If poet T.S. Eliot had ever been to New Orleans in August, he’d never have written “April is the cruelest month.” But let’s put a positive spin on it: If you hate crowds, August is a great time to visit.
New Orleans in August has an average daily high of around 89°F and an average low of 78°F. Did we mention the humidity? Let’s not, shall we?
August in New Orleans is steamy but then so is the entertainment. In non-Covid years, the city is home to several fabulous events to encourage visitors to come embrace the heat and celebrate NOLA culture. Your choices include White Linen Night, Dirty Linen Night, the NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival, and The Red Dress Run, hosted by The “Hash House Harriers” – a “drinking club with a running problem.” COOLinary New Orleans is happening this year. Come enjoy great prices at your favorite brunch, lunch and dinner spots.
Because August is, well, sweltering, plan indoor activities during the hotter times of day. New Orleans offers the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and plenty of museums, from the world-famous National World War II Museum to the New Orleans Museum of Art. It's Museum Month so if you become a member of one participating museum, you can visit others for free. Learn more.