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.


Crawfish Season

December — July  • food

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


April–February • food

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


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!


March–October  • food

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


March–April • nature

Enjoy the beautiful pinkish flowers blooming during this period


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!

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

March 11–17, 2018 • event

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

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

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

World Naked Bike Ride

June 09, 2018 • event

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

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 12, 2017 • 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 27–May 06, 2018 • event

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

Mardi Gra King Cake

January 06–February 09 • food

The tasty and extraordinary colourful King cake to sooth your party

Dirty Linen Night

August 11, 2018 • event

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

White Linen Night

August 04, 2018 • event

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

Lundi Gras

March 04, 2019 • event

The day before the Mardi Gras begins!

Celebration in the Oaks

November 27 — January 3 • event

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