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1. Bayou Bacchanal
November 1-2

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, will hold its 17th annual celebration on November 1-2. Presented by Friends of Culture, it will be a two-day celebration of delicious Caribbean cuisine, dancing, and music. The annual All White Affair will be held Friday evening at Cozie’s Sports Bar and Grill, located at 724 Franklin St in Gretna, LA. This is a late-night dance party starting at 11pm, featuring live DJs. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. This fee gives you access to the World Wide Dance Celebration. On Saturday, November 2, the Bayou Bacchanal Carnival will be held at Crescent Park. It’s a celebration of everything Caribbean. Come dressed in Caribbean carnival attire, dance the day away while feasting on good food and refreshing drinks. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The Bayou Bacchanal After Party will be held at Rendez-Vous Haitian Creole, Saturday night starting at 11pm. Close out Bayou Bacchanal listening to DJs spinning Caribbean music, snacking on Caribbean bites and dancing the night away.

2. Algiers Folk Art Festival
November 2

Algiers Folk Art Festival

Hosted by the Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum, the Algiers Folk Art Festival will celebrate its ninth year. The event will take place on the grounds of the Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum, located at 207 Lebouef, along the Mississippi River levee in Algiers. Folk artists will feature paintings, sculptures, collage, jewelry and other items available for purchase. In traditional New Orleans style, there will be live music and food trucks on hand for your enjoyment. According to the website, proceeds will be used for enhancement of the museum and to create initiatives for increased visibility to self-taught artists.

3. Wine on the River
November 2

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Presented by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Wine on the River will take place from 3-6pm at Woldenberg Riverfront Park on the Audubon Aquarium Plaza. Enjoy wine-tastings from multiple regions around the globe, while listening to live music, feasting on fare provided by several restaurants, and enjoying the sights along the river. A Canal St and a Bienville St entrance will be available this year. VIP tickets are available. Proceeds will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. 21+ only event.

4. The Bloody Mary Festival
November 2-3

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Get over to the Howlin’ Wolf, at 907 South Peters St., from 12pm-4:30pm to sample an array of Bloody Mary offerings. Tickets start at $35 and include Bloody Marys, local food and beverage samples, temporary tattoos, and more. The event will also feature live music by Andrew Block.

5. Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
November 3

The 13th annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is an awesome event, featuring over 60 variations of classic sandwiches from various New Orleans restaurants. Live music will be featured all day on four stages. Admission to the festival is free, but in order to purchase po-boys from the venders, you must purchase a $5 wristband at the event. A fast Pass is also available for $20, which allows you access to a special lane to purchase food. November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, so what better way to spend it than celebrating at a Po-Boy Festival!

6. Boudin, Bourbon & Beer
November 8

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Come join us at Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s annual event at Champion’s Square. The event will feature food selections from over 70 chefs, open bars featuring craft beers, premium spirits, fine wines, premium cigar bar, dessert tasting stations, live music from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grace Potter, Fruition, and Motel Radio, merchandise station, and a silent auction. Proceeds go towards the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s mission of supporting youth in reaching their fullest potential through culinary, nutrition, and arts education. General Admission tickets are $135. See website for full details and ticket purchase.

7. Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
November 16-17

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This year’s 12 annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will take place from 11am-7:30pm at Louis Armstrong Park. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation welcomes you to enjoy a couple of days of live brass band music while dining on delicious gumbo. Admission is free. This event will be happening in unison with the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival (see below).

8. Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival
November 16-17

Happening in unison with the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival at Louis Armstrong Park, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival offers live music, African drumming and dance, delicious food offerings such as crabmeat beignets, red beans and rice, jambalaya, poboys, and more. Art markets will feature crafts, jewelry, locally produced beauty products, and imported items from Latin American, the Caribbean, and Africa. Admission is free.

9. Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party
November 22

Celebration in the Oaks is the annual Christmas lights display throughout City Park. The Preview Party offers you a first glimpse of the display, with exclusive access to the Botanical Gardens and the Train Route. Eventgoers will enjoy food, alcoholic beverages and live music throughout the evening. There will be a Culinary Competition among participating restaurants. It’s a 21+ event and holiday cocktail attire is required. Check website for ticket information.

10. Bayou Classic
November 30

The Bayou Classic is an annual Thanksgiving Day weekend tradition, centered around a football matchup between Grambling State and Southern University. Leading up to the game, fans will enjoy the Big Clash, which encompasses a parade, career seminars, a fan festival, and Battle of the Bands. This rivalry began in the 1930s but became known as the Bayou Classic in 1974. See website for details and ticket information.

Beignet Festival

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October 5

A project for the Tres Doux Foundation, which supports nonprofits helping children with developmental delays, the Beignet Fest is guaranteed to be a wonderful and delicious event.  It’s held at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds from 10am-6pm. The festival will feature over 30 beignet varieties in the sweet and savory categories from some of New Orleans’ best restaurants and food trucks. The festival will also feature live music, a kid’s village, and art market. Tickets are $5 per person, with free admission for children 12 and under with a paying adult.

Algiers Fest

October 5

This year’s festival will focus on bringing awareness to Breast Cancer by honoring cancer survivors and those who lost their battle to this horrific disease. The 5th anniversary of Algiers Fest will be held from 12pm-9pm at New Orleans Riverside at Federal City, located at 2500 General Meyer Ave. Come out and enjoy delicious food and live music, while celebrating the military and the community.


Fall Garden Fest

October 5-6

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Fall Garden festival is the place to be for all home and professional gardeners.  The event takes place at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, located within City Park. It will feature plant and garden product exhibits, products/plants for purchase, educational seminars, a kid’s area, music, arts and crafts, and much more. Sponsors include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Botanical garden Foundation, and Friends of City Park. See website for ticket information and purchase. Friends of City Park members receive free admission.



October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19

Oktoberfest will take place the first three weekends in October on Bayou St. John, across from Big Lake in City Park. The event will feature authentic German food, live music, dance performances, a German souvenir shop, contests and, of course, lots of German beer. Admission is $8, children 12 and under free.


Gentilly Fest

October 11-13

The location for Gentilly fest is Pontchartrain Park Playground, at 5701 Press Dr. It is a free festival, but donations are greatly appreciated, which help support New Orleans first responders, Children’s Music Camps, sports programs of Pontchartrain Park and Milne playgrounds and The Roots of Music. Celebrating all things New Orleans, the event will feature food, fine arts and crafts, live music and a Kid’s Village.  You can see a pattern here!  All New Orleans festivals feature food, live music, almost always alcohol, activities for kids and unique local arts and crafts.

NOLA Mac and Cheese Fest

October 12

The 3rd Annual NOLA Mac and Cheese Fest will take place from 11am-6pm in Louis Armstrong Park. Admission is free.  Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics, Louisiana. Come try some of the best mac and cheese in the city and see who’ll be awarded the Macaroni Trophy for the best mac and cheese in the city!

Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival

October 18-20

The Crescent Blues and BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, will hold its 14th annual event in Lafayette Square. The event features live music on two stages and lots of incredibly delicious BBQ, served up by some of the best pit masters in the region. Admission is free. For a full line-up of events, see the attached website.

Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade

October 19

Presented by the Haunted History Tours, this parade has been the official New Orleans Halloween parade in New Orleans since 2007. New Orleans is the perfect city to celebrate Halloween in with its haunts, voodoo, and mysterious mix of cultures. Floats and props are created by the incredibly talented Kern family. The 3-dimensional fiberglass and papier mache props are sure to excite and frighten parade-goers as they make their way through the “Boo Carre” (Veaux Carre, otherwise known as the French Quarter). As a solution to the masses of waste produced by beads, Brian Kern came up with a useful alternative for parade throws—New Orleans-made food items and local collectible items that parade-goers would want to keep as mementos. Some of these items include Pralinettes from Aunt Sally’s, Chee Wees from Elmer’s Fine Foods, PJs Coffee Frac Packs, and Krewe of Boo Limited Edition T-shirts. Check out the website for various other fun events happening in correlation with the parade.

Voodoo Music and Arts Experience (Voodoo Fest)

October 25-27

Voodoo fest is a multi-day music and arts festival held in City Park.  The festival will feature over 65 bands, spread out over numerous stages throughout the festival grounds. People attend this festival dressed in some of the most “interesting” get-ups. It’s a people-watcher’s paradise, for sure! The Forked Up Food Court offers numerous selections of native New Orleanian cuisine. The crowds are bountiful, the traffic can be a nightmare, but the talent presented on stage is worth the hassle. The Festival is offering one day passes this year. Visit the official website for ticket info, featured bands, and much more.

Boo at the Zoo

October 25-27

Venture out to the Audubon Zoo for three days of spooky family fun!  The event is held for children up to the age of 12. It features a trick-or-treat lane, ghost train, inflatables, haunted house, entertainment and much more. Dress up your little ones and enjoy an evening of safe, family-friendly entertainment, while supporting Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and the Audubon Zoo. Admission is $20 per person for adults and children.  Games and treats, except for concession items, are included in the ticket price.

Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence
August 29-September 2
What started as a small street party in 1972 among tenants of a worn-down cottage in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, is now a world-famous celebration of the gay community. Take a look at the attached website for a full rundown of the history of this event. In its 48th year, Southern Decadence is the largest gay event held in New Orleans. It is routinely held in the French Quarter every year during Labor Day weekend. The festivities begin on Thursday and run well into the day on Monday. The theme of this year’s event is “Fruit Salad: Come Toss a Good Time” and the colors are polka dots and pinstripes. Discounted rates are available at The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, located on Orleans St in the French Quarter. This event features various contests, parties, concerts, etc. throughout the 4-day weekend. The Southern Decadence Walking Parade takes place at 2pm on Sunday, starting at the Golden Lantern, near Decatur St and Barracks St. See official website for full line-up of events.

Lil’ Weezyana Fest

Lil' Weezyana Fest
September 7
Lil’ Wayne’s hosting his 5th annual Lil’ Weezyana Fest in his hometown at a new venue this year. The UNO Lakefront Arena Festival Grounds will provide for a larger space in hopes to double the attendance from previous years. Performances by the likes of Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, and Trey Songz will be showcased on two separate stages. General Admission: $72.00. Parking available at the festival grounds: $20, cash only. Part of the proceeds from each ticket sale will go to supporting educational initiatives for the youth of New Orleans.

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week
September 9-15
August was COOLinary month, September 9-15 is Restaurant Week in the city. Here’s another chance to try out some of your bucket list restaurants without breaking the bank. Many restaurants around the city are offering specially priced prix fixe menus, 3-course meals starting at $20. Check out the website for a list of participating restaurants.

New Orleans Burlesque Festival

September 13-14
The 11th annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival will once again crown the top classic striptease dancer as the “Queen of Burlesque.” This form of adult entertainment is what put Bourbon Street on the map. Burlesque dancers from around the world will descend on the House of Blues for two nights of sexy, sultry, glamorous, humorous, risqué entertainment. See website for event details and ticket purchase.

The Great American Bar Crawl: NOLA

Great American Bar Crawl NOLA
September 14
Patriotic partying at its best! In the spirit of celebrating our great nation, come join this group of “Patriotic Party Animals” as they bar crawl around the French Quarter. Dress up in your most creative red, white and blue patriotic attire. Bring your American flags, Uncle Sam hats and any other items symbolic of your American pride. Tickets are $19, which include a Great American Bar Crawl cup, American flag, complimentary welcome shooter, no cover charges at participating bars, drink specials, ridiculous games and surprises along the way! This event begins at 4pm (registration 3pm-4pm) at the Chart House—rain or shine.

National Fried Chicken Festival

National Fried Chicken Festival
September 20-22
Come enjoy fried chicken, every which way but raw, during this three-day event along Woldenberg Park. Over 30 vendors will be on hand to showcase their favorite fried chicken creations. The menu will also include vegan options for those wanting to avoid the consumption of our fellow cluckers. Three outdoor stages will feature music and cooking demos. The event will also include cooking and eating contests, a kids’ pavilion, scavenger hunt, VIP Lounge, Chill Lounge and a Football Fan Zone. Bring the family, lawn chairs and umbrellas, but please leave the pets and coolers at home.

NOLA on Tap

NOLA on Tap
September 21
The Louisiana SPCA presents Louisiana’s largest beer festival at the City Park Festival Grounds, with proceeds benefitting homeless animals at their shelter. What could possibly be better than drinking beer while helping homeless four-legged furry friends? Come enjoy over 400 local, national, and home-brewed beers, while munching on delicious food and listening to local musicians strut their stuff. As one would assume, pets are always welcome at this event. Check out the website for ticket info and purchase.

L.O.C.A.L.S’ Fest

September 28
Raw Revolution Productions, LLC, in partnership with NOSACONN (a non-profit organization), will host the first annual L.O.C.A.L.S’ Fest (Loving Our Community As Louisiana) at Louis Armstrong Park from 11am-6pm. The main purpose of this event is to showcase businesses and musicians who haven’t gotten their big break yet, but have awesome products and talent just waiting to be discovered. Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated.


Satchmo Summerfest

Satchmo Summerfest

August 2-4

New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz!  What better way to celebrate than a festival showcasing some of the best Jazz musicians in the city? The Satchmo Festival takes place at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint.  It is presented by Chevron, with a daily admission of $6. Throughout the three-day festival, you’ll be treated to amazing Jazz music by the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Preservation Brass, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers, just to name a few.  The event also features food and drink tents and Pop’s Playhouse (family fun activities on Saturday and Sunday). A Kick-off Party will take place on Thursday, August 1 from 7-9:30pm at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel—tickets available for purchase via the website.

White Linen Night

August 3

Celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, White Linen Night is brought to you by Hancock Whitney, benefitting the Contemporary Arts Center.  Don your favorite white linen attire (not mandatory, but who wants to look out of place!!) and mosey on over to the 300-700 blocks of Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District for an evening of fun and fabulous art. Free admission. Food and drink tickets available for purchase.  Galleries will be open from 5:30-9:30pm.  Also available for purchase are tickets to the CAC Cooldown Lounge at the Green Room at Auction House Market (best bang for your buck!) and the Official After Party, Hancock Whitney After Dark.  See website for details.

Hex Fest


August 9-11

Now this sounds like an interesting event!! New Orleans is known for its VooDoo, HooDoo and Witchcraft! Come spend a weekend learning about the art of Witchcraft and Magic with some of the best in their craft. The event kicks off with a Riverboat Ritual and Dinner aboard one of the steamboats along the Mississippi River. The following two days are filled with seminars, workshops, drumming and rituals at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, one of the city’s most haunted venues. A Vending Hall will be available to purchase ritual tools, jewelry, signed books and handmade spell crafts. This event is limited to 300 participants, so if this interests you, click on the website to register ASAP.

Salsa-Bachata Festival

Salsa Bachata Festival

August 9-12

All you Latin Dance lovers, put on your dancing shoes and head over to the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel at the corner of Canal St and Bourbon St. This event features international Latin artists performing live shows, conducting workshops, classes, dance performance challenges, and social dancing. There will be three ballrooms, with one each dedicated to Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba/Zouk.  See website for details and ticket purchase.

Dirty Linen Night


August 10

For the past 19 years, this spoof on White Linen Night (held on Julia St. the prior weekend), has taken place along Royal Street, in the not-so-pristine area of the city, hence its name.  The event is organized by the non-profit organization, Royal Street Arts District.  Shops and galleries open their doors to visitors while musicians perform and the crowd enjoys beer, wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. A Dirty Linen Night Passport costs $20.

Red Dress Run


August 10

This event is loads of fun for participants and spectators alike.  The streets of the French Quarter will be filled with men and women dressed in some of the most unique and hilarious red dresses.  It’s a grand event for those who enjoy the practice of people watching as much as I do. Sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, whose motto reads “A New Orleans Drinking Club with a Running Problem,” the Red Dress Run is a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting several small local charities. Although the route is kept secret until the day of the run, this year it will begin in Louis Armstrong Park at 11:30 (rain or shine) and will, more than likely, wind its way through the Marigny area.

To give you a little history, the idea behind the Red Dress Run was initiated in San Diego in 1987.  A lady, who came to be known as “The Lady in Red,” was visiting a friend who was part of a local Hash House Harriers.  She attended the running club meeting with her friend and, after receiving some grief from a fellow hasher, decided to participate in the run while wearing heels and her red dress.  From this encounter, the Red Dress Run was born.  It is now celebrated by hashers around the world. Visit their website to register for the event.

NOLA International Foodie Fest


August 17

Deja Vieux Food Park, located at 1681 Religious Street, will host this event from 12pm-9pm.  Festgoers can sample international flavors from various food trucks, restaurants and pop up chefs, while indulging in specialty cocktails, swaying to the music by local musicians, and perusing vendors offering locally made products.  Free admission with Eventbrite registration while they last, $5 presale tickets available after free tickets are gone, and $10 tickets at the gate on event day.

Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva New Orleans

August 23-25

Come enjoy New Orleans’ version of the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain (Running of the Bulls) at The Sugar Mill. The three-day long event kicks off with El Txupinazo on Friday, August 23, a fundraiser benefitting the non-profit organization, Beth’s Friends Forever, whose mission it is to assist women battling cancer in the New Orleans area. El Encierro will begin promptly at 8am at The Sugar Mill on Saturday, August 24. “Rollerbulls” (roller derby girls) from derby leagues around the world will take the place of live bulls. Along with thousands of runners, the Rollerbulls will take to the streets of the city to celebrate this historical event, followed by what’s promised to be “one helluva show!” The party continues into the night with La Fiesta De Pantalones, hosted by and held at The Rusty Nail. Dress in white pants, shirts, skirts, shorts with accents of red around your neck or waist, Pamplonese style. The event culminates with El Pobre de Mi: Poor Me at Lula Restaurant Distillery from 10am-2pm on Sunday, August 25. Celebrate with Nola Bulls and Roxie Le Rouge’s Bog Deal Burlesque, food, and drinks!

Note: This event was previously scheduled for July 12-14 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival


August 24-25

As part of the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference, NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival will take place at Duncan Plaza, located on Loyola Ave in-between City Hall and the New Orleans Public Library. New Orleans Saints Fans will be honored with a “Get Ya’ Saints Song On” celebration! Come enjoy music, food, art, pop-up shops, a car show and a parade. The festival is presented by The Music Business Institute (MBI), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing entertainment education, business and career development. I had a bit of difficulty finding an official website for this event.  See the attached link for details.


July 3rd and 4th Activities

1. Happy 3rd of July at City Park

The Marine Corp Band New Orleans will provide patriotic music starting at 7pm on the       Golfberg/Woldenberg Great Lawn, followed by a firework display at 9pm from the top of the Peristyle. Food, snowballs, and drinks will be available for purchase or you can opt to bring your own food. Admission is free!


2. Go 4th on the River

Dueling barges on the Mississippi River will put on a spectacular fireworks display, choreographed to patriotic music.  Enjoy the show along the riverfront (Woldenberg Park) or consider getting tickets to view the show from either the Steamboat Natchez ($109/adult, $55/children 6-12, $25/kids under 6) or the Creole Queen ($129/adult, $69/children 6-12, $20/children 3-5). Each cruise will feature a buffet-style dinner and live entertainment. The Steamboat Natchez will provide an open beer, wine and soda bar.  The Creole Queen will feature an open call brand bar.  Visit their websites for details/tickets.


3. Sneauxball Fest

This is a brand-new event taking place on the 4th of July from 9AM-9PM in the 5900 block of Bullard Ave (New Orleans East). It will feature live entertainment, ten different snowball vendors, food vendors, merchant vendors, fun family activities, as well as, networking opportunities. Tonya Boyd-Cannon, former Voice contestant, is one of the event collaborators.


Creole Food Festival

Creole Food Festival

The 2nd annual Creole Food Festival showcases Creole cuisine, which incorporates a blend of French, Spanish, West and North African, Amerindian, Haitian and Portuguese cooking. It will be held from 2PM-7PM at the Mardi Gras Museum of Costume and Culture on Conti St. Come out and enjoy delicious food and beverages created by experts in their craft. Tickets range from $35-$90.


Essence Festival

Essence Festival

July 5-8

This year’s Essence Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the Big Easy!  Throughout the 4-day weekend, events will include roundtable discussions, podcasts, live performances by the likes of Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott.  Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, will be one of the featured speakers on Saturday evening, July 6, in the Mercedes Superdome. Check out their website for a full line-up of events, tickets, and additional information. The event will feature a Food and Wine Festival in the Ernest N Morial Convention Center from 10am-6pm Friday-Sunday.

Kolaj Fest New Orleans


July 10-14

Calling all artists! This festival features a symposium on contemporary collage and its role in art, culture, and society.  Throughout the 5 days, speakers will be holding panel discussions, artists will provide demonstrations and exhibit their artwork and participants will hopefully come away with a deeper appreciation of the art of collage.  This event takes place in various areas of the city. Check out the website for details.


Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

Running of the Bulls

July 12-14

Come enjoy New Orleans’ version of the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain (Running of the Bulls) at The Sugar Mill. The three-day long event kicks off with El Txupinazo on Thursday, July 12, a fundraiser benefitting the non-profit organization, Beth’s Friends Forever, whose mission it is to assist women battling cancer in the New Orleans area. El Encierro will begin promptly at 8am at The Sugar Mill on Saturday, July 13. “Rollerbulls” (roller derby girls) from derby leagues around the world will take the place of live bulls. Along with thousands of runners, the Rollerbulls will take to the streets of the city to celebrate this historical event, followed by what’s promised to be “one helluva show!” The party continues into the night with La Fiesta De Pantalones, hosted by and held at The Rusty Nail. Dress in white pants, shirts, skirts, shorts with accents of red around your neck or waist, Pamplonese style. The event culminates with El Pobre de Mi: Poor Me at Lula Restaurant Distillery from 10am-2pm on Sunday, July 14th. Celebrate with Nola Bulls and Roxie Le Rouge’s Bog Deal Burlesque, food, and drinks!


Bastille Day Fete

Bastille Day Fete

During this weekend-long celebration, New Orleans celebrates its French heritage with various events held throughout the city. Many of the activities (some free, some require a small fee) take place in City Park and NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art). They include mimes, French food trucks, dancing, music, a French village set up in traditional fireman’s ball theme, balloon artists, cooking demonstrations and a French film festival, to name a few.

In other parts of the city, a block party will be held in the Faubourg St. John area where revelers will make a toast to the French. French-decorated boats take part in a regatta held at the New Orleans Yacht Club, followed by a celebration with food, French wines and cheeses. The annual French Market Bastille Day Bartender and Waiters Race takes place in the French Quarter and involves bartenders and waiters speed walking down French Market Place, holding trays of champagne, croissants and water. Whomever ends the race having spilled the least amount, wins. It’s a family friendly event, so grab the kids and enjoy celebrating everything French!!


June 1-June 2

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The Oyster Festival takes place at Woldenberg Park, with proceeds benefitting coastal restoration organizations. The event will feature numerous preparations of one of New Orleans favorite delicacies, the oyster!!  Try them fried, chargrilled, raw, on a po-boy, in a soup, on a taco! In true New Orleans style, the event will also feature live music and several craft vendors. Check out the website for all the details!


June 7

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June Under the Moon takes place at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park in City Park from 7:30pm-10:30pm. Open Beer Bars, unlimited amusement rides, food, Tito’s vodka snoballs, and a wine concierge (check out the website for details) will be available. 101 friendly leashed dogs will be admitted. Beer, a hot dog and a serving of jambalaya, and a vodka snoball are all included with your ticket purchase. Ticket prices are $30/person and $10/Dog. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. This sounds like a really fun event!!


June 7-June 9

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As stated on their website, “New Orleans Pride fully embraces the message of One CommUNITY!”  Their mission is to bring awareness and education about the LGBT+ community.  New Orleans is touted as one of the most welcoming cities for the LGBT+ community.  Proceeds are used to put on the festival and to fund anti-bullying campaigns. There are more than 30 events planned for the weekend. The New Orleans Pride Parade will make its way through the Marigny and French Quarter neighborhoods, starting at 7:30pm on June 8. Check out the website for a full line-up of activities.


June 8-June 9

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If you’ve ever eaten a legit creole tomato, you’ll understand why New Orleans celebrates its existence. It has a melt-in-your-mouth flavor all its own!! The festival takes place primarily at the French Market, with activities also held in Dutch Alley and the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint. The event features live music, food booths, a Bloody Mary market, activities for the kids, cooking demos and lots of creole tomatoes!!


June 21-June 23

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This year’s FestiGals Weekend festivities will take place at the Jung Hotel & Residences. FestiGals is a non-profit organization whose mission statement reads, “inspires, connects, and celebrates women while supporting causes important to their well-being.” 2019’s focus will be on bringing attention to heart disease and its impact on women. The 2019 Step Up Second-line Parade will be held on Saturday, June 22 and will be raising funds for the New Orleans Area American Heart Association. The weekend is packed full of activities, including break-out sessions with many accomplished women from the area, Hat’s Off Luncheon, Shopping Showcase, 2019 Women’s professional Day and much more. See website for full details and ticket purchase.


June 22-June 23

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Held in Louis Armstrong Park each day from 11am-7:30pm. Admission is free. The festival will feature Cajun and Zydeco music, exclusively. Delicious New Orleans seafood, arts market and kids’ activities will be available.


June 22-June 23

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Celebrating New Orleans’ deep roots with the Caribbean culture, the NOLA Caribbean Festival will be held from 5pm-10pm each evening at Central City BBQ. Ticket price is $10/day. The event will feature an indoor and outdoor entertainment area, live music, food, bars, salsa tent, kids’ corner and vendors village. The NOLA Colour Me Krazy Paint vs. Power Parade will take place on June 22 from 5pm-7pm. All Inclusive packages are available. See website for details.

NOLA Crawfish Festival 2019

May 1

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NOLA Crawfish Festival will be held April 29, 30 and May 1 at The Smokeyard @ Central City BBQ, located at 1201 S. Rampart St. Enjoy sucking heads and pinching tails of tasty crawfish, cooked to perfection by NOLA Crawfish King, while drinking a cold beer and listening to cool vibes of local New Orleans musicians. Featuring an Ultimate Crawfish Cookoff and a Crawfish Eating Contest!

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

May 2-May 5

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, otherwise known as Jazz Fest! Held at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, located at 1751 Gentilly Blvd, Jazz Fest is the premier music festival of the south, maybe even the entire country. Over the years, Jazz Fest has featured many dynamic and influential local New Orleans and Louisiana musicians, as well as, artists from all over the country/world!!

The festival offers a wide variety of delicious local and international cuisine.  Here’s a snippet of this year’s vendors: The Praline Connection Warehouse, Taqueria corona, Bennachin Restaurant, Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine, Angelo’s Bakery, Plum St. Sno-Balls, Lucky Dog, Inc, Carmo, Café du  Monde, Prejean’s, and a slew of catering companies!!

The Congo Square African Marketplace, Contemporary Crafts, and Louisiana Marketplace are  scattered throughout the grounds, where artisans will be displaying and selling handmade works of art. Check out the music lineup, food vendors and other pertinent information, including links to purchase tickets at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage website.

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May 11

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Enjoy a Saturday afternoon on the campus of the University of New Orleans, located at 2000 Lakeshore Dr., sampling crawfish from various crawfish boils. Teams compete for cash prizes and trophies. Consume all-you-can-eat crawfish while listening to music from Cumulus DJ, the Bucktown All-Stars, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Young Pin Stripe Brass Band and J & the Causeways. The event also features a crawfish eating competition, Mambo Shopping Village and an area for the kids.  Hosted by the University of New Orleans International Alumni Association. Proceeds support professional development programs for UNO students.

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May 16

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Head out to Woldenburg Park, located at 1 Canal Place, for live music and samplings of unlimited gourmet tacos and cocktails concocted by various New Orleans restaurants including Balise, Aranya, Juan’s Flying Burrito, Oak Wine Bar, Flamingo A Go Go, Velvet Cactus.  Check out the website for the full line-up of competing restaurants. VIP chefs will also be in attendance!!  Proceeds benefit the organization, Foster NOLA! Enjoy delicious food, cocktails and live music while benefitting children who are currently in or have aged out of the foster system!

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

May 17-May 19

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Bayou Boogaloo takes place along Bayou St. John in the Mid-City section of New Orleans. It’s a free, family-friendly, cultural event put on by Friends of Bayou St. John, offering local music, food and arts and crafts. Locals and visitors enjoy the event either by boat, while floating on inflatables or walking along the shore.  Take the family out for a fun day to support Friends of Bayou St. John, who’s primary goal is to maintain a clean, healthy Bayou St. John for all to enjoy for many years to come!

While in Mid-City, take advantage of the area’s palate-pleasing food scene:

Parkway Bakery & Tavern    Katie’s Restaurant & Bar   Lola’s   G’s Pizza   Marjie’s Grill   Liuzza’s By the Track   Café Degas     1000 Figs    Toups Meatery   Piece of Meat   MoPho   Brown Butter   Neyow’s   Angelo Brocato

NOLA Soul and Art Festival

May 18

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Music and art are vital to the heart and soul of New Orleans.  This festival showcases both from 10am-7pm at Louis Armstrong Park, located at 701 Rampart St.  Other activities include live painting, wine tasting, silent disco, food vendors, and a photo booth.

Restaurants nearby: Meauxbar, Mister Gregory’s, Eat, Effervescence, Marti’s

New Orleans Greek Festival

May 23-May 26

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Hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral, located at 1200 Robert E Lee Blvd, the 46th Annual New Orleans Greek Festival offers homemade, traditional Greek food, wine and desserts, live Greek music and dancing, and a Greek grocery store selling cheeses, dips, spices and more. This year’s theme is Mastika, celebrating a liqueur seasoned with mastic, native to Greece and the Chios Island. Tours of the Cathedral, Greek merchandise and an area for the kids will also be available. Thursday evening is a “soft opening.” See website for details and ticket sales.

Treme/7th Ward Arts and Cultural Festival

May 25-May 26

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Celebrating one of New Orleans most historical neighborhoods, the Treme/7th Ward Arts and Cultural Festival will take place “under the N. Claiborne bridges.” Live performances by Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers, Treme Brass Band, Shannon Powell and more will be sure to delight music lovers! Explore the Treme and 7th Ward neighborhoods by participating in the Babydoll Bar Crawl and Treme and 7th Ward Historic Tours. Food and arts & crafts booths will also be available. Free and open to the public.

Restaurants in the area: Dooky Chase’s, Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Lil’ Dizzy’s Café, Tiger’s Creole Cuisine