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Summer Festivals

French Market Creole Tomato Festival
The French Market Creole Tomato Festival is a celebration of Louisiana's produce, farmers and the Pelican State's unique cultural and cuisine offerings, of which the Creole tomato is emblematic. Originally imported from the West Indies, the Creole tomato thrives in the rich alluvial soil and subtropical climate of south Louisiana, especially in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
People attending the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in the French Quarter are in luck. They get not one festival, not two festivals, but three festivals – a festival trifecta – all in close proximity, all free of charge. The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, held each June at the Old U.S. Mint in the historic French Quarter, features unparalleled Cajun and Zydeco music. Regular performers include Grammy winners Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience. Other past performers include Louisiana favorites like the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys.
Many fest-goers will be intrigued by the site of the festival. The Old U.S. Mint is home to the largest collection of early and modern jazz artifacts in the city. Also on display are old coins minted at the facility when it was still operational, and artifacts from when the city was under French and Spanish rule.

New Orleans Pride

Essence Festival
Known as "the party with a purpose," groove to hip-hop, rhythm and blues and soul performances at the Louisiana Superdome by night, and listen to inspirational "empowerment seminars" by day.

July 4, 2017 - Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks

New Orleans Summers are hot – and there is no hotter place to be for the Fourth of July than in the Crescent City. The biggest celebration happens on the banks of the Mississippi with the annual Go Fourth on the River extravaganza. “Dueling Barges” is an exciting fireworks show to the tune of patriotic music – it’s a world renown, one-of-a-kind spectacle! Spend the day exploring the French Quarter before settling down for the show, which usually starts around 9pm. Steamboats offer “fireworks cruises” for the evening, so you can get up close and personal with the amazing show. Participating steamboats, prices, and food and drink offered on board varies.

Running of the Bulls

Bastille Day Fete

The storming of the Bastille was the spark that set off the French Revolution, an event that had a significant impact not only on France itself but its colonies and former colonies as well, including New Orleans. Bastille Day is commemorated in New Orleans with two free events on the closest Saturdays preceding and following the 14th of July. The occasion is celebrated with a block party in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street in the city's historic Faubourg St. John neighborhood, adjacent to Esplanade Avenue, and with a street parade outside Molly's at the Market in the French Quarter.

Tales of the Cocktail
Bringing together the world's most respected minds and talents on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike. It offers a "spirited" schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where world-renowned brands showcase their latest products. 

Satchmo Summer Festival
"What a Wonderful World" you'll discover during an entertaining and educating weekend in the French Quarter honoring New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. The Satchmo-inspired program includes musical performances, lively discussions, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, activities for budding young jazz fans, a club crawl, "red beans and ricely yours" foods, and a star-studded line-up of performances that would have made Louis smile.

White Linen Night
It has been called the "SoHo of the South" and every summer during the first Saturday evening in August, the Warehouse Arts District centering on Julia Street shows why it has earned that nickname. For three hours on that first Saturday evening in August, five blocks of Julia Street are closed to vehicular traffic and a huge, festive, uniquely New Orleans-style block party known as Whitney White Linen Night kicks off. The event is free and open to the public.

Labor Day Weekend - Southern Decadence