It’s another action-packed month in Crescent City. This month, festivals abound with NOLA River Fest, Zydeco Fest, and Essence Fest all kicking off this month. On the musical front, an amazing set of performances are passing through town. Perhaps most notably, the first-ever Re:SET concert series (featuring LCD Soundsystem, boygenius, Jamie XX, Toro y Moi, and tons more) will come to City Park this month. Check out these and more of our top picks from this month in NOLA below.
Here’s What’s Happening This Month in NOLA (June 2023)
1.) Yheti: Road to Sonic Bloom at Republic NOLA
Join Republic NOLA for an unforgettable night of mind-bending music and captivating visuals as Yheti takes the stage with his Knew Sound Tour live A/V set. Embark on a sonic journey as Yheti, alongside talented artists Chmura and HoneyBee, paves the way to Sonic Bloom, delivering a unique blend of electronic beats and immersive visuals that will leave you in awe. Get ready to dance and lose yourself in the mesmerizing sounds of Yheti’s performance.
2.) Faubourg’s Pride Bash
Join Faubourg’s Brewing Co.’s Pride Bash, a vibrant celebration where everyone is welcome. The day’s events include a free drag show hosted by the incredible Laveau Contraire, plus delectable treats from renowned vendors like Fete au Fete, Hatch & Harvest, and NoLa Cookie Co. Enjoy our outdoor beer garden and great lawn, equipped with various games and activities. Plus, you can explore the Bayou Yacht Club Makers Market. All ages and dogs are welcome to join in the festivities.
3.) Duran Duran at Smoothie King Center
Iconic British rock band Duran Duran will perform in New Orleans as part of their ongoing Future Past Tour. With six platinum records and 18 American hit singles, these new wave pioneers have consistently fused art, technology, fashion, and their unique musical style. For their June 7 show at Smoothie King Center, Duran Duran is joined by prominent American producer Nile Rodgers and the reformation of his popular 80s disco band Chic. Plus, the modern pop-rock band Bastille joins the bill.
4.) The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a premier event, showcasing what the city does best… eating and drinking. In its 31st Anniversary year, the festival has become one of the most celebrated culinary events in the nation, attracting gourmands and connoisseurs. NOWFE is a non-profit organization with 100% of the net proceeds going to causes that support culinary education. The five-day event features unique programming throughout Crescent City. Visit their website below for more information.
5.) Re:SET Concert Series in City Park
A traveling concert series taking place in June, the New Orleans experience will play host to multiple big acts in New Orleans City Park over the June 9 – 11, 2023 weekend. LCD Soundsystem will take the stage along with legends Jamie XX, Toro y Moi, James Blake, boygenius & more.
6.) French Market Creole Tomato Festival
Nothing says summertime in New Orleans quite like the French Market Creole Tomato Festival. Held every summer in the heart of the French Quarter, the music, dancing, food, and drink signal the start of a new season, one that’s laid-back and brimming at the pot with flavor. Get fresh Creole tomatoes at the French Market, see live music, and enjoy many more family-friendly activities.
7.) NOLA River Fest
8.) New Orleans Oddities & Curiosities Expo
The Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases hand-selected vendors, dealers, artists, and small businesses with all things weird. You’ll find items such as taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/Halloween-inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, odd jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles & much more. We truly have something weird for everyone at our shows. All items you see at our shows are legal to own and sustainably sourced.
9.) NOLA Zydeco Fest
On Saturday, June 10, the A.L. Davis Park will come alive with the sounds of Zydeco music featuring Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Koray Broussard and The Zydeco Unit, Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Crush, Alphonse Ardoin and the Zydeco Kings. Bring your dancing shoes to enjoy the festival!
10.) Neal Brennan: Brand New Neal at Joy Theater
Join an unforgettable evening of laughter as Winter Circle Production presents Neal Brennan: Brand New Neal at Joy Theater. This comedy event is open to all ages, making it a perfect night out for everyone. Get ready to enjoy an incredible performance by the talented Neal Brennan, known for his wit and hilarious storytelling.
11.) NOLA Juneteenth Festival
Commemorate Juneteenth with the NOLA Juneteenth Festival. From June 18-19, a couple of different events will take place, including the Juneteenth Freedom Gala on Sunday and a free festival at Armstrong Park/ Congo Square on Monday, June 19. For more information, see the festival website here.
12.) Lamorn at House of Blues
Excitement is in the air as Lamorn, the newest mau5trap protegé, is set to perform in New Orleans this summer. This month, he’s embarking on his Forever Album Tour to celebrate his artist debut. His upcoming show at the House of Blues allows dance fans to see a prominent artist on the rise.
13.) The Struts at Civic Theatre
Get ready for a night of bedazzled rock ‘n’ roll as The Struts take the stage at Civic Theatre as part of their Remember the Name… Tour. On this unforgettable evening, the British rock band will deliver their signature high-energy performance. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to witness The Struts’ captivating presence, infectious melodies, and unforgettable live show.
14.) Essence Festival of Culture
Get ready for another explosive Essence Fest weekend as the Caesars Superdome and downtown New Orleans come alive with the thrilling three-day event. This extravaganza merges high-octane music performances with inspirational speakers and thought-provoking conversations about gender, race, culture, and art. Prepare to be captivated by a star-studded lineup featuring renowned artists such as Missy Elliott, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion, Jermaine Dupri, Wizkid, Monica, Coco Jones, Kizz Daniel, and more! During the day, immerse yourself in the Empowerment Experience, where esteemed speakers share their insights on religion, economics, education, and other compelling topics. Be sure to explore the outdoor markets showcasing an array of fine art and crafts from the African Diaspora.