…Here a fest, there a fest, everywhere a fest fest. In New Orleans t’was a fes…T-I-V-A-L! It’s Spring in New Orleans, and that means Festival Season is in full swing. We have your music fests, food fests, nonprofit fests, literary & arts fests, galas, even a fest for kart racing. Whether it takes place on a porch or on a bayou, if you can’t find a festival here that suits your liking, just create your own. We’ll post it for ya! Here are our New Orleans Festivals for May 2018. !

New Orleans Festivals Happening All Month Long

YLC Wednesday at the Square

Join the Young Leadership Council every Wednesday at 5pm in Lafayette Square when a new fantastic local band will perform each week.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Thursday, May 3rd, Friday, May 4th, and Saturday May, 5th from 11am-7pm / Sunday, May 6th from 11am-6pm. People travel far and wide to attend Jazz Fest, and locals are known to take off work as well (um, shhhhh… I didn’t say that!). It’s Weekend #2 at the fest, and prepare to be wowed! The performances won’t disappoint. With every genre of music incorporating New Orleans culture, you’re sure to find something that will knock your socks off. The food is awesome and the jams are ridiculous!   

Jazz in the Park

Every Thursday from 4pm-8pm at Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., NOLA. Enjoy this FREE jazz concert series featuring new artists every week.

Fulton Street Spring Music Series

Every Friday & Saturday in May from 7pm-9pm. Grab your spot near the Fulton Street Gazebo and be entertained by local artists each weekend for FREE!

New Orleans Festivals: May 1st -6th

GiveNOLA Fest

Tuesday, May 1st from 5pm-8pm at the Greater New Orleans Center of Philanthropy, 919 St. Charles Ave. Entertainment by Irma Thomas and The Soul Rebels. Food for purchase provided by delicious local vendors with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Lagniappe Fund. The Lagniappe Fund gets evenly divided between the 622 participating nonprofit organizations participating in GiveNOLA Day!

Cinco De Mayo Fest

Friday, May 4th from 6-11 pm in the 400 Block of Williams Blvd Kenner (Rivertown). Celebrate Cinco De Mayo a day early with live music, food and fun.

Whitney Zoo-To-Do

Friday, May 4th from 7pm-11:59pm at theAudubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, NOLA. If you haven’t already got your tickets, you need to! This is one of the most anticipated events of the year with live entertainment, delicious cuisine from over 70 local restaurants, the raffle of a LEXUS NX300, premium cocktails and a whole lot of friends. All proceeds this year go to Celebrate Lions: Return of the Roar!

Brass Band Festival at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

Saturday, May 5th from 5:30pm-8pm at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave., NOLA. Enjoy the ever popular sounds of the Treme Brass Band, and food for purchase from Grannie Cooking Pot LLC.

Jammin on Julia

Saturday, May 5th from 6pm-11pm in the Arts District of New Orleans, 300-700 blocks of Julia St, NOLA. You won’t want to miss out on tis annual event raising funds to reinforce the unique qualties of the Arts District. This fiesta has something for everyone with 12 gallery exhibitions, Live Music, fun, creative, Street Activities, food, drink and much more.

Neighborhood BBQ Fest

Saturday, May 5th at 11am until the food runs out, join Harry’s Ace Hardware at 3535 Magazine St. for a grilling demonstration and tasting!* Experience the New Orleans International Chamber Music Festival hosted in the city’s most intimate and historic venues. The “youthful and rule bending style” of chamber music will leave you speechless!

Porch Fest

Sunday, May 6th from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Ponce De Leon and N. White in NOLA. Dance in the streets with local performers waiting to entertain after you exit Jazz Fest.

Petty Fest New Orleans

Sunday, May 6th for 8pm at Southport Hall Live Music & Party Hall. Celebrate the life and music of Tom Petty through local artists as they rock out covering his best songs.

New Orleans Festivals: May 7th – 13th

Paradigm Garden Concert Series

Tuesday, May 8th from 6:30pm-9:30pm in Central City. Each series includes starters, your meal and drink all from phenomenal local partners. This live music encore event is sold out for this series, but we look forward to future. They also host a fantastic Pizza and Pie event on May 4th.

Jazz in the Park Crab Festival

Friday, May 11th from 6pm-9pm at Congo Square in Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., NOLA. Come for the crabs, stay for the live entertainment featuring Michael Franks & Loose Ends at the 2nd Annual festival of music and fun.

Crawfish Mambo

Saturday, May 12th from 11am-5pm at the University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Dr., NOLA. over 100 teams will compete to boil the best crawfish for you to try! An allstar music line up, kids tent, crawfish eating contest, celebrity judges and fun are certainly worth the $25 advance online tickets. Children 7 & under taste and play for free!

6th Annual Old Metairie Crawfish Festival & Cook Off

Saturday, May 12th srom 12pm-8pm at St. Catherine of Siena School, 105 Bonnabel Blvd. in Metairie. For only $20 eat all the crawfish you can stomach, enjoy games, fun, entertainment and more.  

Mother’s Day Celebration at Audubon Zoo

Sunday, May 13th from 10am-6pm at the Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., NOLA. Moms of all ages receive FREE admission tickets at the Zoo entrance.  Enjoy craft booths, fun mom approved activities and a lemonade toast & entertainment by Irma Thomas. This event is also free for members of the Audubon Nature Institute.

2018 Zulu on the Bayou Mother’s Day Festival

Sunday, May 13th from 11am-7pm on the banks of Bayou St. John, 3237 Grand Route St. John, NOLA. Join a number of special musical guests, friends and family on the Bayou for great New Orleans flavor from local vendors serving food and drinks. All this is super fun and super FREE.

New Orleans Festivals: May 14th – 20th

ROK Cup Festival at NOLA Motorsports

Thursday, May 17th- Sunday May 20th at 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale. Bring the ‘FUN’ back to karting in this multi-location, 3 race in the series held at the most popular facilities in the nation.

Bayou Boogaloo

Friday, May 18th from 4:30pm-9:15pm/Saturday, May 19th from 10:30am-9:15pm/Sunday, May 20th from 10:30am-8:30pm along Bayou St. John. This year’s motto is free until 3! Folks who arrive before 3pm or who are 12 & under get in FREE. Enjoy local entertainment, food and fun daily. Also, this event strives to be as green and waste free as possible, so consider using non-motorized transportation to get there. However, if that isn’t possible you can reerve your parking spot online.

New Orleans Festivals: May 21st-27th

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival

Wednesday, May 23rd- Friday, May 25ththe Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., NOLA. Originally founded to bring together members of the LGBTQ community to celebrate literary arts and inform the community about prevention of HIV/AIDS, the festival has transformed into something much more. Join the who’s who of LGBTQ publishers, writers, and readers throughout the US in this literary wonderland of a weekend.

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

Wednesday, May 23rd-Sunday, May 27th times and locations are dependant on your package or event choice. If you’re not in New Orleans for the music, you’re here for the ood and drinks! NOWFE is one of the most premire events in the nation, bringing in over 7,000 people to delight in the showcase of indulgences.  

Greek Fest

Friday, May 25th  from 5pm-11pm/Saturday, May 26th  from 11am-11pm/Sunday, May 27th from 11am-9pm at 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., NOLA. Celebrate 45 Years of Greek Fest  with dancers, live Greek music, delicious Greek cuisine, family fun activities, cathedral tours, shopping, a race and dancing. You can even wear your Toga on Sunday to get in FREE!

Tremé/7th Ward Arts and Culture Festival

Friday, May 25th-Sunday, May 27th locations and times vary. Celebrate the culture and history of the 7th Ward and Tremé under the I-10 bridge between Basin St. and***. The musical artists participating are unprecedented and local food vendors are sure to please. Participate in panel discussions, neighborhood tours, bar crawls and soul filled fun.

Bayou Country Super Fest

Friday, May 25th- Sunday, May 27th. This event has become a Memorial Day Tradition for Country Music fans all over Louisiana. be amazed by the fireworks display over the River in the Salute to America on Friday. Saturday, enjoy a FREE concert in Champions Square, then take it to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday for the Main Event featuring George Strait, Little Big Town and more.

New Orleans Festivals: May 29th – 31st

Birdfoot Festival

Tuesday, May 29th-June 2nd brings together artists and audiences…to make and experience dynamic. Experience the New Orleans International Chamber Music Festival hosted in the city’s most intimate and historic venues. The “youthful and rule bending style” of chamber music will leave you speechless!

Happy Festing! Don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun to prevent sunburn!

If festivals aren’t your thing check out 31 Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids for May (other than festivals) and our New Orleans Event Calendar! 

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New Orleans Festivals- May 2018