2018 New Orleans Summer Festival & 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 2018


Honey Island Swamp Fest

June 1 – 2

KBR Lake
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The Honey Island Swamp Fest returns again for the second year at KBR Lake, off Interstate 59, Exit 5 (Hwy 11 & Spur 41). Enjoy live music, food and beverages, rubber duck race 50/50 raffle, carnival rides and vendor booths with arts and crafts. This is a rain or shine event so wear your boots and bring your chairs and canopies. Remember, no outside food or drinks. No Pets.

New Orleans Oyster Festival

June 2 – 3

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 8 – 10

Various locations
This vibrant, weekend-long festival celebrates the LGBTQ community. The weekend includes several special events including a glow party and 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.

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 9 – 10

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.

Tangi Taste Fest

June 15 – 17

Tangipahoa Parish Fairgrounds
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The Tangi Taste Fest is hosting their inaugural food festival in Amite, LA. The festival will feature local food producers and food businesses. There will be delicious food, live music and shop a wonderful local marketplace.

Louisiana Bicycle Festival

June 16

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. The event includes antique bicycle exhibits, a bicycle flea market, Tammany Trace cruise, a log pull, unique bike contest, prizes and more.

Festigals

June 21 – 24

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 $20.

Louisiana Catfish Festival

June 22 – 24

St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church
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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 $20.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

June 23 – 24

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. The fest will feature a special focus this year on “trail ride” music, featuring the hot zydeco popular on the bridle paths of southwest Louisiana.

NOLA Caribbean Festival

June 23 – 24

Central City BBQ
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Head to Central City for this multi-cultural Caribbean festival. Vibe out to performances and celebrate New Orleans’ deeply-rooted cultural connections as the Caribbean’s northern-most city. Tickets start at $15, plus fees.

Slidell Heritage Festival

June 30

Heritage Park
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This family-friendly event in Slidell features food, music and fireworks for the win. The music lineup includes Mike “Soul Man” Baptiste at the New Orleans Mystics, Nashville-based band 7 Bridges and Bag of Donuts. The fest also features an expanded children’s area. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Kids age 3 and under enter free.

July 2018



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.

ESSENCE Festival

July 5 – 8

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Each year, the “party with a purpose” takes over New Orleans the weekend around the Fourth of July weekend bringing big names, high-energy music performances, empowering speakers, workshops and day parties. This year, headliners include Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and others.

West Bank Beer Fest

July 7

NOLA Motorsports Park
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Hit the West Bank, and cool down your summer at this beer fest. Seveal local breweries are on tap to participate. 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.

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

July 13 – 15

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 17 – 22

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 26 – 28

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.

August 2018


 

Photo courtesy: Frank Aymami

Satchmo SummerFest

August 3 – 5

Old U.S. Mint
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Music lovers can enjoy the three-day festival celebrating beloved New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong. Satchmo SummerFest features more than 100 artists including local jazz musicians and brass bands along with seminars and food from popular restaurants. Daily admission is $5.

Hancock Whitney White Linen Night

August 4

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 11

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 cheaper you register, the better for you pockets.

Dirty Linen Night

August 11

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 3

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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