The weather is beautiful and the streets of New Orleans are full of blooming flowers, and as always, good music and great food. It's time for some festivals.
To begin, every Wednesday in April, May and June, from 5 p.m. to 7:30, there are free concerts in Lafayette Square. It's the time when most New Orleanians leave work early and enjoy some music and food before heading home. We consider it the way a civilized society behaves. The schedule includes all kinds of music from jazz to funk, and there's food, drinks and an artist's village.
New Orleans loves to celebrate everything and St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day are two great reasons to celebrate in March. Both have parades and parties that are unique to New Orleans.
Soul Fest is held every Spring at Audubon Zoo. This festival celebrates African American food, music, crafts and culture.
Earth Fest is also held at the Audubon Zoo and celebrates Earth Day. Earth Fest is a fun way for zoo visitors to learn about saving the environment. It's usually held in mid-March when the weather is perfect.
The Louisiana Roadfood Festival brings all the great food from around Louisiana to the French Quarter for a great food weekend in March. Here's the place to ger your Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie and File' Gumbo, and much more.
The French Quarter Festival held just before Jazz Fest, is a party to get ready for the party. Only in New Orleans! Many stages with some Zydeco, Classical, Jazz, and Cajun music are spread around the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park. The French Quarter Festival also has the world's largest outdoor Jazz brunch with some great food. Best of all the festival is free and is in the French Quarter, so it's easy to get to.
The "Big Daddy" of spring festivals in New Orleans is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival which takes place at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. Several large stages and tents offer everything from Jazz to Gospel and the food, aaaah the food! That's half the fun.
At the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival there's something for everyone, from scholarly discussions to a tour of Williams's haunts, a scavenger hunt and a Stella-calling contest.
For something a little different, try the the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. Several events are set including vintners dinners all over town where you can taste some great New Orleans food pared with fine wines. My favorite part of this festival is the Royal Street Stroll. Walk along Royal Street, visiting the art galleries and sampling fine wines while listening to live Jazz music. Get tickets early, this event always sells out.
The Greek Fest is held every year over the Memorial Day Weekend. The Festival is on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, a Byzantine Cathedral first establised in 1866 as the first Greek Orthodox church in America. The festival showcases Greek food music and culture. It's a great family event.
This fun festival is held along the banks of scenic Bayou St. John and has some great entertainment and an art market.