Need weekend plans for the upcoming Labor Day weekend? Look no further! Take a look at a list of events taking place this Labor Day weekend here in New Orleans.
Thursday, August 31 – Sunday, September 3
Southern Decadence will take place this Labor Day weekend. Often referred to as “Gay Mardi Gras,” the festival is the largest gay event in New Orleans and was founded in 1972, making this its 46th year. This year’s theme is “Electrified,” with the official colors being “All Colors in Neon.” Most of the events will occur in the French Quarter and include parades, contests, and street parties by day and dance parties by night!
Bourbon Street Extravaganza
Corner of Bourbon Street & St Ann Street
Saturday, September 2; 6:30 p.m.
During the weekend of Southern Decadence, for 13 years, The Bourbon Street Extravaganza has featured free concerts on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.
Fourteen years ago, Napoleon Itch hosted its first free concert on that same corner with the intentions of announcing who they were, establishing themselves, and participating in the festivities of Southern Decadence. The concert’s outcome was so successful that they were encouraged by the city council and the city to continue these concerts annually. They did, and now The Bourbon Street Extravaganza is the largest event of Southern Decadence.
This year, organizers say they feel especially honored because they were asked by the city to incorporate a kick-off celebration of New Orleans’s 300th birthday (2018). They say they will do so with a recording from Rowetta Satchell telling the story about the flood that wiped out Louisiana in 1927, as well as with musical tributes from a second line band.
Other live performances will include those from Deborah Cox, Zoe Badwi, and more.
“We have continued to grow and to increase the fame of the artists who we present, and we have continued to do it for free,” said concert organizers. “It is our gift.”
The event is free, but a limited number of front-of-stage VIP tickets can be purchased for $30 from any bartender at Napoleon’s Itch. Meet at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets at 5:30 p.m. for a pre-show street party.
Kenner Freedom Fest
5050 Williams Blvd., Kenner
Sunday, September 3; 2 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the inaugural Freedom Fest at the Lake. Relax on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain for an afternoon of local food and country music. The line-up features performances by Jenna Hunts, 90 Degrees West, Lauren Duski, Chase Bryant, and Maddie & Tae. Admission is free; limited parking will be available at the Pontchartrain Center for $5.
Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy., Panama City Beach, FL
Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3; 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Beat the heat with a quick trip to Panama City Beach for Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam. This year marks the five-year celebration of the three-day country music festival, complete with headlining performances by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Little Big Town. Enjoy time away from the festival grounds by exploring Panama City or soaking up the sun on the beach. Tickets range in price from General Admission to VIP passes. View the full line-up and available ticket packages online.