Visiting New Orleans In March

March in New Orleans is festival central. We’ve got literary fests, film fests, food fests, and even a beer fest. Combine that with the mild, sunny spring weather and you couldn’t pick a better time to visit New Orleans. Check out our top picks for the month and book your visit today.

Celebrate Women's History Month

March marks Women’s History Month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in New Orleans. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents Chanteuse: Celebrating New Orleans Women in Music concert series during February and March. The New Orleans Museum of Art presents the all-female band N.O.B.A.B.E. during NOMA at Night with a special Women's History Month performance from Mélange Dance Company on March 3. Support a variety of woman-owned businesses, which range from bakeries and boutiques to tour companies and restaurants, this Women’s History Month in New Orleans. 

Se faire un toile au French Film Festival

The New Orleans French Film Festival returns this March 9-13. The fest, which is presented by the New Orleans Film Society, is in its 26th year and includes both narrative and documentary features alongside short films, lectures, parties, and VIP experiences. The complete 2023 French Film Festival lineup and schedule can be found here.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day weekend in New Orleans is a chance to drink green beer at Pat O’s and catch a cabbage from a street parade. While officially March 17, the city celebrates first with the Downtown Irish Club Block Party on Sunday, March 5, which is open to the public from 12-4 p.m. at Washington Square. There will be live music, so bring your lawn chairs! Then the annual  Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls through its namesake neighborhood and the neighboring Garden District on March 11. And finally, the celebration concludes with the Downtown Irish Club Parade on Friday, March 17, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and makes its way through the Marigny, French Quarter, and into the Central Business District.


  • 3/3 Mélange Dance Company at NOMA
  • 3/5 Downtown Irish Club Block Party
  • 3/8-3/12 Danny Barker Banjo + Guitar Festival
  • 3/9-3/11 New Orleans Book Festival
  • 3/9-3/13 New Orleans French Film Festival
  • 3/10-3/12 Trans Am Racing
  • 3/11 Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • 3/15 Wednesday at the Square Kickoff
  • 3/17 St Patrick's Day
  • 3/18 NOLA on Tap
  • 3/19 Mardi Gras Indians
  • 3/22-3/26 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
  • 3/24-3/26 Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
  • 3/24-3/26 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
  • 3/24-3/26 Congo Square Rythms Festival
  • 3/25 Nola Zydeco Fest
  • 3/27-4/1 New Orleans Entreprenuer Week (NOEW)
  • 3/30-4/2 Overlook Film Fest
  • 3/31-4/1 Hogs for the Cause
  • 3/31-4/41 Hemmings Tailgate Throwdown