NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 30:  Rebirth Brass Band kicks off the 2011 Essence Music Festival press conference at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Geaux forth and fest: our picks for the rest of March

While it's not blazingly hot or as crowded as it could be, make sure you get to these festivals.

by Mary Staes | March 25, 2019

Yes, festival season is upon us! With the seemingly hundreds of fest across the state, we’ve narrowed it down to the good stuff here in the city.

March only has one week left, but there’s still more than one must-do fest in town. We know what April brings: French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest. So, while it’s not blazingly hot or as crowded as it could be, make sure you get to these festivals.



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What: Hogs for the Cause
When: March 29-30
Where: UNO Lakefront Arena
Price: 2-day general admission: $55

I know you’re thinking it’s a lot to pay for a fest, BUT $25 will already be loaded on your wristband to pay for food and drinks! Friday is bacon night (!) and more than 90 teams will be serving up their favorite take on pork. Proceeds go to families of children with brain cancer.  Click here to buy tickets and for more information.

UNO Lakefront Arena
Getting there
6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
Mon-Fri 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat-Sun Closed
More Info

French Quarter

What: Tennesee Williams / New Orleans Literary Fest
When: March 27-31
Where: Various venues
Price: Tickets range from $20-$600, Stella Shouting Contest is free

This festival hosts attendees from all over the country for writing workshops, panel discussions, literary readings, stage performances, a book fair, music, writing contests, and so much more — including events related to the life of Tennessee Williams, himself. Click here to read more about the fest!

Jackson Square
Getting there
Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA


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What: Congo Square Rhythms Fest
When: March 30-31
Where: Congo Square
Price: Free entry

Celebrating the New Orleans traditions that spring from the African diaspora, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival brings a joyful noise to the spot that those in the know consider the birthplace of American music. The event will also feature a number of Mardi Gras Indians, African dance groups and Garifuna music from Honduras and West African highlife. Rebirth Brass Band will close out the festival Sunday evening, with a performance starting at 5 p.m. Click here for more information on performers and food options.

Louis Armstrong Park
Getting there
701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Sun 8 AM – 6 PM
More Info
Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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