From Mardi Gras, to Valentine’s Day. There’s plenty to do this February in NOLA.
It’s a busy month for New Orleans. February is usually a time of insane parades and parties for Mardi Gras. And the people of NOLA are proving that nothing is going to stop them from having a good time. Several innovative ideas have come to life. As the people of New Orleans continuously remind us that Mardi Gras isn’t cancelled, just different.
It’s also Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, so we’re here to make sure you’re in the know, and know what’s hot in New Orleans this February.
1-3. Black History Month
New Orleans is a city that has a long and complex history with African-American culture. There are many ways to educate and learn about the history that remains a significant part of life, in vibrant New Orleans. The city birthed jazz and soul music, with an incredible mix of significant people in Black History, here are some of the best ways to celebrate BHM in NOLA.
- Congo Square – This public square in Louis Armstrong Park will teach you about the neighborhood’s famous history with African American music.
- McKenna Museum of African American Art
- Eat Black-Owned – Check out our list of the best Black-owned restaurants in New Orleans.
4. Candlelit magic!
If you’re looking to impress your Valentine’s Day date, then gifting them this unique classical music show will guarantee some serious swooning. Candlelight offer several different concerts, dedicated to anything from Beethoven to Vivaldi, and beyond! They take place in historic venues across the city, beautifully lit by candlelight. The music will be provided by a local New Orleans string quartet.
5-6. Mardi Gras
Current restrictions may have put Mardi Gras on hold, but there’s always a way to celebrate in New Orleans. We definitely recommend dressing up and celebrating anyway, safely and your way! Here’s a round-up of some of the incredible alternatives every NOLA local’s favorite holiday.
- Yardi Gras – New Orleans have ditched the parade floats for house floats. Walk around the entire city and witness how NOLA paint the town purple, green and yellow every February.
- Floats in the Oaks – Fun drive-thru parade and light spectacle, perfect to replace the usual parties that light up New Orleans.
7-10. Impress your S.O. for Valentine’s Day
New Orleans doesn’t need Valentine’s Day…the city is romantic enough. Although, if you really need to impress, then here’s a couple of ideas to win in the romance department. From boat rides along the Mississippi River to the most romantic restaurants ever, there’s a perfect date for everyone in New Orleans. Here are a few:
- A picnic in City Park would makes for the perfect start or end to Valentine’s Day! The 1,300 acres guarantees a private spot to pop open some bubbles, and snack on some picnic food – or order out!
- All aboard the Steamboat Nachez, an intimate dinner or lunch, playfully accompanied by smooth jazz while you sail down the Mississippi River.
- Croquette made the top-spot of our Most Romantic Restaurants in NOLA. With good reason too!
- Nothing is more intimate than tapas, and Costera serve up some of the most delicious in Atlanta. With the finest wines from sunny Spain, it would be rude not to order a bottle. It’s Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day)
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