Call it what you will: New Orleans, NOLA, and the Big Easy are just a few of many names for the vibrant Louisiana city.
It seems like every city’s local marketing organization will claim it has a “lively spirit” and “unique culture,” but it’s hard to deny those things are especially true of New Orleans. The city’s blend of French, Caribbean, and bayou cultures has given it has a culture all its own, and the New Orleans festivals held throughout the year are world-famous for their over-the-top celebrations.
While Mardi Gras is the most well-known celebration, the city offers plenty of ways to dive into its culture that don’t (have to) involve drinking and staying out until 4 AM. There’s a food fest, a beloved jazz fest, and a festival celebrating famous playwrights, among others.
Check out the best New Orleans Festivals below, listed in chronological order by month. You won’t find too many New Orleans festivals happening in the middle of summer as the town gets hot, to say the least.