By Jack Stallard
Carnival season has come to a close, but New Orleans never stops celebrating! Some might consider the time between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest a bit slow, but that could not be further from the truth. Here are some of the happenings we are looking forward to most in March.
The Prytania Theater – home of the French Film Festival in New Orleans
March 3-4 – The 23rd Annual New Orleans French Film Festival at the historic Prytania Theatre presents the best in French cinema, curated by the New Orleans Film Society. This year’s festival is dedicated to the godmother of French cinema, Agnes Varda.
For those observing Lent, catholic churches across the city will host weekly fish fries on Friday evenings through April 3.
Wednesdays at the Square is a free weekly event put on by the Young Leadership Council, highlighting live local music throughout the spring. Located at Lafayette Square in the Central Business District, acts range from traditional jazz to New Orleans bounce artists. Concerts begin March 11 at 5pm.
If you didn’t get your Mardi Gras fill during the season, the annual Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day Parade will roll down Magazine Street on Saturday, March 14 at 10am. Throws include the typical green beads as well as carrots, cabbages and moonpies. Then, on March 15, the Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday takes place across the city.
March 18-22 – The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE) attracts over 7000 foodies and wine connoisseurs every year, showcasing the best and brightest in the industry. NOWFE is the premier food and wine event during March, so get your tickets now!
March 20-21 – For festival lovers, the BUKU Music + Art Project is the perfect blend of local and mainstream musical acts. BUKU takes place at Mardi Gras World this year and will feature art installations and some of the best people watching in New Orleans. Headliners for the 2020 festival include Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion and Charli XCX.
March 23-27 – The Ace Hotel will play host to New Orleans Entrepreneur Week this year, celebrating the “entrepreneurial spirit” of the city. The conference offers workshops and professional development for business owners at any stage of their career. Speakers this year include industry leaders from various fields, such as Kathy Fields, co-founder of Rodan-Fields.
Readers, writers and theater lovers gather for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival on March 25-29 to discuss and workshop written works. If you’re looking for a more niche experience, the Saints and Sinners Festival is a concurrent festival running March 27-29, focusing on LGBTQ+ works.
March 28-29 – For those looking for a down-the-bayou experience, the Cajun-Zydeco Festival offers live zydeco music and authentic cajun cuisine. The festival is free to enter and takes place at Louis Armstrong Park, minutes from the CBD.
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