May is the perfect month for visitors looking to experience all that New Orleans has to offer on a typical day. Filled with lovely weather, good crawfish and lots of options for sno-balls, one can eat their way through the city without breaking much of a sweat. Come for a special occasion such as Mother’s Day or the long weekend that Memorial Day provides.
Plan your May get away with the tips and tricks below.
As we gear up for summertime in the Crescent City, May is the perfect month to enjoy a light breeze at an outdoor event or gathering before the weather begins to heat up. Here are the must-attend events + inspiration for May in New Orleans.
*Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, New Orleans is currently in a Phased Reopening plan. This includes some degree of restrictions on second lines, parades, and festivals. While some festivals have been rescheduled for later in 2021, others are still pending. Please keep checking back for updated information before planning your trip. For more on our phased reopening plan, see here.
*Editor’s Note: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been rescheduled for the weekends of October 8-10 and 15-17, 2021.
Closeout Jazz Fest strong with one final weekend of performances, crafts, food and culture. Check out some of the Jazz Fest nightlife as the fest concludes.
Mid-City is where you should be in mid-May! Bayou Boogaloo is a Bayou St. John-based festival best known for its family-friendly fun, local food and craft vendors and live music. The proceeds from Bayou Boogaloo are reinvested in the Bayou Saint John community.
Don’t forget to book your brunch reservations for Mother’s Day in New Orleans, grab a margarita at one of our locally-owned Hispanic eateries for Cinco De Mayo or pay a visit to the National World War II Museum for Memorial Day.
This is just a quick glimpse of what’s in store during the month of May, for more inspiration browse our event listings below.
The best way to enjoy the May activities is to dress comfortably. While the heat of the summer is weeks away, it is best to dress in something light and airy to make your way through festivals and outings. May rain can come unexpectedly, so it would be beneficial to bring an umbrella.
As the warm weather brings crowds flocking outside, the perfect New Orleans cuisine to enjoy is Red Beans & Rice. The Louisiana cuisine, typically served on Mondays, delivers the perfect blend of beans, vegetables, and spices. Red Beans & Rice is served at numerous restaurants throughout the city. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail as well such as a hurricane or absinthe frappe. Or, indulge in a sweet treat like a sno-ball. Be sure to enjoy a final few pounds of boiled crawfish as the peak season draws to a close.
If you’re planning on booking a brunch for mom then browse some of our best brunch spots in the city.
Missed out on Bayou Boogaloo but still want a Bayou St. John experience? Our Guide to Bayou St. John has just what you need.