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Lafreniere Park, Metairie

Free Things to Do in Jefferson Parish

If it’s free, it’s for me! From beautiful green spaces to concerts, Jefferson Parish is full of fun and free activities for everyone. Check out some of our "priceless" events and attractions below!


  • Farmers Markets – Enjoy fresh produce, arts & crafts, homemade jams, live music and more at one of our four farmers markets.
  • Artscapes - Artscapes is a public art program created to bring art in the form of sculptures to Jefferson Parish. With sculptures located on major thoroughfares, public parks and on other public spaces, you can see and appreciate art in an informal setting.
  • German-American Cultural Center – Learn about the rich German heritage that contributed to Louisiana’s history through exhibits, lectures, and other educational activities.
  • Stroll boardwalks that cover 41 acres of beautiful moss-covered wetlands at the Wetland Trace Boardwalk.
  • Grand Isle - Cast a line from a fishing pier, bridge or even the shore in Grand Isle. Enjoy a picnic and build a sandcastle on one of their pristine beaches.
  • Take a tour of Jefferson Parish's many murals. And tag us on social if you snap a pic!
  • Catch a sunset while walking on the boardwalk at Bucktown Harbor
  • Barataria Preserve – Take a walk on the boardwalk trails and see the hidden world of the wetlands at the Barataria Preserve.
  • Bike the beautiful Mississippi River trail in Harahan or take in the skyline of New Orleans by biking the levee in Gretna.
  • Enjoy a picnic in Kenner’s Heritage Park or feed the ducks in Metairie’s Lafreniere Park.
  • Learn about the constellations at the Gretna Observatory.
  • Family Gras - Bring the whole family and enjoy the spectacle of Mardi Gras parades, authentic cuisine, local art, a kids' court and outdoor concerts by both national artists and Louisiana favorites! 
  • The Soul Of The South Heritage Tour - Learn about the untold history, stories, and traditions that help to make up our rich South Louisiana culture highlighting the Native, Creole and African American people and way of life in the tri-parish region.