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15 Things to Do In June

May the snowballs keep you cool while the music and events heat up in June.

A creambow snowball from Hansen's. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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

Friday, June 2, finally gives us the excuse to eat donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Especially when it’s from District Donuts, ManhattanJack, or Blue Dot Donuts.

An array of flavored donuts at the popular pastry joint, District Donuts. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, home to the infamous Ladybug Roller Coaster. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

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.

Compere Lapin. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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.

Crawfish and shrimp stuffed Creole tomato from Purloo at the French Market Creole Tomato Festival. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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. 

The bustling Bourbon Street in the French Quarter during the New Orleans Pride Festival. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

See a thrilling performance at the Snake Oil Festival

See the best in burlesque, circus, comedy, and more with the Snake Oil Festival at the Howlin’ Wolf from June 14-17. Buy tickets online.

The fried shrimp po-boy from Parkway. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Spend Father’s Day eating his favorite NOLA comfort foods 

Kick off the day (June 18!) with the 12th-annual Father’s Day 5K race. Then treat Pops to a po-boy from Parkway Bakery or classic burger from Camellia Grill.

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.

Sunset over Bayou St. John (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Channel the Caribbean

NOLA Caribbean Fest honors our shared connection with Caribbean nations. Find food and music galore tinged with island flavors at this event at Central City Barbecue on June 24-25.

Jam out to some Cajun-Zydeco music

There’s no style of music quite like it. June 24-25 at Armstrong Park, get your local fix at Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival.

The James Beard Award-winning Hansen’s Sno-Bliz at your service. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

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.