Be it the vibrancy of the music scene in New Orleans, the diversity of cuisine, or the ever popular Wine and Food Festival, the Big Easy is easy to love.
Although, the city is bustling with visitors year round, you will generally find the largest crowds from February to May when the major festivals tend to occur. Hurricane Season, from June to November, offers some bargain hotel rooms, but from June to August you can also count on sizzling heat & stifling humidity. September to November offers bargains and milder temperatures but watch the weather reports.
Our favorite time to visit New Orleans is late April. You will typically find sunny days and steamy nights to add to the delightful adventure of strolling the city.
You may also get the added bonus of experiencing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans
Typically held in the last week of April through the first week of May, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazz Fest) is known around the world for its celebrations of music and the culture of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. Next year’s festival will be held April 28-May 7, 2017. In various celebrations throughout the city, this event pays tribute to music and art in all of their various forms.
Does it seem a little early to start planning for Mardi Gras and other 2017 festivals? Don’t believe it. The best accommodations can really fill up fast, so it’s best to plan several months to one year in advance. So, if you haven’t booked already, now is the time to start planning your visit to the liveliest city in Louisiana.
In addition to the parties and celebrations, you can really lose yourself in the beauty of the city and the study and exploration of the Big Easy’s mélange of American, European and African cultures. While many tourists still flock to the French Quarter and Bourbon Street to experience New Orleans, I find I meet more locals and enjoy great jazz in the charming historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. This neighborhood is home to Louis Armstrong park which is a charming place for a picnic. Otherwise if you're peckish, there are a number of small friendly places to eat.
Throughout the city you'll find no dearth of cultural and historical attractions and amusements.
By all means you should add #NewOrleans to your #MustExploreList! Don’t forget to book as far in advance as possible and call Enlighten Excursions to plan your trip to the beautiful and lively city of New Orleans.