You might say it’s much to early to be thinking of things to do in May, but we want to be thinking ahead to the last month of Spring 2015 in the Crescent City! The weather is still comfortable, with an average high of 85 degrees and some lovely rain to cool everyone off when it gets too warm. You can wear your shorts and seersucker, as long as your shoes are comfortable, and bring along an umbrella if you don’t want to get too wet.
Starting with the first weekend in May, we have the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or as it’s known locally, Jazz Fest. Held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the festival takes place from 11am to 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I am not exaggerating when I say there are hundreds of musical acts lined up for the full event, as well as lots of vendors and tons of food. Parking is non-existent next to the park, so use public transportation to reduce frustration.
On May 15-17, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo returns for the 10th year to the shores of bayou St. John. There will be a lot of music, as well as food, crafts, and art vendors. You won’t want to miss the Rubber Duck Derby, the bicycle Pub Crawl or the Bicycle Second Line. Being a Mid-City event, you can easily walk over to the festival from 1896 O’Malley House.
Next on the list is a four day celebration of the culinary scene! May 20-23, at various locations throughout the city, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience brings joy to foodies and wine cognoscente. Events include The Big Gateaux Show, Vinola and the Royal Street Roll. Make sure to get your tickets early!
The same week, Greek Fest kicks off Memorial Day weekend (May 22-24) with a commemoration of Greek Culture and food at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Treme. Free admission on Sunday to anyone wearing a toga, along with a Best Toga contest on Sunday evening. It’s a family event, so keep it classy, folks!
Finally, to close out the month, Oyster Fest takes place May 30 & 31 at Woldenberg Park. It’s everything Oyster, from all kinds of amazing dishes, oyster shucking and eating contests, music, vendors and all the wonderful things you love about festivals in the Big Easy!
Make sure to reserve your rooms in time to stay with us in comfort and to enjoy true Southern hospitality for these uniquely New Orleans events!