May/June Calendar

Jazz Fest

It’s a tradition, it’s a moment, it’s seven days of food, music and culture that hundreds of thousands of people gather each year to enjoy.

For decades, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has brought music lovers of all kinds together at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. What started as a one-day jazz concert has grown into a beautiful blend of music and the heritage that surrounds the city and beyond, this year highlighting the music and culture of Cuba. Giants like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton have all played the festival stage, while local favorites like Trombone Shorty and Big Freedia all bring a familiar New Orleans flavor. Enjoy the music and artistry while munching on local favorites from the dozens of New Orleans restaurants positioned around the festival grounds. Buy tickets, check out the official 2017 poster and clothing pattern, map out the food vendors and plan your musical agenda all at

Greater New Orleans

May 4-7. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. New Orleans.
May 5-7. Bayou Bash. Slidell.
May 6. Jammin’ On Julia. New Orleans.
May 11-14. UNO Film Festival. New Orleans.
May 13. Corset Crawl. New Orleans.
May 13-14. Mother’s Day Tea. New Orleans.
May 19. Bayou Boogaloo. New Orleans.
May 25-28. New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. New Orleans.
May 26-28. Greek Fest. New Orleans.
May 27-28. Bayou Country Superfest. New Orleans.
May 27-28. Magnolia State Feis. Kenner.
June 2-18. New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. New Orleans.
June 3-4. Oyster Festival. New Orleans.
June 10. New Orleans Pride Parade. New Orleans.
June 10. Youth Fishing Rodeo. Pearl River.
June 17. Louisiana Bicycle Festival. Abita Springs.
June 22-24. FestiGals. New Orleans.
June 24-25. Cajun & Zydeco Festival. New Orleans.
June 29-July 2. Essence Festival. New Orleans.

Cajun Country

May 4-14. Contraband Days Louisiana Pirate Festival. Lake Charles.
May 4-7. Thibodaux Fireman’s Fair. Thibodaux.
May 5-7. Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Breaux Bridge. 337-332-6655.
May 6. 21st Annual Celebration of Herbs & Gardens. Sunset.
May 12-14. Bayou Cajun Fest. Larose.
May 13. Delcambre Boat Poker Run. Delcambre.
May 13. TFAE Run For Excellence 5K and Food Fest. Houma.
May 13-14. NOLA Veggie Fest. New Orleans.
May 18-20. Starks Mayhaw Festival. Starks.
May 18-20. Cruisin Cajun Country. New Iberia.
May 20. Healing Traditions in Acadiana. Vermilionville.
May 21. 6th annual Bayou Vermilion Festival & Boat Parade. Vermilionville.
May 25-27. Krotz Springs Sportsmen’s Heritage Festival. Krotz Springs.
May 25-June 4. Cajun Heartland State Fair. Lafayette.
May 27. Splash Bash. New Iberia. 337-339-5903.
June 2-4. Cajun Heritage Festival. Larose.
June 7-10. Swollfest Fishing Rodeo. Grand Isle.
June 23-25. Louisiana Catfish Festival. Des Allemandes.
June 24. Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival. Lake Charles.
June 25. Stars and Stripes – A Musical Celebration. New Iberia.


May 5-6. Mayfest. Leesville.


May 6. Gusher Days Festival. Oil City.
May 7. Mansfield Battlefield Tours. Mansfield.
May 8-13. Poke Salad Festival. Blanchard.
May 26-27. Little Walter Music Festival. Alexandria.
May 26-29. Mudapalooza. Sarepta.
June 9-10. Grilling On Main BBQ Cook Off. Minden.
June 16-18. Let The Good Times Roll Festival. Shreveport.
June 17. Sunflower Trail and Festival. Gilliam.

Plantation Country

May 11. Showing of “Masterpieces, The Most Extraordinary Buildings Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.” Baton Rouge.
May 26-27. Gonzales Jambalaya Festival. Gonzales.
May 27-Sept.4. STAR Tournament. Baton Rouge.


May 5-7

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Each May the “Crawfish Capital of the World” holds an annual festival surrounding the treasured crustacean. Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is a weekend long event highlighting crawfish, Cajun music and culture, dance contests and more at Parc Hardy in Breaux Bridge.

May 26-27

Little Walter Music Festival

Little Walter Music Festival is held annually at the Alexandria Amphitheater in honor of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer “Little Walter.” This year’s Memorial weekend event will feature Sundance Head, the 2016 winner of NBC’s “The Voice.”

June 2-4

Cajun Heritage Festival

The Larose Civic Center will play host to the 2017 Cajun Heritage Festival. Festivalgoers can experience carving demonstrations, authentic Cajun food, raffles and even a duck calling competition. Guests can take part in texturing and painting seminars, as well as show their skills in a miniature boat-building contest.

May 23-25

Louisiana Catfish Festival

What started as a church fundraiser has now turned the city of Des Allemandes into the Catfish Capital of the World. The Louisiana Catfish Festival, held at the St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, offers music and games along with the state’s tastiest catfish.


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