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GoNOLA Guide to National Fried Chicken Festival

The festival takes place September 20-22, 2019.

Fried Chicken Fest
National Fried Chicken Festival takes place September 20-22, 2019. (Photo: Zack Smith)

Here in New Orleans, we love our fried chicken – so much so that we have a festival for it. That’s hardly a surprise, though. Golden and crispy, bone-in or bone-less, wings or legs, spicy or mild. National Fried Chicken Festival has it all. Head down to Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront on September 20, 21, and 22 for a taste of all the fried chicken you can eat. Here’s everything you need to know about Fried Chicken Fest in NOLA.

Admission to the festival is free, but for the ultimate VIP experience, check out the Bottomless Bubbles Lounge presented by Chandon. For $75 (plus a processing fee), cool off with private viewing areas, restrooms, complimentary water, and food from an award winning, local restaurant.

This year, the Royalty Lounge is new to the Fried Chicken Festival. For $35 (plus a processing fee), you can sip on three speciality Crown Royal cocktails, indulge in a meal from a local restaurant, and you also have access to bathrooms and complimentary water.

National Fried Chicken Festival takes place September 20-22, 2019. (Photo: Zack Smith)


Three days. 32 vendors. 18 musical acts. With a lineup like that, you’re guaranteed nothing but delicious memories. Throughout the festival, enjoy food from New Orleans favorites Bonafried, Oceana Grill, Heard Dat Kitchen, Bayou Hot Wings, McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’, 14 Parishes, Sno-La, and more. In addition to vendors from New Orleans, restaurants from across the country will participate in the festival.

National Fried Chicken Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)


No New Orleans festival is complete without a stellar music lineup. This year, hear from a slew of first-class New Orleans musicians including Bounce Royalty, Cha Wa, the Brass-A-holics,  Bonerama, Water Seed, and more.

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