(February 25-March 4, 2014)
Probably the celebration for which New Orleans is best known, Carnival remains the biggest party of the year. The season actually begins on February 15th, with a parade by the satyrical Krewe du Vieux, followed by the more-recently-incarnated Krewe of Delusion, both of which will proceed through the French Quarter. Knights of Babylon, Krewe of Hermes, and so many others, including Super-krewes Endymion and Bacchus. The revelry will culminate with the annual processions of perhaps the most famous Krewes of all, Zulu and Rex.
(March 8, 2014)
Louisiana’s chefs, restaurateurs, oyster aficionados and others come together as they celebrate the famously savory Louisiana oyster. Held in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, the event is open to the public, featuring over 30 participants.
(March 18-22, 2014)
Held at The Sugar Mill on Convention Center Boulevard, Fashion Week will include a Top Design Competition, a Fashion Industry Career Day and a Bridal Showcase, as well as nightly runway shows featuring local and regional designers.
(March 19-23, 2014)
The premier literary event of the year in New Orleans, this annual festival takes place each Spring and is named after the famous playwright who made New Orleans his home during what was probably his most creative period (and who completed his landmark play, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” while a longterm guest at Hotel Maison de Ville).
(March 22-23, 2014)
This free event held in Louis Armstrong Park celebrates the cultural diversity of New Orleans and the melting pot of traditions that gave rise to our unique music. We feature the music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond in this two-day festival.
(April 10-13, 2014)
In what has become one of the most-widely attended festivals of the year in New Orleans, there will be plenty of the city’s finest food, music and fun, all celebrating life in the French Quarter, which residents and visitors alike have come to find is unique. There will be booths from all the top restaurants in the Vieux Carre, and many live music stages featuring local and regional performers (lineup to be announced soon).
(April 25-May 4, 2014)
Held at the New Orelans Fair Grounds, in addition to several other local venues, Jazz Fest (as it has become popularly known) is perhaps the ultimate celebration of the unique music, culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. From its humble beginnings in downtown’s Congo Square in the late 1960′s, it has become one of the most widely attended annual musical and cultural events in the country. Featured will be top-name artists, as well as some lesser known and locally prominent names, on many stages, as well as succulent local and regional delicacies, a second line parade, unique handmade arts and crafts, and much more. The lineup for the 45th annual Fest includes: Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Santana, Robert Plant, Lyle Lovett, Chaka Khan & John Fogerty.