As the weather cools and the humidity drops, New Orleans comes alive with festival season. Festivals take place throughout the city celebrating everything from Gulf Coast seafood to contemporary art.
My favorite way to travel between fests is to rent a bicycle and take advantage of the cooler weather. Below are seven fabulous festivals worth a trip with a few bike tips for a more active experience.
A testament to the growth of “Hollywood South,” the New Orleans Film Festival is returning for its 27th year, with more than 22,000 film lovers expected.
In its 11th year, the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is free to the public, and has featured a variety of performers including Los Lobos, Mel Waiters and Bobby Rush.
City Park Festival Grounds
Second only to Jazz Fest in attendance, Voodoo brings today’s top music acts to the Crescent City during Halloween weekend. For the full experience, festivalgoers can camp on site.
Louis Armstrong Park, adjacent to the French Quarter
The Treme neighborhood has long been an incubator for some of the city’s best musicians and artists. The festival features the city’s top brass bands and dozens of restaurants serving up savory gumbo recipes.
Bike Tip: After the festival, bike through the French Quarter or explore historic Treme.
From humble beginnings to newfound cult status, the po’boy festival showcases the city’s best po’boys. From fried shrimp to roast beef, dressed to undressed, upscale to down-home—you can have it all.
Bike tip: The po’boy festival offers ample racks for locking up your bicycle.