What to Do in New Orleans in March
The following post will provide a plethora of great ideas for activities you can enjoy in New Orleans during the month of March, including family-friendly attractions, things to do at night and free events.
TOP TEN EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
In this section, we will cover the most popular activities you can enjoy during the month of March in New Orleans.
If you’re looking for even more ideas, make sure to read our master post covering the best things to do in New Orleans.
Visitors who are looking to save money on the most well-known attractions should consider getting a New Orleans Tourist Pass.
These services provide heavy discounts on admission to notable landmarks and fun activities.
1) Go on a Sightseeing Tour
Now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is just around the corner, it’s a great time to take a sightseeing tour of New Orleans.
We offer a variety of pay-what-you-want walking tours which cover many different neighborhoods and subjects.
If you don’t feel like walking around too much, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour might be a better option.
These services will take you to some of the most popular landmarks in the city, making it easier to visit every historic site you want to see.
Alternatively, you can also take a riverboat cruise to get a good look at New Orleans from the water.
This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the skyline of the city from afar, and most cruises include live Jazz music.
It’s also worth noting that the Big Easy is pretty close to some of the most beautiful swamplands in the United States.
Thankfully, there are several different swamp tours that provide a closer look at the natural beauty of the area.
2) See a Concert
New Orleans has a rich history with music, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that several notable artists choose to perform here throughout the year.
With both Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day on the way this month, there will be quite a few excellent concerts to attend.
Here are some of the best shows to see:
- Dropkick Murphys | March 1st
- Biz Markie | March 1st
- Steel Panther | March 4th
- Wiz Khalifa | March 5th
- Blues Traveler | March 15th
- Pink | March 17th
In addition to these concerts, the following live musical performances will be available this month. Click on the links to learn more about each opportunity.
- Wednesday’s at the Square
- Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival
- Free Jazz at the Ritz
- Music at WW2 Museum
- Thursdays at Twilight
- The Irish Tenors
TIP: If you’re interested in the musical history of New Orleans, consider dropping by the Jazz Museum on Tuesday for a free Jazz performance in addition to all their fantastic exhibits.
3) Go to a Basketball Game
The football season may be over and it’s a bit too early in spring for baseball, but there will be plenty of great basketball games to attend in March.
The New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA will be playing at home on the following dates:
- vs Utah Jazz | March 6th
- vs Toronto Raptors | March 8th
- vs Milwaukee Bucks | March 12th
- vs Portland Trailblazers | March 15th
- vs Phoenix Suns | March 16th
- vs Houston Rockets | March 24th
- vs Atlanta Hawks | March 26th
- vs Sacramento Kings | March 28th
- vs Los Angeles Lakers | March 31st
For discounted Pelicans tickets, make sure to check out StubHub.
In addition to all these NBA games, the Sun Belt Conference Basketball Championship will also be taking place in New Orleans from March 12th – 17th.
The tournament will include 12 teams from both men’s and women’s basketball who will compete in a series of elimination games.
4) Celebrate Mardi Gras
No other city in the world celebrates Mardi Gras like New Orleans. By the time the holiday actually rolls around, there have already been dozens of parades and activities in the Big Easy.
As a matter of fact, the weekend leading up to this day is often filled with excellent events such as Hermes, Endymion, and Bacchus.
On March 5th, 2019, the city of New Orleans will come alive with no fewer than 8 different parades (AKA krewes).
Beginning at 8 am in the French Quarter and running throughout the uptown area, there will be several different events to attend throughout the day.
The two main krewes on display will be Zulu and Rex, both of which have a long history of providing excellent floats and activities for the crowd.
During Mardi Gras, it’s common for various items to be thrown off floats to the crowd. These items could be beads, toys, cups, doubloons or something else.
If you’re looking for a festive treat, don’t forget to grab some King Cake at one of the bakeries in New Orleans.
NOTE: Even if you can’t make it in time for this special holiday, you can always visit Mardi Gras World.
Visitors have the opportunity to take a tour of a parade float studio, see some amazing floats and even try some King Cake.
5) See Hamilton and Other Musicals
There are a lot of great theatres in New Orleans, and they offer a lot of great musicals and other performances throughout the year.
This will be an especially good month for this activity, as the Broadway hit Hamilton will be showing at the historic Saenger Theatre from March 12th – 31st.
Hamilton is aimed at audiences of all ages, so you may even want to think about bringing your kids along for the experience.
Alternatively, you will also have the opportunity to see a production of Into the Woods at Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts from March 15th – 31st.
Based on the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm, this musical takes a different approach and brings famous characters to life in a way that many audiences never expected.
If you have younger children, it’s also worth noting that Disney Junior will be bringing the hit show PJ Masks to the stage at Saenger Theatre for one day on March 9th.
This live show will be a hit with young fans of the cartoon as they enjoy the opportunity to see their favorite characters come to life!
6) Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
If you thought the party would stop with Mardi Gras, you clearly underestimate how much this town loves to celebrate.
In New Orleans, St. Patrick’s Day is a multi-week celebration complete with parades and block parties.
While many of the festivities are hosted by pubs and include plenty of drinking, you’ll still find great activities to do with the whole family.
The Irish Channel Parade on March 16th in the Garden District is one of the largest and most fun parades to attend in New Orleans.
Visitors who are looking for more adult fun should head to Parasol’s Block Party Celebration, a recurring event which takes place on the third Saturday of March every year.
This party lasts for 10 hours and it’s entirely free to attend. You might want to bring some money for food and drinks, but the music won’t cost you a dime.
7) See Wildlife in the Swamps
With the weather getting warmer, March might be a good time to head out to the swamps surrounding New Orleans.
Both sites offer maps, trails and sometimes even special events throughout the year which are free to enjoy.
All you have to do is drive out and enjoy the natural splendor of the swamplands!
Visitors who would rather get a closer look may want to consider going on a professionally guided swamp tour instead.
If you’re looking for even more fun and free things to do, consider some of the following activities:
For more information about these activities and other events, you won’t have to pay a dime to enjoy, read our section covering free things to do in New Orleans in March.
8) Enjoy a Round of Putt-Putt Golf After Dark
New Orleans City Park has a lot of wonderful attractions to see, but City Putt is a particularly excellent spot to visit when the sun goes down.
This fairly new putt-putt golf course is open until 10 pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends, ensuring you can visit pretty much whenever you want.
This is an excellent activity for families, but it could also make a pretty fun date night as well. Tickets are very affordable, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the budget. There are a total of two themed courses to golf with 36 holes to sink.
If you want some more great ideas for things to do after dark, the following events will be available in March:
- Comedy Shows
- New Orleans Ghost Tour
- Thursdays at Twilight
- Free Jazz at the Ritz
- Water Lantern Festival
- Jeff Dunham in Concert
- And More!
For more information about these activities, please read our section devoted to things to do at night in New Orleans this March.
9) Take the Kids Bowling
New Orleans has some of the most interesting and fun bowling alleys in the country, so you may want to consider dropping in to play a few frames.
Rock n’ Bowl is an especially great location, as they not only offer several bowling lanes but also live music and a dance floor.
Alternatively, you could also go to Fulton Alley if you’re near Harrah’s Casino. If the kids are hungry, there’s plenty of great food to eat and a full bar for adults.
For additional family fun, consider the following events taking place in March:
- Hogs for the Cause
- Jeff Dunham in Concert
- Tulips in City Park
- Carousel Gardens
- St. Joseph’s Day Parade
- Super Sunday
- And more!
If you’re looking for more details about these and other activities aimed at younger audiences, read our section covering family-friendly events in New Orleans this month.
10) Consider Getting a Tourist Pass
Visitors who are working with a budget should really think about getting a New Orleans tourist pass. These services provide heavy discounts at some of the most popular attractions in the city.
Here are a few of the sites you can visit with various discount passes:
- Audubon Zoo
- Audubon Aquarium
- Audubon Butterfly Garden
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour
- Mardi Gras World
- Houmas House Plantation
- National WW2 Museum
- Paddlewheeler Cruise
- Oak Alley Plantation
- New Orleans Jazz Museum
- New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
- Louisiana Children’s Museum
- The Cabildo
- And More!
These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy for as little as $69.99. If you plan to visit even a few of these attractions, you could easily end up saving a lot of money over general admission prices.
For more details, make sure to read our full post covering New Orleans tourist passes.
FREE THINGS TO DO IN MARCH
In the following section, we will provide a selection of the most interesting activities and events available in New Orleans throughout the month of March.
You can find additional ideas for affordable activities on our full post covering free and cheap things to do in New Orleans and in the video below.
Attend Parades Before Mardi Gras
Even on the days leading up to this beloved holiday, there are several fantastic parades to attend. Each of the following events are entirely free to attend and they are also family-friendly activities.
Starting on March 1st at 6 pm, this parade is led by a captain in full regalia who rides in on a white horse. They throw a lot of beads and sometimes other items to the crowd.
High school marching bands lead the procession through the French Quarter followed by floats and plenty of riders. With such a late start, this could be a great nighttime activity.
Taking place on March 2nd, this krewe annually selects a celebrity to perform as grand marshal of the parade. In years past, they have welcomed such people as the Beach Boys and Dolly Parton.
Following the main event, there is a party at the Superdome. Endymion starts at 4:15 pm and the activities last until 3:30 am, so this could be a great thing to do at night as well.
This parade takes place on the night following Endymion, and in the past, it has included some of the largest floats ever created.
Bacchus was actually the first krewe to establish the tradition of choosing a national celebrity as the monarch of the event. Back when this practice was first established, they invited people like Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, and Charlton Heston to perform the role.
Starting at 5 pm, this is an excellent activity you can enjoy after the sun goes down.
These are just a few of the more popular parades you can enjoy before Mardi Gras, but there are a total of 20 different krewes leading up to the holiday. For more details, make sure to check this Mardi Gras Parade Schedule.
TIP: Even if you’re planning to visit New Orleans later in the month, you can still enjoy the festivities by heading to Mardi Gras World. Tickets are included with multiple New Orleans tourist passes.
Celebrate Super Sunday
While in most places throughout the country “Super Sunday” refers to the Sunday in which the NFL Super Bowl is played, in New Orleans Super Sunday is a traditional celebration of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes.
It is believed that these tribes date back to antebellum times when escaped slaves lived among Indian tribes in the South, thus adopting much of their customs.
Held as close as possible to St. Joseph’s Day, Super Sunday and its parade will take place on March 19th, 2018, beginning in A.L. Davis Park.
The procession features around 50 tribes who will be dressed in colorful displays of Native American ceremonial attire. This spectacle features rituals, dances, and chants as each tribe compete to outdo one another for spectators.
All of the activities of Super Sunday are free and open to the public. If you’re looking for something fun to do either after St. Patrick’s Day or before St. Joseph’s Day, this is an excellent opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Wednesday at the Square
Sponsored by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, Wednesday at the Square is a free 12-week concert series every Wednesday at Lafayette Square.
There are a few chances to catch a show this month, showcasing a variety of local artists who will play everything from jazz, funk, swamp pop, Latin, rock, and many more genres.
Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to set up for seating. There will also be a variety of inexpensive food booths offering local culinary specialties.
Concerts start at 5:00 pm and run until just around 8:00 pm, which makes this a pretty good activity to enjoy at night.
Be sure to check out our post on Tips for Live Music in New Orleans for even more great opportunities to catch live acts this month.
Go to the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival
If you’re going to be in New Orleans at the end of the month, make sure to head down to Louis Armstrong Park for this annual music festival presented by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
This event celebrates the historic Congo Square in Treme with a variety of great music, dance, and food for all visitors.
This festival honors a historic annual event from the early days of New Orleans when slave owners would give their enslaved Africans a day off, which many of them would spend at Congo Square.
During this day, they would sing, dance, and celebrate their heritage.
While the history behind the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival may be a bit unpleasant to acknowledge, those in attendance today choose to celebrate the liberation of those who once gathered here and the culture they created.
Admission is entirely free, but donations are appreciated. This event takes place on March 30th & 31st of 2019 and it will run from 11 am – 7 pm.
The only thing you’ll have to pay for is food, but it’ll definitely be worth it!
Attend a Live Jazz Performance
New Orleans is a jazz town, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that there are always at least a few live performances happening each month. March is no exception, with two interesting opportunities for free jazz shows.
The first option is provided by the Ritz-Carlton multiple times per week. Jeremy Davenport performs for a live audience on Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Alternatively, you can also enjoy his show from 9:30 pm – 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. With such late hours on the weekends, this could make for a great nighttime activity.
If you’re looking for something a little earlier in the day, consider visiting the Pythian Market on Saturdays for a Jazz Brunch. While the food isn’t free, the live musical performance from 11 am – 2 pm won’t cost you a dime.
That said, we do recommend bringing some money for their excellent brunch offerings including $6 mimosas and $7 bloody marys.
NOTE: Even if you can’t manage to attend one of these events, you might still have an opportunity to hear some live jazz at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. There is a free performance held here every Tuesday afternoon!
Go to a Free Art Gallery
If you’re interested in art, there are a few different galleries you can visit for free on a monthly basis. These museums house some of the most interesting pieces in New Orleans, and this is an excellent opportunity to see them without paying a dime.
On the first Friday of every month, the Newcomb Art Museum offers a tour of their collection. From 12 pm – 1 pm, a professional guide provides additional information about their pottery exhibitions and many notable artifacts on display.
While you can book a tour at other times of the month, this is the only time to enjoy it for free. This museum offers open admission to the public throughout the week.
Alternatively, you can also head to Arts District New Orleans on the first Saturday of every month for free admission from 6 pm – 9 pm.
Their galleries include a variety of different artwork in several interesting styles. Considering the hours, this could be a pretty fun activity to enjoy after dark.
TIP: The Louisiana History Galleries at the Historic New Orleans Collection is always free to visit. This is an excellent alternative if you miss any of the other free museum days.
Visitors who are looking for a family-friendly experience may want to consider a trip to the free sculpture garden outside of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Practice Yoga at the Riverwalk
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk hosts a special Yoga class for free on every Wednesday morning at sunrise.
On colder days, this session takes place inside the mall near the Julia Street entrance, but on nice days they usually move it outside onto the balcony facing the Mississippi River.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mat, a water bottle, and any other items they may need or want for the Yoga class. Free parking passes are given out at the end of class.
Celebrate French Culture at Fête Française
As if there weren’t enough festivals being held in New Orleans this March, Fête Française is yet another event taking place this month.
During this activity, visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate French culture with plenty of food, live music, art, entertainment and even a few things for kids to enjoy.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of this festival, and the theme will be Tour de France. While admission is free, the food and other items may set you back a few bucks.
With that in mind, we recommend bringing some spending money on the off chance that you spot something you can’t live without.
Fête Française will take place from 11 am – 5 pm at the Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans on March 23rd.
Enjoy a Free Wine Tasting Session
Whether you’re interested in learning more about wine or you just want to try some new flavors, this is an excellent opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Every Wednesday, Faubourg Wines provides a free wine tasting event which covers four different wines. This is a great way to find out about brands and vintages you’ve never tried before.
This service takes place from 6 pm – 8 pm on Wednesday nights. They do not require reservations, so all you have to do is drop in and join the group.
Faubourg Wines recommends arriving before 7:30 pm to ensure that you don’t miss out on any drinks.
With somewhat later hours, this could be a great idea for a nighttime activity.
THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MARCH
This section will include several different activities that you can enjoy with your family in New Orleans during the month of March.
Some of the best attractions for kids are included with various New Orleans tourist passes. If you plan on visiting locations such as the Audubon Zoo, Mardi Gras World of the Louisiana Children’s Museum, these services are a great way to save some money.
For even more great ideas, make sure to read our full post covering a variety of great things to do with your kids in New Orleans.
See the Tulips in City Park
In January, the staff at City Park plants thousands of tulip bulbs around Big Lake. These flowers take about a month and a half to bloom.
March is prime time to see the colorful assortments of these gorgeous flowers all along the lake, and the weather in New Orleans is usually comfortably warm in early spring. Taking the kids out for a walk or picnic during this spectacular season of the blossom is a great way to spend the day.
In addition to all the beautiful flowers on display, there will also be a plant sale at the Botanical Garden on March 16th. This market will include a variety of annuals, perennials, roses, edibles and more. Admission to this event is free, but you might want to bring some money on the off-chance that you or your children see a plant or flower you want to bring home.
While you’re visiting City Park, stop in at Morning Call for beignets, deep-fried pastry with powdered sugar on top. Visit our post to find out more about the Best Beignets in New Orleans.
Make the Most of Crawfish Season
March is peak season for a Louisiana favorite – crawfish! These crustaceans, which resemble small lobsters, are at their highest in population and are large enough to make preparing them worthwhile during the early spring.
Many New Orleans restaurants host crawfish boils this month and include them in a variety of dishes including Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Crawfish Pie. Being so close to the water, this is one town where you can be sure that your seafood will be fresh and delicious.
Visit our post on Crawfish in New Orleans for tips on where to find the best seafood in the Big Easy this March.
TIP: If you’re interested in learning more about this popular dish, you might want to consider taking our French Quarter Food Tour.
Go to the Irish Channel Parade
The Irish Channel Parade on Magazine Street is one of the biggest family-friendly parades to attend in New Orleans during the month of March. Your kids will enjoy participating in the fun of catching not only colorful beads but also cabbage, carrots, and potatoes amongst other things thrown off floats by riders.
If you thought the parades would end with Mardi Gras, you may have underestimated how much this city likes to party! You’ll find no shortage of festive activities to do in the days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day including more block parties, parades, and free food. While some of these events aren’t kid friendly, this parade is a great activity for children.
The Irish Channel Parade starts at 1 pm on March 16th and it will travel throughout the Garden District. Visitors who want to learn more about this area should consider taking our pay-what-you-wish Garden District tour.
Attend the St. Joseph’s Day Parade
In addition to all the parades related to Mardi Gras and the Irish Channel Parade, there will also be a similar event in honor of St. Joseph’s Day. This celebration commemorates the relief St. Joseph provided to Sicilian immigrants during a famine in Sicily. The event features the construction of elaborate altars, ceremonial foods and of course, the St. Joseph’s Day Parade.
The parade takes place in the French Quarter on March 19th and features traditional Italian music backing marchers in black tuxedos, bustling through the streets. In addition to the classic tunes, there will also be silk flowers, beads and fava beans thrown off the floats.
Hosted by the American Italian Marching Club, this is widely considered to be the largest ethnic group organization in the Southeastern United States.
Go to Carousel Gardens
Although they are closed during the winter, this amusement park offers early openings beginning in March. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy one of the best attractions in City Park before it gets too hot outside. They have over a dozen different rides available, including popular options such as the ferris wheel, the tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars, and – yes – a carousel!
- Admission: $4 per person | free for kids under 3 ft tall
- Rides: $4 per ride | $18 for unlimited rides
- Dates: Opens on March 9th
- Hours: 11 am – 6 pm
- Learn more here
NOTE: Admission is free for visitors who purchase tickets to Storyland. This popular City Park attraction is basically a theme playground with several different structures related to popular fairy tale characters that children can interact with. You may also want to consider taking the kids to City Putt, a great mini-golf complex in the park that is open until 10 pm on weekdays.
Attend YEP Fest
The Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans hosts a wonderful festival in march known as YEP Fest. This event focuses on a series of pedicab races among companies that have sponsored the activity.
They will be racing to raise money for the cause, and there will be plenty of great things to see and do during the festivities. In addition to the race, there will also be free live music from several local bands, plenty of great food and drinks, and even raffle giveaways.
- Admission: Free
- Date: March 24th, 2019
- Hours: 11 am – 4 pm
- Location: From MLK Jr. Blvd to St. Andrew St.
- Learn more or donate here
See Live Music at the National WW2 Museum
Aside from all the fantastic exhibits on display at this museum, they also have a great venue where you can enjoy some great live musicians. In March,
Starting on March 13th, the Victory Belles will be returning to BB’s Stage Door Canteen. This group of singers performs some of the most popular music from the 1940’s. Taking place earlier in the day from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, these shows are perfect for families and audiences of all ages.
There will also be a show called Jump, Jive and Wail starting on March 22nd. A group of 10 will recount the life and career of Louis Prima, including several classic songs such as “Sing, Sing, Sing” and “That Old Black Magic.”
Tickets for these shows range from about $25-$65 depending on when the show is and whether or not you include dinner. If you want to visit the museum as well, keep in mind that admission is included with both the New Orleans Pass and the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass.
See Jeff Dunham in Concert
After taking America by storm over a decade ago, this hilarious comedian/puppeteer has become something of a household name. Fans will be happy to hear that Jeff Dunham will be performing live at the Smoothie King Center on March 29th.
Most of his comedy is aimed at older, more mature audiences, but children as young as 5 are welcome to come and see his show with their parents. We recommend this activity for older children and teens, but it’s almost sure to be a hit with most kids.
- Admission: $46.50 per person
- Date: March 29th, 2019
- Time: 7 pm
- Purchase tickets or learn more
NOTE: If you can’t make it to this show, you might want to consider going to a musical like Hamilton or Into the Woods with your family.
Check Out Hogs for the Cause
If you or anyone in your family love barbecue, this is one event you definitely won’t want to miss. Hogs for the Cause is a good festival focusing on incredible BBQ pork meals. The festivities are held to raise funds for families fighting pediatric brain cancer, and this activity has actually been voted Best Local Charity for 3 years in a row.
In addition to all the great food available, there will also be live musical performances from local bands and other activities available for families. Although admission for this festival is not free, it should be affordable for most visitors and there are tickets which include food & drink.
- General Admission: $30 – $100
- VIP Admission: $199 – $699
- Dates: March 29th – 30th
- Location: UNO Lakefront
- Purchase tickets or learn more
Things to Do at Night
In the following section, we will provide several great activities that you can enjoy in New Orleans after dark in March.
If you’re looking for even more things to do, make sure to check our other sections for even more ideas.
Some of the best nighttime activities in this city are actually included on major New Orleans tourist passes.
For even more great ideas, don’t forget to read our post covering things to do at night in New Orleans.
Go on a Ghost Tour
With over 300 years of history, New Orleans is a city full of tales about the supernatural.
There are many locations that are considered to be haunted, and you can visit many of these sites on our pay-what-you-want French Quarter Ghost Tour. T
his is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the darker side of NOLA without worrying about your budget.
We also offer a pay-what-you-wish voodoo tour which covers the history behind this spiritual movement and its place in New Orleans culture.
In addition to these opportunities, there are several tour companies that provide similar services in New Orleans.
Attend Thursdays at Twilight
Every Thursday night in March, the Botanical Garden in City Park will host a special series of concerts known as Thursdays at Twilight.
This event welcomes local bands from throughout the region to perform for a live audience. The following artists will be performing this month:
Paul Sanchez – This legend of the Folk/Rock genre is a native of Treme, and he will be performing on March 7th.
Boogiemen Swing Band – This band will perform the music of Harry Connick Jr, Frank Sinatra and even Michael Buble on March 14th.
Raphael Bas and Harmonouche – Hear the sounds of this gypsy jazz band provide an interesting take on the genre on March 21st.
Harvey Jesus and Fire – This dance band has performed all over the Southern United States, and they will be playing on March 28th.
Tickets are only $10 per person, but they are first come, first served. With seating limited to only 480 people per performance, you might want to think about purchasing your tickets well ahead of time.
Attend the Top Taco Festival
A festival like none other, Top Taco Festival includes a taco competition between over 40 of the city’s best restaurants, handcrafted cocktails, and live music.
Participants can choose from three different entry options, including a VIP option that features a private party and entertainment.
Taking place after dark, this festival is aimed at adults and in fact is only open to people 21 or older. As such, this wouldn’t be a great family-friendly activity.
- Tickets: $50/General Admission | $70/First Tasting Ticket
- VIP Tickets: $100 per person
- Day-of-event ticket prices increase by $25
- Date: March 14th, 2019
- Starting Time: 6 pm
- Location: Woldenberg Park
- Purchase tickets or learn more
TIP: If you’re interested in learning more about all the great foods in this city, consider taking our New Orleans food tour.
Attend the Water Lantern Festival
This annual event takes place in several communities around the country. This year, City Park will be hosting the Water Lantern Festival in New Orleans.
Taking place at Big Lake, visitors will be welcome to create their own water lanterns and send them out across the water after dark, lighting up the beautiful scenery of the park for everyone to enjoy. Needless to say, this would be a great family-friendly activity.
- Admission: Free
- Date: March 16th, 2019
- Hours: 4 pm – 11 pm
- Learn more here
Go to a Comedy Show
During the month of March, the House of Blues will be hosting a show known as Comedy Gold on every Wednesday night. This open mic event will be hosted by Leon Blanda, and it’s entirely free to attend. Although the laughs won’t cost you a thing, you may want to bring some money to purchase a few drinks or a snack.
There are several other open mic nights available at various venues throughout the week. For more information about these opportunities, make sure to read our post cover almost free things you can do in New Orleans.
NOTE: Don’t forget that comedian Jeff Dunham will be performing live at the Smoothie King Center on March 29th!
See Art in Bloom at NOMA
With spring just around the corner, the New Orleans Museum of Art will celebrate by holding a special showcase known as ‘Art in Bloom.’ This event features floral designs from over 100 exhibitors that remain at the museum for a total of 4 days at the end of the month.
The focus of this exhibition is on light, which means you can expect a lot of well lit displays from artists who use illumination to create their work. The preview party begins on March 27th, but the displays will be available to the public starting on the 28th and running until the 31st. One of these days will be a Friday, which is when NOMA offers extended hours until 9 pm.
- Preview Party Tickets: As low as $150 per person
- General Admission: $15/Adults | $10/Seniors/Military
- Youth Admission: $8/Students | $6/Children (7-12)
- Children 6 and under are free
- Teenagers 13-19 are free
- Purchase tickets or learn more
TIP: Don’t forget that admission to the Sculpture Garden at NOMA is always free. While this might not be a great nighttime activity, you might want to drop by before heading in to see this exhibition.
Hear the Irish Tenors
This famous group has been performing amazing shows across the country since 1998. More than 20 years later, after several notable performances at venues such as the Radio City Music Hall and even Carnegie Hall, they have chosen to make a stop in New Orleans on the night before St. Patrick’s Day for a concert at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center.
This is an excellent opportunity to see the popular trio sing some of the most classic songs ever written. Whether you want to celebrate the holiday or simply enjoy their music, you may want to consider attending this concert.
- Tickets: $40 – $130 per person
- Date: March 16th, 2019
- Time: 7:30 pm
- Location: Jefferson Performing Arts Center
- Purchase tickets or learn more
NOTE: There are several other concerts taking place in March. Take a look at our list of the best concerts in New Orleans this month in our top 10 section.