There’s Nothing in the World Like a New Orleans Festival
It’s impossible to talk about New Orleans festivals without mentioning Mardi Gras. Celebrated with masked balls, epic parties, and large quantities of beads, it’s capped off by a huge parade featuring eye-popping floats, masked riders on horseback, and a whole lot of music.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:
Mardi Gras might be part of what makes New Orleans famous, but the Jazz Festival is a firm local favorite. Set across two weekends each year, it gathers together some of the biggest musical talents in the world. Previous acts have included Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Pearl Jam, Beck, and Stevie Wonder. You’ll also find mouth-watering food and hundreds of pieces of artwork.
New Orleans Oyster Festival:
Whether raw or Rockefeller’d, New Orleans is famous for its oysters, so why not attend a festival to celebrate them? Visit for the P&J oyster shucking contest, Acme oyster eating contest, cooking demonstrations, and more.
French Quarter Festival:
Started in 1984 for New Orleans locals but now responsible for bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, this festival takes over the historic French Quarter with over with 100 stages where musicians from around the world perform every type of music imaginable.
December is a great time to visit New Orleans, especially when you make room for Luna Fete. An utterly unique art festival, it transforms downtown buildings into digital canvases that showcase the work of local artists. You’ll also see a light show every hour and find a huge marketplace where you can buy the creations of local artisans.