Ready to get back out there? There’s no better place to celebrate life and de-stress than New Orleans! Louisiana’s ‘Big Easy’ is famous for having something unique to offer any walk of life, including a long list of annual festivals that draw thousands each year. Whether you’re into live music, indulging in local cuisine, or both, you’ll have no problem finding something to do. No matter if you’re planning a weekend getaway from New Orleans or you’ll be visiting from farther away, Ray Brandt Nissan can help you plan your trip. Check out upcoming events in New Orleans* with us in the guide below!
If you’re a fan of jazz music, why not celebrate it in its birthplace? The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (better known as ‘JazzFest’) is set to return in October at the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots. Grab your ticket and get ready to enjoy the music of legends in the place where it all began. For those visiting for the first time from Marrero, JazzFest is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself in New Orleans culture.
The French Quarter Fest returns in late September through early October! It’s a free music festival for the whole family to enjoy, showcasing not only jazz music, but also the numerous other genres which are a celebrated part of New Orleans heritage. Throughout the French Quarter, guests can make their way to over 20 stages to hear traditional and contemporary jazz, R&B, New Orleans funk, folk, gospel, Zydeco, and more. Of course, there will also be plentiful food and beverages to indulge in while you listen!
You can wish a happy birthday to Louis Armstrong (known by many as ‘Satchmo’ or ‘Satch’), one of the most influential figures in jazz, at a music festival dedicated to his legend. Satchmo SummerFest takes place between late July and early August at the New Orleans Jazz Museum to pay homage to Armstrong for his birthday. Enjoy live music by artists who continue to be inspired by Armstrong while you chow down on irresistible foods like crawfish mac ‘n’ cheese.
If bourbon is your drink of choice, you obviously can’t miss the New Orleans Bourbon Fest, returning this year in mid-August. It will take place at the Hilton Riverside and Contemporary Arts Center, where you can attend seminars, grand tastings, dinners, and other events centered around the enjoyment of bourbon!
This year, the New Orleans Greek Festival changed its dates from the usual Memorial Day weekend to early November, so there’s still plenty of time to get tickets! The festival will take place at the grounds of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Per usual, the Greek Fest menu will include authentic dishes such as roasted lamb, gyro, baklava, and more!
For more information on upcoming events and things to do in New Orleans, reach out to start a conversation with the team at Ray Brandt Nissan. As active members of the community, we are always happy to provide trusted input on the best that New Orleans has to offer!
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