New Orleans, what some consider to be the party capital of America, gives visitors and locals alike something to celebrate almost every day. Ranging from food to music, film to dancing, or political to civil rights issues, New Orleans plays host to over 130 festivals throughout the year. Here are four you may want to watch out for and attend.
Oak Street Po Boy Fest
Pedestrian and bike-friendly, this food fest takes place all over Oak Street and features samplings of one of the city’s most beloved food staples: the po’boy sandwich. A crumbly portion of french bread, filled to the brim with fixings and meats or seafood varieties, is on the main stage here. Fest-goers can also soak up some additional flavor with live music and art from local artists. For a smorgasbord of food, come to this event every fall, and look out for more stomach-satisfying experiences!
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Known throughout the country as a top music event, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival features bands and musicians known both locally and worldwide. Festers can take in several stages and dozens of local food stands during two weekends of bombastic sound and incredible fun! For the ultimate VIP experience, Brass Passes are sold directly and given out by radio staple WWOZ, giving fans access to exclusive sections of the festival and free re-entry during all seven days. From Dr. John to Aerosmith, Jazz Fest plays host to many idols and icons new and old.
Tales of the Cocktail
New Orleans couldn’t be a more appropriate place to celebrate the beloved mixed drink, given its origins dating back to the early 19th century with the birth of the Sazerac. Held every summer, guests can enjoy cocktails served up by some of the country’s top mixologists and bartenders, along with live demos, lectures, and dining events around the city. The perfect complement to this festival? A private tour detailing the history of cocktails, complete with drinks, of course!
New Orleans Film Festival
Presented every year by the New Orleans Film Society, our film festival screens at venues across the city, from the Ace Hotel to The Broad Theater. Guests can watch films selected from thousands of entries, including a mix of foreign, independent, and mainstream options. Red carpets feature producers, filmmakers, and even well-known celebrities, along with adoring moviegoers and fans wanting to snap photos.
There’s no denying—the party goes on year-round here in NOLA. Enhance your festival experience with curated tours, concierge services, and more from Joieful. Take a look at our top picks for more inspiration.