Visiting New Orleans In February


Anyone who says the holidays are the most magical time of year hasn’t seen New Orleans in February. We’re counting down the days to Mardi Gras (February 13) with parades, king cake, and festivals all month long. Celebrate Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and more with our top ten things to do this February. In fact, that's probably one of the reasons why AFAR named New Orleans one of the top 10 places in the world to visit in February 2024.

Celebrate Black History Month in New Orleans

February is Black History Month, and New Orleans is one of the best places to celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Black Americans past and present. Our Black history itinerary takes you to Black-owned restaurants and businesses, historically Black neighborhoods, and museums dedicated to the Black experience. Celebrate Black History Month this month and every month in New Orleans.

Attend a Mardi Gras Parade

February is prime time for attending Mardi Gras parades. Two weekends before Mardi Gras Day, experience parade after parade rolling in Uptown and downtown New Orleans. The weekend before Mardi Gras Day starts on Wednesday, Feb. 7 with parades rolling each day until Fat Tuesday. Check out our parade schedule here and plan your picks.

Plan a romantic adventure

New Orleans is known for its romantic charm, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or any day of the year. Browse our romantic itinerary for ideas on how to celebrate with that special someone here. Book a room night, dine at a romantic restaurant, have a picnic, or dance along the Mississippi all while enjoying perfect weather this February in NOLA. 

Celebrate Mardi Gras Day

Here at last following nearly two months of parades, partying, and king cake consumption, Mardi Gras Day (February 13) marks the end of the season. But, before the festivities conclude at midnight, Fat Tuesday is a day for indulgence. The North Side Skull & Bone Gang kicks off Mardi Gras Day before sunrise in the Tremé. If you were too busy enjoying a tequila sunrise for that early of a wakeup call, you can catch the Krewe of Zulu at 8 a.m. Following that parade is the Krewe of Rex, plus truck parades throughout the day. The Bourbon Street Awards is a Mardi Gras Day tradition, a kind of costume contest for the ages. Enjoy traditional New Orleans food all day long, make a friend or two along the parade route, and let the good times roll.