March is a transitional month in New Orleans. As the excitement from Mardi Gras dies down and the weather warms up, the city is preparing for its next big mission: spring festivals. From food to music, literature and culture, there is more than enough to see and do. With local festivals throughout the city, March is an ideal month for travelers looking to experience New Orleans and its culture without being overwhelmed by larger crowds. If you’re planning your visit in March, here is everything you need to know below.
March marks the beginning of spring across the country, but it also means the start of spring festival season in New Orleans. As host to over 10 events and festivals unique to New Orleans, there's plenty to do during the month of March.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Irish Channel Parade throughout the Lower Garden District - an annual event that locals and visitors alike take part in each year. Parade with a group of close friends or make it a family affair - this Uptown tradition is for all.
Consider yourself a bookworm? Both the Tennessee Williams and Saints and Sinners literary festivals take place in March. Enjoy special activities, guest authors and speakers, booking signings and other literary fanatics at each fest.
If you're a self-proclaimed foodie then Top Taco and Hogs for the Cause are two fests you won't want to miss out on. One has unlimited tacos and tequila, and the other is a BBQ cookoff where you're the judge and all proceeds go to fighting pediatric brain cancer. What more could you ask for?
If you're looking for something you can only find in New Orleans then you have to pass by the Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday. This is the perfect time to learn more about New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian culture and experience a second line.
Wednesday at the Square concert series and the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival are both free music fests that feature local performers. These are ideal family-friendly events for music lovers and musicians alike.
Buku Festival is an immersive arts + music festival. Highlighted genres include EDM, hip-hop, indie rock and more.
For more events and itinerary inspiration, browse below or check out GoNOLA.
For the first time since November, the average high reaches 70℉ again in the Crescent City. Celebrate with streetcar rides down St. Charles Avenue or leisurely strolls through Treme or the French Quarter. Walking tours? No problem! Make sure to pack a light jacket or umbrella in case of light showers. Don't forget to pack your best green attire for the St. Paddy’s festivities.
Crawfish chronicles continue with March marking the peak of its season. If you're not a seafood fan another New Orleanian classic to try is the Muffaletta. Made with cured Italian meats, olive dressing and topped with provolone cheese, Muffalettas are massive sandwiches made for sharing. They're the perfect on the go bite as you hop from one fest to another this March.
With so much happening around every corner of March, your itinerary pretty much writes itself. If you’re looking for some vacation inspiration beyond the suggestions listed above check out our Outdoors in New Orleans page to take advantage of springtime weather in NOLA.