion with New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours, which will surely capture your heart. To comprehend why this amazing city is so beloved by locals, take a stroll through the heart of the city on an intimate French Quarter walking tour. You can immerse yourself in all things music, food and festivities while discovering all that makes New Orleans extraordinary. Experience it today – book your French Quarter tour now and create some lasting memories!