Snake Oil Festival 2016

SNAKE OIL FESTIVAL is a variety arts festival that debuted in New Orleans June 19th of 2015. The event features three days of the very best in burlesque, side show, music, comedy, circus and other forms of alternative entertainment from the Big Easy and around the world. Whether you are an artist looking for a supportive platform, or a spectator looking for a unique show, we have the perfect remedy.

Join us for three days of shows at the legendary Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. Featuring workshops, classes, and seminars by well respected performers. Snake Oil’s application process for performers is active right now.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Freaks, Geeks, and Weirdos! Welcome to the Snake Oil Festival! The Snake Oil Festival is New Orleans’ only event dedicated to preserving the art and spirit of America’s rich circus and sideshow history. During the 19th Century, traveling medicine shows brought incomprable and unmatched entertainment to America’s masses. Combining the seductive arts of burlesque, the oddities of the sideshow, hilarious comedy, preaching, mystics, music and of course showmanship, the snake oil medicine shows offered the cure all for the ailments of the American psyche.

Not only were the medicine shows an antidote to boredom and mediocrity, but the roots of this unique experience stood at the vanguard of the American entertainment industry and spawned generations of legendary talent.

Live entertainment has always been a force that unifies communities and connects all of us to one another. No place exemplifies this idea more than the city of New Orleans. Through classes, performance and networking opportunities all set in the iconic cultural Mecca that is the Crescent City, The Snake Oil Festival seeks to create opportunities for artists and spectators alike to participate in a uniquely entertaining and educational partnership, which helps the traditions of grassroots entertainment to thrive.

Join us for this amazing experience in June 24, 25 and 26, 2016!

Our Local Publisher Partners

The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at


WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

Southern Food

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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