May is the time of year New Orleanians love best (okay, Mardi Gras is pretty cool and so is football season but you get the gist.) May means the second weekend of Jazz Fest. It also means crawfish season, Cinco de Mayo at area restaurants, and gyros at Greek Fest. Book your room in the French Quarter at the Hotel Provincial now and join the fun.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (May 2-5)
Celebrate the 50th Anniverary of Jazz Fest at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. The second four-day weekend will feature an amazing lineup, including the Dave Matthews Band, Diana Ross, Aaron Neville, John Prine, Rita Coolidge, Tom Jones, Big Sam's Funky Nation, the Iguanas, Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty, Tank and the Bangas, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue & the Nevilles, Big Freedia, the Radiators and so much more. But the music is just the beginning. You'll also find great art, fabulous food and a fun area for kids. Learn more.
NOLA Crawfish Festival (April 29-May 1)
The fourth annual NOLA Crawfish Festival at Central City Barbecue is a must-go. This year’s line-up includes Neville Jacobs, the NOLA Crawfish Fest All-Stars, Swampgrease, Soul Brass Band, Eric Krasno & Friends, The Mike Dillon Band, NCF Theory of Funk, Samantha Fish and Jonathon "Boogie" Long Anders, Anders Obsborne, David Torkanowsky, Papa Mali and Alvin "Youngblood Hart." Learn more.
Crawfish Mambo (May 11)
Make like a mudbug and crawl over to the University of New Orleans for the city’s largest crawfish cook-off. You can eat all the crawfish you want while enjoying entertainment by the Bucktown All-Stars, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and Young Pin Stripe Brass Band. Learn more.
Bayou Boogaloo (May 17-19)
Get your NOLA on in Mid-City at Bayou Boogaloo, featuring live music, food and arts. This year’s lineup includes Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult, Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw and many more. Check out the festival website.
Greek Fest (May 23-26)
Bayou St. John is the place to be Memorial Day weekend! Get your fill of homemade Greek food, drink and culture at the 46th Annual New Orleans Fest Festival. Learn traditional Greek dancing. Listen to a live Greek band. Tour Holy Trinity Cathedral, the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the Americas. Hit the Athenian Playground with the Mount Olypus Climbing Wall! Learn more.
Tremé/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (May 25 & 26)
The third annual Tremé/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival is a chance to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend “Under the Bridge” with live music, seminars, neighborhood tours, and even a “Baby Doll Pub Crawl.” Come see Shannon Powell, James Andrews, Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet, Jose Fermin & Merengue4-FOUR, Gina Brown & Anutha Level, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers and more! Go to their website.
Jazz Fest photo courtesy of Missy Fields Dalton