On the weekend of May 21-23 you can enjoy a FREE outdoor festival in one of the most scenic areas of New Orleans, celebrating the trinity of all great festivals – music, food and art. It is the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo alongside the picturesque shore of Bayou St. John in one of the oldest sections of the city.
Three hundred years ago, French explorers and settlers paddled their canoes along Bayou St. John, and outdoor lovers are still doing it today – along with kayaks, rubber rafts, paddle boats and just about anything else that floats. You can watch them from the shore as you stroll around listening to the sounds of some of New Orleans’ top bands and enjoying the sights and sounds all around you.
Among the entertainers featured this year are Tab Benoit, BeauSoleil, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Stooges Brass Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Bill Summers and many more. Patrons won’t be left hungry while grooving because this year’s festival will have everything from traditional festival fare to Mexican, Japanese, Cajun, Italian, French and more. Vendors will include Boucherie, Carnival Brands, Lazaro’s, Praline Connection, Nacho Mamma’s, Saltwater Grill, Little Tokyo, Crepes A’La Cart. Plus plenty of ice cream, sherbet, cold drinks and fresh squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst.
In addition, local artists stock the Art Market and Bazaar benefiting the 3 Ring Circus Arts Education Center. A Health & Wellness area will focus on everything from outdoor yoga to acupuncture, and specific children’s area contains everything from vocal coaching to projects sponsored by the Children’s Museum. And, new this year, on Sunday, May 23, the inaugural Rubber Ducky Derby launches with 10,000 rubber duckies racing to the finish down the bayou for prizes and bragging rights. Benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank, participants can purchase a lucky duck for $5 or six for $25.
For more festival information, music line-ups, artists and vendors, visit www.thebayouboogaloo.com.