Things to Do

Emma Way
19 hours ago - Things to Do

7 concerts coming to New Orleans in June, including Boygenius and Peso Pluma

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus of Boygenius perform onstage during Coachella this April. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella

New Orleans live music fans, here's a quick list of seven big concerts coming in June.

Of note: This isn't a comprehensive list. Check out the full calendars at your favorite venues for more.

16 biggest concerts coming to New Orleans this summer

Alicia Keys returns to New Orleans this summer, a decade after she delivered a memorable national anthem performance here ahead of at Super Bowl XLVII. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images.

The biggest tour to hit New Orleans in 2023 — Beyonce, obviously — won’t land here until the early days of fall, when we mark the final stop on her "Renaissance" world tour on Sept. 27.

  • But we have lots of other concerts to keep you occupied until you get in formation with the queen 🐝.

Greek Fest and 8 other fun things to do in New Orleans this weekend

Photo shows men dressed in traditional Greek clothes with tights and vests. They are dancing on a stage.

Greek Fest includes traditional Greek dancing and food. Photo: Frank Aymami for New Orleans Greek Fest

🇬🇷 The New Orleans Greek Fest celebrates its 48th anniversary this weekend. The event at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral is known for homemade Greek food, traditional dancing and live music.

  • The fest is Friday through Sunday.
  • Everyone 12+ needs a ticket. Togas are welcome, but will no longer get you free admission.

🇺🇲 The National WWII Museum holds its Memorial Day commemoration at 11am Monday. Current service members and their families get free admission.

🎡 Carousel Gardens is offering free admission this weekend to all military members, regardless of status. Discounted tickets for their family members are available.

🪴 The French Quarter Secret Garden Tour is Saturday. This is a fundraiser for Caroling in Jackson Square.

🎵 The Harahan Music Festival and Food Drive is Saturday at Zeringue Park. Bring five to 10 canned and nonperishable goods for free admission.

🍺 Port Orleans Brewing Co. is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a party Saturday afternoon.

🛼 Faubourg Beer and the Big Easy Roller Derby skaters are hosting sip and skate night Friday. Free event and dog friendly.

🦞 Urban South and Slap Ya Mama are hosting a crawfish boil Saturday that will benefit Son of a Saint.

🏊 Audubon Zoo's Cool Zoo starts daily operation this weekend. The water park requires an admission fee and a zoo ticket.

See Gambit's event calendar for more ideas.

Here's the WWOZ Livewire for this weekend's live music options.

Food Fight festival in New Orleans gets a new venue

Photo shows a large fountain in the center of Spanish Plaza. A paddlewheel in in the Mississippi River in the background.

Food Fight will be held at Spanish Plaza this year. Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Food Fight, a relatively new food festival in New Orleans that happens today, has moved locations this year.

Driving the news: The event will be downtown at the base of Canal Street this time, one year after the inaugural event attracted about 2,500 people to Crescent Park in the Bywater.

5 amazing beach rentals within driving distance of New Orleans

A beautiful cottage in Bay St. Louis is just one of the gorgeous beach rental options within an easy driving distance of New Orleans. Photo: Courtesy Airbnb

Look at a map of the Gulf Coast, and you’d think New Orleans was right on the beach. But Louisiana’s marshy, porous coastline isn’t exactly what most people have in mind when they’re looking for a waterfront getaway.

Instead, here are five amazing beach rentals within driving distance of New Orleans, which offer sandy beaches and horizon-line views.

5 things to do this weekend in New Orleans

Photos shows people sitting on a giant unicorn float, swan float, flamingo float, kayaks and other rafts in Bayou St. John. Other people are on the banks.

Grab your floaties and head to Bayou Boogaloo this weekend. Photo: Courtesy of Bayou Boogaloo

🛶 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is a musical and artistic takeover of Bayou St. John today, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Expect a mix of homemade and truly seaworthy watercraft as you enjoy music from the Yonder Mountain String Band, Boyfriend, Juvenile, Reverend Horton Heat and a ton of local brass bands and comedians.
  • Reminder — this festival requires tickets for land and water activities.

🏛️ Happy birthday, Gallier Hall! The city's first City Hall celebrates 170 years on Saturday with free tours of the building from 10am to 5pm.

📚 The Jefferson Parish Library kicks off its Library of Things from 10am to 2pm Saturday at the Terrytown branch (608 Heritage Ave.).

  • The free event has live music, food trucks, story time, crafts and food demonstrations.
  • The Library of Things is a collection of objects — a seafood boiling pot, sewing machine, stand mixer, turntable, guitars and more — that patrons can check out.

🎭 The NOLA Project has outdoor showings of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at NOMA's Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

🍍 It's the last weekend for "The SpongeBob Musical" at Rivertown Theaters.

See Gambit's calendar for more ideas

How to celebrate Mother's Day in New Orleans this weekend

A second-line proceeds down a New Orleans street, where cars are parked on each side. In the roadway are dozens of social aid and pleasure club members who, dressed in yellow and holding fans and other props, dance through the street.
Members of the Original Big Seven Social Aid & Pleasure Club march in the 7th Ward on June 1, 2013. Photo: Rusty Costanza/Getty Images

Have you called your mom lately?

Driving the news: This Sunday is Mother's Day, so here's your reminder to buy some flowers and make plans to spoil the mom (or motherly figure) in your life.

Chelsea Brasted
May 9, 2023 - News

Meet the "Queer Eye" heroes from New Orleans

The Queer Eye cast dances with a crowd on a busy Bourbon Street

The seventh season of "Queer Eye" lands on Netflix on May 12. Photo: Iiana Panich-Linsman/Netflix

The newest season of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” is available to stream May 12, featuring seven New Orleans-shot episodes, each focusing on locals who get a glow-up from the Fab Five team.

Why it matters: These New Orleanians pull double-duty as city ambassadors to a global audience as they share their story, and they’ll have the unique experience of turning into reality TV celebrities thanks to the show’s reach.

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