(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.
New Orleans Food & Wine Experience
(May 21- May 24, 2014)
Toast to the finer things in life – pinots, merlots and gumbos – as more than 75 of New Orleans’ best restaurants pair up with 175 of the world’s finest wineries. Spirits are always high at this annual celebration of New Orleans’ culinary creativity.
(May 31- June 1, 2014)
The Oyster Festival educates about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf oyster, honors and celebrates the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter and celebrates with live music and, of course, oysters!
French Market Creole Tomato Festival
(June 7- June 8, 2014)
A celebration of the Creole tomato, which is locally grown, this festival features cooking demonstrations by the city’s premier chefs, food booths selling dishes made with Creole tomatoes, and samplings, music and vendors selling the famous tomatoes.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
(June 14- June 15, 2014)
The legendary Buckwheat Zydeco will make a return appearance to the LouisianaCajun-Zydeco Festival at Louis Armstrong Park. Also performing will be the world-famous BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet featuring special guest Jo-El Sonnier.
Go Fourth on The River
(July 4, 2014)
The annual Independence Day celebration along the historic New Orleans Riverfront features live local music and other all-day family activities, culminating with the one-of-a-kind Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza over the Mississippi River.
Essence Music Festival
(July 6- July 14, 2014)
“Party with a purpose” at this star-studded celebration of African American music and culture in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Jazz up your July with performances by the world’s biggest hip-hop, R&B and soul artists, with Prince, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and Jill Scott headlining.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans
(July 10- July 13, 2014)
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or “The Running of the Bulls”, only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country!
Tales of The Cocktail
(July 17- July 21, 2014)
Have a highball, y’all. Sip and sup at this four-day-long mixer in the city that invented the cocktail. Enjoy lectures, book signings, dinner pairings, cooking and mixing demonstrations, and more at this annual event.
(July 31- August 3, 2014)
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong is one of New Orleans’ favorite native sons (and there are many to pick from). Each year, this weekend-long festival celebrates his life, legacy and music. The festivities include a seminar series, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass and second-line parade, fantastic food and a host of star-studded performers.
Whitney White Linen Night
(August 2, 2014)
Drape yourself in cool, white linen and join 16,000 art aficionados in the Arts District for the artiest night of the summer. Stroll through the galleries, sip wine and hear some of the city’s most exciting bands.