FestiGals had its start in 2011 and has been inspiring, connecting, and celebrating New Orleans women ever since. This weekend’s festivities hope to continue the trend and spread the message with several seminars, dining, and authentic New Orleans activities. Just a few of the 15+ activities include a cooking workshop on Thursday, a second line on Friday, a steamboat Natchez cruise on Saturday, and a gospel brunch on Sunday. The equally-important seminars feature successful and empowering female speakers. This tricentennial anniversary is a grand milestone for our city, and what better way to celebrate it than appreciate the women that make New Orleans so great?
June 21-24, Multiple Locations
Marie Laveau? Voodoo? Papa Legba? Prizes? Swamp Magic Nola Fest celebrates the occult edge of New Orleans. Described as “Supernatural Fest, Psychic Fest, and New Orleans Voodoo Fest all rolled into one,” this edutaining, magic-themed weekend bash offers classes, workshops, rituals, drumming, dance, psychic readings, art, prizes, and much more. The festival takes place the days leading up to St. John’s eve, the eve of the summer solstice and a day celebrated by voodoo practitioners the world over. An added bonus: proceeds from the festival will go towards stopping domestic violence and saving the wetlands. So tap into your mystic side, learn about that interesting, enchanting, supernatural history that New Orleans has to offer, and do some good, too.
June 22-24, 828 N. Rampart Street
The 2nd annual NOLA Caribbean Fest celebrates New Orleans' deeply-rooted cultural connections as the Caribbean's northernmost city. Enjoy pool parties, a parade, Caribbean music and food, and more. The lineups for the two festival days include La Tifa, Imani Ray, Yard Squad Band, Cuban Papi, Scrouge, DJ Felipe among others. Other activities include Caribbean Vybz at the Blue Nile on Thursday the 21st; head over there to enjoy Reggae, Dancehall, Afrobeat, and Latin Music with performances from festival headliners. The pool party is on the 22nd and 24th at the Drifter Hotel, with food provided by 14 Parishes Jamaican Grill. The paint vs. powder parade is on the 23rd, so bring some clothes you wouldn’t mind dousing with color!
June 23-24, Multiple Locations
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival kicks off this year in Armstrong Park. Rain or shine, enjoy some of the best Cajun and Zydeco music the south has to offer. Recent Grammy winners The Lost Bayou Ramblers will headline, as well as Grammy nominee Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers. Li'l Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers, Chris Ardoin and Nustep, and Corey Ledet and his Zydeco band will accompany the headliners. Enjoy great seafood provided by 10 vendors, a large arts market with 24 top local artisans, lots of activities for kids, and several misting fans to keep you cool. What’s not to like?
June 23-24, 701 N. Rampart Street
Concordia LLC’s annual summer solstice party will be hosted at Ashé Cultural Arts Center. The party will celebrate the end to Ashé’s 8-month-long renovation, which was carried out by Concordia, an architectural firm. The Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes the creative and cultural works of people of African descent. They also provide community development, artistic support, and outreach. Festivities include a DJ, performances by Bamboula 2000 drummers and dancers, students from Ashé’s Kuumba Institute, and more. The summer solstice is the first day of summer, so start it off right with food, fun, and culture. RSVP on their website.
June 22, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard