Occurring this weekend in the French Market and adjoining venues is the Vieux To Do, another wonderful free festival in New Orleans.
A trifecta of free festivals celebrating Louisiana culture: The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival; the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Seafood Festival, sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. All held along the French Market, the festivals will feature two stages of Cajun-zydeco music, cooking demonstrations of Creole tomato dishes, 11 seafood vendors, costumed characters and more.
• When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Where: The French Market, on North Peters Street from St. Peter Street to Esplanade Avenue.
We attended last year as well as in 2007 and it was a blast both times, despite the heat.
There are plenty of places to cool down, such as watching chef demonstrations
click here for a full lineup of events. Some of the chefs demonstrating on Saturday are from Dickie Brennan's, Andrea's, Bacco and Cafe Degas. The above link also has a line up of some good Zydeco musicians as well.