The following is a list of featured events for the upcoming months:
SOUTHERN DECADENCE: AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
The largest gay event in New Orleans takes over the French Quarter every Labor Day weekend, bringing with it parades, contests and more. The corners of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets are the hub of activity, with the Bourbon Pub as festival headquarters. While there are DJ’s performing at bars throughout the Quarter, most of the revelry happens in the street, culminating in the Southern Decadence Walking Parade on Sunday.
LOUISIANA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
The Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates our extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with everything fresh from the water, our famous chefscook up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab and alligator.
The inaugural Fried Chicken Festival presented by Raising Cane’s (FCF) brought more than 40,000 attendees to Lafayette Square on Sunday, September 25, 2016, doubling the expected 20,000 crowd. Organizers have announced that the 2017 festival will take place at a larger venue and will expand to two days. More than 26 local favorites were showcased at the FCF. In addition, the festival included events such as the Raising Cane’s Chicken Tender Eating Contest and the Best Fried Chicken and Best Use of Chicken in a Dish contests.
TREME FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER 29 – OCTOBER 1, 2017
The Treme Festival was developed by the Historic Faubourg Treme Association to benefit the many cultural destinations found with the historic community of Treme with this year’s proceeds benefittingSt. Augustine Church and the Tomb of the Unknown Slave. Expect great art, music and food at this local festival, including performances by Treme Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, James Andrews and many more.
14-17 – New Orleans Burlesque Festival
23 – NOLA on Tap
ART FOR ARTS’ SAKE: OCTOBER 2017
Every fall, gallery owners in the Arts District and on Magazine Street throw open their doors in celebration of the arts and culture of New Orleans. Join 30,000 other art lovers at this giant, chic street party.
26TH ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 2017
Louisiana is the third-largest film destination in America, behind only Hollywood and New York City. This annual celebration of the art form features premieres, film screenings, workshops and more. You never know which of your favorite celebrities you’ll see second-lining down the red carpet.
CRESCENT CITY BLUES & BBQ: OCTOBER 13-15, 2017
Two things synonymous with the South: blues and barbecue. Find the best combination of both at the free festival presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc. in Lafayette Square Park. Get a spot next to the stage to see the headliners up close.
OAK STREET PO-BOY FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 2017
Just don’t call it a “hoagie.” This festival is dedicated to celebratingthe authentic spirit of one of New Orleans’ most delicious and famous sandwiches. Taste po-boys from restaurants such as G.W. Fins, Bourbon House, Emeril’s Delmonico and many more. The festival also includes panel discussions on topics like po-boy history and French bread-baking traditions, three stages with live music, arts and crafts, and a children’s section with games and prizes.
HALLOWEEN NEW ORLEANS: OCTOBER 2017
Halloween New Orleans brings a series of fundraising events to the Big Easy during Halloween weekend, including the Lazarus Ball, a dance night and the titular costume contest and parade. All of the proceeds from Halloween New Orleans benefit the Lazarus Project, a home in New Orleans for men and women with AIDS. Over the past 29 years, Halloween New Orleans has raised over $4.6 million for the project.
VOODOO MUSIC EXPERIENCE: OCTOBER 27-29, 2017
Only the coolest take to the stage at this Halloween-themed festival in City Park, known for its blending of high-profile national artists such as Marilyn Manson, 50 Cent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Nine Inch Nails, R.E.M. and 311, with local Louisiana musicians including The Original Meters, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, and Dr. John.
7 – Beignet Festival
6-8 – Gentilly Fest
6-21 – Oktoberfest
14 – Carnival Latino
20-22 – Praise Fest
21 – Mac n Cheese Fest
27-29 – Louisiana Seafood Festival
FAUX/REAL: NOVEMBER 2017
Formerly New Orleans Fringe Festival, faux/real delves into the wild, weird, fresh and original, allowing avant-garde artists a place and timeto be seen. Audiences are at once entranced, entertained, dazzled and sometimes challenged by groundbreaking and genre-bending acts.
WORDS AND MUSIC: NOVEMBER 2017
Join well-known authors, editors, agents and entertainers in celebrating William Faulkner, who honed his craft in a Pirate’s Alley apartment in the French Quarter.
TREME CREOLE GUMBO FESTIVAL: NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017
The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival celebrates the melting-pot culture of New Orleans – with brass bands, New Orleans jazz and a huge selection of the best gumbo in town.
3 – Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
12– Algiers Folk Art Festival
TBA – Mirliton Festival
TBA – Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
TBA – Algiers Folk Art Festival
23 – Thanksgiving Day
23 – Bayou Classic
CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017
A month-long holiday light exhibit with magic aglow at every turn, this event features festive displays of nearly two million lights decorating 100-year-old oak trees. It’s a New Orleans family tradition featuring nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, dancing lights, a laser show, a full cafe and amusement rides.
CHRISTMAS NEW ORLEANS STYLE: DECEMBER 2017
Riverfront bonfires, the brilliantly lit Celebration in the Oaks, the Cathedral Concert Series and free cooking demos from esteemed chefs – the Christmas and holiday season gets a whole lot more interesting in New Orleans. Visitors and locals alike enjoy an authentic New Orleans twist on the holidays each year. Plus, many hotels offer “Papa Noel” rates, some of the best lodging deals of the year.
NEW YEAR’S EVE: DECEMBER 31, 2017
New Orleans counts down to the new year in Jackson Square during one of the nation’s largest street parties. Gather in the French Quarter for live music, the fleur di lis drop (New Orleans version of the ball) and a fireworks display to usher in the new year!
1-31 – Merriment on Magazine Street
TBA – Algiers Bonfires on the Levee
TBA – NOLA ChristmasFest
6-10 – Words and Music Festival
12-20 – Chanukah
TBA – R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
TBA – Caroling in Jackson Square
24 – Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee
25 – Christmas Day
Source: Gambit / neworleansonline / neworleanscvb.com