New Orleans Events and Festivals
Whether you’re looking to celebrate New Years Eve or are just looking for a weekend of fun, New Orleans is a great place to celebrate. There are tons of festivals, parades, events, and more that will make sure you have a great time. Here are some of the best ways to get in on the action.
The HIT IT Party is a no-holds-barred night of sex-positive partying and art installations. The event is held during major NOLA weekends, and focuses on body positivity and sexual expression. It started as a poppers and underwear party in a dive bar, but has grown to become New Orleans’ premier sex-positive queer party. The event features art installations, dark rooms, indoor/outdoor spaces, and lots of slings.
The HIT IT Party takes place in the French Quarter, and is an all-night event. Tickets can be purchased at Up in Smoke and Peaches Records on Magazine Street. The tickets are $50. This event benefits the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, and the proceeds from the event will go to the organization. The event also features an afterparty at Rabbit Hole. The ticket includes access to the event, and is also available for private parties on off hours.
The Southern Decadence festival is a multi-day festival that takes place every year from February through Labor Day Weekend. It includes several parties throughout the day, including free street parties, and special programming. The festival is a big event that packs the city, and many gay bars remain open throughout the weekend. Depending on your party size, you can hire a venue for a cocktail party for up to 72 people. A smaller venue may cost around $300 per hour. The prices can increase to $675 per hour for a larger venue.
If you’re looking for a more raunchy experience, consider a burlesque show. This type of show usually includes a live band, and may include stunt people and magicians. It can be circus-like, and can be a bit raunchy, but it is a popular New Orleans art form.
There are several events hosted by The Hangout NOLA throughout the year, including a Halloween party, a trunk-or-treat, and a haunted house. Tickets can be purchased at Up in Smoke, Peaches Records, and the Louisiana Music Factory. The event will feature performances by Pell, Big Freedia, Lolo Mayhew, Tank and the Bangas, and Pretty Na$ty.
The Up for It Guys is a band that performs in several different venues in New Orleans. The show takes place in the Peter & Paul Hotel, and you will need to get tickets in advance. The venues are also close to several gay bars.
The Pussyfooters are an all-female krewe that raises money for charity. The group is back after a year hiatus, and has raised over $170,000 for the organization. The event will feature music, a costume party, and a costume afterparty. The tickets for the event are $50, and are available through members of the organization.