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Everything You Need to Know About New Orleans Festival Season with Kids

Spring has sprung and the weather has been giving what it's supposed to give.

One of the best times of the year is among us: Festival Season! New Orleans is known for its amazing festivals, so we're sharing our favorite family-friendly festivals as well as tips for survival.

The Strawberry Festival, Crawfish Festival, and Hogs for a Cause have already passed with record-breaking numbers. We're looking forward to the remaining festival season being just as successful!

Here's what's to come:

French Quarter Festival is free and is being held from April 21st to April 24th. This festival celebrates the city's culture and history. The event boasts great local cuisine and music. We're looking forward to catching music from Robin Barnes and Tank & The Bangas and eating yummy bites from Addis Nola, Beaucoup Eats, and We Dats. Check out the Chevron Children's Stem Zone for fascinating and engaging interactive activities the kids are sure to enjoy.

MudFest is a one-day festival being held on April 23rd that will focus on playing with one of nature’s messiest resources: mud! This interactive messy event tailored specifically for kids starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm, Non-Member tickets are $14.

The Jazz Festival is a 10-day cultural feast celebrating local music and culture. The Festival is $80 and $5 for children 2-10 years old. It will be held on two separate weekends: April 29th to May 1st and May 5th to May 8th. On Thursday, May 6th, locals get a discounted ticket price of $50 and purchases must be made at the gate. We're looking forward to the Congo Square African Marketplace in addition to the amazing music and food lineup.

Black Love Festival is free and is being held on May 21st. This is an art and music festival promoting a cultural movement, presented by The Black School. The festival will include yoga, art installations, and workshops. Kids will enjoy face painting among other activities at this event. We're looking forward to the lineup announcement.

Momchella, presented by your very own Black New Orleans Mom, is a one-day fun-filled, restorative healing experience for Black moms to focus on pamperings themselves and practicing self-care. Moms will enjoy relaxing complementary services, vibes from local DJ Legatron Prime, a variety of cuisines from local, Black-Owned restaurants & food trucks, and a panel of experts discussing topics pertinent to women's health and all facets of motherhood. The event will take place on May 22nd. Prices start as low as $80 and the event is kid-free.

Greek Festival is $10 and children 12 and under are free. This Memorial Day weekend tradition is being held from May 27 to May 29th. We're looking forward to trying the new Greek Wine Flights. For the kids, there's Hellenic Dancing, a tour of the beautiful cathedral, and every kid's favorite - Playground.

Essence Festival is a festival of culture and all things Black joy! This 4th of July weekend tradition is being held from June 30 to July 3rd, ticket prices start as low as $60. Last year's festival was partially virtual and we had the honor of attending as a panelist. This year is back to in-person and the lineup is nothing short of amazing. Essence clearly understood the assignment! If you're looking to enjoy this event with your kids, the Convention Center has a variety of activities for the whole family during the day.

Beignet Festival is being held on September 22nd, they have not yet released their ticket prices or lineup for 2022. We're looking forward to indulging in some of the most iconic beignets imaginable. Fingers crossed our favorite, Ms. Loretta's Praline beignets, are on the lineup! And of course, for the kids, the festival hosts a fun kid's village.

The Fried Chicken Festival is free and will be held from October 1st to October 2nd. This festival offers many unique fried chicken options. We're looking forward to the announcement of their lineup, coming soon.

So now that you have more information about which festivals will work best for your family, here are a few essential items for surviving festival season with the kids:

Lawn chairs



Rain boots

Snacks for picky eaters

Cash and Bank card

First aid kit and Medication

Wipes and Hand sanitizer

Extra set of clothes and diapers

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