*Updated May 2019
While the hot Louisiana summer may deter many tourist from visiting the city, June might not be such a bad time to visit New Orleans. The hotel rates are lower, and June is slammed packed with special events, festivals, and concerts. Prepare for the heat and head down to New Orleans this June:
The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honor and celebrate the restauranteurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter’s position as the “Oyster Capital of America,” and help raise funds for “Coastal Restoration.” The event is free and features a full music line up and more.
Named one of the fastest growing pride celebrations in the nation by gaytravel.com (2013), New Orleans Pride has nearly tripled in size since 2012. The festival is composed of a weekend of events that are centered around the LGBT community of New Orleans and its allies. From parades to burlesque shows, this city-wide event is full of lighthearted fun and spirit!
Centered around the French Market, which dates back to 1791 and is the nation's oldest city marketplace, this event features: a Second Line through the festival grounds to kick off Saturday’s events, ‘Best of the Fest’ cooking contest, Live music, Cooking demonstrations, Creole Tomato Parade, A Bloody Mary market and Local farmers' market and food and beverage booths! You can read our post about this quirky New Orleans festival here!
Festigals is an annual festival that empowers, celebrates, and supports women of all backgrounds, and champions causes related to women’s well-being. The festival features a variety of New Orleans-themed activities, designed for women and by women. The festival also includes renowned female speakers, local female entrepreneurs’ seminars, and more.
The annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival takes over the downtown Armstrong Park every June! This free festival celebrates cajun music and its hybrid offspring, Zydeco. There are two stages with all-star performers. The 2018 festival featured Grammy winners, The Lost Bayou Ramblers, as headliners as well Grammy nominees, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.
The NOLA Caribbean Festival is a lively festival celebrating the Caribbean’s influence on the city of New Orleans. This festival will feature a spicy mix of food, dance and culture. From pool parties to parades, this 3-day festival has enough activity to keep your itinerary full! Tickets can be purchased via the festival’s website.
*Be sure to check out this New Orleans Events Calendar for specific dates!
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