The fun never stops in New Orleans, and the month of June is no exception. With three upcoming free festivals within walking distance of our hotel, it’s the perfect time to visit. Here are our picks for the best things to do in New Orleans this June:
June 2017 Free Outdoor Festivals
Up first is the New Orleans Oyster Festival, which celebrates the much-loved mollusk with plenty of oyster dishes as well as an oyster-shucking contest, an oyster-eating contest and even oyster-inspired artwork by local craft artists. The event takes place just steps from our hotel June 3-4 at Woldenberg Park at the Mississippi Riverfront, near the Aquarium. It’s a festival, so of course, there will be live music from local favorites like Flow Tribe, Bonerama, Brass-A-Holics and Bag of Donuts.
The following weekend, June 10-11, the French Market honors another local culinary delight with the 31st annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival. Also just a short walk from Bienville House Hotel, this event features 4 stages of free live music, plus cooking demonstrations and kids’ activities. Of course, there will also be plenty of delicious tomato dishes to choose from: everything from a Creole tomato and shrimp ceviche to a Creole tomato, mozzarella, basil and bacon crepe have made an appearance in previous years.
Last but certainly not least, the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival brings the traditional sounds of South Louisiana to the stage for a full weekend of fun, as beloved local musicians including the legendary D.L. Menard with the Jambalaya Cajun Band and Grammy winner Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band perform. The festival takes place June 24-25 at Armstrong Park in the French Quarter. In addition to plenty of upbeat tunes, you’ll also find food vendors, activities for children and a craft fair with some of the best regional artists.
Lagniappe: More Upcoming June Events
While the three free festivals above offer great affordable ways to experience the city this summer, there is plenty more on tap:
Festigals (June 22-24) offers a weekend’s worth of time with your girlfriends, including a professional Women’s Leadership Conference and a Stiletto Stroll second line parade. Meanwhile, New Orleans Pride offers a weekend full of events celebrating the local LGBT community June 9-11.
Looking for something off the beaten path? The third annual Snake Oil Festival brings to town performances, workshops and parties by some of the country’s best sideshow acts, burlesque dancers, cabaret musicians, circus artists and comedians. The festivities take place June 15-17.
Finally, ESSENCE Fest brings us into July, with daytime events like a Beauty & Style Expo and classes for small business owners and entrepreneurs, paired with superstar performances by Diana Ross, John Legend, Mary J Blige, Chance The Rapper, Chaka Khan, Solange, Jill Scott, Master P and more. The annual mega-fest spans June 29-July 2 and takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.