As the summertime days grow longer, the Crescent City knows how to keep up! Each weekend in June is filled with something unique and fun. If you’re not out enjoying a local fest, stop by a rooftop bar for a drink or a restaurant with an outdoor patio for local New Orleans cuisine. Take a stroll through some of New Orleans’ most famous neighborhoods and you’re guaranteed to hear live music well after the sun goes down.
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This year, summer festivals return along with a bevy of unique museum exhibits and cultural events. Additionally, June has its holidays, which include Juneteenth and Father’s Day, so mark your calendars for the celebrations below.
Experience all the wine and food you can handle in one week at NOWFE, June 7-12, 2022. Over the week, participate in wine dinners, labs, tastings, and other one-of-a-kind experiences unique to the festival. Go from sampling sweet indulgent dessert wines or participating in a caviar and champagne workshop to checking out the French Quarter’s most impressive wine cellars.
Seventy-five years ago this year, Tennessee Williams's “A Streetcar Named Desire” premiered on Broadway. It hasn’t really left the stage ever since. Backstage at "Streetcar" combines selections from The Historic New Orleans Collection’s wide-ranging Tennessee Williams holdings—many of them seldom displayed—with loans from the Harry Ransom Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Public Library, and Wesleyan University. Visitors can read director Elia Kazan's stage notes, listen to a rare recording of the original Broadway production, and more. Learn more here and plan to visit The Historic New Orleans Collection to view this exhibit.
This spring at the New Orleans Museum of Art, journey into ancient Egypt by way of Queen Nefertari. Queen Nefertari, the royal wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt. Now, artifacts found within her tomb are on display here in New Orleans for a limited time only, through July 17. Learn more and purchase your tickets in advance here.
Celebrated as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the U.S., New Orleans is a special place to celebrate Pride all month long. New Orleans Pride Weekend is June 9-12, with the Pride Parade on June 11. Venues across the city are hosting both adult and family-friendly pride events of their own that weekend.
If you can’t make it that weekend, Black Pride NOLA starts on June 30 and carries on the celebrations into July. You can also show your support by checking out our LGBTQ+ page, which includes itineraries and a list of LGBTQ+ owned businesses.
Before enjoying the Pride Parade that evening, spend the day of June 11 at the historic French Market for its annual Creole Tomato Festival! Along with the festival’s namesake dish, celebrate the spirit New Orleans’ rich culinary heritage with food, drinks, live music, dancing and so much more.
Tour the culinary scene of New Orleans at the end of June as restaurants across the city offer special menus showcasing their signature dishes. There’s no better time to bring your friends, a special someone, or fly solo and treat yourself to some of the best of New Orleans cuisine.
Juneteenth falls on Sunday, June 19 this year. This holiday commemorates the abolition of slavery in America and is celebrated locally with small gatherings across many museums and historic sites. See our Juneteenth Itinerary here for ideas on how to celebrate the holiday, or consider following our Black History Itinerary here.
Celebrate dad with some quality time dining at a restaurant, exploring the outdoors or taking dad to see live music. Check out our Father’s Day itinerary here. Book those reservations now for dad’s special day.
Goodbye rainy days and hello clear skies! Break out your best sundresses and short sleeves, and leave the jackets at home. Airy and light clothes are recommended as you make your way through the city. Make sure to add a pop of color to show your PRIDE! Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen and stay hydrated.
What better way to cool down in the summer heat than with an ice-cold sno-ball? Granny-smith apple, blue raspberry, rainbow or even cheesecake stuffed - the possibilities are endless. Once you choose your favorite flavor (or few favs) top it off with sweet fixings. Condensed milk is a local favorite! There are a number of spots throughout the city to cool down with this satisfying treat—check them out here.
Take advantage of the beautiful June weather and check out a few of our rooftop bars or outdoor dining options throughout the city. See our curated list of top restaurants for June here. Gear up for New Orleans Pride with our NOLA LGBT History page and browse our New Orleans Welcoming Page, which is filled with businesses that have pledged to be inclusive to all!