11 New Orleans-Area Festivals to Enjoy This June

Things are heating up for a busy summer festival season in the New Orleans metro area. Here’s your guide to June festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. We’ve mapped some great festivals on both the North Shore and the South Shore. Check back for updates as we get them.

June 2017

New Orleans Oyster Festival

June 3 – 4

Woldenberg Park
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Have a shucking good time at this free, two-day fest featuring all the delicious ways you can eat an oyster. Some top local restaurants will showcase their finest oyster dishes like those mouth-watering charbroiled oysters. In addition to lots of eating, the fest at Woldenberg Park will feature music, cooking demonstrations, art vendors and contests, like the oyster shucking competition.

Honey Island Swamp Fest

June 3

Pearl River, La.
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The North Shore gets a new festival. Festival-goers can enjoy carnival rides, games, crafts and music from local bands at the inaugural Honey Island Swamp Fest in Pearl River, La. at KBR Lake. Mayor David McQueen said he wanted to bring another major event back to Pearl River for residents to enjoy, similar to the Catfish Festival years ago. Looking forward to going? Here are four things you can expect at the new fest. Admission is free, but festival-goers will have to buy an arm band for carnival rides.

Kenner Hispanic Summer Fest

June 3 – 4

Kenner, La.
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It’s a celebration of Latin culture at this two-day festival in Kenner. Get your fill of music, food and fun for the whole family. The festival honoring the rich and diverse Hispanic legacy also features the musical presentation of Rey Ruiz, Los Hermanos Rosario, local bands & more.

New Orleans Pride Festival

June 9 – 11

Various locations
This vibrant, weekend-long festival celebrates the LGBTQ community. The weekend includes several special events including a costume disco dance party and PrideFest. Louisiana’s largest pride parade also rolls through in the French Quarter on Saturday, June 11, followed by after parties hosted by several dance clubs. PrideFest and the New Orleans Pride Parade are free and open to the public. Ticket prices for parties and other special events vary.

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 10 – 11

French Market
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Head to the historic French Market for this celebration of the Creole tomato. The free two-day fest kicks off with a second line. Other highlights include a “Best of the Fest” cooking contest, music stages, food booths and cooking demos.

Snake Oil Festival

June 15 – 17

The Howlin’ Wolf
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This variety arts festival celebrates the best in burlesque, sideshow, music, comedy and circus arts. The Howlin’ Wolf sets the stage for three nights of thrilling shows, all part of preserving the rich history of alternative entertainment. Tickets start at $20, plus fees.

Louisiana Bicycle Festival

June 17

Abita Springs, La.
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All bicycles are welcome at this eclectic fest in Abita Springs. In fact, organizers say you can think of it like a family reunion. Ride your bike during a spontaneous ride through the historic district. Some bicycle owners might even let you test drive their vintage or custom bikes.


June 22 – 24

JW Marriott New Orleans
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Grab your gals for a weekend of female empowerment. Festigals hosts a women-centric experience including workshops, personal and professional conferences and networking events at the JW Marriott New Orleans. Check out two of the festival’s signature events: Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch and the Stiletto Stroll Second Line Parade. Ticket prices vary with event packages starting at $50.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

June 24 – 25

Armstrong Park
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Get your Cajun two-step on! Boot-scoot to Armstrong Park for this celebration of bayou culture at this free, family-friendly fest. The two-day festival will offer plenty of music, food and art. Learn new things about Cajun culture, like how to make Cajun file power, at the new folklife area. Enjoy performances from Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band and others.

NOLA Caribbean Festival

June 24 – 25

Central City BBQ
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Head to Central City for this multi-cultural Caribbean festival. Vibe out to performances from musicians and DJs on the main stage. The fest also features a Dancehall Queen contest, drum lessons, a salsa tent and a kids corner. Tickets start at $10, plus fees.

ESSENCE Festival

June 29 – July 2

Various locations
Each year, the “party with a purpose” takes over New Orleans the weekend before the Fourth of July bringing big names, high-energy music performances, empowering speakers, workshops and day parties. This year, Diana Ross makes her Essence Fest debut. Other headliners for the nightly concerts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome include John Legend, Mary J. Blige and Chance the Rapper. See more details on the lineup here.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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See also:

2017 New Orleans Summer Festivals & Major Events Schedule