When there is music at every corner and you’re wolfing down some of the best cuisine in the country, you know it’s celebration time in New Orleans! Looking for an excuse to go outside and paint the town red? We’ve got you covered.
If you are visiting New Orleans in the Spring, chances are you will be in town for at least one festival. We celebrate everything from tacos, to crawfish, to beer and wine. And there is no better time to do so than in springtime when the weather is just so irresistibly beautiful, you have to be outside.
You can find a full list of upcoming festivals and events here. If you want to experience the best of the fests, plan your trip for one of the following upcoming 2019 New Orleans festivals.
Date: April 11th – April 14th
Second only to Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest has to be the biggest free show in New Orleans. With six stages and numerous venues around the French Quarter, it is the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world!
In addition to listening to the music that makes New Orleans so special, you can also sample the best of New Orleans’ food and drinks from restaurant vendors from all over the city.
Date: April 26th – May 5th
This two-weekend festival is considered one of the world-renowned events in New Orleans. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Jazz Fest and epic performers like Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Santana, and Diana Ross are set to play.
And how can we not talk about the food? From Mango Freeze and Crawfish Monica to cochon de lait po-boys, you’ll be able to enjoy food from some truly incredible food vendors.
Date: July 4th – July 7th
This city has been known to serve one of the biggest events ever showcasing the crème de la crème of jazz, pop, hip-hop, R&B, blues, and so much more.
In the early ‘90s, when the Essence magazine started a 3-day festival to entertain thousands of people with the best of African-American culture and music, they didn’t stop there.
The powerful magazine also put together a series of seminars to empower women and men of African-American heritage.
This year, they are going all out since Essence festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary and musical acts include Frankie Beverly, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Anthony Hamilton, and so many more. The event will be emceed by The Real co-host and comedian Loni Love.
Date: August 2nd – August 4th
Did you know that Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was born in New Orleans? The legendary singer, trumpeter, and composer was born here on August 4th, 1901 and the city honors his memory every year.
In a 3-day festival, thousands of jazz lovers come together to celebrate this legendary man who changed the face of jazz forever.
The event will be showcased in the New Orleans Jazz Museum and will feature some of the city’s most extraordinary bands, both traditional and contemporary jazz.
At $5, festivalgoers can get the daily admission ticket while entry for children is absolutely free. That pass will allow you to come and go throughout the day, as you please.
At this Summer Fest, you will be able to get access to your favorite local jazz artists, and also enjoy some really mouth-watering delicacies. Abita Brewing is among the food lineups for this year and they will be serving the Official Beer at the fest.
You’ll also get to indulge in some of the favorite dishes of Louis Armstrong himself along with food from local vendors, including The Praline Connection, Plum Street Snowballs, Muriel’s Jackson Square, and The Rib Room.