It's summer in New Orleans and there’s a lot to do in our sultry city! Whether you are running around in the French Quarter wearing a red ball gown or strolling the Warehouse District in white linen, you will not be bored in New Orleans during the month of August. Check out some of our favorite events. Hope to see you there!
Coolinary New Orleans
Get out your stretchy pants. The 15thanniversary of Coolinary New Orleans is all August long. Eat your way through the city, enjoying prix-fixe brunch, lunch, dinner and menus as you go. Check out the offerings at Andrea’s, Café Degas, Gordon Biersch, Messina’s Runway Café, Pascal’s Manale, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill and Tujague’s and make your reservations now! Learn more.
You do not want to miss Satchmo SummerFest if you are in town the weekend of August 2-4. Named after New Orleans very own, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, this 3-day music festival at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint will feature 20 top New Orleans acts including Charmaine Neville, the Preservation Brass, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Doreen's Jazz, Cyril Neville's Swamp Funk and more. will gather for three days of music, food and fun. Daily admission is just $6. Highlights of the event include the annual Jazz Mass on Sunday, August 4 and the "Satchmo Salute" second line parade from St. Augustine Catholic Church to the festival after mass. See the 2019 Satchmo SummerFest Music Lineup. View the Culinary Lineup.
White Linen Night
Celebrate 25 years of experiencing art, building community, and celebrating culture in the Arts District New Orleans at Hancock Whitney White Linen Night. This block party for art lovers will be held on Julia Street August 3rd beginning at 5:30 p.m. For approximately four hours, the street will be closed to traffic so art enthusiasts adorned all in white can stroll in and out of the many art galleries along Julia. There will also be live bands playing in the streets as well as food and beverages from some of New Orleans top restaurants and bars available to purchase. The event is FREE. Oh and don't forget to wear as much white as possible! There will also be an Open Call 2019 Opening Reception at the Contemporary Arts Center and a CAC “Party After Dark,” the official White Linen Night after party. Learn more.
Dirty Linen Night
Not only is there a White Linen Night, but there's also a Dirty Linen Night to celebrate the many art galleries of Royal Street. On August 10th, Royal Street and a few adjacent streets will be closed off so visitors can wander freely through French Quarter galleries and take advantage of the special promotions and entertainment in the area. The event is FREE and begins at 6 p.m.
Red Dress Run
On Saturday, August 10th, prepare to see hundreds of people running through the French Quarter in red dresses for the annual New Orleans Red Dress Run, the “biggest little Red Dress event in the world”! The run starts at 11:30 pm at Louis Armstrong Park. But don't be surprised if participants start arriving and pre-gaming around 9:30 a.m. The run is sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, the self-proclaimed “drinking club with a running problem.” But it’s not just about the alcohol. All proceeds from the event go to charity. For more information, visit nolareddress.com.
Running of the Bulls
Every year, New Orleans hosts the Running of the Bulls, our version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamploma. Instead of running from real bulls, however, thousands gather early in the morning in Downtown New Orleans to run from the New Orleans Rollergirls who chase runners on their rollerblades with plastic bats. This event, which is normally scheduled in June, was postponed this year to August 23-25 due to Hurricane Barry. Learn more.
Saints Preseason Games
Who dat say they gonna beat beat 'dem Saints? On Friday, August 9th, the New Orleans Saints will battle the Minnesota Vikings and on Thursday, August 29, the boys in the black and gold will take on the Miami Dolphins in two preseason games in New Orleans. No matter what NFL team you root for, you do not want to miss the Saints play at the Superdome. And make sure you check out the tailgate parties in Champions Square before the games for fans, food and live music! Who Dat!
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