DuBois Bed and Breakfast (B&B) is your place to be for these and
any other upcoming special events in and around New Orleans, LA. We
recommend making reservations early for all special events and festivals.
January 6 - Februrary 9, 2016
The official beginning of the Mardi Gras season is Jan 6, which is called
Twelfth Night (12 days after Christmas). On that cold night, a krewe
called Phunny Phorty Phellows has their drunken streetcar parade down
St. Charles Ave. Most of the big parades start two Fridays before Mardi
Gras Day. From this point on, parades will happen everyday until Fat
Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival
March 19 — 20, 2016, in Armstrong Park.
This free event celebrates the cultural diversity of New Orleans and the melting pot of traditions that gave rise to our unique music. We feature the music and dance of Africa, the Caribbean, the American Gulf South and beyond in this two-day, family-friendly festival.
New Orleans Spring Fiesta
March 4 — 6, 2016
Location: Various New Orleans locations
Phone: (504) 581–1367 or (800) 550-8450
Spring Fiesta, is a series of events designed to entertain, educate,
and allow all to revel in the cultural heritage that is uniquely New
Orleans. Throughout the year, visitors are encouraged to admire the
exterior of the beautiful homes throughout the city. But during Spring
Fiesta, visitors are given an opportunity to explore the interiors of
20 privately owned homes in the French Quarter, Uptown and the Garden
District. They can experience the grandeur of the past and see what
a New Orleans home might have looked like a century or more ago. The
festival includes a parade of horse-drawn carriages through the French
Quarter and the presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court
at Jackson Square.
French Quarter Festival
April 7 — 10, 2016
Hundreds of musical acts, food booths manned by local restaurants and
perfect Spring weather attracts thousands to the Quarter for the annual
three-day celebration. Enjoy 275 hours of entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances on 20 stages throughout the French Quarter over four days.
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
April 25 — May 1, 2016
The Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament is the PGA TOUR's
annual stop in New Orleans. This world-class event features golf's biggest
names combined with the city's greatest food and music - right on the
course! This is the PGA TOUR New Orleans style! The Zurich Classic is
produced by the Fore!Kids Foundation, one of the top contributors to
children's services organizations in the Greater New Orleans area -
over $15 million since its inception.
New Orleans Jazz &
April 22 — May 1, 2016
New Orleans Fairgrounds
Over the years Jazz Fest has received many honors, including being named the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine, the Wall Street Journal says “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…” and which Life magazine has called “the country’s very best music festival.’’ Inspired by the spirit of Mahalia Jackson and the Eureka Brass Band back in 1970, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival continues to celebrate the culture of Louisiana with the combined fervor of a gospel hymn and the joy of a jazz parade.
May 20 — 22, 2016
Bayou Boogaloo is a free admission music festival in Mid City, held
on the banks of the beautiful and historic Bayou St. John. It is a family
friendly cultural event that celebrates the heritage of New Orleans
music, cuisine, and culture.
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
May 26 — 29, 2016
A fantastic, five-day feast for all the senses, featuring wines from
around the world and the best of New Orleans' culinary culture. Events
include seminars, Grand Tastings, Brunch & the Royal Street Stroll.
Annual Greek Festival
May 27 — 29, 2016
Come out and Experience "Greece on the Bayou," our annual
Hellenic party with a uniquely New Orleans flair!.
Wednesday at the Square
March to June 2016
Times: Wednesday 5:00 pm -7:30 pm
Location: Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue in the CBD across from
Gallier Hall Wednesday at the Square is a free, 12-week concert series with food
and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council. Local artisans
also sell their work in the Artist Village near the Camp Street entrance.
New Orleans Oyster Festival
June 4 — 5, 2016
The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits
of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster and will honor and celebrate the restaurateurs
and oyster farmers who have solidified the French Quarter's position
as the Oyster Capital of America.
French Quarter Creole Tomato Festival
June in New Orleans means the arrival of Creole tomato dishes on local restaurant menus, in farmers markets and at roadside stands. The French Market Creole Tomato Festival is a celebration of Louisiana's produce, farmers and the Pelican State's unique cultural and cuisine offerings, of which the Creole tomato is emblematic. Centered around the French Market, which dates back to 1791 and is the nation's oldest city marketplace, the event features: live music, cooking demonstrations, a Creole Tomato Parade as well as the local farmers' market and food and beverage booths.
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Louis Armstrong Park
June 18 — 19, 2016
The Cajun-Zydeco Festival celebrates the rich traditions of southwest Louisiana. The combination of rollicking two-step music and spicy seafood are a potent example of how we in Louisiana love to “pass a good time.”
Go 4th on the River
July 4, 2016
The Go 4th on the River Dueling Barges Fireworks Extravaganza is the
annual Independence Day Celebration along the New Orleans Riverfront
with all-day activities for the whole family.
Essence Music Festival
July 1 — 3, 2016
The Annual Essence Music Festival returns to the Big Easy! Known as
"the party with a purpose" for its hip-hop, rhythm and blues
and soul performances at the Louisiana Superdome by night, and inspirational
"empowerment seminars" by day. Essence fans can count on what
they've come to expect – three days of great music in a city with
world-class restaurants and a rich cultural fabric — a place that
doesn't holler "last call" when the party's just getting started.
For more information visit.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of
July 7 — 10, 2016
This annual festival in New Orleans features an Encierro (bull run),
which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona,
Spain, or “The Running of the Bulls.”
Tales of the Cocktail
July 20-24, 2016
French Quarter locations New Orleans, LA
A dining and drinking experience that explores the history and spirit
of the cocktail presented by the country's hottest chefs, authors, bartenders,
mixologists and celebrities.
Coolinary New Orleans
August 1 — 31, 2016
Every summer, famous New Orleans restaurants all over the city offer
summer menus featuring special prix fixe three-course meals. It’s
a great way to experience New Orleans’ legendary restaurants for
August 4-7, 2016
French Quarter New Orleans, LA
"What a Wonderful World" you'll discover during an entertaining
and educating weekend in the French Quarter honoring New Orleans' native
son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
White Linen Night
August 6, 2016
Julia St. & the Warehouse Arts District
Annual open-air event where guests visit the wonderful galleries throughout
the Warehouse/Arts District. There is fabulous New Orleans cuisine from
local restaurants and cool drinks to sip on as well as stages and live
entertainment provided by some of New Orleans' most eclectic and talented
Red Dress Run
August 13, 2016
Run, walk or crawl through French Quarter watering holes and celebrate
with a party in the park featuring music and food to benefit local charities.
August 31 — Septermber 5, 2016
A long weekend of parties, parades and gay pride in the French Quarter
at one of the oldest and largest gatherings of gays in the country.
End-of-summer gay pride celebration held every Labor Day weekend. Loads
of events including the Southern Decadence Parade, dance spectaculars
and drag shows.
September 12 — 18, 2016
Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of
dining in the Cresent City.
New Orleans Burlesque Festival
The Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival is an international burlesque festival, known for crowning the top classic striptease dancer as the “Queen of Burlesque.” The most glamorous and eye-popping burlesque dancers in the world perform over three nights in sultry New Orleans. Comic emcees, singers, and variety acts flesh out the shows to provide the most entertaining, classy, and risqué showcases you’ll ever see. Celebrate this classic form of adult entertainment that made Bourbon Street famous worldwide!
Cresent City Blues & BBQ Festival
October 14 — 16, 2016
Lafayette Square Park
This free event in New Orleans’ Lafayette Square Park features
two stages, a huge arts market and some of the best barbecue in the
Halloween New Orleans
October 21— 31, 2016
Halloween New Orleans
Steeped in magic, mystery and voodoo charm, New Orleans is the ideal
place to raise the spirits of the dead over Halloween. The community
comes alive in a flurry of flamboyance.
Voodoo Music Experience
October 28 — 30, 2016
City Park New Orleans, LA
Known for its diverse blend of high quality artists from all genres
as well as up and coming critical favorites, each year music fans traveling
from across the country and around the world to be on hand for the Voodoo
Music Experience. Amazing music and New Orleans-style
revelry are on tap for the ninth annual Voodoo Music Experience, set
for October in one of America's most musical and magical cities. The
festival's celebrated Halloween weekend tradition will highlight
an array of top-level talent from all genres of music, up and coming
critical favorites and beloved local musical acts to grace the multiple
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Louis Armstrong Park
The festival is a celebration of New Orleans' Treme neighborhood and
the melting pot of cultures that led to the creation of jazz - as symbolized
by the city's most famous culinary delight, gumbo. There will be great
music and dancing, a huge arts market and, of course, a wide variety
of gumbo to sample.
The Bayou Classic has become the greatest and most distinguishable sporting
event in all of Black America. The Bayou Classic is more than a football
game. This annual event is one of the country's greatest college sports
rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling
State University to New Orleans each November. A week of events featuring
a parade, fan festival and battle of the bands culminates with Saturday's
Bayou Classic football match-up.
Christmas New Orleans Style
December 1 — December 31, 2016
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas
New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities
taking place throughout December. Experience the magic of the season
in a city steeped in traditions of the past, but with the food, music
and good times of today. More than 100 festivities are planned during
the month-long event, showcasing the cultural diversity that adds spice
to the gumbo of New Orleans' heritage.
R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Don't miss this year's teams face off!
New Year's Eve
December 31, 2016
Jackson Square, French Quarter
New Orleans counts down to the New Year in Jackson Square during one
of the nation’s largest street parties. A lighted fleur-de-lis drops from
atop Jackson Brewery to usher in the New Year!
Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic
January 1, 2017
The Sugar Bowl, born in the depths of the depression, has survived many difficulties, including a World War and a devastating hurricane, and still ranks as one of the most uniquely successful amateur athletic achievements in the history of American sports.