9 New Orleans Festivals to Check Out This May

We’re nearing the end of a busy New Orleans Spring festival season, but there’s still quite a few fests to enjoy this May. Here’s your guide to May festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. Check back for updates as we get them.

May 2017


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

April 28 – May 7

New Orleans Fairgrounds
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Thousands of music lovers head to the Fairgrounds for this two-weekend festival considered one of the city’s most world-renowned events. Tons of music spans several stages bringing big local and international names across different genres. Let’s also not forget to mention all the incredible food vendors that will fill the Fairgrounds like the sought after Crawfish Monica and Cochon de lait po-boys. Festival-goers can also enjoy art exhbits and some good people watching. Here are some festival tips straight from fest-goers to get you through.

NOLA Crawfish Festival

May 1 – May 3

Central City BBQ
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Hang out at the three-day NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City BBQ. Several local musicians jam while the NOLA Crawfish King drops pounds of crawfish. The festival hosts an “Ultimate Crawfish Cook-Off” on its last day where 20 teams compete for the best crawfish boil. Ticket prices vary.

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

May 5 – May 7

Parc Hardy
Breaux Bridge, La.
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Thousands flock to the “Crawfish Capital of the World” for the weekend-long Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Enjoy crawfish prepared in every imaginable way, and experience Cajun and Zydeco culture at this gathering. Some of the features include a celebrity crawfish eating contest, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish races, cooking demonstrations, performances and a crawfish etouffee cook-off. It’s Cajun fun for the whole family! Admission starts at $5.

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

May 19 – May 21

Bayou St. John
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Paddle along Bayou St. John at this family-friendly food and music fest. This three-day fest makes the perfect family outing to top off your weekend. Catch some cool local music acts like Cupid, Jon Cleary and Tank & the Bangas.

Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival

May 19 – May 21

Belle Chasse, La.
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Head to Plaquemines Parish for a celebration of the parishes’ unique heritage, and feast on great local seafood while you’re at it. The fest also features live music, carnival rides, crafts and the Seafood Queen Pageant.

New Orleans Food & Wine Experience

May 25 – May 28

Various locations around New Orleans
Hundreds of wineries, restaurants and top chefs from around the city showcase their best for this diverse culinary experience. Test your palate with wine and food tastings at this four-day, event-packed feast. Some of the big highlights include the Grand Tasting and the Royal Street Stroll.

Bayou Country Superfest

May 26 – May 28

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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The annual country music fest normally held in Tiger Stadium makes a move to the Mercedes-Bend Superdome this year. Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, and Blake Shelton are among the stars slated to perform. Tickets start at $45.

New Orleans Greek Festival

May 26 – May 28

Holy Trinity Cathedral
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Don’t forget your toga during Memorial Day weekend. Head out to the family-friendly New Orleans Greek Festival. Food, wine, live music and dance highlights this fun toast to Greek traditions. The line-up also usually includes a Toga Contest. Entrance fee $8. Children 12 and under enter free.

Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival

May 27

Heritage Park
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Groove to performances by local jazz and blues acts while benefiting a good cause. A portion of proceeds from the Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival support local young musicians and music education. Admission is $10. Kids under 12 enter free.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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See also:

10 New Orleans Concerts You Must See This Spring