8 things to do this weekend: June 7 – 9

An all-new festival debuts on the North Shore this weekend.

We're already diving into quite a few summer festivals ahead of the official start of summer. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

June Under the Moon

Friday, June 7

Let your inner child roam free at June Under the Moon, an adults-only party on Friday at Carousel Amusement Park in New Orleans City Park. Enjoy unlimited rides in the amusement park, give-a-ways, light dinner fare, boozy sno-balls and open beer bars. New this year, 101 friendly, leashed dogs will be admitted with their owners at the event. Your pup can join in on activities at the event, including a train ride. The event is from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and $10 per dog.

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The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Celebrates the Music of Prince

Friday, June 7

The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra honors the birthday of Prince with a New Orleans-style celebration at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the New Orleans Jazz Market. The concert features Houston soul artist Jack Freeman and New Orleans artists CASME’ and Mecca Notes. General admission tickets are $30, premium tickets are $57 and VIP tickets are $85. An after party follows at the Bolden Bar at 9 p.m. with sounds by DJ Jess. Costumes are encouraged. The after-party is free for concert guests or $10 general admission.

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Inaugural Bluesberry Festival

Saturday, June 8

The all-new Bluesberry Festival will make its debut on the North Shore from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Set in the riverside Bogue Falaya Park in Covington, Bluesberry Festival is a perfect escape to enjoy blues music and experience the arts amidst Southeast Louisiana’s beautiful natural landscape. Bluesberry Festival’s music lineup includes regional and national blues musicians. Texas native Casey James, a singer, songwriter and guitarist also known for a finalist on season 9 of “American Idol,” will headline alongside Johnny Hayes. Hayes is an Alabama native from Season 12 of “The Voice” whose rock-blues style gained national notoriety.

Read more about the lineup here.

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Creole Tomato Festival

Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9

Everything from spicy Bloody Marys to fresh caprese salads will fill the French Market for the 33rd annual Creole Tomato Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The family-friendly festival celebrating Louisiana’s Creole tomato hosts two days of live music, cooking demonstrations, food booths featuring treasured and unique Creole Tomato dishes, kid’s activities and the 4th annual Bloody Mary Market in Dutch Alley. The French Market Creole Tomato Festival is free and open to the public.

Read more about what to expect at the Creole Tomato Fest in our event preview.

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2019 New Orleans Pride Parade

Saturday, June 8

The weekend-long New Orelans Pride Festival celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and culminates with the 2019 New Orleans Pride Parade rolling at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Dubbed the “largest LGBTQ parade on the Gulf Coast,” the parade features more than 20 floats and more than 60 marching groups.  The 2019 grand marshals of the parade are New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, “Project Runway” star Mondo Guerra and HIV activist Dr. MarkAlain Déry.

See the parade route below, courtesy of New Orleans Pride.

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LPO Bayou Road Block Party

Saturday, June 8

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra throws a free, special block party in collaboration with Second Saturdays at Southern Rep Theatre. The family-friendly event along this historic Bayou Road includes music, an interactive play and other activities. The event is from 2 p.m. to  5 p.m.

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Anderson .Paak Tour at Champions Square

Saturday, June 8

Grammy-winning artist Anderson .Paak brings his “Best Teef in the Game” tour to Champions Square at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Special guests Thundercat and Noname will join the show as opening acts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.50.

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Free Fishing Weekend

Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 9

There’s certainly no shortage of fishing opportunities in Louisiana, particularly during the state’s annual celebration of Free Fishing Weekend. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Free fishing weekend provides an opportunity for anglers to fish without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters.

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