Free Things to Do
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 at the Bucktown Marsh Boardwalk.
- 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! - currently postponed due to COVID-19.
- Music & Movies in the Park – During the spring, enjoy free music on Thursday nights at Lafreniere Park in Metairie and Friday nights as well as free movies on Saturday nights at Heritage Park in Kenner. In the fall, enjoy music and movies at Gretna's Back to the River series! -currently canceled due to COVID restrictions
- Friday Night Concerts in Westwego – See favorite local bands perform on certain Fridays of the month at the Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market. -currently canceled due to COVID restrictions
New Orleans’ Playful Neighbor
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Location: Gretna, Kenner, Westwego
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A Culinary Craze
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The Beautiful Bayou
Location: Jean Lafitte
Discover the natural wonders of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. With a unique ecosystem the preserve is a representative example of the delta's environment, containing natural... See More
Louisiana's Only Inhabited Barrier Island
Location: Grand Isle
The State of Louisiana maintains a mile of beach front at Grand Isle State Park on the easternmost staying e park looks out toward nearby Grand Terre island, once the lair of the legendary pirate (or... See More