In New Orleans, you never have to wait long for the next celebration. Even though we’re in full-on Mardi Gras mode, the announcement of the Jazz & Heritage Festival lineup has us thinking about spring festivals. With several festivals happening right within the French Quarter, our hotel is a great home base for guests searching for an authentic New Orleans festival experience. Learn how to enjoy four of our favorite spring festivals below.
St. Patrick’s Day
The city has its own Irish Channel neighborhood in Uptown and a rich Irish heritage tracing back nearly 300 years. So, of course, New Orleans celebrates St. Patrick’s Day! On Friday, March 11, Molly’s at the Market hosts its annual Irish Parade. You might catch beads, but look out for other edible throws like carrots, potatoes, and cabbages – we’re guessing that’s not what you want for dinner, so remember to check out our on-site restaurant Latitude 29 for craft cocktails and Polynesian-inspired fare.
The Downtown Irish Club Parade takes place on St. Patrick’s Day Proper (Thursday, March 17) at 6 p.m., and in another Catholic tradition, the Italian-American Marching Club will celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with a parade on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m. Both parades will venture through the French Quarter! On that note, another must-see festival is…
French Quarter Festival
Running from April 7 – 10, the French Quarter Festival is a free event that showcases Louisiana and New Orleans musicians, which in the past have included PresHall Brass, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, and John Boutte. Spectators will also enjoy incredible food and drinks – check out a complete list of vendors – within the perennially gorgeous scenery of Jackson Square. Celebrating New Orleans’ heritage, people, food, and music, this festival is always a favorite at Bienville House.
Jazz & Heritage Festival
The annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – known affectionately as Jazz Fest, for short – always features an absolutely incredible lineup of musical acts like Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Beck, Van Morrison, and hundreds more. The two-weekend festival also features plenty of other activities. You can explore bountiful greenspace as you browse food vendors, a crafts market, and cultural experiences like the Louisiana Folklife Village.3 Reasons To Love Spring in #New Orleans: St Patrick's Day, @FQFestNOLA @JazzFest Click To Tweet
Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival
Our sister property, Hotel Monteleone, is one of the hosts of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, an annual event that pays tribute to its eponymous author through lectures, performances, a special book fair, and much more. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of this festival, which runs from March 30 – April 3.
Hotel Monteleone is an especially fitting venue for the festival. Its rich literary history includes being featured in one of Williams’ plays, The Rose Tattoo; Williams also often stayed at Hotel Monteleone while he was in town.
Which festival are you most excited about? Book your spring stay now at Bienville House!