June in New Orleans is one giant jubilee of food, festivals and stunning sunsets. Here are a few ideas for food, drinks, concerts, festivals and more food to get you excited for the start of the summer season in New Orleans.
15 Things to Do In June
Indulge in National Donut Day
See “The Taming of the Shrew”
Thou dost deserve to see a play forth with! (Iambic pentameter, y’all). See Shakespeare’s bawdy “The Taming of the Shrew” at Tulane’s Lupin Theatre from June 2-18.
Channel your inner child with June Under the Moon
On the evening of Friday, June 2, Carousel Gardens open its gates for extended hours of beer, food, and amusement rides. From 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. you can play like the little kids but drink like the big kids. Seriously though, big kids only — you must be 21 to enter. Buy tickets online.
Watch the professional oyster eating contest at New Orleans Oyster Festival
From 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, you’ll find heaps and mounds of the finest oysters in the gulf south. Head to Woldenberg Park next to the IMAX/Aquarium for the free, two-day festival.
Support a standout cause at Compere Lapin
On Monday, June 5, Chef Nina Compton hosts a multi-course dinner benefitting No Kid Hungry, the nonprofit orgnaiation dedicated to ending childhood hunder in America. She’s in good company, too: chefs Michael Gulotta, Aaron Brooks, and Michael Pirollo are all pitching in for this unforgettable meal. Purchase tickets here.
Try one of the succulent tomato dishes at the French Market
You’d be surprised how many things you can make/ eat with a creole tomato. June 10 -11, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary from 10am – 7pm. You’ll find special surprises from Dutch Alley to Crescent Park, with stages and activities at the farmers market and Old U.S. Mint.
Join the parades and parties at Pride Fest
This massive celebration of LGBT community is one of the most exciting events of the year. June 9-11, New Orleans Pride Festival hosts a full weekend of events that all are welcome to join.
See a thrilling performance at the Snake Oil Festival
Spend Father’s Day eating his favorite NOLA comfort foods
Grab the gals for a special fest
FestiGals is just for the ladies, and this year it takes place June 19-22. In addition to fun events like second lines, dinners, and live entertainment, the fest also features inspiring panels and seminars. Get the scoop here.
Soak in the summer solstice with a view of Big Lake or Bayou St. John
Watch the sunset from City Park to mark the start of summer on Tuesday, June 20.
Channel the Caribbean
Jam out to some Cajun-Zydeco music
Cool off at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
June is the perfect time to cool off with a snowball from the James Beard Award-winning vendor, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz. Try one of their special flavors like Brown Pelican or Ginger Cayenne. But take note, they’re closed on Mondays.
Find the ESSENCE of Music
ESSENCE starts June 29! This year’s fest features Diana Ross, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Mary J. Blige, Solange, Chaka Kahn, and Jill Scott to name a few.