New Orleans has many festivals celebrating music, food and culture all year round. We have listed some of th ehighlights here. For a more extensive list of Festivals in New Orleans, see:


There’s no better place to be during the biggest party of the year! Canal Street Inn is locatedaway from themain hustle and bustle,but on the route for the grandest night parade. You’ll have front-row seats to the perfect amount of action.


There are numerous St. Patrick’s Day parades and activities around New Orleans and suburbs. More information about the parades.


French Quarter Festival

More than 800 musicians will perform over the course of the weekend, and more than 70 restaurants will be setting up on the French Quarter Festival. You’ll find it in such places as Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Jackson Square, the open-air French Market and the grassy Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River. Music event is free.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Canal Street Inn offers a great home base from which to enjoy the many varied events of Jazz Fest. We are within walking distance of the fair grounds, one of the largest Jazz Fest venues. Held the last weekend in April and first weekend in May, the Jazz Festival is the second-biggest event in New Orleans, so book early!



Free outdoor event in the beautiful Bayou St. John in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood for the annual Bayou Boogaloo.

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Thousands of wine and food lovers are expected to gather here again as they have done every year since 1992 for this extraordinary event. The NOWFE spotlights the city’s legendary restaurants along with fine wines from around the globe.


Oyster Festival

This free, two-day, outdoor event is usually held primarily in the parking lot adjacent to the Jax Brewery, with a few related events held elsewhere in the nearby French Quarter. It features live music, contests and competitions, and tasting events starring the festival’s namesake, the Louisiana Oyster.


4th of July

This Creole country house was once owned by New Orleans’ first American mayor, James Pitot. A beautiful example of Louisiana Colonial architecture, the House is now a museum featuring Louisiana and American antiques from the early 1800s.


Satchmo Fest

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong birthday celebration in U.S. Mint. Music all weekend on festival stages featuring traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, brass bands & children’s programming.


Voodoo Music Experience

The festival takes over City Park with two main stages and several smaller stages not to mention countless local food and beverage vendors. New Orleans is under a weekend-long spell of music, food, crafts and culture. Come enjoy Voodoo Fest


Swamp Fest

Learn more about the Cajun culture with special animal feedings and hands-on encounters in addition to Cajun storytelling, pirogue-building, and wild fowl carving presentations in the now-famous Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. The event takes place at Audubon Zoo.


Christmas New Orleans Style

Free concerts are held in historic St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic cathedral in the U.S. Not far from Canal Street Inn, tour magnificent Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, a festive display of nearly two million lights decorating one-hundred-year-old oak trees.