2019 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.

While Essence Fest celebrates a star-studded 25 years, the Krewe of Nyx launches a summer parade for the first time ever.

From food fests dedicated to oysters to summer soirees like White Linen Night, there’s enough fun to keep your calendar maxed out. We found at least 20 festivals filling the lineup starting in June.

Here’s your guide to New Orleans summer festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

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June 2019


Birdfoot Festival

June 1

Various locations
The four-day international chamber music festival with New Orleans flavor ends on June 1. Music lovers can take in a series of concerts, open rehearsals and backstage experiences at different venues around New Orleans. Internationally recognized artists will delight audiences with a series of concerts and related events exploring a range of music, from the 1600s to the present.

New Orleans Oyster Festival

June 1 – 2

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.

Overlook Film Festival

June 1 – 2

Various locations
The Overlook Film Festival is a four-day celebration horror film programming (May 30 – June 2) held in New Orleans. The fest showcases exciting work in new and classic independent horror cinema alongside the latest in interactive and live shows for a fully immersive weekend.

Volksfest

June 1

Deutches Haus
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Volksfest is a traditional German festival celebrating the start of summer and all things German at the Deutsches Haus on the banks of Bayou St. John. One major event features the first New Orleans Volkslauf, a walking tour popular in Germany, led by the chicken dance mascot and will go around the bayou and through City Park. Other activities include wine and schnapps tastings, Maypole dancing, kids games, German dishes and German beer. Admission is $5 for adults. Free for kids under 12 years.

New Orleans Pride Festival

June 7 – 9

Various locations
This vibrant, weekend-long festival celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. The weekend includes several special events, including the annual PrideFest. Louisiana’s largest pride parade also rolls through in the French Quarter, followed by after parties hosted by several dance clubs. Some events are free, and ticket prices for parties and other special events vary.

Bluesberry Festival

June 8

Bogue Falaya Park
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The Bluesberry Festival, the North Shore’s newest immersive arts experience, features a full day of blues music and art. Among the acts are local and regional acts in blues, blues-rock and jazz genres. Tickets can be bought online for $20 or at the gate for $25. Children 10 and under get in free.

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 8 – 9

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 Bloody Mary Market, music stages, food booths and cooking demos.

Louisiana Bicycle Festival

June 15

Abita Springs, La.
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All bicycles are welcome at this eclectic fest in Abita Springs, La. In fact, organizers say you can think of it like a family reunion for bike enthusiasts. Ride your bike during a spontaneous stroll through the historic district. The event typically includes antique bicycle exhibits, a bicycle flea market, a bike tour and other activities.

FestiGals

June 21 – 23

Jung Hotel & Residences
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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 Jung Hotel & Residences. The conference also hosts some other special events like the Step Up Second Line Parade. Ticket prices vary per event or package, starting at $60 for conference events and $35 for the second-line parade.

Louisiana Catfish Festival

June 21 – 23

St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church
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Lovers of good New Orleans seafood won’t want to miss this annual festival over in Des Allemands. The self-proclaimed “Catfish Capital of the Universe” will have everything on deck, including live music, fair rides, and a slew of home-cooked food for guests to enjoy, including a whole lot of catfish.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

June 22 – 23

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. Some of the area’s best Cajun and zydeco performers will be taking the stage, so come ready to dance!

NOLA Caribbean Festival

June 22 – 23

Central City BBQ
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Head to Central City for this multi-cultural Caribbean festival. The NOLA Caribbean Festival is one element of the NOLA Caribbean Experience, featuring numerous events spanning four day. Vibe out to performances and celebrate New Orleans’ deeply-rooted cultural connections as the Caribbean’s northern-most city. Early bird prices for single-day and two-day tickets are $10 and $15, respectively. VIP tickets are also available. More info on tickets can be found here.

Slidell Heritage Festival

June 29

Heritage Park
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This family-friendly event in Slidell features food, music and fireworks for the win. Water slides and face painting are a couple of activities in the children’s area. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Kids age 3 and under enter free.

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July 2019



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.

ESSENCE Festival

July 4 – 7

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The “party with a purpose” celebrates its 25th anniversary and takes over New Orleans during the Fourth of July weekend, bringing big names, high-energy music performances, empowering speakers, workshops and day parties. This year, headliners include Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Big Freedia, H.E.R. and others. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is also set to make her first Essence Fest appearance on the heels of her best-selling book.

West Bank Beer Fest

July 6

NOLA Motorsports Park
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Hit the West Bank and cool down your summer at the Westbank Beer Fest. Several local breweries are on tap to participate. Event admission gets festival-goers a souvenir tasting mug for unlimited pours, entry into raffles and more. While the tasting event is strictly for adults 21 and older, there will also be activities for kids to enjoy. Brush up on your breweries beforehand by taking the ultimate beer tour now.

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

July 12 – 14

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 morning fiesta with a Hemmingway look-alike contest.

Bastille Day Fete

July 12

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 light show.

Tales of the Cocktail

July 16 – 21

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. Tickets are on sale now.

Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

July 25 – 27

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 and crafts. You might even learn a few fishing tips. There will also be children’s crab races everyday of the rodeo, with awards being given out on the last day.

Krewe of Nyx Summer Parade

July 27

Parade Route
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Get those bead bags out of the closet because the Krewe of Nyx will be debuting a special summer parade for the first time in its existence. Instead of their signature purses, they will instead be throwing glittered, kid-sized plastic shovels. The parade is set to roll at 7 p.m.

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August 2019


 

Photo courtesy: Frank Aymami

Satchmo SummerFest

August 2 – 4

New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint
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Music lovers can enjoy the three-day festival celebrating beloved New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong. Satchmo SummerFest features numerous artists, including local jazz musicians and brass bands along with seminars and food from popular restaurants. Daily admission is $6.

Hancock Whitney White Linen Night

August 3

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 also hosts an official White Linen Night after party.

New Orleans Red Dress Run

August 10

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. Enjoy this charity run and the fun after party. Registration fees vary. The sooner you register, the better for your pockets.

Dirty Linen Night

August 10

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 and dirty rice to patrons as they stroll in and out of their spots, according to custom. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to wear the same linens that they wore on White Linen Night.

Southern Decadence

August 29 – September 2

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 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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