The music never stops in New Orleans, and this June is no different. Celebrate Pride month with concerts and events, commemorate Prince’s birthday, and relax at a summertime festival. We’ve cherry-picked a few can’t-miss shows this June below.
Music Festivals in June
Creole Tomato Fest returns to the French Quarter this June 10-11. Throughout the weekend, sample tomato-based dishes and enjoy all-day live music. The festival is free to attend.
NOLA Zydeco Fest returns for a day full of dance, music, and food on June 10. This free festival is fun for the whole family and is held at A.L. Davis Park. The lineup includes Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Koray Broussard and The Zydeco Unit, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Crush, and Alphonse Ardoin and the Zydeco Kings.
The second annual Third Coast Entertainment presents PRIDE is a day of music, food, and fun at New Orleans' premier outdoor music venue, The Broadside. Enjoy entertainment all day by a lineup of all LGBTQ+ fronted bands and performers including Mia Borders, Joy Clark, Seratones, and Sean Straynge.
This June 29-July 3, the ESSENCE Festival of Culture returns to New Orleans with an all-star lineup of performers including Missy Elliott, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Jermaine Dupri, Wizkid, Monica, Coco Jones, and Kizz Daniel. Throughout the festival enjoy free events at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center such as panel discussions, shopping, beauty & style, and entrepreneurship. 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.
More Music this June
Tipitina’s Free Fridays summer concert series is back and better than ever. On Fridays from May 26 to September 1, enjoy free concerts from a rotating list of local performers. This June, catch Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes (June 2), Dave Jordan & the NIA (June 9), Good Enough for Good Times (June 16), The Quickening & Steve Kelly (June 23), and New Orleans Suspects (June 30).
Saturday, June 3 from 7:30-9 p.m., enjoy a performance from Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra celebrating Prince. The Jazz Market is hosting the event, which also features performances from Casmè and Mecca Notes.
Orchestra Noir, the groundbreaking all African American orchestra known for its performances with artists like Migos and 2 Chainz, is bringing a new concert, “Y2K Meets 90s Vibe,” with special guest Mapy, The Violin Queen, to the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, June 10. This show is a one-of-a-kind musical experience that brings together two iconic eras - the 90s and the 2000s - with timeless hits arranged for orchestra exclusively by Orchestra Noir Founder and Music Director Jason Ikeem Rodgers.
For even more music, visit the WWOZ LiveWire Music Calendar.