It's June! Pack a Bag for NOLA!

June 1 2017 | News

Louis Armstrong may have sung about magnolias in June, but you’ll be missing a lot more than that if you don’t pay a visit to NOLA this month. Take your pick of these five great festivals.

New Orleans Oyster Festival

June 3 & 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m

Start the summer off with a slurp at the New Orleans Oyster Festival, a free, two-day celebration in Woldenberg Park with live music, arts & crafts and world-famous oyster shucking and eating competitions. Your favorite restaurants will all be there like Acme Oyster House, Red Fish Grill, Antoine’s, Oceana, Andrea’s, Grand Isle Restaurant and more. Get more info here.

French Market Creole Tomato Festival

June 10 & 11, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This free festival at the French Market includes a kick-off second line parade, live music, a “Best of the Fest” cooking contest, cooking demonstrations, the Creole Tomato Parade, local farmers' market, and lots of food and beverage booths. Learn more.


June 22-24, 2017

This three-day “Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway’ offers life-changing professional development conferences, inspiring speakers like Linda Alvarado, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies and President/CEO of Alvarado Construction, and all the food, drink and fun New Orleans is famous for. Events include the Festi-Fabulous Bloody Mary Mixer, the Bodacious Bras for a Cause Brunch, and the annual Stiletto Stroll. Learn more.

Louisiana Cajun & Zydeco Festival

June 24 & 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Follow the sound of the fiddles, accordions and washboards to Louis Armstrong Park for the 11th Annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival. Admission is free, cher, so make your reservations at Hotel Provincial now.

Essence Festival

June 29-July 2, 2017

New Orleans is proud to be home to Essence Fest, the nation’s premier showcase for contemporary African American music and culture. This is a great opportunity to see the country’s most talented entertainers, including Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper, Solange, John Legend and other great stars. Plus, you can take your pick of seminars designed to empower. Learn more.

Can’t Make It in June?

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