Loews New Orleans Hotel

New Orleans, LA

Annual Events

What's On In New Orleans

Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall, there’s sure to be an event that will captivate and enthrall. Loews New Orleans Hotel is fortunate to be in the center of some of the most exciting New Orleans events and festivals happening around the city.

Here’s a sample of just a few of the phenomenal New Orleans events that take place each year:

Mardi Gras (held 40 days prior to Easter; March/April)

The King of New Orleans festivals, Mardi Gras is in a category all its own. The carnival season kicks off on January 6th and ends on "Fat Tuesday" at midnight, when police clear the streets and the Lenten season begins. In the meantime, get ready for parades, parties and all the king cake you can eat. Families gather on St. Charles Avenue for a fun-filled day and evening of camaraderie and viewing the exquisite floats. Masked riders reward the spectators with beads, doubloons and trinkets.

French Quarter Festival (April)

Celebrate the country's most interesting neighborhood in a New Orleans festival of food, music and fun. Each April, the city warms up for the French Quarter Fest with three days of free entertainment, including more than 150 musical performances on 15 stages throughout the French Quarter. Indulge at the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch" and enjoy the cuisine for which New Orleans is famous. Festival takes place at Woldenberg Park, along the Mississippi River, in Jackson Square and throughout the French Quarter. 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April–May)

Held the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May each year, this event transforms New Orleans into a mecca for music lovers everywhere. The JazzFest brings together the best local and international jazz, world-famous musicians and rising stars. Delicious local foods are available from over 100 vendors, while artisans from around the world ply their crafts—all set against a backdrop of the ultimate outdoor concert. Located at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. Shuttle service is available from downtown. 

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May)

One of the most prestigious festivals of its kind, this five-day event livens up New Orleans on Memorial Day Weekend. The event brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders for a showcase of signature events designed to entertain, educate and inspire. 

Essence Music Festival (July)

Sounds of soul, R&B and hip-hop fill the air at the Superdome. Catch a show on one of the main stages, empower yourself with a seminar hosted by playwrights, authors, actors and more, then stroll through the marketplace and discover a plethora of African-American art, crafts, jewelry, clothing and the best New Orleans Creole food. 

Tales of the Cocktail (July)

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike, with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products. 

Southern Decadence (Labor Day Weekend)

Get ready for the second most flamboyant New Orleans event, next to Mardi Gras. Thousands of people from around the world fill the streets of the French Quarter for this festival celebrating alternative lifestyles. The best DJs from across the country work the crowds into a frenzy, day and night. Don't miss the annual parade that takes place on Sunday as participants dance through the streets dressed in costumes and masks that you have to see to believe. 

VooDoo Festival (Halloween Weekend, October)

Every year, the Voodoo Music Experience places New Orleans under a weekend-long spell of music, food, crafts and culture. For three days, the festival takes over City Park with two main stages and several smaller stages, not to mention countless local food and beverage vendors. Each day begins early with smaller local bands, and goes long into the night, closing out with the big-name headliner. Many of the city’s music clubs also offer post-Voodoo, late-night concerts, so you can keep on rockin’ until the early morning. 

Christmas New Orleans Style (throughout December)

There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays. New Orleans Style, a celebration of uniquely New Orleans holiday activities, encourages locals and visitors to experience traditions of the past, paired with the food, music and good times of today. More than 100 festivities are planned during the month-long New Orleans event, showcasing the cultural diversity that adds spice to the gumbo of the city’s heritage. 

For more information, contact our concierge.

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