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New Orleans Festivals Guide: June 2014 

click to enlarge The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival in June offers live music and lots of Creole tomatoes.

The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival in June offers live music and lots of Creole tomatoes.


4Wednesday at the Square —  (Lafayette Square, 500 block of St. Charles Avenue, 504-585-1500; — The Wednesday evening concert series features New Orleans musicians, food and arts and crafts. Proceeds benefit the Young Leadership Council. Hours 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission free.

6-7Cookin' On the Cane (Downtown riverbank, Natchitoches, phone n/a; — The festival features barbecue contests for professionals, amateurs and kids. The event also features live entertainment, food and children's activities. Hours n/a. Admission free.

7-8Creole Tomato Festival (French Market, 1008 N. Peters St., 504-522-2621; — The French Market festival features food booths featuring Creole tomato in recipes, as well as cooking demonstrations, live music and kids' activities. Hours 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission free.

13Concerts In the Courtyard — (The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., 504-523-4662; — The seventh annual event offers a monthly concert featuring Louisiana musicians playing in the courtyard and three complimentary beverages (beer and wine). Hours 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Admission $10, free for members.

14-15Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (Louis Armstrong Park, 901 N. Rampart St., 504-558-6100; — The eighth annual free festival features music including Buckwheat Zydeco and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, food vendors with an emphasis on shrimp, an arts market and more. Hours 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission free.

19-22FestiGals (The Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 855-452-9563; — FestiGals aims to enrich women with a host of professional networking opportunities, shopping frenzies and cocktails. Hours vary. Admission $400 for all activities, individual event prices vary.

20-22Louisiana Catfish Festival (St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, 17324 Highway 631, Des Allemands; — The festival includes live music, food booths, carnival rides, games, arts and crafts, a beauty pageant and more. Hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Admission free.

21-22New Orleans Pride Festival (Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-418-1725; — The festival features live music and a parade through the French Quarter Saturday, as well as a block party on Bourbon Street on Sunday. Hours n/a. Admission free.

click to enlarge Professional networking, cocktails and shopping await attendees at Festigals in New Orleans in June.
  • Professional networking, cocktails and shopping await attendees at Festigals in New Orleans in June.

26-28Beauregard Watermelon Festival (Beauregard Parish Fairgrounds, 506 West Drive, DeRidder, 337-463-5534) — The event offers lots of opportunities to eat watermelon, plus a watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, live music, arts and crafts and carnival rides. Hours 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Thu., 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. Admission n/a.

27-28Louisiana Peach Festival (Downtown Ruston, 318-255-2031; — There are food booths, live music, arts and crafts sales, kids' activities, a tennis tournament, parade and more. Hours 5 p.m.-till Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Admission $10 Fri., $5 Sat. (evening concert $10).

29Summer Wine Festival (The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 504-458-3528; — The French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter (FACC-GC) presents the 14th annual festival, which spotlights cuisines of Provence with food, desserts, wines, beer and other spirits as well as a silent action. Hours 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Admission $65, $55 in advance ($45 FACC-GC members).

30-July 4Erath 4th of July Celebration (Downtown Erath, 337-937-5585; — The old-fashioned street fair offers carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, a beauty pageant, parade and fireworks. Hours n/a. Admission free.

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