Doesn't it feel good to just let go? We all have our secret sides, and New Orleans is the place to find yours. There are a number of unique events in New Orleans that will appeal to your inner rocker, nerd, poet or artist
. The 3-day Jazz Fest event starts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and brings in jazz lovers from all over the world with its more than 800 shows features celebrities such as Janet Jackson, George Benson, The Neville Brothers and Jimmy Buffett. There are great fireworks at closing time both Fridays and Saturdays.
The Essence Festival is the largest music, entertainment and culture event for African Americans and multicultural women in the United States, drawing an astounding 1.5 million attendees over 14 days each year. The festival features top-name R&B, hip-hop and gospel, comedy, celebrity empowerment panels and workshops, as well as hair shows and product demonstrations by major brands.
New Orleans is all about the parties, and Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is its biggest one. It's a raucous, colorful street party that begins on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday - and continues on into the wee hours of the morning. The best part? It's completely free to join in the fun before, and after, you eat some king cake.
A Few other Festivals in NOLA
This festival brings in some of the best oyster paired with live local performers, unique craft vendors and oyster competitions.
Voodoo Music & Art Experience
This festival is held every Halloween weekend bringing in headliners from Pearl Jam. Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss and many more. This event features food from New Orleans and South Louisiana. Don't forget the local artwork, carnival rides, tarot card readings and much more that lines the grounds of City Park.
If you know anything about people for Louisiana, they are die hard fans and support their teams. Support LSU as they kickoff their season.
New Orleans New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year in a place full of great food, live entertainment and parties that last all night long.
Skip the traditional meal and grab you some food from the Ceasars Superdome while you watch two HBCU foot ball teams battle it out on the field. Southern University and Grambling State University does not only bring their football team but the bring the beats and moves from the Marching Bands that delivers a half-time show like never before.
New Orleans rich culture transcends through its culture, lingo, food and events that are hosted in NOLA
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