Events

Every Outdoor Concert You Should See in New Orleans This Summer

Updated On 05/30/2017 at 06:11PM EST Updated On 05/30/2017 at 06:11PM EST
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honey island swamp band | Flickr/Bob Marquart

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Location

May 25 Thu

Honey Island Swamp Band The local roots-rock quintet brings sweet tunes like “Chocolate Cake” and “Cane Sugar” to Jazz in the Park.

Louis Armstrong Park

Honey Island Swamp Band Louis Armstrong Park The local roots-rock quintet brings sweet tunes like “Chocolate Cake” and “Cane Sugar” to Jazz in the Park.

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Event

Location

May 26 Fri

Bayou Country Superfest Kickoff Party Before the summer country fest begins at the Superdome, get pumped at this free outdoor show featuring up-and-comers Easton Corbin, Dylan Scott, and Eric Paslay.

Champions Square

Bayou Country Superfest Kickoff Party Champions Square Before the summer country fest begins at the Superdome, get pumped at this free outdoor show featuring up-and-comers Easton Corbin, Dylan Scott, and Eric Paslay.

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Event

Location

May 26 Fri

Royal Street Stroll As part of the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, wine club The Krewe of Cork leads this
parade-style party that features live jazz, wine tastings, and food tents.

French Quarter

Royal Street Stroll French Quarter As part of the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience, wine club The Krewe of Cork leads this
parade-style party that features live jazz, wine tastings, and food tents.

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Event

Location

May 26-27

Greek Festival Grab yourself an ouzo daiquiri and settle in for some traditional Greek music from The Levendes, Hellenic dance performances, and plenty of food. Admission is free on Sunday if you wear a toga.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Greek Festival Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Grab yourself an ouzo daiquiri and settle in for some traditional Greek music from The Levendes, Hellenic dance performances, and plenty of food. Admission is free on Sunday if you wear a toga.

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May 27 Sat

Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival This concert benefits local music education and features six acts, with the Big E Brass Band and Astral Project topping the bill.

Heritage Park, Slidell

Slidell Jazz and Blues Festival Heritage Park, Slidell This concert benefits local music education and features six acts, with the Big E Brass Band and Astral Project topping the bill.

Cajun-Zydeco Festival | Flickr/John Krupsky

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Event

Location

Jun 1 Thu

Jon Cleary Singer and pianist Jon Cleary, who’s played with the likes of Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt, closes out the Jazz in the Park season with his blend of R&B, soul, and funk.

Louis Armstrong Park

Jon Cleary Louis Armstrong Park Singer and pianist Jon Cleary, who’s played with the likes of Ryan Adams and Bonnie Raitt, closes out the Jazz in the Park season with his blend of R&B, soul, and funk.

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Event

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Jun 3-4

Oyster Fest As if the shucking and oyster-eating contests weren’t enough entertainment, the festival offers two solid days of tunes from the likes of Luke Winslow-King, Flow Tribe, and, yep, Bonerama.

Woldenberg Park

Oyster Fest Woldenberg Park As if the shucking and oyster-eating contests weren’t enough entertainment, the festival offers two solid days of tunes from the likes of Luke Winslow-King, Flow Tribe, and, yep, Bonerama.

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Event

Location

Jun 8 Thu

Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars The always theatrical English rockers bring their laser-filled show to the Square, with Jared Leto and co. opening.

Champions Square

Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars Champions Square The always theatrical English rockers bring their laser-filled show to the Square, with Jared Leto and co. opening.

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Event

Location

Jun 10 Sat

New Orleans Pride Parade Strut your stuff and celebrate the LGBTQ community with a glorious parade and music from brass bands, DJs, and more.

French Quarter

New Orleans Pride Parade French Quarter Strut your stuff and celebrate the LGBTQ community with a glorious parade and music from brass bands, DJs, and more.

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Event

Location

Jun 10-11

Creole Tomato Fest Come hungry for the tomato-eating contest and sip the best Bloody Marys on the planet while brass bands and gospel choirs perform in and around the French Market.

French Market

Creole Tomato Fest French Market Come hungry for the tomato-eating contest and sip the best Bloody Marys on the planet while brass bands and gospel choirs perform in and around the French Market.

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Event

Location

Jun 13 Tue

Third Eye Blind The band comes to Champions Square as part of its 20th anniversary tour. If you lived for their 1997 self-titled debut, this is your chance to see them perform it in its entirety.

Champions Square

Third Eye Blind Champions Square The band comes to Champions Square as part of its 20th anniversary tour. If you lived for their 1997 self-titled debut, this is your chance to see them perform it in its entirety.

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Event

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Jun 24-25

Cajun-Zydeco Festival Come for the new “dessert oasis” area in Congo Square for some sweet treats, stay for impeccable zydeco from the likes of D.L. Menard, Chubby Carrier, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

Louis Armstrong Park

Cajun-Zydeco Festival Louis Armstrong Park Come for the new “dessert oasis” area in Congo Square for some sweet treats, stay for impeccable zydeco from the likes of D.L. Menard, Chubby Carrier, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

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Event

Location

Jun 28 Wed

Warped Tour Head to the home of the Baby Cakes for an afternoon of punk and metal from Sick of It All, the Adolescents, Gwar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and dozens more.

Shrine on Airline Stadium

Warped Tour Shrine on Airline Stadium Head to the home of the Baby Cakes for an afternoon of punk and metal from Sick of It All, the Adolescents, Gwar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and dozens more.

running of the bulls | Flickr/Darrell Miller

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Event

Location

Jul 3 Mon

Third of July Celebration Celebrate Independence Day early with the local Marine Corps Band and a fireworks show on the great lawn.

City Park Peristyle

Third of July Celebration City Park Peristyle Celebrate Independence Day early with the local Marine Corps Band and a fireworks show on the great lawn.

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Jul 8 Sat

Running of the Bulls Instead of actual bulls, hundreds of roller derby girls armed with plastic bats chase down runners throughout the streets. Whether you got hit or not, head to the Sugar Mill’s afterparty for live music from the Zydepunks and DJ sets.

Downtown

Running of the Bulls Downtown Instead of actual bulls, hundreds of roller derby girls armed with plastic bats chase down runners throughout the streets. Whether you got hit or not, head to the Sugar Mill’s afterparty for live music from the Zydepunks and DJ sets.

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Event

Location

Jul 14 Fri

Bastile Day Fete Celebrate New Orleans’ French heritage at this annual party that includes live music, cooking demonstrations, museum tours, and plenty of food and wine.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Bastile Day Fete New Orleans Museum of Art Celebrate New Orleans’ French heritage at this annual party that includes live music, cooking demonstrations, museum tours, and plenty of food and wine.

Satchmo Summerfest | Flickr/Derek Bridges

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Event

Location

Aug 2 Wed

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World Take a trip down memory lane with Incubus and Jimmy Eat World. Even if you only know the old hits, the new stuff sounds pretty great, too.

Champions Square

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World Champions Square Take a trip down memory lane with Incubus and Jimmy Eat World. Even if you only know the old hits, the new stuff sounds pretty great, too.

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Event

Location

Aug 4 Fri

311 They didn’t have their big 311 day blowout in New Orleans this year to make it up the fans. Expect the hits, deep cuts, and covers.

Champions Square

311 Champions Square They didn’t have their big 311 day blowout in New Orleans this year to make it up the fans. Expect the hits, deep cuts, and covers.

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Event

Location

Aug 4-6

Satchmo Summerfest Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s 118th birthday with tunes from traditional jazz outfits and brass bands. Past headliners include Preservation Hall Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, and Charmaine Neville, so expect that level of quality again this year.

French Quarter

Satchmo Summerfest French Quarter Celebrate Louis Armstrong’s 118th birthday with tunes from traditional jazz outfits and brass bands. Past headliners include Preservation Hall Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, and Charmaine Neville, so expect that level of quality again this year.

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Event

Location

Aug 12 Sat

Dirty Linen Night Peruse Royal Street’s art galleries and shops while enjoying live music from local street musicians, and take advantage of the food and drink specials.

Royal Street

Dirty Linen Night Royal Street Peruse Royal Street’s art galleries and shops while enjoying live music from local street musicians, and take advantage of the food and drink specials.

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Event

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Aug 30-Sep 4

Southern Decadence Take in the delightful debachuery that is Southern Decadence, which is billed as “New Orleans' Largest Gay Event.” The multi-day event includes parades with bass brands and a concert on Bourbon St, but the real joy is in checking out the attendees’ outfits (or lack thereof).

French Quarter

Southern Decadence French Quarter Take in the delightful debachuery that is Southern Decadence, which is billed as “New Orleans' Largest Gay Event.” The multi-day event includes parades with bass brands and a concert on Bourbon St, but the real joy is in checking out the attendees’ outfits (or lack thereof).