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Pres Hall Brass Band - Satchmo Summerfest 2016
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 mission of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is to produce professional, classical theatre with a primary focus upon the works of William Shakespeare. Our commitment is to utilize...
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  • The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or as the locals call it, Jazz Fest, is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. Featuring an endless amount of...
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  • June in New Orleans means the arrival of Creole tomato dishes on local restaurant menus, in farmers markets and at roadside stands. Typically the crop arrives in early June, which is why the French...
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  • 2018 Dates & Locations TBA. Check the official website for more information. Ladies, are you looking for a fun, safe and enriching weekend to relax, enjoy special events and explore New Orleans'...
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  • Named one of the fastest growing pride celebrations in the nation by gaytravel.com (2013), New Orleans Pride has nearly tripled in size since 2012. The festival is composed of a weekend of events that...
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  • Legend has it that the first true cocktail, the Sazerac, was mixed in New Orleans in the early 19th century by a pharmacist named Antoine Amadee Peychaud. When Monsieur Peychaud poured the mixture of...
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  • In the early 1990s, when Essence magazine went looking for a home for an annual music festival they would be sponsoring, their eye naturally fell on New Orleans. As the birthplace of jazz and one of...
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  • Every July in New Orleans, the Annual Running of the Bulls swarms through the streets of downtown New Orleans! Set to coincide with the world-famous Encierro (Running of the Bulls) at the San Fermin...
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  • On July 14, 1789 more than 8,000 men and women stormed a prison fortress in Paris known as the Bastille, demanding the release of the political prisoners being held there, plus the prison's store of...
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  • Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901. By the time he was in his 20s he was already starting to change the face of American popular music. By the time of his death 70...
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  • In the years before air conditioning in homes and vehicles, New Orleanians did a number of things to lessen the effects of the summer heat. One of them was wearing white linen clothing. Men wore white...
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  • Sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, a self-proclaimed "drinking club with a running problem," the Annual Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans is another of those...
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  • 2018 info TBA. Check official website for updates. Someone had to think of it sooner or later and, sure enough, someone did . Royal Street jeweler Linda Sampson is credited with coming up with the...
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  • New Orleans’ Warehouse District and the Central Business District are the city’s hot spots for business professionals, art lovers and some of the best summer festivals. At the end of every summer, the...
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  • What began as a simple going-away party in 1972 has evolved into one of New Orleans’ premier annual events: Southern Decadence. Held annually over Labor Day weekend, this celebration of LGBT culture...
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