Running of the Bulls

  • 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130
  • 1021 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130
  • 1021 Convention Center Blvd.
    New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Presented By: Nola Bulls, LLC
  • Dates: July 13, 2018 - July 15, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: The Sugar Mill
  • Time: Varies
  • Price: free to watch, event participation price varies

The 12th Annual Running of the Bulls celebrations in New Orleans takes place this year from July 13-15, 2018.

Each year the Crescent City hosts its own version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamploma. But instead of running from real bulls, New Orleanians gather in the traditional colors of Spain’s bull run and run from New Orleans Roller Derby Girls, who chase runners with plastic bats on their rollerblades.

Thousands of runners gather early in the morning in Downtown New Orleans to participate in the run, wearing all white with a dash of red.


El Txupinazo

Friday, July 13

This is the official kickoff party for Running of the Bulls in New Orleans. Revelers will gather at Seven Three Distillery to celebrate and enjoy food, cocktails,  an auction, and more! More information and tickets are available here.

El Encierro: the Running of the Bulls

Saturday, July 14

The Big Easy Rollergirls will chase runners through the streets of Downtown New Orleans early in the morning on July 14! The procession of San Fermin takes place at 7:15 a.m., and at 8 a.m., the run begins from the Sugar Mill. By 8:15 a.m., the run is over and the festivities will continue in downtown New Orleans.

While the event is open to the public, El Encierro asks that participants register here and assist with costs for food, drink, and more.

El Pobré de Mi (Poor Me)

Sunday, July 15

The weekend officially ends with the singing of Pobré de Mi at Barcadia. The afternoon begins at noon (with doors opening at 11 a.m.) and features a recovery brunch, burlesque performance, and an Ernest Hemingway lookalike contest! This year’s theme is Hemingway in Cuba and admission is free.

The Sugar Mill

Across from the convention center, this special events venue holds 500 to 4,500 people. Large interior and beautiful courtyard. Host corporate events, trade shows, concerts, sporting events, dinners, product displays,...