Family-Friendly Festivals in New Orleans

Family and festival in New Orleans may seem like an oxymoron, but there is much more to this city than throwing beads on Mardi Gras. Kids of all ages enjoy the eclectic city for its live music culture, incredible food and exciting energy. Opt for a trip this spring and bring the family for one of these fun family festivals.

St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans, Lousianna

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For All Ages

St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, La: March 17

Parade and party your way through the streets of New Orleans during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Louisiana. The annual event brings families, locals and tourists from all over the country to celebrate the national holiday in style. Set up a picnic with the family and watch the floats roll by, or enjoy live music and block parties lighting up the city. Dress in holiday green and watch as cabbages, carrots and Moon Pies fly from parade floats out to the crowd of onlookers.

New Orleans Jazz in the Park: May 31–Aug. 31

Where better to celebrate jazz than its birthplace? Every Thursday during the spring and fall, Louis Armstrong Park hosts the New Orleans Jazz in the Park celebration. May 31–Aug. 31, the free event comes complete with authentic New Orleans cuisine, drinks, music and art. Just outside the French Quarter, the park is located in the Tremé neighborhood, the same neighborhood many of the city’s top jazz musicians were born. Take in the vibrant city culture and flare during the seasonal, family-friendly celebration across the park’s 32 acres.

For Adult Children

New Orleans Bourbon Festival in New Orleans, La.: March 8–10

Sip bourbon and mingle with fine spirit purveyors during New Orleans Bourbon Festival, March 8–10. Purchase tickets for an array of bourbon-centric activities including various seminars and talks by professionals in the industry, grand tastings and bourbon-pairing dinners around the city. Top off the event with an awards brunch, featuring craft bourbon cocktails, Southern fare and various bourbon products.

Opt for the festival package and enjoy all of the events, or pick and choose your favorites. Tickets range $60–500 depending on availability, services and the number of events attending.