Mardi Gras is on our minds, but with the 2016 announced Jazz Fest lineup, we’re already looking ahead to the slew of springtime festivals happening in New Orleans! As always, our hotel is a great option in terms of proximity to all the action, from St. Patrick’s Day to French Quarter Festival to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to everything in between. Read on for details about upcoming New Orleans spring festivals.
Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival
For more than 25 years, the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival has paid homage to its eponymous author through lectures, tributes, a book fair, performances, and much more. This year’s festival takes place from March 30 – April 3 (commemorating what would have been Williams’ 105th birthday on March 26).
Though there are several venues helping to host the Festival, we think Hotel Monteleone is the most fitting – after all, Williams featured our hotel in his play, The Rose Tattoo, and often stayed here when he was in town. Hotel Monteleone will host several portions of the festival, including numerous educational panels.
St. Patrick’s Day
Irish heritage is one of many cultures represented in New Orleans, and you’ll find several ways to celebrate on and around St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Uptown, the Irish Channel neighborhood hosts parades and parties on March 12 with live music, but the French Quarter will feature several parades as well. On Friday, March 11, you can enjoy Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade. You’ll catch throws like any other parade – but not just beads. Expect to catch edibles like cabbages, carrots, potatoes, or even a moon pie (if that’s not quite what you had in mind for dinner, check out our bar bites menu at Carousel Bar & Lounge or head to Criollo!).
The Downtown Irish Club parades through the French Quarter on St. Patrick’s Day proper (March 17 at 6 p.m.), and in another Catholic tradition, the Italian-American Marching Club will celebrate St. Joseph’s Day with a parade on Saturday, March 19 at 6 p.m.
French Quarter Festival
This three-day festival celebrates New Orleans music, food, and people – the perfect combination, we think! Running from April 7 – 10, the free festival showcases several Louisiana and New Orleans musicians. Past performers have included PresHall Brass, Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, John Boutte, and many more.
This year’s music calendar has yet to be finalized, but check back for updated information. You can also get a taste of the types of vendors selling food and drinks in Jackson Square: with beautiful spring weather, delicious food, live music, and good company, French Quarter Festival is definitely one of our favorites.
Jazz & Heritage Festival
Music lovers, rejoice. The annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest, for short) has a dizzying array of local musicians, national headliners, and absolute music legends all in one place. Spanning two weekends, this music-centric festival also features plenty to do between sets. Explore the sprawling green space of City Park as you browse food stands, craft vendors, and cultural assets like the Louisiana Folklife Village. Of course, music is the main draw, and incredible acts this year include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Pearl Jam, Rhiannon Giddens, and so many more.
Plan your spring festival stay now at Hotel Monteleone!