Four Great Things to Do In New Orleans AFTER Mardi Gras

Things to do in New Orleans after Mardi Gras - man playing trumpet

Mardi Gras is coming! But you all know all about that anyway! Let’s talk about what happens AFTER the big festival – what is there to do in New Orleans in March?

Well, let me tell you, it’s a lot! Here are four great things to do after Mardi Gras:

1) AHAVA Festival
This is a brand-new festival to New Orleans – it’s mission is: “LOVE THROUGH GIVING…Our Vision is to make communities a better place through funding other charities… because when assisting more than one charity at a time we can make a greater impact on society.” It will be held March 7-8, 2020, at Woldenberg Park, and feature two stages with local NOLA artists playing live, from 11:00am to 7:00pm, as well as food and merchandise vendors and a children’s area. Admission is free.

2) Top Taco
Who doesn’t love tacos? Top Taco takes place at Woldenberg Park on March 19, 2020, from 7-10pm. Tickets are $75-$125. Feast on tacos and cocktails from over 50 restaurants in New Orleans, all vying to be named top creative taco, top traditional taco, top creative tequila cocktail and top traditional margarita. Of course, there will be live Latin music. Proceeds benefit PLEASE Foundation, a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to funding at-risk students from K-12 with a Catholic college preparatory education. This is a 21+ event!

3) Hogs for the Cause
This amazing food festival is held at New Orleans Lakefront Arena grounds, March 27 – 28, 2020. Featuring live music, chefs, and over 100 barbecue teams as they cook for bragging rights in seven categories that include whole hog, ribs, sauce and fan favorite. This wonderful festival benefits pediatric cancer patients and their families. Tickets range from $25-$500.

4) 45th Annual Louisiana Crawfish Festival
More food – what can be say? It’s what this Louisiana is known for, among other things! This fest isn’t held within the NOLA city limits, but it’s worth the short trip to Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish for this 3-day extravaganza! Dates are March 26-29th, 2020. You will be able to enjoy Crawfish prepared every single which way, along with crafts, live Cajun and Top Hits music, arts and crafts and a giant Midway! Admission is only $5!

So, as you can plainly see, NOLA doesn’t fade away after Mardi Gras! Come on out and enjoy all the city has to offer, along with a relaxing stay with true Southern hospitality at 1896 O’Malley House!

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