Summer Festivals in New Orleans – Episode #63
Accordian Player at Bayou Boogaloo

Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans via Wikimedia Commons

Summer Festivals in New Orleans

In today’s episode, we jump into the warm weather and help prepare you for Summer festivals in New Orleans!

I am joined for the first time by my wife Marie Bologna. Together, we’ll walk you through nearly two dozen Summer festivals and events in New Orleans. You’ll learn about Bayou Boogaloo, the Creole Tomato Festival, Essence Fest, and many more.

We give you all the details you need, including dates, locations, things that make the event special, and our own experiences. We’ll talk about what to expect, and how to beat the heat. By the end of the show, you’ll be ready to pack your bags and join us in New Orleans!

Festivals from May through Labor Day

For today’s discussion, we focused on the time period from the middle of May (just after Jazz Fest) through Labor Day. Click on the links to go to the event’s webpage.


Wednesdays at the Square 

  • March – May, 5-8 pm

Jazz in the Park

  • Late April – June 7th (this year) & again in the Fall

Bayou Boogaloo 

  • May 18-20th (Fri-Sat-Sun)

Mother’s Day – Irma Thomas at the Zoo

  • May 13th

New Orleans Food and Wine Experience

  • May 23-27

Greek Fest

  • May 25-27

Bayou Country Super Fest

  • May 25-27



New Orleans Oyster Festival

  • June 2-3

New Orleans Pride Festival

  • June 8-10th

Yacht Rock on the Lake

  • June 9th

Creole Tomato Festival

  • June 9-10

Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival

  • June 23-24th 


4th of July Events

Essence Festival

  • July 5-8

Bastille Day Fete

  • Friday July 13th in 2018

Running of the Bulls (San Fermin)

  • July 13-15th

Tales of the Cocktails

  • July 17-22nd

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

  • July 23-26th



Satchmo Summer Fest 

  • Aug 3 -6, 2018

White Linen Night

  • August 5th

Dirty Linen Night

  • Saturday the week after White Linen Night

Red Dress Run

  • August 11th



Southern Decadence 

  • Labor Day weekend


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Thank You

Thanks to Marie for joining me on this episode. She has been such a behind the scenes supporter of Beyond Bourbon Street and for me personally. It was great fun to get Marie on the microphone. I hope we get to do it again soon!


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