Insider's Look At Upcoming New Orleans Attractions - Festival Season
Festivals, Food and Fun!
St. Paddy’s Day is almost here, and in New Orleans, that means one thing: festival season is upon us. There are citywide events around every corner, and with festivals celebrating everything from bourbon and food to music and culture, the Big Easy is the ultimate springtime vacation destination.
Seafood, fried chicken, barbecue and po’boys. New Orleans has no shortage of food-focused festivals, but this year, the city welcomes its newest culinary celebration – Top Taco Fest – on Thursday, March 23. Located on the riverfront in Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, the event features 40 of New Orleans’ best chefs in a competition to see who can create the top taco. Live music from local Latin bands and a top tequila cocktail competition among local mixologists round out the tasty event.
Seeking a cocktail a little darker in spirit? New Orleans’ inaugural Bourbon Festival, March 24-26, includes grand tastings, local cuisine, a New Orleans style bourbon brunch, an awards ceremony, and a series of seminars covering everything from history and women’s role in the industry to distillation practices and food pairings.
For visitors who just can’t get enough of the local food and drink scene, stop by Cocktail Bar at Windsor Court for one of Head Mixologist Kent Westmoreland’s specialty seasonal cocktails, or settle into the lush Polo Club Lounge for a Woodford Reserve bourbon flight and elevated pub fare.
Beginning April 6, the French Quarter Festival features four days of food, art and music, with twenty-three stages and more than sixty food and beverage booths set up throughout the city’s most celebrated neighborhood. In a city known for its festivals, this famously free event has grown to be one of the biggest attractions for both locals and tourists. In addition to the standard programming of jazz, blues, rock, swing and every genre in between, special events this year include parades, dance lessons and artist talks with some of New Orleans’ musical legends.
If you’re not heading to town until later in the spring, then check out Bayou Boogaloo May 19-21. This free festival takes visitors off the beaten path with three days of entertainment along one of the most scenic sections of New Orleans, Bayou St. John. Plus, it goes beyond the local music, food and art to include a bicycle pub crawl, paddle boat races, and a variety of other recreational activities.
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