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

Want to know what fests you can’t miss? Here are our picks.

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
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 8am–4:30pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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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
Opening Hours
Mon-Sun 8am–6pm
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