There are always lots of outdoor events in the merry month of May in New Orleans, including the internationally famous Jazz Fest.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival starts in April an ends in the beginning of May.. The famous Jazz Festival attracts music fans from from near and far, but many also attend for the food, the unique arts & crafts shopping experience and just for people-watching. There ain't much shade at the Fairgrounds site, so don't forget your hat and sunscreen. Check out this year's musical highights summary and a list of free events and things during Jazz Fest season.
Cinco de Mayo Fiestas
SUPERIOR GRILL celebrate Cinco de Mayo all week uptown New Orleans with specials and music. On May 5th proper, Superior Grill kicks it up a notch with its annual block party. Superior Grill is on St. Charles Avenue near Louisiana Avenue (the old Que Sera site).On the Westbank, CUCO'S annual Cinco de Mayo Extravaganza starts at 6 p.m. and features live music by Chicken on the Bone - that's a great classic party rock band, not an entree - plus food and drinks of course. 2766 Belle Chasse Highway in Gretna.
SERRANO'S SALSA COMPANY restaurant in Metairie holds its annual "Gringo Cinco" outdoors fiesta featuring live music, food and drinks starting at 5:30 p.m. Clearview and I-10 at the Palace 12.RITA'S TEQUILA HOUSE, A Fresh-Mex Grill on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter holds a New Orleans Cinco de Mayo Block Party with live music from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. 419 Bourbon St. Just about every Mexican restaurant will celebrate Cinco de Mayo and have specials. Some none Mexican food places will too. For instance, last year, both Antoine's Hermes bar in the French Quarter and a restaurant in the National World War II Museum marked the days with drink specials. Especially since Cinco de Mayo in 2012 is on Saturday, you can also expect drink and beer specials across town.
Maifest is the Deutsches Haus spring fix for German food, music, dancing, and culture. The party is fun for all ages, but of course German beers, schnapps and wine are for adults only. This year if you pull up in a Volkswagen, you get in free plus priority parking. May 11 - 12, 2012.
Forestival is a celebration of art and nature at A Studio in the Woods, an artist retreat in the woods. The annual event includes art displays, activities, performances, an auction, nature walks, and more! 11 am - 5 p.m.; 13401 Patterson Road (River Road) in lower coast Algiers. May 12, 2012.
The Bayou Boogaloo Festival is a big free festival right in the heart of New Orleans' Mid-city neighborhood on the banks of Bayou St. John. It promises to go on, rain or shine. Activities in the Zulu Anniversary Run to Ride (With Zulu Coconut awards), a Disc Golf Competition, and a Rubber Ducky Derby. The sprawling festival includes live music, great food ;art, shopping and more. May 18 - 200, 2012.
This New orleans vegetarian/vegan festival began as a project of the Humane Society of Louisiana with major sponsor New Orleans Food Co-op.
The festival features live entertainment, speakers, cooking demos, films, vendor booths, raffles, vegetarian and vegan food, and more. New Orleans Healing Center. May 12 - 13, 2012.
Expect annual Memorial Day and weekend events at the National World War II Museum as well as a Hurricane Preparedness State Sales Tax Holiday. Details to follow when events are confirmed for this year. It's always the weekend for the New Orleans annual Greek Fest which has its own entry on this list.