New Orleans March 2023

New Orleans March 2023 Events

New Orleans March 2023 Events

Visit New Orleans in March for Warmer Weather

Average temperature low and high: 54°-73°
Discover the vibrant culture and rich history of New Orleans during the spring season of March. Take a stroll through the historic French Quarter, visit the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, or try your luck at the city's famous casinos. Of course, the food scene is also legendary, with dishes like gumbo, beignets, and po' boys as must-haves. When you've had your fill, check out one of the parades or bar crawls during St. Patrick's Day. And if you're hungry for more events, come back to this page soon.
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, America's favorite festival for fun and debauchery, is back and starts on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. This citywide celebration is felt the strongest on Bourbon Street, where bars are packed, live jazz music fills the air, and beads are tossed to revelers. Mardi Gras is an indulgent celebration, with colorful parades and costumes, and it lasts for a week leading up to Fat Tuesday, the main event of Mardi Gras. The French Quarter is known for hosting many parties and events throughout the week, making it the epicenter of the celebration

March Event Calendar

The Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival

Get ready to laugh all night at The Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival. Held at the UNO Lakefront arena, the show will feature acts from hilaious performers such as Mike Epps, Gary Owen, Sommore, Lavell Crawford, and Kountry Wayne. It will be a hysterical and unforgettable night that you wouldn't want to miss! Get your tickets here!

BUKU Music & Art Project

BUKU Music & Art Project

Join thousands of music and art enthusiasts at the BUKU Music and Art Project at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gas World. The BUKU Music and Art Festival features local as well as international art, live music, dance performances, art installations, performance art, and most of all, famous New Orleans food. BUKU music festival focuses on indie-rock music and hip-hop music while still offering around 50 unique music acts. 

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Local Uproar (Stand-Up)

Local Uproar (Stand-Up)

Laugh with some of New Orleans’ funniest comedians at Local Uproar, a free showcase. In addition to local talents, out of town guest comics and nationally touring acts also tend to take the stage. Local Uproar is in association with New Orleans Ice Cream, which means in addition to the free show, there’s free ice-cream!

Rock 'n' Roll Running Series New Orleans

Rock \'n\' Roll Running Series New Orleans

The Rock n Roll marathon is a part of a series of marathons hosted across the country. With New Orleans being a flat city with little to no uphill challenges, the race hosted here tends to be a more comfortable course than most and attracts hundreds of runners from all over the country. Starting from downtown and ending in City Park, music and thousands of runners fill the city; popular local bands are often stationed along the course to offer soundtracks of encouragement. Lace-up your running shoes (there’s a 5k, 10k, and half marathon), or party and cheer on the sidelines.

Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade

Irish Channel St. Patrick\'s Day Parade

If you’re in New Orleans for St Patrick’s Day, you’re lucky! The city seems to throw a parade or celebration for almost everything and there’s a HUGE one for St. Patty’s Day! Throw on your best green and head down to the Irish Channel to join thousands of parade participants! Watch over 30 floats (the same decadent ones that roll during Mardi Gras), roll down Magazine street and catch throws like flowers, beads, cabbage, and more! Catching the parade is free and open to the public!

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series

This free concert series features some well-known artists coming from all over the United States. Participants will get to witness a big performance stage, bands with indigenous music style, i.e., rock, jazz, swamp pop, etc. Also, the delicious bites and beverages at food stalls complement the sound of New Orleans. Note that outside food is prohibited.

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Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival

Tennessee Williams once said, “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland." The famous American playwright loved New Orleans, and this festival is orchestrated to honor him. The fest brings more than 130 authors, actors, and musicians in for a five-day event. Make sure not to miss the infamous “Stella” shouting contest held in the French Quarter! Ticket prices for different events vary. Tickets are on sale now!

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

Congo Square Rhythms Festival

The Tremé Creole Gumbo and Congo Square Rhythms Festivals bring cultural authenticity and fun with African Dance, Mardi Gras Indians, art vendors and displays, and fantastic food & drinks. Taking place in Louis Armstrong Park, this event also features live music of several types, including Latin jazz, jazz, brass bands, West African highlife, soul, and funk. This event is free and open to the public. 

Freret Street Festival

Freret Street Festival

The Freret Street Festival has live music, performances, crafts, food, and so much more. This annual Freret Street Place will take place on the blocks between Soniat Street and Napoleon Avenue. Multiple stages with different performances are positioned along the streets including brass bands, swamp pop, sounds rock, and New Orleans’ special sounds. You can also head to the market for shopping and eating. This festival is free and open to all ages!

Hogs for the Cause

Hogs for the Cause

Hogs for the Cause is the biggest BBQ and music festival in the county! Head down to the Lakefront Arena to enjoy two full days of music, local beer, and of course, food. The fest will feature three stages with 20+ bands and over 90 teams competing to serve some of the best pork dishes! General admission and VIP tickets are available for sale. Proceeds benefit both local and national children’s hospitals to provide relief for families with children who have brain cancer.

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

It doesn’t get more “New Orleans” than brass bands and gumbo! Celebrate the NOLA heritage at the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. There will be live brass band performances and some of the best gumbo dishes you will ever find in the world. There will also be local artists selling their crafts. This event is free and open to the public.

New Orleans Events in March

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Upcoming Events

Fri, Mar 03 at Foundation Room The Silver Lining Serenaders in the Lounge
Fri, Mar 03 at Foundation Room Throwback with DJ Fayard Lindsey
Sat, Mar 04 at Foundation Room Maude Caillat in the Foundation Room
Thu, Mar 09 at Foundation Room The Silver Lining Serenaders in the Lounge
Fri, Mar 10 at Foundation Room Throwback with DJ Fayard Lindsey
Fri, Mar 10 at Republic NOLA Dirt Monkey & Jantsen
Sat, Mar 11 at Republic NOLA Emo Night: March SADNESS
Fri, Mar 17 at Foundation Room Throwback with DJ Fayard Lindsey
Fri, Mar 17 at Republic NOLA Marauda
Sat, Mar 18 at Republic NOLA The Axeman's Ball
Sat, Mar 18 at Foundation Room Vivaz Quartet in the Foundation Room
Fri, Mar 24 at Foundation Room Throwback with DJ Fayard Lindsey
Things to do in New Orleans

Things to Do in New Orleans in March

Visit the Sculpture Garden

Visit the Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Garden is the perfect way to take a break from the buzz of the city. Located next to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the world-class collection of modern and contemporary sculptures recently expanded 6 acres and now occupies about 11 serene acres of City Park. Take a leisurely walk through winding paths under beautiful oak trees and over peaceful lagoons while marveling at the garden's magnificent art!

Visit Mardi Gras World

Visit Mardi Gras World
Are you curious to know how the enormous, elaborate floats that roll through the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras parades are crafted? Then take a visit Mardi Gras World, the largest float designing and building facility in the world! Open year-around and located right next to the Mississippi River, this 300,000 square foot warehouse filled with historic floats, costumes, and decorations gives you a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look of Mardi Gras traditions.

Take a Bike Tour Around New Orleans

Take a Bike Tour Around New Orleans
Located in the French Quarter, learn more about New Orleans’ rich history with Freewheelin’ Bike Tours, a locally-owned and operated company. Opened seven days a week between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there are different tours to choose from, whether you want to know more about the Creole & Crescent, The Garden District, or the Marigny & Bywater (for those who are 21+ only). You can also go on a self-guided tour, or if you just want to rent and ride a bike, you can! Prices for rentals start at $25 for cruisers and bikes, while tours start at $50.

Rent a pedal boat or a kayak and explore City Park

Rent a pedal boat or a kayak and explore City Park
City Park Boat and Bike Rentals offers kayaks and boats so that locals and tourists can explore the lakes of City Park. They are located about three miles from the French Quarter and they are open from 10 a.m. to sunset on weekdays and 9 a.m. till sunset on weekends. You must be 18 years of age to rent; cash and credit cards only. Rentals start at $15 for kayaks, $22 for canoes and $26 for pedal boats. They also offer bike rentals if you prefer to be on land!