May 1 2019 | New Orleans

If, as T.S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month,” May in New Orleans makes up for it. Our swamps, gardens and event calendars are bursting with fun and celebrations of life. Here’s just some of what awaits you in New Orleans this month:

NOLA Crawfish Festival (April 29-May 1)

Pinch the tails and suck the heads at the third annual NOLA Crawfish Festival. The 2019 line-up includes acts like Neville Jacobs, The NOLA Crawfish Fest All-Stars,  Swampgrease, Soul Brass Band, Samantha Fish and Jonathon "Boogie" Long Anders, Anders Osborne and more. Check out the line up.

50th Annual Jazz and Heritage Festival (May 2-5)

The second weekend of Jazz Fest is always wonderful and this year promises to be better than ever! Along with beloved local musicians like Big Sam's Funky Nation, Aaron Neville, the Iguanas and Cowboy Mouth, you can see big name stars like Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, Diana Ross, John Prine, Tom Jones, Gladys Knight, Jimmy Buffett, Rita Coolidge and John Fogerty. For a complete schedule and Jazz Fest tips, click here. And don’t forget to take the Jazz Fest Express. It’s the only shuttle that gets you into the gates of the park.

Crawfish Mambo (May 11)

Gather together with your friends and family at UNO for the largest crawfish cook-off in New Orleans. Peel and dance the day away to non-stop music by Rthe Bucktown All-Stars, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and Young Pin Stripe Brass Band. Learn more.

Mother’s Day Brunch (May 12 )

What mom wants for Mother’s Day is a chance to spend time with her favorite child (you) at one her favorite restaurant. Visit for great ideas all over town.

Bayou Boogaloo (May 17-19)

Son of a gun, we’re going to have big fun at Bayou Boogaloo! This year’s lineup includes Cowboy Mouth, Raw Oyster Cult, Tab Benoit, Amanda Shaw and more. Check out the festival website for a complete lineup.

Greek Fest (May 23-26)

Get your gyro on at Greek Fest on Bayou St. John. Eat all the Greek food and drink you can get your hands on, then dance off the baklava by learning traditional Greek dancing. There will be live music, a fun kids’ area and more. Get info.

Tremé/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival (May 25 & 26)

Celebrate Memorial Day and the history, culture and traditions of two of the oldest neighborhoods in America. Join us “Under the Bridge” for live music, neighborhood tours, informative seminars and a pub crawl. Enjoy entertainment by Shannon Powell, James Andrews, Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet, Jose Fermin & Merengue4-FOUR, Gina Brown & Anutha Level, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers and others! Learn more.