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.

Crawfish Mambo












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.

Top Taco fest












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

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