New Orleans Spring Festivals Guide
May 13 2019

New Orleans Spring Festivals Guide

By: Staff

MAY 2019

May 23 - June 2
Cajun Heartland State Fair
Cajundome, Lafayette

This 11-day festival includes an exciting entertainment lineup. Featuring a new roller coaster, a giant Ferris wheel, and more games and attractions, this definitely a family affair.

Photo by Frank Aymami Photography
Photo by Frank Aymami Photography

May 23 - 26
New Orleans Greek Fest
Holy Trinity Cathedral

This year's 46th annual celebration of New Orleans's Greek community includes an evening run/walk race, Hellenic dancers, cathedral tours, cooking demonstrations, and a Toga Sunday, in addition to traditional Greek food and drink.

May 24 - 26
52nd Annual Gonzales Jambalaya Festival
Festival Grounds, Gonzales

Held in the Jambalaya Capital of the World, this family-friendly event features three days of musical performances on two stages, cooking contests, and classic carnival rides, as well as a car show and 5k- and 1-mile runs.

May 24-26
Grand Isle Speckled Trout Rodeo
Bridge Side Marina, Grand Isle

Compete in one of Louisiana's best family fishing tournaments for the title of Louisiana State Speckled Trout Master Angler. Other awards for Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Ling, Mangrove Snapper, Drum, White Trout, and Rat Reds are also up for grabs.

May 25 - 26
4th Annual Tremé/7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival
Various Locations Throughout the Tremé and 7th Ward

Sponsored by the Tremé/7th Ward Cultural District and the Foundation for Louisiana, this cultural event is a weekend full of opportunities to appreciate the unique sounds, sights, flavors, and history of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.

May 25 - 26
Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival

North Boulevard Town Square, Baton Rouge

This celebration of soul food includes contests for best entree, appetizer, dessert, side dish, and more, as well as live entertainment from Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor, Uncle Chess and the Groove Band, Larry "LZ" Dillon, Lee Tyme, Michael Carey, Nspire, and Soul & Parliament Band.

May 28 - June 1
Birdfoot Festival
Various Locations, New Orleans

After presenting over 20 concerts last year, Birdfoot is back as a creative haven for international artists to collaborate and share through community performances. In intimate venues, attendees are exposed to artists' creative processes through live shows and the Young Artist Program, in which young students can grow through music coachings, workshops, and masterclasses.

May 30 - June 2
The Overlook Film Festival
Various locations, French Quarter

This four-day film festival immerses participants in all things horror in America's most haunted city. Showcasing new and classic independent horror cinema as well as the latest in interactive and live shows, this summer camp for horror fans brings together audiences in an intimate experience.

May 31 - June 2
Symphony Book Fair
University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena

Shop for artwork, posters, books, cookbooks, and LPs at the Symphony Book Fair, presented by the LPO Volunteers, who are dedicated to service and support for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

May 31- June 2
Walker Percy Weekend
Various locations, Historic District, St. Francisville

Celebrating the life and work of acclaimed novelist Walker Percy, this literary festival under live oaks features good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and presentations and panel talks about books and Southern culture. All-inclusive tickets are available for purchase.

JUNE 2019

June 8
Bluesberry Festival
Bogue Falaya Wayside Park, Covington

Bring the whole family to this music, art, and culinary event. Headliners Casey James and Johnny Hayes will be joined by Charmaine Neville and others. Enjoy live and interactive art experiences, sit back in the beer garden, and sample some creative preparations of the festival's favored fruit-the blueberry. Kids under 10 get in free and will have tons of fun in the Children's Village. Tickets for adults are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and $65 for VIP access.

June 8 - 9
Creole Tomato Festival
French Market

Honoring Louisiana's farmers and produce, this free festival celebrates the arrival of tomato season. There will be tomato-eating contests and a Bloody Mary Market, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, and more.

June 22 - 23
Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Louis Armstrong Park

Featuring exclusively Cajun and zydeco music, this 13th annual free music event, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, highlights some of the most beloved artists in their respective genres. There will also be food vendors, a large arts market, and activities for the kids.

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