The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival celebrates New Orleans' iconic sandwich, the po’boy. A po’boy features meat, such as roast beef, pork, shrimp, crab, or alligator, along with other items served on French bread. Since New Orleans is about food, it is not surprising that the city hosts a festival dedicated to the po’boy. You can read about the history of the sandwich on the festival website. New Orleans is also known for its music, so of course, music makes up the other half of the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. The festival is also intended to celebrate the Oak Street Corridor and provide funds to maintain and improve the neighborhood for both the residents and the businesses. In addition, proceeds benefit Son of a Saint, a nonprofit organization that focuses on fatherless boys with mentorship programs, life skills development, constructive behavior development, emotional support, and positive, peer-to-peer relationship development.
Exact 2020 dates to be announced.
The name Po-Boy Festival says it all. The main event is the food, specifically the po’boy sandwich. Some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans will be serving their versions of the iconic dish. With over 60 variations of the sandwich served at the festival, you are sure to find multiple favorites. Don't miss the Marrone Po’boy, a pecan-smoked prime rib-, gouda cheese-, and horseradish mayo-filled po’boy from Bienvenue; Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ's winning Smoked Beef Brisket Po-Boy; Gulf Taco's winning Belly of the Beast Po-Boy; Miss Dees Catering Cuisine's winning Crabmeat & Fried Fish Po-Boy; Seither's winning Voodoo Fish & Chips Po-Boy; and Southerns’ winning Nashville Hot Po-Boy. You may also be interested in Ajun Cajun's Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy and Crabby Jack's Alligator Sausage With Pimento Cheese Po-Boy. The best advice is to come with a hungry group and share so that you can sample a larger variety. Check the festival website for the map showing the location of every restaurant.
New Orleans specializes in a variety of music styles, including jazz and blues. At the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, you can enjoy the best local bands on multiple stages. In previous years, performers have included John Mooney, Dave Jordon and the NIA, The Quickening, Billy Iuso, WoJoJo Brothers, Radio Zydeco and Blind Texas Marlin. Check the festival website for this year’s lineup.
Browse the Art Market to find special items created by local jewelers, painters and craftspeople. Check the festival website for this year's artists.
The 2020 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will be held along blocks 8100 to 8800 on Oak Street in New Orleans, LA.
There are no special accommodations for RVs at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. However, if you rent an RV from RVshare and stay at one of the many campgrounds in New Orleans, you can have easy access to the event. While the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is only a one-day event, if you rent an RV, you can stay a few more days and explore more of New Orleans' sites and flavors. You could also do some holiday shopping.
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is a one-day event, so there are no accommodation recommendations on the festival website. If you are not RVing, you have several hotel operations that are close by, including the Brent House Hotel, which is a mere eight-minute drive from the festival in Jefferson, and the Alder Hotel, which is located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans and is another eight-minute drive from the event.
Since the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is held in a residential neighborhood, biking, the streetcar, and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority buses are the recommended modes of transportation. Check online for schedules and locations. You can also use Lyft or Uber. Additionally, your campground may provide a shuttle.
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is held in a residential neighborhood, so you will need to park in one of these paid parking lots.
• Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans at 1619 Leonidas Street
• Blessed Sacrament St. Joan of Arc at 8321 Burthe Street
• Southport Hall at 200 Monticello Avenue
Festival admission is free and open to the public. This provides you with access to all the musical entertainment. Food purchases do require a wristband. The Regular wristband is $5. Wristbands can be purchased on-site or online for a limited time. At the festival, there are multiple Son of a Saint wristband booths. Son of a Saint receives a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Regular and Fast Pass wristbands. The Fast Pass wristband is $20, and it allows you access to a special line when making food purchases. The Fast Pass wristband can be purchased in advance or at the festival if there are any available.
A VIP wristband is available for $99 when purchased in advance. On the day of the festival, the VIP wristbands are $125. The VIP wristband allows you to use the Fast Pass lines to purchase food. Furthermore, you will have access to the VIP lounge with a balcony that provides a view of the festival. The VIP lounge also includes a private bar with unlimited local beer, specialty cocktails, appetizers, and indoor bathrooms.
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