Jun 15, 2023 - Things to Do

10 things to do this weekend in New Orleans for Juneteenth and Father's Day

Photos shows three musicians performing at Congo Square during a Juneteenth Celebration in 2021.

People perform traditional song and dance during a Juneteenth celebration in New Orleans on June 19, 2021. Photo: Lan Wei/Xinhua via Getty Images

It's a three-day weekend for many as we observe Juneteenth on Monday. The federal holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S.

Here are some more things to do this weekend.


๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Juneteenth Freedom Gala is Sunday night at the Andre Cailloux Center. The ticketed event highlights community leaders and artists with live music, an art auction and a film screening.

๐ŸŽค New Orleans Juneteenth Festival is Monday from 2-7pm at Congo Square in Armstrong Park. It's free. The second line kickoff is at 1:30pm.

๐ŸŽฉ Juneteenth Liberation Ball is Monday night at the Andre Cailloux Center. The fundraiser will honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts and uplifting Black voices.

Father's Day

๐Ÿ๏ธ Papa-Palooza is Saturday at New Orleans Harley-Davidson on Airline Drive. There will be crawfish, a bikini carwash and a dad bod contest.

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ The Richard Newcomb Memorial Father's Day Race is Sunday morning in Audubon Park and has 2-mile and half-mile events.

More fun

๐Ÿง›๐Ÿผ Le Vampyre Cabaret is Friday night at the Allways Lounge.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Opera in the Piazza is downtown Friday night and hosted by the American Italian Cultural Center.

๐Ÿฆ• The Great Dino Rescue is in Slidell, Friday through Sunday. It's billed as the largest touring dinosaur show in the country.

๐ŸฅŠ Champion boxer Regis Prograis and Danielito Zorrilla will face off Saturday at the Smoothie King Center as Prograis defends his world super-lightweight title.

๐ŸŽ‰ NOLA Gen Fezt is a new fest from NORD. It's described as a fest made by teens for teens. It's a free event Saturday on the Lafitte Greenway.

For more: See Gambit's event calendar for more ideas.


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