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

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
  • The world-renowned and beloved New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to their annual festival celebrating the cuisine,...
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  • From June 8-10, New Orleans Pride takes over the French Quarter and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in the Crescent City and beyond. New Orleans has won accolades such as “Most Welcoming City” from...
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  • This year’s 32nd Annual Creole Tomato Festival will be on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 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 12th annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take over Armstrong Park June 23-24, 2018. The free festival celebrates cajun music and its hybrid offspring, Zydeco. There are two stages with...
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  • Get ready for the best of R&B, hip-hop, jazz and more at 2018 ESSENCE Festival® Presented By Coca-Cola® - the premier showcase for contemporary African American music and culture. Held over Fourth...
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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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  • 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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