Visit New Orleans' best summer festivals, like Vieux to Do, ESSENCE Music Festival, Tales of the Cocktail, Satchmo SummerFest and more.
New Orleans Wine &
May 22 - 26, 2012
When it comes to holidays, pie-eating contests and
all-you-can-eat buffets, overindulgence is just part of the fun. Well, at the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, it's
no different. Make sure to bring your appetite to this prestigious festival,
where wine dinners, unique tasting events, culinary seminars and celebrated
chefs come together for five days of feasting.
Pack your bags and plan a girls' getaway at FestiGals, a three-day party made just for
women. The FestiGals itinerary is loaded with cocktail parties, culinary
events, networking mixers and inspiring seminars, so you'll have plenty to do
with your gal pals. This fun festival takes place at the French Quarter's
July 6 - 8, 2012
If R&B or hip-hop is your thing, ESSENCE Music Festival is
simply a "must" on the summer checklist. Along with a line-up of New
Orleans-based musicians, expect to see big-name artists such as Aretha
Franklin, Estelle, Keyshia Cole and Mary J. Blige.
Tales of the Cocktail
July 25 - 29, 2012
What happens when seasoned boozehounds come together to
share expertise and celebrate their favorite libations? Well, it's a gala not
to be missed or forgotten (though we'd be willing to bet some parts might be
hazy). Join the festivities at Tales of the Cocktail, which
features bartending competitions, cocktail seminars, alcohol tastings and
plenty of parties.
August 2 - 5, 2012
Take part in the New Orleans' rich musical heritage at Satchmo Summerfest, a free
jazz festival celebrating the life of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. With seminars,
art displays, performances by brass bands and jazz ensembles, and plenty of
locally made beer and cuisine, visitors can get a taste - and an earful - of the
Crescent city's vibrant culture.