New Orleans: Top Ten Amazing Events to Attend in 2017

Eric Craig | 1/3/2017, 6:13 p.m. | Updated on 1/3/2017, 6:13 p.m.
Last Sunday marked the beginning of a New Year. While some may see it as an opportunity to start a ...

Last Sunday marked the beginning of a New Year. While some may see it as an opportunity to start a New Year resolution, others may be excited for the events to fill 2017. Luckily, in New Orleans, there are several festivals, concerts and events to look forward to in 2017.

As a token to welcome the New Year, here is a list of 10 must-attend events happening in 2017 in New Orleans, ordered by month.

1. NBA All-Star Weekend - February 17 - 19

The City of New Orleans will host the 66th Annual All-Star Game and weekend at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans has previously hosted All-Star Weekends in 2008 and 2014. Most recently, after North Carolina passed a Transgender Bathroom Law, the NBA chose to host the games in New Orleans. The festivities start Friday Night, at 7 p.m., with the Celebrity Game at the Smoothie King Arena on Saturday Night, at 7 p.m., the NBA will host a 3 Point Shootout and a Dunk Contest. Sunday night will be the well-anticipated 66th Annual Game, taking place at 6 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center. Keep in mind, the All-Star Weekend takes place in the middle of Mardi Gras season. For more information on Tickets, parties and more, visit allstarweekendneworleans2017.com.

2. Zulu Coronation Ball February 24

The beginning of the New Year also marks the beginning of Carnival Season (for some earlier than others). One of the most sought after events is the Annual Zulu Coronation Ball. This past October, the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club announced the performers for the upcoming Coronation Ball, which include Jaheim, The O’jays and Bell Biv Devoe. This year’s ball will take place Friday, February 24, 2017, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. As always, a strict dress code is enforced: Men wear Black Tuxedos and Ladies wear Floor Length Gowns. Tickets and Table reservations will be sold through the club and online at https://www.eventbrite.com.

3. First Annual Top Taco Festival - March 23

This Year New Orleans will host its first-ever Taco Festival in the Central Business District at the Riverwalk. Tickets for this new event cost $65, but, along with entry, it includes food and drinks.

4. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

During the weekends of the last week in April and the first week in May, the Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival will be held at the Fairgrounds. While the lineup is not official yet, expect there will be must-see performers, rain or shine. For more information and updates on Jazzfest, visit, nojazzfest.com.

5. Essence Festival - June 29 - July 2

Early July marks the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans hosted throughout the French Quarter. Beyond informational seminars, celebrity discussions, and on-the-spot updates, Essence Festival is also known for its captivating concerts and performances. This year, Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J. Blige and Solange are only a few of the headliners for this year’s festival. The concerts will take place at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Ticket prices start at $189 for the concert, and, as always, the two-day Black Expo is free. To purchase tickets for the festival’s concert, visit http://www.essence.com/festival-2017