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 with enhanced safety protocols so that everyone can enjoy a socially distanced good time. Additionally, June has its holidays, which include Juneteenth and Father’s Day. Mark your calendars for the celebrations below.
Take the 20-minute drive out to Belle Chase for this year’s Hogs for the Cause, held June 4-5, 2021. This barbecue cookout festival features lots of tasty food options from dozens of vendors, including ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and cochon de lait po-boys. Proceeds from the festival benefit families of children with pediatric brain cancer.
Experience all the wine and food you can handle in one week at NOWFE, June 8-13, 2021. 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 an oyster workshop to checking out the French Quarter’s most impressive wine cellars.
Celebrated as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly cities in the U.S., June is a special month in New Orleans for celebrating Pride. Though no festival or parade is on the schedule for 2021, those looking to celebrate in their own way won’t be disappointed. Check out our LGBTQ+ page here, which includes itineraries and a list of LGBTQ+ owned businesses.
Juneteenth falls on Saturday, 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. 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!