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Come boogie at the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo

About This Festival

Come by the Bayou

Every year, tens of thousands of people gather at Bayou St. John in New Orleans for one of the city’s most highly anticipated events, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. Since 2006, this family-friendly festival has welcomed everyone of all ages to sit and stroll by the water for this free and public event. What started out as a local one-day festival drawing only a couple thousand people has now grown into an all-out extravaganza, in classic New Orleans fashion.

Over the course of three days, friends and families gather to eat, drink, and enjoy good tunes along – or even in – the bayou. Yes, many people bring or rent canoes, or build rafts, in order to float on the river all day for some fun in the sun. As a community-oriented festival, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo features local and regional bands for their musical performances. Across any of the three stages, attendees can expect to jam out to a wide variety of genres, including blues, jazz, zydeco, Cajun, funk, hip-hop, and rock.

Festival-goers will also have a great time perusing the Marketplace. Local restaurants, food trucks, and catering services offer up delicious eats that highlight New Orleans cuisine. As a melting pot of Cajun, Creole, and soul food, New Orleans is the place to indulge in savory goodness. Expect mouth-watering eats such as po’ boys, boudin, gumbo, jambalaya, rice and gravy, crawfish, shrimp and grits, creole poutine, hush puppies, or the classic fan favorite, fried chicken. If you’re daring enough, test your tastebuds with alligator meat, or dive into New Orleans’s French roots and satisfy your sweet tooth with a delicious funnel cake or a beignet.

Aside from trying the authentic flavors New Orleans has to offer, attendees also have plenty of other options at this festival. Get a taste of other cultures and give Greek, Mexican, Vietnamese, Japanese, German, or even Jamaican food a try. From pizza to BBQ, and even vegan options, there’s certainly something for everyone to feast on at the Boogaloo.

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo also brings together the best local craftsmen and regional artisans at its Marketplace. Discover exceptional finds and treasures such as handmade jewelry, pottery, magnificent glasswork, fine woodwork, detailed metalwork, beautiful photography, vintage and boutique clothing, and more.

Rising from the Ashes

As a place that celebrates the heritage, culture, and diversity of New Orleans, the Bayou Boogaloo is a celebration of a beautiful community and its hopeful future. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city and community of New Orleans came together for a period of rebuilding. During that period, the MotherShip Foundation established itself as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit “dedicated to encouraging social change by improving the quality of life for Louisiana residents through the promotion of arts, culture, and recreation.”

Wanting to reinvigorate the people of New Orleans and stand as a pillar of inspiration and hope, the MotherShip Foundation established the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo in 2006 to restore its local community. Mending the fabric of the Mid-City and Faubourg St. John neighborhoods, they sought to restore and reconnect neighbors, communities, and businesses with their festival. Since its inception, the Bayou Boogaloo has enabled the MotherShip Foundation to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to various community organizations, plant new oak trees along Bayou St. John that were swept away with Hurricane Katrina, pioneer a public art initiative, and launch an anti-litter campaign throughout the city.

From the Organizer

Every year on the third weekend of May, MotherShip Foundation celebrates Louisiana’s music, art, food, and culture through the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival, which takes place along the historic and beautiful urban waterway of Bayou St. John. The Bayou Boogaloo was started in 2006 as a way to reinvigorate the people of post-Katrina New Orleans and to provide inspiration for rebuilding. MotherShip established the festival with a mission to restore the social fabric of the Mid-City and Faubourg St. John neighborhoods; to connect neighbors, neighborhoods, and businesses; and to provide hope for the future by creating an opportunity for all residents to celebrate the heritage, culture, and diversity of New Orleans. It was a one-day, one-stage event that attracted nearly 5,000 people. But thanks to the festival’s mission and diverse community-based approach, this flagship program has been able to experience tremendous growth over the last twelve years and has become the backbone for MotherShip to expand its programming. The Boogaloo is now a three-stage, three-day festival that attracts roughly 35,000 people annually. And Mid-City is now one of the most thriving neighborhoods in town! The festival explores New Orleans’s musical roots in blues, jazz, zydeco, Cajun, funk, hip hop, and rock. Families are made welcome with a kids’ stage for children’s entertainment and activities for all ages. The Boogaloo Art Market offers original works of art in 
a variety of genres from 70 of Louisiana’s most celebrated artisans. The festival also 
boasts 30 Louisiana food vendors, serving a plethora of original recipes and traditional New Orleans cuisine.

Festival Specs

Location

Bayou St. John|Moss St & N Jefferson Davis Pkwy New Orleans, LA

Friday, May 18th
The Ruby Slipper Cafe Kids Stage Friends of Bayou St. John Orleans Stage Port Orleans Dumaine Stage Urban South Lafitte Stage
5:00 PM

Mainline

Presented by Offbeat

5:00 PM

6:00 PM

Pinettes Brass Band

Presented by Grand Rental Station

5:00 PM

6:15 PM

5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM

Art Klub’s Silent Jam Experience ft. DJ Tom Harvey

Presented by WWNO

5:45 PM

7:45 PM

6:00 PM

DJ Nice Rack

Presented by The Drifter Hotel

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

6:15 PM
6:30 PM

Pet Fangs

Presented by Urban Vision Properties

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

6:45 PM

N.O.B.A.B.E.

Presented by Ruby Slipper Cafe

6:45 PM

8:15 PM

7:00 PM
7:15 PM
7:30 PM

OTTO

Presented by The Drifter Hotel

7:30 PM

8:00 PM

7:45 PM
8:00 PM

Marc Broussard

Presented by Jose Cuervo

8:00 PM

9:30 PM

8:15 PM
8:30 PM
8:45 PM
9:00 PM
9:15 PM

Saturday, May 19th

The Ruby Slipper Cafe Kids Stage Friends of Bayou St. John Orleans Stage Port Orleans Dumaine Stage Urban South Lafitte Stage
11:00 AM

Caren Green

Presented by WWL-TV

11:00 AM

12:05 PM

Sierra Green & The Soul Machine

Presented by Armstrong Supply

11:00 AM

12:15 PM

11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM

New Orleans Spin Club

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

12:15 PM

La Tran-K

Presented by Mid-City Physical Therapy

12:15 PM

1:30 PM

12:30 PM

Sasha Masakowski & Art Market

Presented by WWNO

12:35 PM

1:45 PM

12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM

MC Sweet Tea & da Tastee Hotz plus Malevitus

Presented by The Seal Foundation

1:30 PM

2:45 PM

1:45 PM

School of Rock Little Wing

1:50 PM

2:20 PM

2:00 PM
2:15 PM

Magnetic Ear

Presented by NOLA Misting

2:15 PM

3:25 PM

2:30 PM

Upturn Arts Dance Party

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

2:45 PM

Tony Hall’s N.O. Soul Stars James Brown Tribute

Presented by Postlethwaite & Netterville

2:45 PM

4:00 PM

3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM

Ms. Gaia & Sea Battle Rap Workshop

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

3:45 PM

Bon Bon Vivant

Presented by Blue Bikes New Orleans

3:55 PM

5:05 PM

4:00 PM

Riders Against the Storm

Presented by Rouses Markets

4:00 PM

5:15 PM

4:15 PM
4:30 PM

Mudlark Puppeteers

Presented by Big Boyz BBQ

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM

101 Runners ft. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Juan Pardo

Presented by Hancock-Whitney Bank

5:15 PM

6:30 PM

5:30 PM

Fly Space Circus

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

The Iceman Special

Presented by Pearl Wine Co.

5:35 PM

6:45 PM

5:45 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
6:30 PM

Naughty Professor

Presented by Mid-City Pizza

6:30 PM

7:45 PM

6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Presented by New Orleans Magazine

7:15 PM

8:30 PM

7:30 PM
7:45 PM

Leo Nocentelli & The Funkin’ Truth

Presented by Mid-City Yacht Club

7:45 PM

9:15 PM

8:00 PM
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
8:45 PM
9:00 PM
Saturday, May 19th

The Ruby Slipper Cafe Kids Stage Friends of Bayou St. John Orleans Stage Port Orleans Dumaine Stage Urban South Lafitte Stage
11:00 AM

Caren Green

Presented by WWL-TV

11:00 AM

12:05 PM

Sierra Green & The Soul Machine

Presented by Armstrong Supply

11:00 AM

12:15 PM

11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM

New Orleans Spin Club

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

12:15 PM

La Tran-K

Presented by Mid-City Physical Therapy

12:15 PM

1:30 PM

12:30 PM

Sasha Masakowski & Art Market

Presented by WWNO

12:35 PM

1:45 PM

12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM

MC Sweet Tea & da Tastee Hotz plus Malevitus

Presented by The Seal Foundation

1:30 PM

2:45 PM

1:45 PM

School of Rock Little Wing

1:50 PM

2:20 PM

2:00 PM
2:15 PM

Magnetic Ear

Presented by NOLA Misting

2:15 PM

3:25 PM

2:30 PM

Upturn Arts Dance Party

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

2:45 PM

Tony Hall’s N.O. Soul Stars James Brown Tribute

Presented by Postlethwaite & Netterville

2:45 PM

4:00 PM

3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM

Ms. Gaia & Sea Battle Rap Workshop

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

3:45 PM

Bon Bon Vivant

Presented by Blue Bikes New Orleans

3:55 PM

5:05 PM

4:00 PM

Riders Against the Storm

Presented by Rouses Markets

4:00 PM

5:15 PM

4:15 PM
4:30 PM

Mudlark Puppeteers

Presented by Big Boyz BBQ

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM

101 Runners ft. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Juan Pardo

Presented by Hancock-Whitney Bank

5:15 PM

6:30 PM

5:30 PM

Fly Space Circus

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

The Iceman Special

Presented by Pearl Wine Co.

5:35 PM

6:45 PM

5:45 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
6:30 PM

Naughty Professor

Presented by Mid-City Pizza

6:30 PM

7:45 PM

6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Presented by New Orleans Magazine

7:15 PM

8:30 PM

7:30 PM
7:45 PM

Leo Nocentelli & The Funkin’ Truth

Presented by Mid-City Yacht Club

7:45 PM

9:15 PM

8:00 PM
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
8:45 PM
9:00 PM
Saturday, May 19th

The Ruby Slipper Cafe Kids Stage Friends of Bayou St. John Orleans Stage Port Orleans Dumaine Stage Urban South Lafitte Stage
11:00 AM

Caren Green

Presented by WWL-TV

11:00 AM

12:05 PM

Sierra Green & The Soul Machine

Presented by Armstrong Supply

11:00 AM

12:15 PM

11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM

New Orleans Spin Club

12:00 PM

12:30 PM

12:15 PM

La Tran-K

Presented by Mid-City Physical Therapy

12:15 PM

1:30 PM

12:30 PM

Sasha Masakowski & Art Market

Presented by WWNO

12:35 PM

1:45 PM

12:45 PM
1:00 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM

MC Sweet Tea & da Tastee Hotz plus Malevitus

Presented by The Seal Foundation

1:30 PM

2:45 PM

1:45 PM

School of Rock Little Wing

1:50 PM

2:20 PM

2:00 PM
2:15 PM

Magnetic Ear

Presented by NOLA Misting

2:15 PM

3:25 PM

2:30 PM

Upturn Arts Dance Party

2:30 PM

3:00 PM

2:45 PM

Tony Hall’s N.O. Soul Stars James Brown Tribute

Presented by Postlethwaite & Netterville

2:45 PM

4:00 PM

3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM

Ms. Gaia & Sea Battle Rap Workshop

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

3:45 PM

Bon Bon Vivant

Presented by Blue Bikes New Orleans

3:55 PM

5:05 PM

4:00 PM

Riders Against the Storm

Presented by Rouses Markets

4:00 PM

5:15 PM

4:15 PM
4:30 PM

Mudlark Puppeteers

Presented by Big Boyz BBQ

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM

101 Runners ft. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and Big Chief Juan Pardo

Presented by Hancock-Whitney Bank

5:15 PM

6:30 PM

5:30 PM

Fly Space Circus

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

The Iceman Special

Presented by Pearl Wine Co.

5:35 PM

6:45 PM

5:45 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
6:30 PM

Naughty Professor

Presented by Mid-City Pizza

6:30 PM

7:45 PM

6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM

Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

Presented by New Orleans Magazine

7:15 PM

8:30 PM

7:30 PM
7:45 PM

Leo Nocentelli & The Funkin’ Truth

Presented by Mid-City Yacht Club

7:45 PM

9:15 PM

8:00 PM
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
8:45 PM
9:00 PM
Sunday, May 20th
The Ruby Slipper Cafe Kids Stage Friends of Bayou St. John Orleans Stage Port Orleans Dumaine Stage Urban South Lafitte Stage
11:00 AM

GroovyKids Yoga with Zoe Shipley

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

Arrianne Keelen

Presented by Whole Foods Market

11:00 AM

12:15 PM

Michelle Baker & Bahkti Caravan

Presented by Swan River Yoga

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

11:15 AM
11:30 AM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM

The Brother Martin Stage Band

Presented by Peristyle Residences

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band

Presented by Orleans Shoe Co.

12:00 PM

1:10 PM

12:15 PM
12:30 PM
12:45 PM

Sonic Bloom ft. Eric Bloom

Presented by Mid-City Market

12:45 PM

2:00 PM

1:00 PM

Cha Wa

Presented by Offbeat

1:10 PM

2:20 PM

1:15 PM
1:30 PM

Singing Beats Presented by Mid-City Market

1:30 PM

2:00 PM

1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM

Walter Wolfman Washington & the Roadmasters w/ special guest Samantha Fish

Presented by Edwards Communities

2:20 PM

3:30 PM

2:30 PM

Alex McMurray

Presented by Where Y\’at

2:30 PM

3:45 PM

2:45 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM

Roland Guerin Band

Presented by the Hash House Harriers

3:30 PM

4:40 PM

3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM

Toubab Krewe

Presented by New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

4:15 PM

5:30 PM

4:30 PM

Singing Beats Presented by Mid-City Market

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Honey Island Swamp Band & Friends

Presented by Pal\’s Lounge

4:40 PM

5:50 PM

4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
5:30 PM

Mudlark Puppeteers

Presented by Big Boyz BBQ

5:30 PM

6:00 PM

5:45 PM

Bag of Donuts

Presented by ALT 92.3

5:50 PM

7:00 PM

6:00 PM

Paa Kow

Presented by Pacifico

6:00 PM

7:30 PM

6:15 PM
6:30 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM

Deacon John & The Ivories

Presented by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

7:00 PM

8:30 PM

7:15 PM
7:30 PM
7:45 PM
8:00 PM
8:15 PM
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