New Year’s Day
Mardi Gras Day
4th of July
Festival's to watch for::
Mardi Gras - Dates Vary
French Quarter Festival - Mid-April
Jazz & Heritage Fest 1st Week - Last weekend in April
Jazz & Heritage Fest 2nd Week - First Weekend in May
Essence Music Festival - July 4th Weekend
Bayou Classic - Thanksgiving weekend
Creole Christmas - December
Sugar Bowl - New Year's Day
Holiday's and Special Events
In New Orleans, there is never a missed opportunity to celebrate holidays and special events. The City lives from celebration to celebration. Starting wildly with Mardi Gras, then going to Spring Fiesta, to the popular French Quarter Festival, to Easter, to Jazz & Heritage Festival, to Memorial Day, to 4th of July, to La Fete, to Labor Day, to football season, to Halloween, and ending with Thanksgiving, Creole Christmas and Sugar Bowl/New Year's Eve - the city never stops!
Further, if you add the dates on which major events such as Super Bowls, NCAA, Final Four Tournaments, and major citywide conventions fall, the calendar becomes quite congested. It is important to review these days prior to setting overnight tour dates in New Orleans. Some of these holidays and special events may be the target dates for a program, but it may also be prudent to avoid others for lack of hotel/restaurant availability.
New Orleans hosts many citywide conventions which can occupy 5000 or more guest rooms. This does not necessarily mean that group space is unavailable, but certainly that only limited space will be available occasionally. It is less likely that discounted rates for all types of services will be offered during these periods. If possible, try to select dates that do not include citywide convention dates. Please contact us regarding convention dates to avoid when planning your groups activities and travel plans.