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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Shuck oysters - or eat them, zydeco dance, enjoy Caribbean cuisine and the sounds of Socca music and show your PRIDE. June is jam-packed with events and celebrations to kick off summertime in the Crescent City.
Chargrilled, fried or even raw - there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy oysters in at the annual Oyster Festival. In addition to devouring these precious delicacies from over a dozen of New Orleans restaurants specializing in oysters, fest-goers can enjoy live music, participate in and watch competitions, and browse handmade crafts and creations.
Voted one of the most welcoming cities in the U.S, nobody does Pride quite like New Orleans! The parading and the partying, the burlesque shows and the brunches - New Orleans celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and its allies in true Crescent City fashion each and every year.
The annual Creole Tomato Fest is hosted at the French Market, a popular tourist destination known for its fresh produce and one-of-a-kind NOLA gifts. Celebrate the season and city that produces this refreshingly delicious fruit. Vendors will offer a wide selection of bites that feature the glorious Creole tomato as the centerpiece. Enjoy fried green tomatoes, Creole tomato basil crepes, stuffed shrimp with grilled Creole tomato over jasmine rice and even Creole tomato gelato.
Often times referred to as the Caribbean’s northern-most city, it only makes sense New Orleans has a festival to celebrate the close ties with the two cultures. The NOLA Caribbean Festival is a four-day event that takes place each June. Held at Central City BBQ, the fest features cuisine, music and dance from Jamaican, Trinidadian and a number of other Caribbean cultures and influences. Bring your dancing shoes and an empty stomach and get ready for fun!
Presented by the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the annual Cajun Zydeco Festival features a number of beloved Cajun and Zydeco musicians. While learning about and grooving to the sounds of this native folk music on two different stages, fest-goers can also enjoy delicious seafood and live cooking demonstrations.
Beginning in June and continuing throughout the first week of July is Black Restaurant Week New Orleans. All are invited to explore and patronize a number of participating Black-owned restaurants, which will feature specially curated menus and deals. Come ready with your appetite.
This is just a small glimpse of all that New Orleans has to offer in June. For more events, including daily live music, browse below or head over to GoNOLA for the insider’s guide to June in New Orleans.
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!
What better way to cool down in the summer heat than with an ice-cold snoball? 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.
If you missed Black Restaurant Week there’s no need to fret. Browse our list of Black-owned restaurants to create your own BRW experience.
Take advantage of the beautiful June weather and check out a few of our rooftop bars or outdoor dining options throughout the city. 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!