Mark These July Festivals on Your Calendar

Things are heating up for a busy summer festival season in the New Orleans metro area. Here’s your guide to July 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.

July 2017


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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.

Westbank Beer Fest 2017

July 22

NOLA Motorsports Park
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Hit the West Bank, and cool down your summer at this beer fest. At least 20 local breweries are on tap to participate including NOLA Brewing Company, 40 Arpent Brewing, and Port Orleans Brewing Company. Event admission gets festival-goers a souvenir tasting mug for unlimited pours, entry into raffles and more. Must be 21 or older to attend. Ticket prices range from $15 to $70. Brush up on your breweries beforehand by taking the ultimate beer tour now.

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 AND Bob Breck and Barry Kern. You might even learn a few fishing tips.

See also:

2017 New Orleans Summer Festivals & Major Events Schedule

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