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What to Do in New Orleans in June

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This post covers the best things to do in New Orleans in June, updated for 2022 including festivals, annual events, free things to do, nighttime activities, and family-friendly options.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in New Orleans for even more ideas.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.


TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

Below is a list of the best things to do in New Orleans this June. Take a look at our post, How’s the Weather in June in New Orleans, to help you plan your activities.

Many of the best attractions to visit in this city are included for free with a New Orleans tourist attraction discount pass.

For some of the most popular tours, we have the following articles:

For more ideas, see our post on things to do in NOLA all year long.


1. Go See a Concert

Thanks to the musical history of New Orleans, a lot of notable performers are drawn to the city throughout the year. 

We recommend checking this list of concerts in New Orleans to see who is playing this month.

Here are some of the best concerts to see in NOLA this June:

Check our New Orleans live music calendar for even more places to see music this month.


2. Spend a Night at the Theater

If you're a fan of musicals, there will be two major theatrical performances coming to the historic Saenger Theater in June. This is an excellent chance to see some great Off-Broadway productions right here in New Orleans!

The first show is Waitress, and it will be running from June 10th - 12th. In addition to this option, you can also see the hit musical Hamilton from June 21st - 30th.

It's been a while since two major musicals like these have made their way to NOLA, so we recommend taking advantage of this opportunity while you can.

This is also a great way to beat the summer heat by heading inside of an air-conditioned theater to enjoy a live show!

Whether you attend a daytime performance or come after dark, this is both a great family-friendly and nighttime activity.


3. See Stand-up Comedy From Kevin Hart

Although there won't be many notable stand-up comics coming to New Orleans this month, there is one comedy show we definitely recommend attending.

Kevin Hart will be coming to the Smoothie King Center on June 30th as part of his Reality Check tour. This is an excellent opportunity to hear some of his latest material and enjoy more than a few laughs.

Since he is the only major comedian performing in NOLA this month, tickets are selling out fast. We recommend ordering tickets well ahead of time if you don't want to miss out!

Purchase tickets or learn more.


4. Experience St. John’s Eve

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about voodoo culture, you might want to check out one of the events that are held during St. John’s Eve which is celebrated annually on June 23.

This is a day when practitioners will hold celebrations and perform rituals.

One such ritual is held at the International House Hotel, where a spiritual ceremony will usually be performed by an actual voodoo priestess.

This ritual was started by the historic voodoo queen Marie Laveau over 150 years ago, and it is still practiced to this very day.

If you’re not quite confident in your knowledge about this subject, consider taking our voodoo tour, which runs 5 days a week.


5. Take a Sightseeing Tour

Summer is one of the best times to see all of the historic sites of New Orleans. After all, it’s very unlikely that you’ll have to worry about bad weather!

Here are a few of the pay-what-you-wish walking tours we currently offer in the city:

We also offer many of our tours in GPS-led audio tour versions.

If you’re looking for an even more in-depth tour, consider one of these extensive outings from Take Walks:

June is a lovely month to take a riverboat cruise. If temperatures are a bit too high for you, look into hop-on-hop-off bus tours.

Looking to get out of the city for a while? Consider a swamp tour or a plantation tour!

If you can't take one of these tours, consider taking one of our virtual tours of New Orleans:


6. Celebrate Juneteenth at a Plantation

Juneteenth (June 19 annually) is the day that Americans celebrate the abolition of slavery in the United States. 

Several local New Orleans plantations provide an opportunity to learn more about the lives of enslaved peoples.

New Orleans Plantation Tours

The Whitney Plantation, in particular, is dedicated to covering slavery in the Southern USA. Here are a few others.

Read more about the plantations near New Orleans on our Louisiana plantation tours post. 

Note that many plantation tours are included with several of the New Orleans tourist discount passes


7. Consider Getting a Tourist Pass

If you’re looking for discounts on general admission costs, a tourist pass can be one of the easiest ways to save money.

Depending on how you use these passes, you could save 50% or more on regular ticket prices.

Here are some of the more interesting locations and activities you can enjoy with these services:

For more details, make sure to read our full post covering how to choose the right New Orleans Tourist Pass for your needs.


8. Take a Food Tour

New Orleans is known for its cuisine and while you are there, you will certainly want to sample some of the best dishes the city has to offer.

For an experience that includes both delicious food and fascinating history, look into taking one of our food tours.

Our French Quarter food tour is a great way to see one of the best parts of NOLA while sampling its renowned cuisine.

New Orleans Foods to Try

Our tour includes the chance to try foods like PoBoys, crawfish, pralines, beignets, muffulettas, and other dishes.

To see about other food tours in different neighborhoods, see our post one New Orleans food tours.

NOTE: Some companies and restaurants may not be welcoming tours, but you'll most likely still be able to order food from a variety of locations.

You might want to consider reading our post about the best things to eat in New Orleans and using this guide to pick out some great meals for a self-guided tour of your own!


9. Take a Swamp Tour After Dark

During the summer months, local tour companies offer a very special and rare chance to tour the swamplands at night.

This service is only available for a few months, so you may want to take advantage of the opportunity to see what life is like in the swamp after the sun goes down.

These tours typically begin at about 7:30 pm and run for about 90 minutes. Tour guides will use a high-powered lamp to shed some light on the wildlife surrounding you.

For more details, make sure to read our post covering New Orleans swamp tours.

If a night on the swamp doesn’t sound appealing, take a look at our section on things to do at night for more nighttime activities.


10. Check Out the French Market Creole Tomato Festival

During the month of June, the French Market usually begins to sizzle with the delicious scent of tomatoes cooking at the annual Creole Tomato Festival.

This festival will be taking place in person once again in 2022 on June 11th.

Beyond tomatoes, there will include live music, cooking demos, food booths, and fun activities for kids from 10 am - 7 pm each day.

For those who weren’t aware, Creole Tomatoes are actually an entirely different kind of tomato, and New Orleans residents often take a unique approach when cooking them.


11. Hear Free Jazz at the Ritz

If you’re interested in seeing a live musical performance, it’s worth noting that Jeremy Davenport performs jazz at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans several days every week.

We recommend bringing some money along for refreshments, but it isn’t required.

Hours

  • Wed-Thur | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Fri-Sat | 9 pm - 1 pm

TIP: The New Orleans Jazz Museum also offers a free show every Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm. If you’re in the area at the time, it’s definitely worth popping in to see the performance!


12. Celebrate Pride Festival

After taking a two year break, the Pride Festival will be returning to New Orleans from June 9th - 12th, 2022.

The main event is a parade which usually happens the week before the festival. The route typically begins at Elysian Fields and ends on Bourbon Street.

You can also attend parties and enjoy performances by a variety of local artists during the New Orleans Pride festival.

Click here to find out more about these festivities. 


RESCHEDULED: NOLA Caribbean Festival

The NOLA Caribbean Festival celebrates the culture, music, dance and cuisine of the Caribbean, a region that New Orleans's heritage is deeply rooted.

The official fest usually takes place around Congo Square in late June, but it has been rescheduled for October 12th - 23rd, 2022. Make sure to check in and see if there have been any announcements before setting your heart on this activity.

The big event is the NOLA Colour Me Krazy Carnival Parade, complete with paint and colored powder being thrown around, which takes place along Canal Street.

This is great fun for anyone, especially kids. See the calendar of events here.


UNCONFIRMED: Have Fun at June Under the Moon

Every June, Carousel Gardens in City Park holds a special adults-only event -- Fun at June Under the Moon.

The date has not yet been announced for 2022, so check back with us from time to time. 

You'll be able to hop on the rides kiddie-free and enjoy an open bar and snacks. 

Tickets are $30 per person (if you order them ahead of time) and include all the rides you can handle. Tickets will cost $40 at the gate.

You’ll find even more nighttime attractions on our post covering what to do in New Orleans at night


UNCONFIRMED: Dine out During Restaurant Week 

During Restaurant Week, over 80 restaurants in New Orleans offer a prix-fixe menu at discounted prices.

Prices vary by the restaurant but are generally around $20 lunch and $39 dinner. Note that the prices do not include drinks or tips.

Some of the most famous eateries participate, like Antoine's, Charlie’s Steak House, and Galatoire’s Restaurant.

For more information read our post on Restaurant Week in New Orleans.

Foodies might also want to consider our French Quarter Food & History Tour.  


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About The Author

Sarah

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history. Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!
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