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New Orleans Events Calendar

New Orleans. NOLA. The Crescent City. The Big Easy. With our easy going lifestyle, stunning architecture, Cajun & Creole cuisine, and party-in-the-streets attitude, a city as culturally vibrant as New Orleans isn't easy to define. Over the course of the last 300 years, dozens of cultures have come together along the shores of the mighty Mississippi River, mingled in harmony, and created the magical, eclectic, and vibrant city known as New Orleans The only way to truly understand it is to hit the town and take in NOLA's enchanting culture.

With a history of diversity, a passion for the arts, and that laissez le bon temps rouler mindset, New Orleans has developed a culture that cherishes celebration, merriment, and fun. Any day of the week, you'll find festivals, parades, and live music all around you - so don a mask, grab a cocktail, and take to the streets with us!

As you get ready for your stay at the Cambria New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District hotel, take a look at some of our favorite local events, experience NOLA like a local, and let the good times roll!

Upcoming Events in New Orleans

Between its vibrant music scene, constant rotation of food and cocktail events, and the always thrilling New Orleans Saints season, the Big Easy boasts a never-ending calendar of events. Whether you're looking for an art installation, a stand-up comedy show, or a second line parade, you'll find no shortage of things to do in NOLA. Take a look at the city's official calendar of upcoming events to see what's going on during your next visit to the Crescent City.

NOLA Event Calendar

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Mardi Gras

February 13, 2018

We can’t mention New Orleans without talking about Mardis Gras. During carnival season, you'll find a series of parades and festivities building up to the biggest party of the year.

Mardi Gras is a cherished New Orleans tradition and is one colossal celebration complete with floats carrying krewe royalty, masked members, and flambeaux (torches that precede a float in a night parade). The floats lead marching bands and riders on horseback through the streets and bestow beads, doubloons and other treasures to millions of party-goers participating in the crazy-fun atmosphere that is quintessentially New Orleans.

Bring a costume, let the good times roll, and live like a Big Chief on Fat Tuesday!

Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Mardi Gras Museum

If you aren't lucky enough to be in NOLA on the greatest day of the year, you can get a flavor of its carnivalesque atmosphere at Mardi Gras World which acts as a museum, working warehouse, and living tribute to the city's rich and storied Mardi Gras culture.

Check Out Mardi Gras World

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

April 27 - May 6, 2018

Every Spring, New Orleans shows off its rich, musical heritage by hosting the greatest musicians in the world. Jazz Fest, as it is affectionately known, boasts multiple stages featuring an impressive variety of local and popular music styles, food booths with local cuisine, arts and crafts tents, and an evening concert series.

Featuring everything from trad jazz to classic soul, hip hop to zydeco, and deep funk to classic rock, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival curates the perfect blend of American musical styles in a way that only NOLA could. From Bruce Springsteen to Kermit Ruffins, Pitbull to Dr. John, Jazz Fest creates eclectic lineups that couldn't possibly work at any other festival. The fun spans two entire weekends, is held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, and brings millions of people to the Crescent City to celebrate music, life, and food.

Check back often for 2018 Jazz Fest ticket information, and stay tuned for next year's phenomenal lineup!

Jazz Fest Lineup

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French Quarter Festival

April 12 - 15, 2018

The always free French Quarter Festival is as unique and vibrant as the city itself, featuring the diverse musical talents of New Orleans and southern Louisiana. More than a dozen stages are situated throughout the French Quarter and for four days, music lovers jam out to traditional and contemporary jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, Cajun and zydeco, New Orleans funk, classical, swing, rock, and a host of other sounds that mirror the diversity of the city.

The diversity doesn’t stop with the music. If you want to discover the array of cultures represented in the New Orleans’ food scene, don’t miss the world’s largest jazz brunch, held in Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Try jambalaya, po-boys, crawfish, etoufee, and classic New Orleans cocktails from over 60 vendors representing the city’s best restaurants as you sip on an iconic NOLA daiquiri along the shores of the majestic Mississippi River.

Let Loose at French Quarter Fest

St. Joseph’s Day & Super Sunday Parades

March 17 - 18, 2018

While St. Patrick's Day parades may steal the spotlight in other U.S. cities, New Orleans celebrates St. Joseph’s Day with equal abandon. Every year on the Saturday nearest March 19, Italian-Americans take to the streets in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily. The parade strolls through the French Quarter and is led by an altar bearing Italian food and relics dedicated to St. Joseph.

On the following day, you'll also find the city's colorful, energetic, and wholly unique Super Sunday celebration, where NOLA's Mardi Gras Indian tribes don their feathers and beads, sing, parade, and dance. If you've never experienced the Mardi Gras Indians in full regalia, you're in for an unforgettable treat.

Tuesday Nights with the Rebirth Brass Band

Every Tuesday at the Maple Leaf Bar

If you want to do New Orleans right, you have to join the party at the Maple Leaf Bar on Tuesday nights. The Grammy Award winning Rebirth Brass Band, a New Orleans institution and cultural experience, delivers a performance that is all heart, all soul, and all New Orleans. They've been a Maple Leaf staple for over 25 years and have become synonymous with New Orleans music.

The Maple Leaf is easily accessible by the St. Charles streetcar, tickets are available at the door for $15.00, and the band typically takes the stage around 10:30 p.m.

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