New Orleans JazzFest 2013 first weekend
New Orleans is full of life. Great food, great music. It has a bit of a reputation as a party town but I found that once off of Bourbon St, everyone was really just looking to enjoy themselves and it wasn't outrageously crazy.
Insider Tip:The city is much smaller than I expected and most places are within walking distance of each other. The day passes for the bus and streetcar are worth it if you expect to take more than three trips.