Best time to visit New Orleans

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Best time of year to visit New Orleans

February and March with the massive Mardi Gras celebrations are considered to be the best time to visit New Orleans. Notice though, such events draw huge crowds and prices rise dramatically. Apart from the hot weather, summer brings hot deals as well, so you can enjoy COOLinary New Orleans, a month of special offers in city's restaurants. A mild period from October through November is another lovely time to explore New Orleans and to taste a wide variety of local seafood. December and January are perfect for savvy tourists as the hotel rates are low and the city substantially cools off.

8 THINGS TO DO IN NEW ORLEANS (APRIL 02 - APRIL 11)

Crawfish Season

December — July  • food

It's crawfish time! Definitely the most important food season in New Orleans

Shrimps

April–February • food

Although available year-round frozen shrimps are nothing like fresh white and brown ones!

Oysters

November–April • food

Although Louisiana oysters are available year round, best time are the cooler months

Plantation Pilgrimage

September–November | March–May • activity

If you are in New Orleans, you just can't miss seeing the old plantations!

Sno-Ball

March–October  • food

Sno-ball, not snow cone, is New Orleans' favourite armour against the long summer heat

Louisiana Iris

April • nature

A symbol of beauty, this flower even has a Krewe named after it

Azaleas

March–April • nature

Enjoy the beautiful pinkish flowers blooming during this period

Hiking

September–May • activity

Marshes, forests and bayous—there's a lot to explore around New Orleans

28 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Mardi Gras

March 05, 2019 • event

The festival that has made New Orleans famous!

Red Dress Run

August 11, 2018 • event

A flamboyant run in red dresses accompanied by great music and plenty of beer

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 27–31, 2019 • event

Even if you are not a fan of literature, nothing in New Orleans is ever boring!

World Naked Bike Ride

June 09, 2018 • event

New Orleans has been taking part in the World Naked Bike Ride since 2009

COOLinary New Orleans

August 01–31, 2018 • food

Treat yourself to a fancy lunch or dinner in one of the city's famous restaurants offering money-saving specials for one month

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

July 04 • event

The Big Easy City is great at celebrating! Summers here are hot, and so are the festivities

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

October 26–28, 2018 • event

The loudest of Halloween events in New Orleans

Wild Alligator

September • food

Farm raised alligator is available all year, but it is also more expensive than the wild alligator, available only during this period

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 17 • event

New Orleans changes the perceptions of St. Patrick's Day celebration

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 11, 2018 • event

The favourite sandwich with a unique history is a pride of New Orleans and thus gets its own festival!

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

April 26–May 05, 2019 • event

One of a kind celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana

French Quarter Festival

April 11–14, 2019 • event

Grounded in the most famous Quarter, the festival is full of food and free of charge

Dirty Linen Night

August 11, 2018 • event

A counterpart of White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night is more quirky

Mardi Gra King Cake

January 06–February 09 • food

The tasty and extraordinary colourful King cake to sooth your party

White Linen Night

August 04, 2018 • event

The SoHo of the South, the Warehouse district organizes a party of art and style

NOLA ChristmasFest

December 22–31, 2018 • event

Get into Christmas spirit, meet Santa and celebrate winter in New Orleans

Lundi Gras

March 04, 2019 • event

The day before the Mardi Gras begins!

Southern Decadance

August 30–September 03, 2018 • event

Known as Gay Mardi Gras, the festival is extravagant and joyful

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

May 17–19, 2019 • event

A joyful celebration of Louisiana food and music traditions

Easter Parades

April 21, 2019 • event

For New Orleanians, Easter is a special time with more parades!

Rubber Duck Derby

June 02, 2018 • event

Thousands of rubber ducks race for the grand prize of $5000

New Orleans Film Festival

October 17–25, 2018 • event

Noone can celebrate cinema the way New Orleans does

Jazz in the Park

April 26–June 07, 2018 • event

Signature New Orleans jazz in Armstrong Park every spring

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

February 09–10, 2019 • event

What can be better than running accompanied by live bands and plenty of other entertainment?

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

October 20, 2018 • event

New Orleans would never miss a chance to dress up and party

Swamp Tours

May–October (all year round) • activity

The most exciting and easy way to discover New Orleans’ famous swamps and bayous

New Orleans Oyster Festival

June 2019 (TBA) • event

American capital of oysters presents lots of delicious ways to enjoy your favourite seafood at the annual oyster celebration

Celebration in the Oaks

November 27 — January 3 • event

A beautiful scene scattered around the City Park, Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens