March is a transitional month in New Orleans. As the excitement from Mardi Gras dies down and the weather warms up, the city is preparing for its huge upcoming spring festival season. From food to music, literature, and culture, there is more than enough to see and do.
With local festivals throughout the city, March is an ideal month for travelers looking to experience New Orleans and its culture without larger crowds. If you’re planning your visit in March, here is everything you need to know below.
March marks the beginning of spring across the country, but it also means the start of spring festival season in New Orleans. As host to over 10 events and festivals unique to New Orleans, there's plenty to do during the month of March.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Irish Channel Parade that spans its namesake neighborhood, the Garden District, and the Lower Garden District. Parade with a group of close friends or make it a family affair - this Uptown tradition is for all. Before and after the day itself, be sure to check out one of the city’s Irish pubs or explore the area with our Irish Channel Neighborhood Guide.
Consider yourself a bookworm? Both the Tennessee Williams and Saints and Sinners literary festivals take place in March. Enjoy special activities, guest authors and speakers, book signings, and other literary enthusiasts at each fest.
If you're a self-proclaimed foodie then Hogs for the Cause is one fest you won't want to miss out on. It’s hard to get better than live music, local beer, and a BBQ cookoff between some of the best in the business. But what makes this event truly special is that all proceeds go to fighting pediatric brain cancer. Good food and a good cause–what more could you ask for?
If you're looking for something you can only find in New Orleans then you have to pass by the Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday. This is the perfect time to learn more about New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian culture and experience a second line.
The Wednesday at the Square concert series is a free music fest that features local performers. It's an ideal family-friendly event for music lovers and musicians alike.
For more events and itinerary inspiration, browse below or check out our curated list of top things to do in March, which gets updated as the month gets closer.
For the first time since November, the average high reaches 70℉ again in the Crescent City. Celebrate with streetcar rides down St. Charles Avenue or leisurely strolls through Treme or the French Quarter. Walking tours? No problem! Make sure to pack a light jacket or umbrella in case of light showers. Don't forget to pack your best green attire for the St. Paddy’s festivities.
Crawfish chronicles continue with March marking the peak of its season. If you're not a seafood fan another New Orleans classic to try is the muffaletta. Made with cured Italian meats, olive dressing, and topped with provolone cheese, muffalettas are massive sandwiches made for sharing. They're the perfect on-the-go bite as you hop from one fest to another this March.
With so much happening around every corner of March, your itinerary pretty much writes itself. If you’re looking for some vacation inspiration beyond the suggestions listed above check out our outdoors in New Orleans page to take advantage of springtime weather in NOLA.