8 Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans is the home of a wide variety of parades, festivals, and cultural events. Living in such a diverse, rich city means that there's always something new and interesting to take part in! 

1) Dirty Linen Night

You heard it right. While some people might be familiar with the term “White Linen Night,” they might not be too shocked to hear that creative New Orleans has added its own unique twist to this well-received art event. Every year on the second Saturday in August, Dirty Linen Night is hosted around the various Royal Street art galleries. It's a fantastic evening for browsing art galleries, enjoying some drinks with friends, sampling an assortment of iconic New Orleans foods, and savoring everything that the city has to offer.

2) Essence Festival 

Normally held between the months of June and July, the New Orleans Essence Festival is one of the country's top musical events that features popular hip-hop, rap, and R&B sensations. Not only are there several types of singers, but there are also speakers holding important talks about cultural issues where they share their wisdom and knowledge. 

3) Greek Fest

Held late into May, New Orleans’ Greek Fest is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Greek culture and heritage. Authentic Greek music, dancing, food, and art are the cornerstone of this fantastic festival typically hosted around the Lakeview area. 

4) Bayou Boogaloo

Another smashing music festival in New Orleans is the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, which is typically held in May. This festival features New Orleans-style of music and partying that's great for those seeking to soak in some of the local cultures. 

5) New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Jazz Fest is one of New Orleans’ largest celebrations of art and music. Usually held between April and May every year, a visitor can hear a variety of amazing acts, including worldwide stars and local musicians alike. You'll be surrounded by great music, great food, and the opportunity to see shows that are not typically available outside of this unique heritage festival. 

6) French Quarter Festival

This four-day-long event is hosted during each year's April spring. French Quarter Festival features over 400 musical performances on over 20 different stages with countless individual styles to appreciate and enjoy. Listen to local music, taste great New Orleans food, and savor the beautiful spring weather while being treated to the finest cultural folks the state has to offer. 

7) Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, most often referred to as Voodoo Fest or Voodoo, has been one of the biggest festivals of the Fall season. Traditionally held over Halloween weekend, Voodoo Fest hosts a wide variety of musicians while bringing together a multitude of music, art, community, and food.

While recently it was announced that the 2022 Festival would be canceled, we are eager to see what the future holds for Voodoo Fest.

8) Mardi Gras

What list of festivals in New Orleans would be complete without listing Mardi Gras? The exact date of Mardi Gras differs each year, and it’s based on when the Easter season occurs. This is prime time for king cakes and get-togethers, culminating in parades that make the entire city rock and roll with unique crew throws and countless visitors looking to catch them. 

…and The List Goes On! 

We've only just scratched the surface of what the wonderful city of New Orleans has to offer. With dozens of great concerts and festivals hosted every year, this bustling city is no stranger to great times, great food, and great friendship (and great king cake)! Come on down and enjoy it with us sometime; we’re sure you’ll love it.  

New Orleans Festivals