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National Fried Chicken Fest

  • 1 Canal Street , New Orleans , LA 70130
  • 1 Canal Street , New Orleans , LA 70130
  • 1 Canal Street
    New Orleans , LA 70130
  • Presented By Raising Cane's
  • Dates 09/20/2019 - 09/22/2019
  • Recurrence Recurring daily
  • Location Woldenberg Park
  • Time 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Price Free

Crispy, extra crispy, double dipped, spicy, mild, extra spicy -- fried chicken is served a lot of ways in a lot of wonderful places in New Orleans. It’s a staple on menus across the South. So come sample some of the best at the National Fried Chicken Festival presented by Raising Canes on September 20th, 21st and 22nd at Woldenberg Park on the river.

Fried Chicken Festival 2019

The free, outdoor festival is expanding to 3 days in 2019. It will have food from more than 35 restaurants, music on two stages, a cooking demonstration stage, and family-friendly activities, as well as a fried chicken tender eating contest. And, naturally, the chefs compete in a best fried chicken contest judged by local and national food critics.

Dance while you dine at the main-stage on the Great Lawn or at the local DJ stage. Swing by the cooking demo stage for some tips from some of the best chefs in the United States. Participate in the Fried Chicken Scavenger Hunt to win some swag.

Special Experiences

There are Chandon Bottomless Bubbles VIP Lounge tickets for sale that include access to a private climate-controlled lounge area near the main stage, VIP restroom access, unlimited Chandon Champagne, and of course, chicken. Tickets are $75. Also, tickets are available for the Royalty Lounge. Enjoy three specialty Crown Royal Cocktails, a fried chicken dish and a lounge area for $35. Other special experiences the GoNOLA Mist and Chill lounge.


Expect to sample dozens of chicken dishes from sandwiches to wings, with numerous sides. Over 30 vendors will be participating, both local and national. Stay tuned for a list of the 2019 vendors.

Past vendors have included Blue Oak BBQ, Bonafried, McHardy's Chicken N' Fixins, The Original Fiorella's Cafe, Willie's Chicken Shack, Gus's Fried Chicken and Veganation- to name a few.


Enjoy live music and entertainment from two stages. The 2019 lineup incudes:

  • Bounce Royalty
  • St. Augustine Marching Band
  • Bonerama
  • Little Freddie King
  • Cha Wa
  • Brass-A-Holics
  • Raj Smoove and Friedns
  • and many more!

For this year's full lineup, schedule and stages, visit Fried Chicken Festival's official website.

Hours and Location

Woldenberg Park is along the Mississippi River at the bottom of Canal Street near the French Quarter and is accessible via the St. Charles Streetcar line, the Canal Street line and the Riverfront line.

The festival is open noon-9pm on Friday, 11am-9pm on Saturday and 11am-8pm on Sunday.

Distance From Key Locations
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