Geaux Forth and Fest: Our Picks for May

Bayou Boogaloo, Greek Fest and of course the last weekend of Jazz Fest are all packed into May.

by Mary Staes
May 1, 2019

With festival season in full swing, your favorites are coming up. Bayou Boogaloo, Greek Fest and of course the last weekend of Jazz Fest are all packed into May.

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What: New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival
When: May 2-5
Where: New Orleans Fair Grounds
Price: $85 at the gate

It’s the last weekend of Jazz Fest. Highlights include Diana Ross, Widespread Panic, Aaron Neville, The Soul Rebels, Tank and the Bangas, and Little Freddie King. Click here for more information.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Getting there
1751 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Sat 9am–12am
Sun 10am–12am
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Spicy Crawfish Boiling in a Stock Pot in Louisiana

What: NOLA Crawfish Fest
When: May 1
Where: Central City BBQ
Price: $45

The first day of May is actually the last day of NOLA Crawfish Fest, hosted at Central City BBQ. Tickets at $45 and are available at the door. Click here for more information.

Central City BBQ
Getting there
1201 S Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Thu 11am–7pm
Fri-Sun 11am–9pm
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What: Crawfish Mambo
When: May 11, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Where: University of New Orleans
Price: $25, children under 7 free

This fest started in 2012 and features all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music. There’s even a tent for the kiddies. Mambo serves as the UNO Alumni Association’s primary fundraiser. Click here for more information. 

The University of New Orleans
Getting there
2000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70148, USA
Mon-Fri 8am–4:30pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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What: Mother’s Day at the Zoo
When: May 12, 10 a.m. – 6p.m.
Where: Audubon Zoo
Price: FREE with price of zoo admission

The annual Mother’s Day concert featuring Irma Thomas is a favorite for mother’s across the city. Click here for more information.

Audubon Zoo - Bus Stop
Getting there
New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

What: Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo
When: May 17-19
Where: Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue
Price: FREE, donation suggested

Four stages of music, a marketplace, tons of food vendors. But we all know what we’re here for; kicking it on the bayou! Bring your canoe, raft, blow-up swan, it’s all going down in the bayou. Click here for more information. 


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Bayou St John
Getting there
New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
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What: Greek Fest
When: May 23-26
Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Price: $5 Thursday, $8 Fri-Sun, cash only for admission

Greek Fest is back for its 46th year, opening a day early. Thursday night features a limited evening menu, but it’s still top-notch, with traditional Greek dinners, lamb plates, greek salads and pastries. The Greek Grocery will also be open. Click here for more information.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Getting there
1200 Allen Toussaint Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
Mon-Fri 9am–3:30pm
Sat Closed
Sun 9am–12pm
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Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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