Bayou Boogaloo Now Free All Weekend


NEW ORLEANS — The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo announces it will remain an entirely free festival this year, with no gate fee for attendees. Previously, the Boogaloo announced it would be Free Until 3, with festival-goers paying a $5.00 gate fee on Friday evenings and $10.00 gate fee on Saturday and Sunday. 

So no matter what time you get there, it will be free.The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo runs 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 and 11:00 a.m to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.   

The festival announced Free Until 3 as a way to offset the costs of the bands, infrastructure, security and other necessary items. Even though the festival will now be free, Festival goers will have the option to support Bayou Boogaloo by making a donation at the gate to Friends of Bayou St. John, if they desire.

"We planned this year’s event with ticketed admission, free-until-3 model with an agreement in hand with City Hall," said Festival Producer Jared Zeller. "We found out today we need more time to implement that plan. So now we are focused on putting on another great Bayou Boogaloo," he said.

The Mid City Bayou Boogaloo is presented by Friends of Bayou St. John, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and stewardship of Bayou St. John and the surrounding neighborhood. With music on four stages, an arts market, 30 local food vendors and water activities, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is now in its 13th year. Music headliners include: Deacon John & The Ivories, Marc Broussard and Meters guitarist and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leo Nocentelli & Funkin Truth.

Anyone who pre-purchased a weekend wristband will receive reimbursement. They can email:

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