February is host to a number of events, celebrations and holidays. The month is marked with the coming of the Vietnamese New Year (also known as Tet), Valentine’s Day is celebrated by lovers across the country and communities nationwide honor and celebrate African-American history and trailblazers throughout the month for Black History Month. While February proves to be eventful city to city, New Orleans sets itself apart in a very special way: Mardi Gras!
Everything you need to plan a memorable February in NOLA can be found below.
Take a break from the typical Valentine's Day to-do's and ring in February in the Crescent City.
While the date fluctuates year by year, Mardi Gras Day, often times referred to as Fat Tuesday, typically falls during the month of February. The days leading up to the most special Tuesday of the year are filled with parades all across the city. Some of the best to experience are Krewe du Vieux, Nyx, Muses, Endymion and more. Try and catch a coveted Zulu coconut or beads from Rex on Mardi Gras Day. Browse the full list of Mardi Gras parades here and check for future Mardi Gras dates advance.
Beyond the excitement of Mardi Gras and carnival season, there's plenty more to see and do in the Crescent City. The annual Tet Fest celebrates the Vietnamese New Year in New Orleans East. The fest features traditional Vietnamese food, performances, music and activities.
Citywide events, performances, showcases, and community service efforts take place all month long in celebration of Black History Month. Take part in the planned events or create your own with our New Orleans Black History Itinerary.
For more information on can’t miss events this February in New Orleans, visit GoNOLA or browse the events listed below.
Like most other things in New Orleans, February weather can be unpredictable. One minute you're working up a sweat trying the catch beads along the parade route and the next minute you'll be wishing you had opted for long sleeves. Layers will be your best friend. Keep a light jacket that can easily be stowed away or tied around your waist in case the weather takes a turn. Best practice for Mardi Gras attire is to wear shoes that are comfortable and you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You might catch people around you wearing the festive yellow, green and purple, which are the official Mardi Gras colors. Visit some of the boutiques along Magazine Street to get your Mardi Gras gear in order. New Orleanians also never shy away from an opportunity to don costumes, so you can always stop into a costume shop if you’d like to join the revelry.
As king cake season slowly comes to a close, crawfish season starts warming up. Although crawfish is available year-round, Mardi Gras and crawfish go together like peanut butter & jelly. Grab a pound or two at different eateries across the city. First timer? Don’t fret. This Guide to Crawfish has everything you need including where to get it, how to peel it and even where you can host your own crawfish boil.
The Crescent City has you covered this Valentine’s Day. From restaurants to tours, bars and even activities, New Orleans has everything you need to plan the perfect romantic getaway. If you’re putting romance on the backburner and visiting strictly for the culture we have that too! Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year with this roundup of our favorite Vietnamese restaurants or immerse yourself in black heritage with this ultimate itinerary for Black History Month and beyond.
However you choose to celebrate, know that there is plenty to do, see and experience in the Crescent City during the month of February.