Summer heat never stops the fun in New Orleans. August is the perfect month for visitors and locals to enjoy some exclusive deals and offers, outdoor activities, festivals and more. Before Labor Day rolls around and marks the end of summer, make your last stop a visit to New Orleans for all that we have in store.
Everything you need to plan your final salute to summer can be found below.
Satchmo Summerfest honors the life and legacy of one of New Orleans’ most famous natives - Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. This annual festival takes place at the New Orleans Jazz Museum during the first weekend of August. Attendees are invited to a three-day celebration that includes a host of live music performances, local food and “Satchmo Seminars,” led by Armstrong biographers and historians.
A beloved New Orleans tradition, the Red Dress Run is held every second Saturday of the August. Runners (or walkers) are invited to dress in their best red dresses and participate to support local charities throughout the Crescent City.
Held the first Saturday in August, the Hancock Whitney White Linen Night is the perfect opportunity to explore the galleries and cuisine that fills the Arts + Warehouse District. Enjoy a night of music, food, drinks, and shopping in one of New Orleans most bustling artistic neighborhoods.
Southern Decadence is the largest LGBT event in New Orleans. This six-day celebration is filled with parties, parades and costumes throughout New Orleans’ French Quarter and beyond. Each year, Southern Decadence is a fan favorite for Labor Day weekend.
In addition to a host of events, activities and celebrations, August is also known for its lineup of exclusive deals and monthlong specials.
COOLinary is the perfect way to beat the August heat with New Orleans eats. Enjoy month-long deals at participating restaurants and feast your way through New Orleans. Specially priced three-course lunches, dinners and brunches can be found all throughout the Crescent City.
New Orleans Museum Month celebrates the varied museums and throughout New Orleans with free admission for members, and special exhibits and events. Don’t have a membership? Check back as August approaches to see which museums are participating - some memberships are less expensive, and once you’re a member of one participating institution, you get into all the rest for free.
For more inspiration on how to spend August in New Orleans browse our events below and check out GoNOLA’s 15 Things to Do in August for an insider’s approach.
The summer heat should not deter you from enjoying the festivities around the city. Dress comfortably in light clothes. Also, wear comfortable shoes for walking around events. Umbrellas are recommended for any surprising August showers. Don’t forget your white linen and red dresses if you’re planning on attending the events above.
As the month of COOLinary, August is all about eating. Take the opportunity to try that restaurant on your list, or a James Beard Award Winner. Another way to help your wallet is to check out our cheap eats in New Orleans.
If you find yourself at a restaurant that serves brandy milk punch, order it! It's a great way to cool off, and a sweet addition to your meal.
Make the most of the month by using some of our specially curated itineraries and resources this August. If you missed White Linen night but are still interested in the experience let this guide to the Arts + Warehouse District help you. Gear up for Southern Decadence with this New Orleans LGBT Itinerary, which includes some of the best local hangouts for Labor Day Weekend.