It’s summer festival time y’all! Not that it ever wasn’t, but yay! I love festivals, they have always given me such happy memories growing up, and are truly a part of New Orleans culture. This month’s festivals are just as cool and crazy as the rest. Not only is Essence fest in town, but the Tarpon Rodeo is an all time favorite for fishermen, there’s lots of 4th fun, French fun, cocktail fun and a ton of RollerBulls also.

You definitely don’t miss out on West Bank Beer Fest with family friendly fun hosted by our amazing sponsors NOLA Motorsports. Then there’s Beatles Fest, anyone that knows me understands I am a huge Beatles fan, and yes I am thrilled about this one! Go get festing and give me your feedback.  

Go 4th to Crescent Park

July 4th from 4:30pm-9:30pm. Come out for a family friendly dance party! The Victory Belles and Bag of Donuts will keep the party going until the fireworks show at 9pm. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

2018 Go 4th on the River

July 4th at 6pm on the riverfront at the Riverwalk. Come celebrate with the 28th Annual Dueling Barges Show. The General Roy S. Kelley fireboat will be shooting red, white, and blue fountains to entertain leading up to the fireworks at 9pm.

2018 Essence Festival

Thursday July 5th- Sunday July 8th at the Superdome, the Convention Center, Smoothie King Center and Champions Square. Essence Fest is one of the largest events in the nation bringing in people from all around to share in entertainment, empowerment, culture, leadership, and music. Some of the biggest performers and influencers will be attending for your enjoyment including Snoop Dogg, H.E.R., Janet Jackson, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Louis York, Big Freedia, Doug E. Fresh and many, many more.

West Bank Beer Fest

July 7th from 12pm-5pm at NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale. Come out and have some fun for all ages. Admission gets you unlimited craft beer samples, a souvenir mug, photos with real race cars, kart track demos, raffles for riding and driving experiences and so much more. Join us early for the chance to drive a Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini. Enjoy live music and kids activities as well. VIPs also get lunch. Bring your need for speed and rev up for a great time!

Bastille Day Fête NOLA

July 13th from 6pm-9pm at Faubourg St. John. Celebrate 300 years of French American friendship and French Freedom(July 14th). Enjoy French-themed kids activities, gallery tours, pop-up shops and cooking demonstrations. In addition, enjoy musical performances and book signings.  

Running of the Bulls NOLA

July 13th- July 15th.  Although this now notorious festival takes place over several days, the actual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, aka, homage to Encierro of Pamplona, aka El Encierro, aka The Running of the Bulls, takes place on th July 14th from 5pm-9pm. Over 400 Roller Derby Girls(aka RollerBulls) skate down Convention Center Blvd. at high speeds throughout a crowd of over 18,000 runners. Run at your own risk, Do not touch the bulls. If you go down, stay down. Do not stand still. Children under 10yo. must use the sidewalk.

Tales of the Cocktail

July 17th-July 22nd. Back for its 16th year, Tales of the Cocktail will honor NOLA’s Tricentennial. Learn new techniques, meet mentors, attend seminars, network and hang out. Most notably, experience tastings and sign up for some friendly competitions. Get to see the latest in what the service industry has to offer.

Tarpon Rodeo

July 26th- July 28th, starts at 6am on Tarpon Rodeo Dr. in Grand Isle. Enjoy a family fun weekend of fishing competitions, crab racing for kids, parties, live music, food and more. Check out the website for schedules and regulations. You won’t want to miss out because this year’s Grand Prize is a 2170 Blazer Bay boat, equipped with a Mercury 175 hp Pro XS outboard, MotorGuide Great White Trolling motor, Mercury Tempest propeller and Sport Trail trailer. Get Fishin’!

2018 New Orleans Beatles Festival

July 28th for 8pm at the House of Blues, get your tickets now. Celebrate and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The White Album. Local artists such as Bonerama and Vince Vance will contribute to feature songs that helped make The White Album so memorable!

Happy Festing!

July Festivals in New Orleans