Summer Fun: Festivals & Events, 2023

Published on: May 11th, 2023


Jonathon Boogie Long at Bogalusa Blues & Heritage Fest. Photo by Demian Roberts.

"Festival Season" is technically over, but fear not, because there's a whole summer season of music festival fun ahead around south Louisiana. Check out some of the music festivals and other diversions in and around New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana this summer. Just remember to stay hydrated!

This is our first post-pandemic, post-Ida & Laura compilation of this list, and it's quite a bit shorter than in 2019.



June 30-July 2: Essence Music Festival
1: Lebeau Zydeco Festival, Lebeau, LA
14: Bastille Day Fete
14-16: San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, aka Running of the Bulls
13-15: Island Strong Music Fest, Grand Isle, LA
15-16: Cajun French Music & Food Festival, Lake Charles
22: Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Delcambre, LA
23-28: Tales of the Cocktail


5: White Linen Night
5-6: Satchmo SummerFest
11-14: New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival
12: Red Dress Run
13: Dirty Linen Night


Aug 31-Sept 4: Southern Decadence
1: WWOZ Groove Gala
1-4: Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival, Morgan City
15: Mamou Cajun Music Festival
16: Highland Jazz & Blues Festival, Shreveport
21-24: Alligator Festival, Luling, LA
23: Beignet Fest
Sept 23-Oct 8 NOLAxNOLA
29-30: The Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival
Sept 30-Oct 1 National Fried Chicken Festival


6-8: Gretna Heritage Festival
6-8: Gentilly Fest
7: Bluesberry Music and Art Festival, Covington

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