Pull out your bullet journals, people—there’s so much going on this month in New Orleans that it’ll take some serious planning to keep from missing out. (Not, however, in the first week of March. As you might expect, everyone needs a little time to recover from their Mardi Gras revelry.)
March 10 and 11: Billed as a music festival meets house party, BUKU Music + Art Project takes over the riverfront Mardi Gras World complex for two days and nights of hip-hop, rock, and EDM—plus off-site after parties that start in the wee hours.
Photo Courtesy of BUKU Music + Art Project
March 10–17: In most places, St. Patrick’s Day is, well, a day. This year, at least in the Big Easy, it’s more like a week, starting with Mass at St. Mary’s Assumption Church, in the Irish Channel (the neighborhood that runs between the Garden District and the river), followed immediately by the big Irish Channel parade. Like its Mardi Gras brethren, this one features floats and marching bands and flying beads. However, you might also catch a flying cabbage. (Lather, rinse, repeat through the 17th.)
Photo Courtesy of Infrogmation of New Orleans/Flickr
March 15, 22, and 29: The free (thanks to the Young Leadership Council, which organizes it) Wednesdays at the Square evening concert series begins its 12-week season with soul singer Irma Thomas coming to Lafayette Square on the 15th, fiddler Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys (seriously, that’s her band’s name) on the 22nd, and Bayou soulster Marc Broussard on the 29th. Oh, and you knew there’d be food stalls, serving everything from roast beef po’boys with debris to bacon-and-chocolate-stuffed waffles to vegan pad thai.
Photo Courtesy of the Young Leadership Council