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 30-May 2)
Pinch the tails and suck the heads at the third annual NOLA Crawfish Festival. The 2018 year line-up includes acts like Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Review featuring Jeff McCarty & Eric Johanson, Samantha Fish, Ivan Neville and Friends with very special guest George Porter, Jr. Check out the line up.
Second Weekend of Jazz Fest (May 3-6)
The second weekend of Jazz Fest is always fantabulous! Along with beloved local musicians like Kermit Ruffins, Cowboy Mouth and Deacon John, you can see big name stars like Lionel Richie, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sheryl Crow, Anita Baker and Aerosmith. 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.
41th Annual Whitney Zoo-To-Do (May 4)
A wild time will be had by all at this year’s Whitney Zoo-To-Do. This year, the event will raise funds for “Celebrate Lions: The Roar Returns!” at the Audubon Zoo. Entertainment will be provided by The Big Beyond, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bon Bon Vivant, and Bamboula 2000. Plus, more than 70 renown New Orleans restaurants will be on hand, including Antoine’s, B.B. King's Blues Club, Barcadia Bar & Grill, Byblos, Crescent City Brewhouse, Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House, The Court of Two Sisters, and The New Orleans School of Cooking. Find out more.
Crawfish Mambo (May 12)
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 Robin Barnes, James Andrews & The Crescent Swing, the Phunky Monkey and Corey Henry & Treme Funketet. Learn more.
Mother’s Day Brunch (May 13 )
What mom wants for Mother’s Day is a chance to spend time with her favorite child (you) at one her favorite restaurant. Visit NewOrleansRestaurants.com for great ideas all over town.
Bayou Boogaloo (May 18-20)
Son of a gun, we’re going to have big fun at Bayou Boogaloo! This year’s lineup includes Marc Broussard, Deacon John, Walter Wolfman Washington and more. Check out the festival website for a complete lineup.
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 23-27)
New Orleans doesn’t just live to eat – we live for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience every year. Hundreds of wineries and restaurants will be cooking up a good time at various venues all over the French Vieux Carré. Enjoy wine dinners at restaurants like Brennan’s, Morton’s The Steakhouse and Rizzuto’s Ristorante & Chop House. Learn more here.
Greek Fest (May 25-27)
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 25-27)
Celebrate the history, culture and traditions of two of the oldest neighborhoods in America. Join us “Under the Bridge” for live music, a Gospel Breakfast, a Congo Square second line, neighborhood tours, informative seminars and a pub crawl. Learn more.
Bayou Country Superfest (May 25-27)
Howdy! Welcome to Nashville on the Bayou – a three-day music fest at the Superdome featuring entertainment by George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and more. Don’t miss Friday night’s “Salute to America,” a huge fireworks display over river. And Saturday evening there will be a free concert in Champions Square with Randy Houser, Michael Ray and Runaway June. Get the details.