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Pres Hall Brass Band - Satchmo Summerfest 2016
Pres Hall Brass Band - Satchmo Summerfest 2016
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Summer Festivals

School’s out fun’s in -- all summer long

Don't let the heat keep you away from New Orleans. For one thing, the hotel rates are the lowest they’ll be all year. For another, with refreshing events like Tales of the Cocktail, you’ll barely notice the heat. Plus, the best restaurants in town celebrate COOLinary New Orleans with prix fixe menus all August long. You can enjoy three-course meals in most of our world-famous eateries for around $30 a person.

And, just as the swamp comes to life in the summer, so does the city with activities like the Essence Festival, Go 4th on the River, Satchmo SummerFest, White Linen Night and Southern Decadence. Get yourself some cool white linen duds, a nice Truman Capotesque straw hat (he was born here, you know), and come see what we’re all about in summer. 

Summer Festivals in New Orleans
  • Voted the second most welcoming city in the U.S, and the number one festival destination for LGBT travelers, it should come as no surprise that New Orleans Pride is an epic event. Each year in June,...
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  • This year’s 33rd Annual Creole Tomato Festival will be on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 in the historic French Market . Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE and open to...
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  • The Juneteenth Festival celebrates the holiday recognizing the emancipation of all slaves in the United States of America on June 19, 1865. On Sunday, June 16, 2019, enjoy live music and inspiring...
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  • What better way is there to closeout Caribbean Heritage Month than with the NOLA Caribbean Fest? Enjoy four days filled with non-stop events, parades and parties. Celebrate Caribbean culture with...
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  • Festigals 2019 Festigals is an annual celebration of women’s empowerment and sisterhood. Each year, this weekend-long festival fills the city with signature events, engaging workshops, keynote...
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  • Cajun-Zydeco Festival 2019 The Cajun-Zydeco Festival is known for good music, good food and a good time! Presented by the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, this two-day fest features exclusively...
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  • Black Restaurant Week 2019 Black Restaurant Week is a national celebration of African American, Caribbean and African cuisine and chefs. Cities from across the country such as Atlanta, Houston,...
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  • ESSENCE Festival 2019 This year, ESSENCE celebrates its 25th anniversary with an extraordinary lineup of musicians, special guests, experiences and more. Former First Lady Michelle Obama will headline...
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  • The 6th Annual Bastille Day Fête is celebrating 300 years of French-American friendship on July 13th from 6-9 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This one-day festival will take place indoors with...
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  • The 12th Annual Running of the Bulls celebrations in New Orleans takes place this year from July 13-15, 2018. Each year the Crescent City hosts its own version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamploma. But...
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  • Tales of the Cocktail 2019 Tales of the Cocktail is an annual conference and festival that brings together a worldwide cocktail and hospitality community right here in New Orleans. This five-day event...
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  • During the month of August, experience cuisine that delights your palate and is an integral part of the history and culture of New Orleans. This annual culinary tradition features specially priced...
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  • Satchmo SummerFest is an annual festival honoring the great Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the legendary jazz musician born and raised in New Orleans, whose raspy voice and instrumental skills are known...
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  • Every year on the first Saturday in August, Hancock Whitney White Linen Night takes over downtown New Orleans with a sea of white attire. The event honors the talented local artists and galleries that...
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  • Every year on the second Saturday in August, the New Orleans Hash House Harriers (a local “drinking club with a running problem”) host Red Dress Run, a charity “run” in the Crescent City. This yearly...
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  • For over 40 years, Southern Decadence is still the largest LGBT event in New Orleans. From Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, join in the weekend-long celebration of pride and fun with parties, parades and special...
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From custom packages to curated itineraries, plan the perfect getaway with our guide to summertime in New Orleans.