Voodoo Music Experience (November 1-3, 2013)
In its 14th year, the Voodoo Music Experience (“VoodooFest”) has burgeoned from a small, Halloween-themed music festival to one of the most highly-anticipated, well-attended musical events of the year. Held in New Orleans City Park, the extravaganza features both local and nationally-known acts, this year’s line up includes Pearl Jam, Calvin Harris, Paramore, Nine Inch Nails and Macklemore.
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (November 24)
The annual celebration of New Orleans’ signature sandwich, featuring all of its variations, including Roast Beef, Ham, Smoked or Hot Sausage, Seafood (Shrimp, Oyster, Catfish, or Soft-Shell Crab), and the iconic French Fry Po-Boy … offered by over 30 vendors. Also featured will be two stages of live music.
Christmas New Orleans Style (December 1- 31, 2013)
The annual 31 Days of Christmas, featuring Reveillon dinners (special holiday menus at New Orleans’ finest restaurants), Papa Noel festivities, carolling in Jackson Square, and the yearly Festival of Trees.
Allstate Sugar Bowl (January 2, 2014)
The 80th annual Sugar Bowl game, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Played continuously since 1935, the Sugar Bowl is second in longevity only to California’s Rose Bowl. This year’s Sugar Bowl features the champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) vs the BCS Selection (Bowl Championship Series.
Mardi Gras (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 January 19th, 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.