Local Flavor

No longer just a touristy stop for knockoff designer purses and emergency sunglasses, the French Market has grown in recent years to include a weekly farmers market, better food stands and more locally made goods. If you need even more of an excuse to visit, the Creole Tomato Fest, centered around the market and its surrounding area, celebrates that delicious summer fruit with cooking demonstrations, culinary discussions, food booths and live music June 13 and 14. To kick off the festival, there’s Summer Harvest Gala on June 10 at the market, featuring dishes from notable local chefs Justin Devillier, Slade Rushing, Kristen Essig and more. Information, FrenchMarket.org


Wine & Beer

No matter your libation of choice, you can get your fill of wine or beer at festivals on the very same day. The French American Chamber of Commerce’s Gulf Coast outpost hosts its French Summer Wine Festival at The Shops at Canal Place on June 6, with a 1960s theme . Information, facc-gc.com
   Over at Champions Square there’s the New Orleans International Beer Festival, with two-ounce unlimited sampling of craft beers from around the world, food, a new cider garden, beer seminars, music and more. Information, NewOrleansInternationalBeerFest.com


In Essence

Essence Festival brings in huge names in hip-hop, R&B and comedy, and this year is no different: Kendrick Lamar, the rapper behind one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2015; R&B star Charlie Wilson; neo-soul queen Erykah Badu; wildly successful comedian and actor Kevin Hart; and more. Speakers, parties and other events round out the July 4th weekend. Information, Essence.com/festival



June 6. New Orleans Film Society screening of Grease, Coliseum Square Park. Information, NewOrleansFilmSociety.org

June 6-7. Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, Armstrong Park. Information, JazzAndHeritage.org

June 5-8. Brothers from the Bottom, NOCCA’s Lupin Hall. Information, NOCCA.com

June 8. WWE Raw, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter.com

June 11. Jazz in the Park featuring Raw Oyster Cult and Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Armstrong Park. Information, pufap.org

June 11-14. Festigals, JW Mariott Hotel. Information, FestiGals.org

June 18. NOLA Tango Festival, Astor Crowne Plaza. Information, NOLATangoFestival.com

June 19-20. Jefferson Performing Arts Center’s Grand Opening and Gala, Airline Drive arts center. Information, JPAS.org

June 19-21. New Orleans Pride Festival, various locations. Information, PrideNewOrleans.com

June 18-21. Tulane Summer Lyric presents Damn Yankees, Dixon Hall. Information, SummerLyric.Tulane.edu

June 18-21. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Smoothie King Center. Information, Ringling.com

June 20. Magnolia Ball, Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Information, OgdenMuseum.org

July 2-5. Essence Fest, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information, Essence.com

July 4. Go 4th On the River, riverfront. Information, Go4thOnTheRiver.com