Mardi Gras World
BUKU Music + Arts festival returns to Mardi Gras World bigger than ever thanks to a redesign to its riverside Wharf stage. Headliners like Lana Del Rey, Toro Y Moi, A$AP Rocky, and Earl Sweatshirt will grace the nearby Power Plant Stage, which attendees can walk to after taking in art installations, live graffiti, and the occasional pop-up performance. A real treat is the uncanny valley of the interior Float Den stage, itself a repository for the massive Blaine Kern floats made year-round.
Cost: Tickets start at $120 for single-day entry and $220 for the whole weekend.
March 20-May 22
The weekly spring concert series returns with a stacked lineup of New Orleans legends, including Irma Thomas, Deacon John, and Cyril Neville’s Swampfunk. Wednesdays at the Square is free, as always, with proceeds from food and booze sales going towards community projects spearheaded by the Young Leadership Conference. If swapping cash for concession tickets for a bowl of yakamein and an Abita isn’t enough involvement, the YLC is always seeking volunteers to help Wednesdays at the Square go off without a hitch.
The pedestrian and bike path connecting downtown to swaths of the Treme, Bayou St. John, and Mid-City was always worthy of a festival. Only this year did Friends of Lafitte Greenway move to incorporate one into its annual guided tour. Learn about the history of some of New Orleans’ most fascinating neighborhoods as well as the ecological benefits of the greenway, which includes flood mitigation and flower and vegetable cultivation. Support for Hike Fest comes from the many businesses popping up right along the route, including Hey Cafe and Wrong Iron, and will feature an array of local artists, live music, and plenty of family-friend activities.