There’s no such thing as a summertime slowdown in New Orleans. Once June is here, the heat kicks up, and we’re not just talking temperature-wise. This month in New Orleans, celebrate Pride, take a dip in a hotel pool, savor a sno-ball, drink and dine at the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, bite into a juicy tomato at Creole Tomato Fest, sample some of the best food in the city at Restaurant Week, and more! Plan to visit once, twice, three times, or more.
Recognized as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the U.S., June is a special month in New Orleans for celebrating Pride. The Pride Parade returns to the French Quarter on June 11, and there are plenty of other events throughout the month. Find the official New Orleans Pride Guide here, which includes everything from parties to family-friendly fêtes.
Highlights from Pride in New Orleans include Family Equality Day at Longue Vue House & Gardens, Pride Fest at Faubourg Brewery, and Closing Night at Lafitte’s in Exile. For more on LGBTQ+ New Orleans, check out our page here, which includes itineraries and an extensive list of LGBTQ+ owned businesses.
Overlook Film Festival celebrates all things horror in America's most haunted city. Experience feature length and short films from both experienced filmmakers and emerging artists this June 2-5. Film screenings, live shows, and more will be held at the Prytania Theatres at Canal Place. The fest's closing night film is The Black Phone, based on an award-winning short story from Joe Hill’s best-selling 2005 collection, “20th Century Ghosts.” There will also be a live presentation of THE KINGCAST, a podcast about all things Stephen King.
Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month this June at Curry With A Flavor. This one-day festival is full of food and music right outside of the French Quarter at Crescent Park. The lineup includes Raymond Ramnarine, Nigel Lewis, Pan Vibrations, and more. Dance and eat the day away on June 4.
NOWFE, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, is a food and drink lover’s paradise. There are grand tastings, a wine dinner series, Tournament of the Rosés, burlesque brunch, a wine decanting seminar, and so much more. Catch the action from June 7-12.
Enjoy local theater
Our booming theater scene only gains steam come summertime. Catch local takes on various productions, including Choir Boy at Le Petit Theatre, Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at Tulane Shakespeare Festival, School Girls: Or, The African Mean Girls Play presented by The NOLA Project, and Bandstand at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. Stay tuned to our calendar of events for more local theater.
Yes, New Orleans even has a festival dedicated to the tomato! Creole Tomato Fest is a summertime classic, held at the French Market in the Quarter every year. Enjoy music, art, food, drinks, and plenty of sweet, juicy tomatoes for sale. The festival is free to attend, from June 11-12.
The 16th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, returns June 11-12. This free fest will feature plenty of zydeco music, plus food, dancing, and crafts at Armstrong Park.
Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in the U.S., is on Sunday, June 19. There are many ways to recognize the day, including exploring historic sites and supporting Black-owned businesses in New Orleans. Visit a museum, such as the New Orleans African American Museum, or a community center like Ashé Cultural Arts Center for the latest on Juneteenth celebrations. As more are announced, they will be posted here.
Celebrate Dad’s special day with a picnic in the park, a kayak on the bayou, a day full of hat shopping, or an evening reservation at his favorite restaurant. There are plenty of free things to do this summer, and while gifts are nice, all Dad probably wants is some quality time with his loved ones. For more ideas on how to celebrate Father’s Day, see here.
From June 20-26, enjoy the best of the best at over 30 New Orleans restaurants; they’re putting their top dishes forward for Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants include Boucherie, Cho Thai, Jack Rose, and Galatoire’s. Find more information here.
New Orleans has hotel pools for every traveler, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly option or a swanky luxury retreat. Check out our blog on hotel pools here, and plan to spend a day cooling off.
Both musicals return to New Orleans this June via Broadway Across America. The smash hit Hamilton stops at the Saenger Theater June 21-July 10, telling the story of Alexander Hamilton and America’s founding fathers through hip hop and rap. Also at the Saenger from June 10-12, Waitress brings the film of the same name to life with the story of Jenna in her quest to win a baking competition - and maybe something more. Get tickets to both shows here.
This June 30-July 3, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture returns to New Orleans with the theme: It’s the Black Joy for Me! The festival kicks off on June 30 with a performance from Kevin Hart. Then, catch Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, New Edition, Jazmine Sullivan, Summer Walker, and countless others in concert, as well as guest speakers throughout the festival dates. Oh, and don’t forget to show some love to our Black-owned businesses while you’re in town. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Essence Fest here.
It’s officially sno-ball season, and we’ve got plenty to go around. Enjoy this classic New Orleans treat of shaved ice with sweet syrup at Imperial Woodpecker, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, and these sno-ball shops around town. Having trouble deciding what flavor to get? Check out our “What Sno-Ball Are You?” quiz here.
New Orleans’s only water park and lazy river is back! Past the flamingos and elephants of Audubon Zoo is the Cool Zoo, a perfect summertime experience for kids of all ages. This hot spot to cool off opens weekends starting May 7, plus select dates through Labor Day weekend. Find more information about the Cool Zoo here.