Cinco de Mayo
GiveNOLA Day Fiesta
Tuesday, May 5; 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Lafayette Square, Between St. Charles Ave. and Camp St.
GiveNOLA Day will bring together hundreds of non-profits for a Cinco de Mayo for a cause. Happy Hour featuring Tequila Avion, Milagro Tequila, Jose Cuervo, and Dos Equis Beer runs from 4-7 p.m. and DJ RQaway will be supplying the tunes throughout. No fiesta would be complete without food, and Juan's Flying Burrito will have you covered starting at 11 a.m.
Rifftrax Live: The Room
Wednesday, May 6; 7 p.m.
AMC Elmwood Palace 20, 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd
RiffTrax Live is a shared comedy experience where Mike, Kevin and Bill, from Mystery Science Theater 3000 notoriety, narrate a film live on stage which is broadcast to hundreds of theaters across the nation. The Room tells the story of a San Francisco bank employee whose fiancée seduces his best friend. Mike, Kevin and Bill bring a special brand of movie mockery to one of the most baffling and independent films ever produced.
Stand-Up NOLA Comedy Showcase
Friday, May 8; 8 p.m.
Joy Theater, 1200 Canal Street
Joy Productions presents an evening of talented New Orleans comics with performances by Matt Owens, Joe Cardosi, Leon Blanda, Andrew Polk, Katie East, Mary Devon Dupuy and music from DJ Doug Funnie.
Sunday, May 24; 7 p.m.
Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St.
Comedic creator, star, writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer and one of the funniest, freshest faces on television, Amy Schumer is on the rise in the world of comedy with her blend of honesty, and unapologetic humor. Seeing her act live is even funnier...and raunchier.
Sippin' in Seersucker
Friday, May 8; 6 p.m.– 9 p.m.
The Shops at Canal Place
Enjoy an evening of light bites, Southern cocktails, shopping specials and live entertainment featuring the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys. Dress is southern cocktails, seersucker preferred, with a seersucker ensemble contest in addition to deluxe raffles.
Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo
Friday-Sunday, May 15-17; times vary
N. Jeff Davis Pkwy. along Bayou St. John between Dumaine and Lafitte St.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is a free celebration of New Orleans culture, with a mission of improving the quality of life for New Orleans residents through the promotion of the arts, music, health and recreation. A must on the local festival calendar, the Bayou Boogaloo has grown into one the most environmentally conscious festivals in the city.
The 42nd Annual Greek Festival New Orleans
Friday-Sunday, May 22-24; times vary
Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
The Greek Festival celebrates the Greek culture of New Orleans and the fabulous Greek cuisine they brought with them for three days along the bayou. Get some authentic Greek clothing and jewelry, tour and learn about the beautiful cathedral, dance to the sounds of live Greek music, and, most importantly, enjoy a plate of delicious food made by the church members while sipping on some strong ouzo. Opa!
Crawfish Mambo: Cook-off & Music Festival Saturday, May 9; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
UNO Lakefront Campus, 2000 Lakeshore Dr.
This annual event is a food, music, and arts festival that includes unlimited crawfish all day long cooked by dozens of teams who are competing to win the $1000 Best of Boil prize. The stellar musical lineup includes the Honey Island Swamp Band, Shamarr Allen, Tank and the Bangas and more. Advance tickets are $20 ($25 at the gate), and children under 7 are free.
Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival
Friday - Sunday, May 15 - 17
F Edward Hebert Blvd, just off of Woodland Hwy in Belle Chase, LA
Unlike most of New Orleans’ seafood-centered festivals, the Plaquemines Seafood Festival has a certain small-town charm. No long lines for port-a-potties, plenty of food for all, local music, and a Beauty Pageant will make it quite the event. Don’t miss the Oyster Drop – both you and a charity could win!
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Wednesday-Saturday, May 20 - 23; times vary
A showcase of top wineries and restaurants in the city, the Wine and Food Experience is one the premier events in the Big Easy. In its 23rd year, it has become one of the most incredible culinary events in the nation and attracts over 10,000 gourmands as well as art and music lovers. This incredible event is open to locals who enjoy excellent food, exceptional wine and a great time.
11th Annual ZMR Awards
Saturday, May 9; 7 p.m.
Joy Theater, 1200 Canal Street
ZoneMusicReporter once again will host the ZMR Music Awards Live in New Orleans. It's a great event with attendees from all over the world and a great way to celebrate the genre as a whole. Jamey Osborne, host of “Audiosyncracy” is emceeing the show and there's a line-up of performers from a variety of music styles ZMR represents.
Burn the Throne Fest IV
Friday-Saturday, May 15-16; times vary
226 N. Cate Street, Hammond
The Fourth Annual Burn the Throne Festival is Louisiana’s biggest metal music event. It brings together some of the best in the metal music genre, with surprise guest appearances and plenty of acts spread over 3 days including Kavyk, Barghest, and Art of the Process on Friday night beginning at 8:30 p.m. and Hod, Namaada, and A Hanging on Saturday, when the festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. That’s just to name a very few.
2015 AVP New Orleans Open
Thursday-Sunday, May 21-24; times vary
Laketown, Kenner; 5050 Williams Blvd.
Professional beach volleyball’s premier tour returns to New Orleans for the first time in 16 years this Memorial Day weekend. Olympic medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, April Ross and more are expected to compete.