I love a good party as much as the next person, but like many cash-poor locals, I swore off Jazz Fest years ago. Between the camping chairs staked out in front of the big name acts and the Gobi-like terrain, I’ll save the track for racing season.
But I get excited for Bayou Boogaloo, even if I always sleep through its signature bicycle pub crawl. Along the grassy banks of Bayou St. John, this festival gives you a chance to eat fish tacos and jam to acts like Big Freedia without forking over a week’s paycheck. This year's Boogaloo kicks off this weekend, from May 16-18
“During the [Katrina] evacuation, I had the idea that we could use this free festival to help revitalize the neighborhood,” Jared Zeller, festival founder, says. “We’ve grown in attendance, programming, caliber of musicians, caliber of art, and number of activities for kids and families.”