2017 New Orleans Summer Festivals & Major Events Schedule

Get ready for a hot summer in New Orleans. Things are heating up for a busy summer festival season that will keep us partying all the way through Labor Day. Here’s your guide to festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. 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.

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.

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.

July 2017



Outlaw Music Festival

July 1

Shrine on Airline
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**CANCELED** Originally scheduled for July 1 at the Shrine on Airline. Organizers say the canceled the show due to a scheduling conflict.

Slidell Heritage Festival

July 1

Heritage Park
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Kick off your Fourth of July weekend on the North Shore. This family-friendly event in Slidell features food, music and fireworks for the win. Entry fee $10. Kids ages 12 and under enter free with an adult.

Uncle Sam Jam

July 3

Lafreniere Park
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Celebrate America’s birthday a day early at this free patriotic party in Metairie. The Uncle Sam Jam also brings out some great local bands. VIP tickets are available for premium viewing. A fireworks display ends the night ends with a bang.

Independence Day Celebrations

July 4

Metro area
From the North Shore to the South Shore, New Orleans and its surrounding areas light up the night on the Fourth of July. Several areas host celebrations with fireworks displays. One of the biggest events, Go 4th on the River, happens in Downtown New Orleans.

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

July 7 – 9

The Sugar Mill
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At the New Orleans version of Spain’s famous bull-running event, roller derby team the Big Easy Rollergirls chase participants in the streets with plastic bats. If you’re planning to run, here are a few tips that might help you survive the “Rollerbulls.” Other activities surrounding the main event include a pre-party, a post-race celebration immediately following the run itself, and a Sunday tapas brunch with a Hemmingway look-alike contest.

Bastille Day Fete

July 14

New Orleans Museum of Art
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Bastille Day festivities in New Orleans rank among the world’s best celebrations honoring the French National Day. The French-themed fest has something for everyone to enjoy from adults to kids and even pets. Festival highlights include local musicians, French cooking demonstrations, a dog costume contest, and a traditional Flambeaux parade.

Tales of the Cocktail

July 18 – 23

Various locations
The premier cocktail festival shakes up New Orleans with a week full of events that spotlight the spirits industry. This annual meeting of mixologists, industry leaders and cocktail enthusiasts features seminars, tastings, competitions, networking opportunities and other events. While most events cater to professionals in the bar and spirits industry, other events are open to the public.

Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

July 27 – 29

Grand Isle, La.
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Fishing enthusiasts gear up for the oldest fishing tournament in the United States. The Tarpon Rodeo features a fun-filled weekend, with lots of great food, local entertainment and awesome arts & crafts. You might even learn a few fishing tips.

August 2017

 Red Dress Run

Satchmo SummerFest

August 4 – 6

Old U.S. Mint
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Music lovers can enjoy the three-day festival celebrating beloved New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong. This year, Satchmo SummerFest heads back to its longtime location at the Old U.S. Mint. The fest features more than 100 artists including local jazz musicians and brass bands along with seminars and food from popular restaurants. Daily admission is $5.

Whitney White Linen Night

August 5

Arts District New Orleans
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Dress in your best white for this annual block party in the New Orleans Art District. A sea of white fills Julia Street for free openings at several galleries and museums. The event is free, but patrons can purchase tickets for food and drink. The Contemporary Arts Center hosts an official White Linen Night afterparty. Admission is $10.

New Orleans Red Dress Run

August 12

Crescent Park
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Paint the city red at this popular event hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers. Everyone sports a little red dress — including the men. Organizers say this year the event heads to a new location at Crescent Park. Enjoy this charity run and the fun after party. Registration fees vary. The cheaper you register, the better for you pockets.

Dirty Linen Night

August 12

Royal Street
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Break out your linens once again for Dirty Linen Night where Royal Street gets its chance to shine. The annual block party features free openings at galleries and antique shops along the popular French Quarter street. Many participating galleries and shops serve free dirty martinis or glasses of wine to patrons as they stroll according to custom. The event is free and open to the public.

Southern Decadence

August 30 – September 4

Various locations
Southern Decadence will dominate the French Quarter scene with festivities celebrating the LGBTQ community extending throughout the Labor Day weekend. Highlights include the Float Parade, the Bourbon Street Extravaganza — a free outdoor concert at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann and the Walking Parade. Parade routes and further details can be found at the official website.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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