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New Orleans Events and Festivals to Look Forward To in 2013

Upcoming Festivals and Events in New Orleans

There is always something to look forward to in New Orleans, whatever season, whatever month, whatever day. The reason for the gathering may be different but each time the support and liveliness of this city is present. Having now passed the half-way mark of the year, it’s time to look at what events in New Orleans we have coming up for the rest of the year and find another reason to celebrate this city. Here are some of the festivals and events in New Orleans we can look forward to:

COOLinary New Orleans

Every August, many famous restaurants in New Orleans offer lunch and dinner specials as a way to celebrate the city’s unmatched culinary talent and give foodies the chance to be a part of the experience without breaking the bank. Restaurants deals include three-course lunch menus for $20 or less or three-course dinner menus for $35 or less. Over 50 restaurants participate with spectacular menus and truly sharing the COOLinary style of New Orleans.

Southern Decadence

Nothing is more decadent than a “Gay Mardi Gras” held in the French Quarter over Labor Day weekend. This year, this event in New Orleans starts Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2. The entire weekend is filled with parades, events, live shows, and dance parties that attract over 120,000 people. However, the main event is Sunday, September 1, starting at 2 p.m. when the grand marshals, dressed in their elaborate costumes, lead the annual parade around the French Quarter.

Oktoberfest

Just like their cousins on the other side of the pond, the Deutsche Haus in Mid City celebrates German musical heritage, language and culture the last weekend of September and every weekend of October for Oktoberfest. Over 15,000 people every year come out to enjoy the traditional polka, Bratwurst and German Beer. Also, to stay in line with their New Orleans Roots, the Deutsche Haus hosts an Oktoberfest parade that rolls from Convention Center Boulevard right back to their doorstep to keep the partying up. The menu is endless, the music loud and the beer-a-flowing, just like the Germans before them intended it.

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Hosted by the New Orleans Film Society, New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is one of the most reputable film festivals in the country and has been named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee. In the time of eight days, about 200 films are screened, as well as hosted panels and conversations, with more than 17,000 attendees. NOFF likes to pay tribute to the region’s expansion in the television and film industry as well as play up the individuality of New Orleans that has brought so many big-budget and small-budget Hollywood films here.

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Voodoo Music Experience

Also known as VOODOO Fest, Voodoo Music Experience is one of the largest festivals held in New Orleans and is always held around the end of October filled with three days of top-name entertainment. This year the festival is being held November 1-3 at City Park Festival Grounds. Some of the headliners this year include Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Paramore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Big Gigantic and more. The official list will be announced September 5th and tickets, as well as camp passes, are on sale now. This is one of those events in New Orleans you don’t want to miss!

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

Po-Boys are a symbolic sandwich for the city of New Orleans and as diverse as our own culture. With any kind of fillings, dressed or not dressed, a Po-Boy is a distant cousin to the “hoagie” or “sub” and for this reason, New Orleans holds a festival just for this iconic and unique culinary treat. Held in the middle of November, Po-Boy fest hosts over 40 different restaurants and versions of this delicacy along Oak Street with live music and a large dance floor. The entry is free so all you need to do is come ready for a good time with an empty stomach.

Celebration in the Oaks

Held the entire month of December in City Park, Celebration in the Oaks is a time to be dazzled by thousands of glittering lights hanging from oak trees and cypresses or spun into breathtaking displays. With more than 150,000 visitors and 13 enclosed acres, this is a Christmas event for families, couples and friends alike that truly shares the spirit of the season with a Cajun twist.

If you’re worried this isn’t enough to do in New Orleans, check out NewOrleansOnline.com to see a full list of the events in New Orleans that will be happening for the rest of 2013. Get a pen out though, it’s a long list.