30 festivals coming up around New Orleans, from March through July

March through July

By Melinda Morris | Posted March 02, 2018 at 06:19 AM | Updated March 02, 2018 at 06:30 AM


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Bourbon Festival

The Second Annual Bourbon Festival will be March 7-10 (Wednesday-Saturday) with a Bartenders Bourbon Battle on Wednesday, private pairings dinners on Thursday followed by a VIP party, seminars with experts and a two-day Grand Tasting on Friday and Saturday. Click here for more information.

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BUKU Music + Art Project

BUKU Music + Art Project is March 9 and 10 (Friday and Saturday) at Mardi Gras World. Click here for tickets.

NOLA.com reporter Doug MacCash writes: "In its seventh year, Buku Fest is busting out by adding a big new stage across the railroad tracks from its base of operations at Mardi Gras World on the riverfront. Founders Reeves Price and Dante DiPasquale said that one of 'the biggest pieces of feedback we got was that it (Buku) felt super sold out.' So the former Tulane University students are increasing the capacity of the festival, which takes place March 9 and 10, from 14,500 fans per day to 17,500 per day (that's a 20.69 percent increase, for you liberal arts majors)."

© Dinah Rogers

Kenner Hispanic Fest

Kenner Hispanic Fest is March 10 and 11 (Saturday and Sunday) at Kenner's Laketown at Williams Boulevard. Expect Latin food, music and dancing and events for children. Click here for more details.


Sacred Music Festival

Numerous faiths and traditions come together at this fest on Saturday, March 10, at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. See more details here.

Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Top Taco Fest

Top Taco Festival is March 15 (Thursday) from 7-10 p.m. at Woldenberg Park. General admission of $69 gets you unlimited tacos and cocktail tastings, plus live Latin music. Click here for tickets.

Ann Benoit

Louisiana Crawfish Festival in Chalmette

Steaming hot boiled crawfish will be plentiful at this crawfish fest, March 22-25 at Judge J. Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette. Expect rides, games, crafts and plenty of food. Click here for more details.

Emma Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Hogs for the Cause

Hogs for the Cause is March 23 and 24 at the UNO Lakefront Arena Fields in New Orleans. All things pork are celebrated, along with plenty of live music. This year, enjoy Bacon Night.

The event benefits the fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Click here for tickets and more details.


Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

Watch the annual Stell-Off competition on March 25 at 4:15 p.m. in Jackson Square as part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, March 21-25. The fest features a variety of panels and literary events with writers, actors, artists and musicians. See more here.

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NOMA Egg Hunt and Family Festival

The New Orleans Museum of Art's Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans hosts this event that includes an egg hunts, a petting zoo, spacewalks, student performances, face painting, and crafts activities on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Click here for more.

Helen Williams

Gretna Food Truck Fest

The  Gretna Food Truck Fest is March 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Gretna Farmers Market on Huey P. Long Avenue in downtown Gretna. Click here for more details.

Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Bloody Mary Festival

The Bloody Mary Fest is March 24-25 at the Howlin' Wolf, 901 St. Peters St., New Orleans. Click here for tickets and more details.

Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

Louisiana Crawfish Boil Championships

The Louisiana Crawfish Boil Championships at Immaculate Conception School, 601 Avenue C in Marrero, will be Saturday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 ages 13-17 and free for children 12 and under. Enjoy carnival rides, crawfish and games. Click here for more information.

Kerry Maloney

Asian Heritage Festival

Asian Heritage Festival at Audubon Zoo will be Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, crafts and food. Click here for more information.


Freret Street Festival

This fest is Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Freret Street from Napoleon to Valmont streets. Expect three music stages, 200 vendors, festival food court, Big Easy Rollergirls and pet adoptions.

Melinda Morris, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

French Quarter Festival

The 35th annual French Quarter Festival will present 300 Louisiana acts (from trad jazz to rap brass) in scattered locations in the French Quarter from April 12-15.

For those interested in investing in a more comfortable French Quarter Fest, reserve a spot with the new NOLA.com Fest Family Experience. For $375, music lovers will enjoy an elevated viewing stand near the Abita Beer Stage, private bars with free beer and cocktails (limit three per day), free water, air-conditioned restrooms, and a shaded lounge area. Passes are good for all four days of the fest. 

Read more about the fest here.

Grant Therkildsen

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is April 13-15 in Memorial Park in Ponchatoula. Expect lots of strawberry dishes, games and entertainment. Click here for more details.

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NOLA Navy Week and Tall Ships

Ships from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, and Great Britain and Canada will line the shores of the MIssissippi River April 19-22. On April 20, ships will be open to the public. Other Navy events will be open the public also. Click here for schedules and more information.

Kerry Maloney

Visitation of Our Lady Cajun Fest

Visitation of Our Lady Cajun Festival in Marrero is April 20-22 at the corner of Ames and Barataria boulevards. Expect games, food, live music and children's activities.

 Click here for more information.

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Kenner's Italian Heritage Festival

Festa Italiana is April 20-22 in the 400 block of Williams Boulevard in Kenner. Expect Italian food, rides, games, music and crafts. Click here for more information.


New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Aerosmith, pictured above, is a headliner for the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest that will run April 27-29 and May 3-6 at the Fair Grounds Race Course in Gentilly.

See all the headliners here.

© Dinah Rogers

NOLA Crawfish Festival

This fest is May 1-2 at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart St., New Orleans. Click here for tickets. 

Expect plenty of crawfish and live music.

© Dinah Rogers

Crawfish Mambo

UNO's annual Crawfish Mambo will be held by the Alumni Center on Saturday, May 12. Enjoy all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music. You can compete in the Peel 'n' Eat Competition.

 Click here for more details.

Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Bayou Boogaloo

The Mid-City fest along Bayou St. John is May 18-20. Expect lounging in and on the banks of the bayou, plus live music, arts and crafts and music. See more details here.

Ann Maloney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

NOWFE will be May 23-27 at various locations, with the Grand Tastings on May 25 and 26. Click here for more tickets and information.

Brian Kozak

Greek Fest

The New Orleans Greek Fest is Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, at 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Enjoy Greek food, music and dancing along the banks of Bayou St. John. Take a tour of Holy Trinity Cathedral, a Greek Orthodox church. Rent a canoe or lounge on the banks. Click here for more details.

Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

New Orleans Oyster Fest

This fest June 2-3 at Woldenberg Park includes oyster eating and shucking contests. Or, just come and watch and enjoy live music and plenty of oyster dishes for sale. Click here for more information.

Peter Forest

Creole Tomato Festival

Creole Tomato Festival at the French Market in New Orleans will be June 9 and 10. Click here for more details.

The fest celebrates the delicious Louisiana tomato, and also includes a Bloody Mary Market.


Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco Festival

The fest is June 23 and 24 at Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans, with plenty of live Cajun and zydeco music, food, kids activities, and a crafts fair. Click here for more information.

Chris Pizzello/AP

Essence Festival

Essence Festival 2018 has announced its headliners for the event taking place July 5-8 in New Orleans: Janet Jackson (pictured above); Mary J. Blige; a headline set featuring Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, with special guests Snoop Dogg and many others in a special curation by The Roots; Xscape; Fantasia and Miguel. 

The festival includes four days of music, culture, empowerment and entertainment. The nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts and will take place across five stages at the Louisiana Superdome.

Frankie Prijatel, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

The New Orleans version of the Running of the Bulls involves Big Easy Rollergirls and participants from other roller derby leagues across the country chasing and whacking willing participants on the behind. The fest is July 13-15. Click here for more information.


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