Events

Everything You Should Definitely Do in New Orleans This Summer

Published On 06/02/2016 Published On 06/02/2016
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Jun 3 Fri

Drink a beer on the Ferris wheel at June Under the Moon Here are some words for you: Wacky Shack, miniature train, carousel, Tilt-a-Whirl, Musik Express, bumper cars, Slime Buckets, Coney Tower, Scrambler, and a Ferris wheel with a view of the Superdome. Also: beer and cocktails, all in the most glorious municipal park in the country. Plus beer and cocktails, because this is NOLA. No excuses for missing this one, friends.

City Park, Mid-City

Drink a beer on the Ferris wheel at June Under the Moon City Park, Mid-City Here are some words for you: Wacky Shack, miniature train, carousel, Tilt-a-Whirl, Musik Express, bumper cars, Slime Buckets, Coney Tower, Scrambler, and a Ferris wheel with a view of the Superdome. Also: beer and cocktails, all in the most glorious municipal park in the country. Plus beer and cocktails, because this is NOLA. No excuses for missing this one, friends.

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Jun 4 Sat

Quaff a brew at the New Orleans International Beer Festival Well, hell, the name says it all, doesn’t it? Granted, pretty much any day in NOLA is a beer festival, but this one will have some really cool stuff going on if you’re into the brew-o-logical sciences.

Champions Square, Superdome/CBD

Quaff a brew at the New Orleans International Beer Festival Champions Square, Superdome/CBD Well, hell, the name says it all, doesn’t it? Granted, pretty much any day in NOLA is a beer festival, but this one will have some really cool stuff going on if you’re into the brew-o-logical sciences.

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Jun 4-5

Shuck ‘em and suck ‘em at the New Orleans Oyster Festival So you’d imagine it to be counterintuitive to throw an oyster festival in June, right? Nope! Our warm waters help cultivate beautiful bivalves year-round, and you can have ‘em every which way at this shindig: from fried to charbroiled, and naturally, even raw.

Woldenberg Park, FQ

Shuck ‘em and suck ‘em at the New Orleans Oyster Festival Woldenberg Park, FQ So you’d imagine it to be counterintuitive to throw an oyster festival in June, right? Nope! Our warm waters help cultivate beautiful bivalves year-round, and you can have ‘em every which way at this shindig: from fried to charbroiled, and naturally, even raw.

Flickr/Derek Bridges

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Jun 11 Sat

Get down with your bad self at the 610 Stompers "Ball Crawl" Maybe you didn’t make it past the try-outs this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revel with the "Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves." This is their time to shine -- and it could be yours, too. It’s a pub crawl and party for the ages. Well, ages 21 and up, of course. Tickets are 40 clams, but donations are also readily and happily accepted. Check website for details.

Various locations

Get down with your bad self at the 610 Stompers "Ball Crawl" Various locations Maybe you didn’t make it past the try-outs this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revel with the "Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves." This is their time to shine -- and it could be yours, too. It’s a pub crawl and party for the ages. Well, ages 21 and up, of course. Tickets are 40 clams, but donations are also readily and happily accepted. Check website for details.

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Jun 11-12

Try ‘maters and more ‘maters at the French Market Creole Tomato Festival Anyone who tells you that "New Orleans doesn’t have seasons" is a dirty, dirty liar, and probably from Atlanta. Of course we have seasons -- and of course most of them are food-related. During summer, that means glorious local tomatoes in all their splendor, which you’ll find at the festival in abundance... and in super-cool preparations. Plus, this is the 30th anniversary of the fest, so be prepared for gazpacho and bloodies for all!

French Market, FQ

Try ‘maters and more ‘maters at the French Market Creole Tomato Festival French Market, FQ Anyone who tells you that "New Orleans doesn’t have seasons" is a dirty, dirty liar, and probably from Atlanta. Of course we have seasons -- and of course most of them are food-related. During summer, that means glorious local tomatoes in all their splendor, which you’ll find at the festival in abundance... and in super-cool preparations. Plus, this is the 30th anniversary of the fest, so be prepared for gazpacho and bloodies for all!

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Jun 17-19

Show off your New Orleans Pride Ah, Pride. When New Orleans turns into a tumult of rainbows, fierce outfits, and super-talented drag queens. There are different events going on all over that you should consider checking out, but expect pretty much the entire city to be full-on fabulous this weekend.

Mostly in the French Quarter

Show off your New Orleans Pride Mostly in the French Quarter Ah, Pride. When New Orleans turns into a tumult of rainbows, fierce outfits, and super-talented drag queens. There are different events going on all over that you should consider checking out, but expect pretty much the entire city to be full-on fabulous this weekend.

Flickr/Kent Kanouse

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Jun 18-19

Cut a rug at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival We refuse, categorically, to make snide Cajun jokes about this fest, only to say that if ice-cold beer, cowboy boots, and a classic two-step dancing doesn’t make your heart happy, your sense of fun is abnormally skewed, and we hope you get that fixed right soon.

Armstrong Park

Cut a rug at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival Armstrong Park We refuse, categorically, to make snide Cajun jokes about this fest, only to say that if ice-cold beer, cowboy boots, and a classic two-step dancing doesn’t make your heart happy, your sense of fun is abnormally skewed, and we hope you get that fixed right soon.

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Jun 30-Jul 3

Get your ESSENCE on! You can expect R&B and soul at ESSENCE Fest... but we’re guessing this is going to be one for the ages. Expect Prince tributes galore (RIP, Purple One). Tyra, Kendrick, P-Diddy, Maxwell, they’ll all be there. Will you?

Superdome

Get your ESSENCE on! Superdome You can expect R&B and soul at ESSENCE Fest... but we’re guessing this is going to be one for the ages. Expect Prince tributes galore (RIP, Purple One). Tyra, Kendrick, P-Diddy, Maxwell, they’ll all be there. Will you?

Flickr/Darrell Miller

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Jul 4 Mon

Ooh and ahh over the Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks Well, it wouldn’t be July Fourth in 'Murica without blowing some stuff up, right? As per tradition, the NOLA version of this spectacle happens on river barges, and is free to all. USA! USA!

French Quarter

Ooh and ahh over the Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks French Quarter Well, it wouldn’t be July Fourth in 'Murica without blowing some stuff up, right? As per tradition, the NOLA version of this spectacle happens on river barges, and is free to all. USA! USA!

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Jul 7-10

Get chased down at the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans Who needs bovines and a plane ticket to Spain to enjoy the running of the bulls? Not NOLA! Granted, our "bulls" are kick-ass roller-derby girls, and the chances for goring are significantly slimmer. But hey, you’re going to look sexy as all get-out in that white ensemble and red scarf.

Convention Center Blvd

Get chased down at the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans Convention Center Blvd Who needs bovines and a plane ticket to Spain to enjoy the running of the bulls? Not NOLA! Granted, our "bulls" are kick-ass roller-derby girls, and the chances for goring are significantly slimmer. But hey, you’re going to look sexy as all get-out in that white ensemble and red scarf.

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Jul 7-14

Get your Francophone fix at the French Film Festival There’s plenty of smoking and existential ennui to be found at this film fest, which is growing each and every year... so make sure to get your tix in advance, Marcel.

Various locations

Get your Francophone fix at the French Film Festival Various locations There’s plenty of smoking and existential ennui to be found at this film fest, which is growing each and every year... so make sure to get your tix in advance, Marcel.

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Jul 14-17

Get your revolution on at the Bastille Day Fête Well, given the rich French history of NOLA, it would be just plain silly not to plan a fête for Bastille Day, right? There’ll be plenty of wine, cheese, and revelry -- and thankfully, no guillotines.

French Quarter

Get your revolution on at the Bastille Day Fête French Quarter Well, given the rich French history of NOLA, it would be just plain silly not to plan a fête for Bastille Day, right? There’ll be plenty of wine, cheese, and revelry -- and thankfully, no guillotines.

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Jul 20-24

Experience the glory that is Tales of the Cocktail The One and Only. What was once a humble meeting of likeminded mixologists has become the gold standard for the hooch industry, with loads of seminars, tastings, and -- this being NOLA -- the high likelihood of favorably unsavory activities. If you need a primer in contemporary cocktail culture, this is a great one.

Various, but TOC headquarters is located at the Hotel Monteleone

Experience the glory that is Tales of the Cocktail Various, but TOC headquarters is located at the Hotel Monteleone The One and Only. What was once a humble meeting of likeminded mixologists has become the gold standard for the hooch industry, with loads of seminars, tastings, and -- this being NOLA -- the high likelihood of favorably unsavory activities. If you need a primer in contemporary cocktail culture, this is a great one.

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Jul 28-31

Celebrate the amazing women in your life at FestiGals This one is all about the ladies, ladies: FestiGals is here for empowerment and education, but also a hell of a good time, for a hell of a good cause. And dudes can come, too! (If accompanied, clearly.) There will be the largest second line parade for women in NOLA, and a "Bodacious Bra Challenge," to boot. Sign. Us. Up.

French Quarter, various locations

Celebrate the amazing women in your life at FestiGals French Quarter, various locations This one is all about the ladies, ladies: FestiGals is here for empowerment and education, but also a hell of a good time, for a hell of a good cause. And dudes can come, too! (If accompanied, clearly.) There will be the largest second line parade for women in NOLA, and a "Bodacious Bra Challenge," to boot. Sign. Us. Up.

Flickr/Derek Bridges

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Aug 1-31

Defeat the mugginess of a NOLA August at COOLinary New Orleans August in NOLA, for lack of a better word, sucks. This is no mystery to anyone who lives here. That said, we have COOLinary (get it!) to take the edge off with tasty morsels and dining deals all month long.

Various locations

Defeat the mugginess of a NOLA August at COOLinary New Orleans Various locations August in NOLA, for lack of a better word, sucks. This is no mystery to anyone who lives here. That said, we have COOLinary (get it!) to take the edge off with tasty morsels and dining deals all month long.

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Aug 4-7

Get down at the Satchmo SummerFest New Orleans famously birthed jazz, but that kid would have been nothing if not for Louis Armstrong. One of the most fun (and elucidating) summer events in NOLA, this one celebrates not just Satchel Mouth and his prodigious talent, but the glory and history that we know as "trad jazz" in NOLA. Get ready for live music events, lectures, and more for everyone to enjoy.

French Quarter

Get down at the Satchmo SummerFest French Quarter New Orleans famously birthed jazz, but that kid would have been nothing if not for Louis Armstrong. One of the most fun (and elucidating) summer events in NOLA, this one celebrates not just Satchel Mouth and his prodigious talent, but the glory and history that we know as "trad jazz" in NOLA. Get ready for live music events, lectures, and more for everyone to enjoy.

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Aug 6 Sat

Look and feel cool as a cucumber at Whitney White Linen Night Fancy Schmancy! If ever there were a moment to enjoy both the arts scene in NOLA and wear summer Southern styles, including the eponymous fabric (which, we have to admit, is genius in wicking away the humidity) this is the one.

Julia St. Arts District, Warehouse District

Look and feel cool as a cucumber at Whitney White Linen Night Julia St. Arts District, Warehouse District Fancy Schmancy! If ever there were a moment to enjoy both the arts scene in NOLA and wear summer Southern styles, including the eponymous fabric (which, we have to admit, is genius in wicking away the humidity) this is the one.

Flickr/Kimberly

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Aug 13 Sat

Join in the fun at the Red Dress Run This fun run may have jumped the shark a decade ago, but that’s not stopping New Orleanians from joining in the madness. Get in, or get out, it’s up to you -- but the truth is, it’s a hell of a party.

Starts at Armstrong Park

Join in the fun at the Red Dress Run Starts at Armstrong Park This fun run may have jumped the shark a decade ago, but that’s not stopping New Orleanians from joining in the madness. Get in, or get out, it’s up to you -- but the truth is, it’s a hell of a party.

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Aug 13 Sat

Throw down at Dirty Linen Night People might call it a "follow-up" to White Linen night, but that’s pure Crescent City snobbery in action. This art crawl is for y’all (see what we did there?). Come all ye unwashed masses, and enjoy!

Royal St, French Quarter

Throw down at Dirty Linen Night Royal St, French Quarter People might call it a "follow-up" to White Linen night, but that’s pure Crescent City snobbery in action. This art crawl is for y’all (see what we did there?). Come all ye unwashed masses, and enjoy!