New Orleans is celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018. But, being New Orleans, there’s no such thing as a small celebration! The city is offering a year’s worth of events and activities to celebrate the culture and liveliness of this centuries-old city. Here are the highlights of the New Orleans Tricentennial events and attractions.

Kicking It Off: January

The New Orleans Tricentennial celebrations will kick off at the same time as the 2018 carnival season. Beginning on the Feast of the Epiphany, this months-long season will be particularly festive as the city celebrates its history. On January 6th, there will be a kid-friendly celebration with fireworks on the river at 9 p.m., followed by a Tricentennial Mass the next morning at 11 a.m. at the St. Louis Cathedral. For those visiting with the whole family, check out other kid-friendly ideas during Mardi Gras.

Early Spring: February and March

Of course, New Orleans will be amping it up during its traditional Mardi Gras season, but spring also offers many ways to take a closer look at the city during the New Orleans Tricentennial. From February 27th to May 27th, “New Orleans, the Founding Era” will be on exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection, letting tourists and locals alike learn about the earliest inhabitants of the city. Locations such as Tulane, Xavier, and the Old U.S. Mint will also be hosting “Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium,” featuring lectures and programs about the city from March 8th through 11th. On March 10th, Saenger Theatre will present “Up From the Streets,” during which local musicians and international artists will use music to tell the story of the city.

Mardi Gras float rolling down New Orleans, LA street

Late Spring: April and May

During the Tricentennial Navy Week, U.S. and Canadian naval vessels will join the local riverboats to be part of a week-long festival, offering free ship tours to the public. This is the perfect time to schedule a riverboat tour to get a firsthand view of the bustling Mighty Mississippi! Check out outdoor locations like City Park or the Bayou St. John for Tricentennial fireworks at the end of the Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 6th.

Saying Goodbye: December

To close off the New Orleans Tricentennial, Dick Clark Productions will feature “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve” to say goodbye to the season. Of course, in New Orleans, even the end of things are celebrated!

The New Orleans Tricentennial is swiftly approaching, and now is the time to make preparations. Plan your next trip to New Orleans with Joieful! Check out our most popular attractions or learn about our custom experiences.