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30 Best New Orleans Festivals For Your Bucket List (2023 Edition)

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Looking for a list of the coolest and best upcoming New Orleans festivals 2023? Well, you’ve come to the right place as I’ve put together this incredible guide to festivals in New Orleans for your bucket list!

New Orleans got its nickname of “The Big Easy” from a 1970’s news story that highlighted the stark differences between its easygoing way of life and the hustle and bustle of “The Big Apple” – New York City. But it hasn’t always been easy. 

Few cities in the U.S.A have experienced the devastation that New Orleans has, but what stands out the most to any visitor is the sense of community, inclusion and love that this incredible city exudes at every turn. It’s loud, proud, fun and authentic to its core. 

Top 30 New Orleans Festivals 2023

The art of thanks and celebration is at the heart of what makes New Orleanians who they are, and as a result, the festival scene in New Orleans is truly epic. 

On top of a year-round calendar of music festivals in New Orleans, the city is also host to a huge variety of art, food and cultural festivals that will take you through spring, summer, fall and winter in good company. 

My list of the 30 best New Orleans festivals promises top tunes, unbeatable cuisine, and a true taste of what makes the Louisiana capital so unique and mesmerizing!

Also, be sure to check out my guides for my 2-Day New Orleans Itinerary & New Orleans Quotes & Captions for more epic NOLA inspiration!

Festivals in New Orleans 2020

1) Voodoo Music & Arts Experience 2023

Voodoo - New Orleans Festivals

When: October 2023 (Halloween Weekend)

Where: City Park, New Orleans 

Genre: Music

For three days over Halloween Weekend, Voodoo Festival takes over New Orlean’s scenic City Park for a spooky event that’ll surely impress! I just got back from my first trip to New Orleans and Voodoo experience, and albeit rainy & muddy, was absolutely fantastic!

Complete with a crowd decked out in Halloween costumes, four massive stages bumping tunes spanning nearly all genres, fun carnival rides, and simply the best festival food I’ve ever tried – this spooky event is guaranteed to keep you entertained all weekend long! Just make sure you pack your rain boots because there will be mud!

2) New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2023

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One of the BEST New Orleans Festivals | Credit: Paul Broussard

When: April 28 – May 7, 2023

Where: Fair Grounds, New Orleans

Genre: Jazz

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