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New Orleans Labor Day Weekend events and activities, mapped

From free concerts to where to picnic

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After a rainy week in New Orleans, Labor Day weekend is on the horizon. Weather permitting, New Orleans will host several great events across the city and metro area. Most importantly, many of these Labor Day weekend events are free.

If you need to know about traffic and street closures over the Holiday weekend, Curbed NOLA has them listed here.

Whether if you’re looking for a place to kick back or trying to find the find action, here is a map of events and activities you can attend between September 1 and September 4.

Though, the map doesn’t end here:

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1. Bourbon Street Extravaganza (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.)

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801 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 529-2107
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Right in the middle of Southern Decadence, you can attend a free outdoor concert in the French Quarter. A pre-show starts at 5:30 p.m., while headliners perform at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the performers, visit the Southern Decadence’s official website. 

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2. Freedom Fest (Sunday, 2 p.m.)

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5050 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065

If you’re looking for another free concert, the first-ever Freedom Fest will take place in Kenner at Lake Pontchartrain. The festival celebrates laborers all over the nation with food, live music, and a place to relax. Between 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., organizers will host several activities and entertainment bits, including Horse races, Gymnastic demos, group limbo, and giant Twister.

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3. Southern Decadence Walking Parade (Sunday, 2 p.m.)

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424 Barracks St
New Orleans, LA 70116

End your Sunday Afternoon with a Walking parade that starts on Decatur and ends on Bourbon Street. Led by the Grand Marshall, bystanders are allowed to participate. No motor vehicles will be allowed. For a map of the parade route, visit this page. 

4. The National WWII Museum Inaugural Bookfair

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945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 528-1944
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This Weekend, Gambit reports that the National WWII Museum will host a free book fair that will have several WWII-centered books up for grabs. Some of the selections will be signed by academics. Admission to the museum is not required to attend. The fair spans Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. Entry to the museum’s exhibits still requires regular admission.

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5. Cool off at Cool Zoo

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6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

This weekend is the last to enjoy this water park at Audubon Zoo. Open until September 4, Labor Day, Admission is $12 and $10 for Audubon members, in addition to the Zoo ticket. The water park will close until next summer.

6. Admission to The W pools

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316 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Speaking of the last time to use the pool, Labor Day weekend marks the last weekend to use of The W and the Le Méridien pools as a non-guest for the summer. Throughout this weekend, entry to the pools cost $30 (The W) and $15 (Le Méridien).

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7. Hang out around Big Lake at City Park

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Big Lake
New Orleans, LA 70124

The Labor Day weekend will also be a great day to kick back at the park. At City Park, take a walk along Big Lake, picnic under the singing oaks, and visit the New Orleans Museum of Art.

City Putt and Storyland will also be open during the Holiday weekend.

8. Picnic at Bayou St John

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If weather permits, the quiet ambience of Bayou S. John will be a perfect place to hold a small get-together. The Bayou runs through the Bayou St. John Neighborhood to Lake Pontchartrain. The best place to sit and relax is Moss Street between Orleans and Esplanade avenues.

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1. Bourbon Street Extravaganza (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.)

801 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Right in the middle of Southern Decadence, you can attend a free outdoor concert in the French Quarter. A pre-show starts at 5:30 p.m., while headliners perform at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the performers, visit the Southern Decadence’s official website. 

801 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70116

2. Freedom Fest (Sunday, 2 p.m.)

5050 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 70065
via http://kennerfreedomfest.com/

If you’re looking for another free concert, the first-ever Freedom Fest will take place in Kenner at Lake Pontchartrain. The festival celebrates laborers all over the nation with food, live music, and a place to relax. Between 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., organizers will host several activities and entertainment bits, including Horse races, Gymnastic demos, group limbo, and giant Twister.

5050 Williams Blvd
Kenner, LA 70065

3. Southern Decadence Walking Parade (Sunday, 2 p.m.)

424 Barracks St, New Orleans, LA 70116

End your Sunday Afternoon with a Walking parade that starts on Decatur and ends on Bourbon Street. Led by the Grand Marshall, bystanders are allowed to participate. No motor vehicles will be allowed. For a map of the parade route, visit this page. 

424 Barracks St
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. The National WWII Museum Inaugural Bookfair

945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This Weekend, Gambit reports that the National WWII Museum will host a free book fair that will have several WWII-centered books up for grabs. Some of the selections will be signed by academics. Admission to the museum is not required to attend. The fair spans Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. Entry to the museum’s exhibits still requires regular admission.

945 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Cool off at Cool Zoo

6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

This weekend is the last to enjoy this water park at Audubon Zoo. Open until September 4, Labor Day, Admission is $12 and $10 for Audubon members, in addition to the Zoo ticket. The water park will close until next summer.

6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

6. Admission to The W pools

316 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Photo courtesy of Starwood Hotels

Speaking of the last time to use the pool, Labor Day weekend marks the last weekend to use of The W and the Le Méridien pools as a non-guest for the summer. Throughout this weekend, entry to the pools cost $30 (The W) and $15 (Le Méridien).

316 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Hang out around Big Lake at City Park

Big Lake, New Orleans, LA 70124

The Labor Day weekend will also be a great day to kick back at the park. At City Park, take a walk along Big Lake, picnic under the singing oaks, and visit the New Orleans Museum of Art.

City Putt and Storyland will also be open during the Holiday weekend.

Big Lake
New Orleans, LA 70124

8. Picnic at Bayou St John

New Orleans, LA 70119

If weather permits, the quiet ambience of Bayou S. John will be a perfect place to hold a small get-together. The Bayou runs through the Bayou St. John Neighborhood to Lake Pontchartrain. The best place to sit and relax is Moss Street between Orleans and Esplanade avenues.