From the hundreds of things to do on US Gulf Coast in June 2023 we narrowed our suggestions down to the following ten fun festivals and events. Cool, happy, and fun events that you expect to find on the Gulf Coast and from US Gulf Coast Travel.
June on the Gulf Coast starts with Pride Week, celebrates Father’s Day, official start of summer, Juneteenth, and ends with early celebrations of Independence Day weekend. Kick off the summer with a scenic coastal drive, music or food festival, or fair.
Enjoy our Sensational Things To Do on US Gulf Coast in June and do let us know of other fun and cool events.
Cajun Heartland State Fair, Lafayette LA, May 25-June 4, 2023
Head to the CajunDome in Lafayette Louisiana for eleven days and nights of rides, fun, games, and plenty of crawfish and boudin.
St Pete Pride Month, June 1-30, 2023
In 2003, Tampa shut down its pride parade so St. Pete took over and now the sister city hosts Florida’s largest Pride celebration. So much so that they celebrate PRIDE month instead of just a weekend. Highlights of St Pete Pride 2023 include Juneteenth Pride Celebration on June 17, PRIDE Parade and Festival on June 24 (expected to host over 250,000 visitors), and Grand Central Street Fair on Jun 25.
Key West Pride, Key West FL, June 7-11, 2023
Of course, Key West Pride is a bucket list event for many. The highlight might be the unveiling of the 20th anniversary 100-foot Sea to Sea Diversity flag during the Key West Pride Parade.
McCool Travel note: many other Gulf Coast destinations host PRIDE events throughout June.
Gulf Coast Jam, Panama City Beach FL, June 1-4, 2023
Celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Gulf Coast Jam in PCB with Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Kane Brown, Hardy, and many other musical acts. Also check out the Jim Beam Welcome Sessions contest on May 31, where finalists perform for a chance to appear on the main stage during Gulf Coast Jam #CountryOnTheCoast .
Gheens Bon Mange’ Festival, June 2-4, 2023
The 49th annual Gheens Bon Mange’ Festival will be held at Vacherie-Gheens Community Center. Live bands, auctions, and great Cajun dishes. Also arts & craft show, a corn hole tournament, and queen’s pageant. But the Cajun music and food are the main reasons we would attend.
Sarasota Music Festival, June 8-24, 2023
One of USA’s top classical music events is the three-week long Sarasota Music Festival every June. Over 500 elite musicians from around the world audition for the five dozen slots during the Sarasota Music Festival. At the Sarasota Music Festival they play along side 40 master musicians.
White Linen Night Artfest, League City TX, June 10, 2023
Check out more than 100 artists in historic downtown League City. White Linen Night Artfest further celebrates the arts with artists at work, live entertainment, local food and beverages, and historic properties. Everyone else will be wearing white clothing (to beat the heat) so you better, too.
South Mississippi Summer Fair, Biloxi MS, June 8-18, 2023
Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society several times, the South Mississippi Summer Fair is a June highlight in Coastal Mississippi. Located on the Mississippi Coast Coliseum grounds, South Mississippi Summer Fair is a family friendly festival, with carnival rides, live music and entertainment, and so much amazing food.
Juneteenth Festival, Galveston TX, June 18, 2022
Galveston is the birthplace of Juneteenth! Attend the 2023 Juneteenth Festival at Menard Park on the Seawall, on the historical grounds of McGuire Dent Recreational Center. The festival features entrepreneur showcases, the Black Artist Artwalk Exhibition, a Youth Basketball Tournament, live entertainment, food vendors, and much more.
Father’s Day, June 18, 2023, all along the US Gulf Coast
Celebrate fathers, dads, stepdads, uncles, sons, grandfathers, single moms, and other paternal figures this Father’s Day. Some ideas include a Gulf Coast kayak paddle, visit to one of our favorite Places to Enjoy Gulf Seafood, or Best Grouper Sandwiches in Florida Gulf Coast, and a stop on the Gulf Coast Dessert Trail.
Mango Fest, Key West FL, June 22-25, 2023
7th annual Mango Fest Key West helps support PAL (Police Activity League) and juvenile crime prevention through the Key West Police Department. Bayview Park transforms into Mango Village, with vendors, a photo contest, and more. Sunday’s Everything Mango Brunch is a highlight, featuring mango mimosas and margaritas, mango bourbon French toast, lobster Benedict with mango sauce, and more exquisite mango temptations.
Panhandle Watermelon Festival, Chipley FL, June 23-24, 2022
Head 725 miles northwest to the other end of the Sunshine State for another sweet festival. Since 1969, the Panhandle Watermelon Festival celebrates farmers and field workers. Events include a parade, car show, pancake breakfast, a watermelon auction, and much more.