With all of the fun festivals and carnivals the city has to offer, leaving your New Orleans home rental should not be so hard. In addition to going to festivals and carnivals, you can enjoy fine cuisine, take sightseeing tours or visit jazz clubs. With so much to offer, it is no surprise that this Louisiana city is such a popular vacation spot.
French Quarter Festival
Every April, New Orleans hosts this three-day festival in its famous French Quarter. The festival features over 150 musical acts on 16 different stages. Among other genres, visitors can listen to gospel, jazz, blues, and classical music. Also located throughout the French Quarter are 70 food and beverage booths that offer alligator, crawfish, barbecue, oysters, crepes and various types of beverages.
Admission to the festival is free. However, food and drink purchases are required. A free shuttle service between musical stages and venues is available. A visit to this festival would be a fun day trip from your New Orleans vacation home.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
This festival is a two-weekend event. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place during the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. Like the French Quarter Festival, this festival celebrates the different types of music. The festival has eleven stages or tents placed throughout the city, with each venue featuring a specific genre of music. Visitors can go the blues tent or the jazz stage and spend the day listening to different musical acts. These musical acts range from local bands to internationally renowned artists. Children and advanced purchase discounts are available.
The official start date of New Orleans' most famous carnival season is January 6th , and the last day of the carnival season is the day before Ash Wednesday. During Mardi Gras, visitors can see colorful parades; most of the big parades start a couple of weeks before the last day of the season. The parades showcase entertaining marching bands, various horses, colorful floats and creative costumes. Mardi Gras parades take place throughout the city, and except for on Bourbon Street, most of the parades and events are child-friendly. Admission to the parades and activities are free.
The Annual New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival
Started in 2003, this film festival is one of the newest New Orleans festivals. Every March, the festival screens movies that focus on human rights and other grassroots issues. Currently, the festival showcases the work of New Orleans filmmakers, but they hope to begin including filmmakers from all over the world.
Most of the films shown at the festival are local or regional premieres, but the festival has been able to offer a couple of world premieres as well. In addition to screening films, the festival also hosts seminars and workshops, which are often led by participating filmmakers. Ticket purchases for all of the festivals events are required.
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