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Best time to visit New Orleans

The best time to visit the Big Easy including tips on weather and the cheapest time to travel.

New Orleans is a hotbed of nightlife, live music and delicious foods reflecting French, African and American culture.

Whether you’re here for the legendary Mardi Gras parade or sightseeing at the French Quarter, we’ve sussed out the optimal times to travel to the Mississippi.

Best time to go to New Orleans

The best time to visit for pleasant weather is between September and November when you will find reprieve from both the heat and crowds of summer.

For an unforgettable trip filled with festivals, drop in between January and March to catch Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The cheapest and least crowded time to visit is during summer from June to August. This is because the weather is hot, humid and rainy.

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New Orleans experiences four distinct seasons. Due to its location, its summers are long, hot and humid, running from June to August.

Spring (February to May) is a pleasant time to visit, with mild weather and a full calendar of events to fill your days. Just remember that being the city’s biggest event, many of the city’s popular attractions are closed during Mardi Gras.

The shoulder months of October to January offer pleasant weather but without the festivals, so the streets are less packed.

Late August and September is hurricane season when you’ll find prices steeply drop, with good reason.

Best time to visit New Orleans for:

  • Festivals: Mardi Gras runs for several weeks in mid-February or early March where you get to enjoy parades, parties and all-round celebrations. Stick around for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in the last weekend of April featuring local and international acts across the country.
  • Sightseeing: The spring-like weather from October to January makes outdoor activities a lot more bearable. Hotel rates are still low and there are plenty of cultural events to keep you occupied.

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