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Now that Mardi Gras is behind us, it's the perfect time to rest and relax. Kidding, of course! March is chock-full of amazing events covering food, art, literature, music, and St. Patrick's Day. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures (hopefully!) and seize the day with these 11 festivals, dinners, parties, parades, and more! 

3.5 Pang Wangle Launch Party

Kicking off the month is a launch party at The Tchoup Yard. On Thursday, March 5, Pang Wangle will celebrate their new collection of cute clothing that happens to repel insects. Guests can expect free tropical drinks from El Guapo Bitters, island music, and product giveaways. 

3.7 Alliance Française Open House

New Orleans' very own French school is hosting an open house for new and returning students. On Saturday, March 7, attendees can take a trial class, socialize with members, and get exclusive discounts!

3.7 Ballet Ballers Ball

Support New Orleans ballet dancers at this upcoming benefit. The Ballet Ballers Ball will take place Saturday, March 7 and will include performances, dance photography taken by Paul Costello, and plenty of food and libations.

3.7-3.8 The Music of John Williams

Calling all movie fans! This Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra concert (on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8) cannot be missed. Attendees can expect scores from movies like HookE.T.Harry Potter films, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

3.12 Aioli Dinner Supper Club

On Thursday, March 13, The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in partnership with NOCHI is hosting a dinner celebrating the culinary legacy of Chef Paul Prudhomme. The Prudhomme-inspired dishes will be prepared by Chefs Frank Brigtsen, Dickie Brennan, and more.

3.14 2020 Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Parade

Gear up for another round of parades! This one, taking place on Saturday, March 14, will roll through the Irish Channel and feature throws of flowers, beads, cabbage, and more!

3.14 Soul Revival

Celebrate life this Spring at the Legacy Donor Foundation's Soul Revival event. The dressy casual event will take place at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, March 14 and proceeds will support the organization's mission of saving the lives of those waiting for transplants by raising awareness in the state and encouraging everyone to register as donors.

3.18-3.22 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

This culinary event should not be missed! The 28th annual event begins Wednesday, March 18 and continues through Sunday, March 22. Guests can expect wine dinners, labs, and discussions, as well as the French Quarter Cellar Strut.

3.19-21 The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University

The world's leading authors are congregating at Tulane University for a multi-day celebration of their works. This festival is in its inaugural year and will begin with a kickoff keynote and welcome reception on Thursday, March 19 and concludes Saturday, March 21 with a New Orleans-style celebration.

3.20-21 BUKU Music + Art Project

BUKU is back and features an impressive lineup. The two-day festival takes place on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, and features Tyler the Creator, Flume, and Illenium. 

3.25-29 Tenneessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

This five-day affair is designed for readers, writers, and theater lovers alike. Starting Wednesday, March 25, events like writing workshops, master classes, a book fair, and literary walking tours will take place. The festival is in its 34th year with no signs of slowing!