Southern Decadence, September 2-7. One of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, it has become known as the “Gay Mardi Gras”. The event features parades and DJs, and while most events are in the street and free, VIP passes are available for purchase.
Louisiana Seafood Festival, September 4-6. The Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates our extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with everything fresh from the water, our famous chefs cook up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab and alligator.
October 1-3 The music fanatics of the Stomp bulldoze the slick detritus of contemporary music to find the rawest, deepest stuff out there, simmering under the surface, waiting to be rediscovered before it’s too late.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, October 16-18. Get ready to eat up and then boogie down at tenth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. In a city best known for its music and food, this free festival gives locals and visitors alike a weekend-long opportunity to experience some of the best the city has to offer. Performers include: Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Denise LaSalle, Swamp Dogg, Lurrie Bell, Jarekus Singleton, Kenny Neal, Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Man,” Little Freddie King, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, An Excello Records reunion featuring: Lazy Lester, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou and Jockey Etienne, plus Li’l Buck Sinegal and Lee Allen Zeno.
Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, November 14-15. New Orleans jazz and R&B by Tremé artists, gumbo-cooking demos, crafts and Jazz Fest memorabilia.