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  • 1. Essence Music Festival

    Music Festivals

    Held around Independence Day, this three-day festival brings in more than a half-million visitors and draws top names in R&B, pop, and hip...Read More

  • 2. Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

    Tremé | Music

    A $27-million post-Katrina renovation returned the lights to this fabulous stage and restored the sculpture-filled Armstrong Park grounds. With...Read More

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  • 3. Mardi Gras

    Cultural Festivals

    The biggest event on the city's cultural calendar is also the oldest—it's been around for more than a century. Parades roll almost nightly for...Read More

  • 4. New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    Gentilly | Cultural Festivals

    Top-notch local, national, and international musical talent takes to several stages the last weekend of April and first weekend of May. The...Read More

  • 5. Trinity Artist Series

    Garden District | Music

    Gratifying concerts of all types—solo, choral, orchestral, and chamber—fill the vaulted interior of Trinity Episcopal Church most Sunday evenings...Read More

  • 6. Anthony Bean Community Theater

    Uptown | Theater

    This community theater also houses an acting school, providing young local actors with an audience. Productions include musical dramatizations...Read More

  • 7. Art for Art's Sake

    Art Galleries–Arts

    Art lovers and people-watchers alike pack Warehouse District and Magazine Street galleries in early October for the annual Saturday-evening...Read More

  • 8. Bayou Playhouse

    Lockport | Theater

    Theater buffs routinely make the hour's drive from downtown New Orleans to this unique theater that sits on the banks of Bayou Lafourche in...Read More

  • 9. Celebration in the Oaks


    City Park's majestic oaks, Botanical Gardens, Carousel Garden, and Storyland amusement park are awash in holiday lights and decorations during...Read More

  • 10. Christmas New Orleans Style

    Cultural Festivals

    Throughout the month of December, Canal Street sparkles with the season's decorations, and historic homes across the city put on their holiday...Read More

  • 11. Easter Parades

    Cultural Festivals

    Three fun parades hit the streets of the French Quarter on Easter Sunday: one led by local entertainer Chris Owens, another dedicated to the...Read More

  • 12. French Quarter Festival

    Music Festivals

    With stages set up throughout the Quarter and on the river at Woldenberg Park, the focus here is on free local entertainment—and, of course...Read More

  • 13. Friends of Germaine Well Easter Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    Socialite Germaine Wells, step-daughter of the founder of Arnaud's Restaurant (and eventually its owner), started this New York–style Easter...Read More

  • 14. Friends of Music

    Uptown | Music

    This organization brings superior performers from all over the world to Tulane University's Dixon Hall. Concerts take place approximately once...Read More

  • 15. Gay Easter Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    Fashion takes a front seat at this parade, which ambles through the Quarter midafternoon on Easter Sunday, passing gay and gay-owned bars,...Read More

  • 16. Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Cultural Festivals

    For more than 65 years, the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club has put on a Saturday-afternoon-before-St. Paddy's Day parade with floats,...Read More

  • 17. Jefferson Ballet Theatre

    Lakefront | Dance

    This community-based dance school and ballet company stages a few public performances each year, including festive balls and an annual winter...Read More

  • 18. Jefferson Performing Arts Society

    Metairie | Music

    A wonderful fount of culture, if a bit out-of-the-way, the society stages musicals, ballets, recitals, kids' theater, and operas at multiple...Read More

  • 19. Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré

    French Quarter | Theater

    Since 1916, Le Petit Théâtre has entertained the French Quarter with plays, musicals, and variety shows. The oldest continuously running community...Read More

  • 20. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

    Central Business District | Music

    The always good, sometimes excellent LPO now holds court at the Orpheum Theater while continuing to perform at Tulane and Loyola university...Read More

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