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Outdoor Dining in New Orleans
Outdoor Dining in New Orleans
Outdoor Dining in New Orleans

August in New Orleans

Nonstop deals, festivals and parties - what will you do this August in New Orleans?

Planning your August visit to New Orleans

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. 

What to do in August in New Orleans?


COOLinary is the perfect way to beat the August heat with New Orleans eats–and this year is more special than ever, as COOLinary celebrates its 20th year in 2024. Enjoy over a month of 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. COOLinary lasts the entire month, so you just might have time to try sample every menu.

Rebecca Todd
Pharmacy Museum

Museum Month

All August long, New Orleans is celebrating its many museums! Members of at least one of the participating institutions will be able to visit all others for FREE. From the large and nationally acclaimed to the small hidden gems and rarities celebrating what makes NOLA and its people unique, there’s a museum in the city that everyone will love. Not a museum member yet? Visit our Museum Month membership page to learn how to join.  

Satchmo SummerFest

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 two-day celebration that includes live music performances, local food, and “Satchmo Seminars,” led by Armstrong biographers and historians. Satchmo SummerFest is August 3-4, 2024.

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Red Dress Run

White Linen Night

Held the first Saturday in August, Fidelity Bank 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. White Linen Night is August 3, 2024.

Red Dress Run

A beloved New Orleans tradition, the Red Dress Run is typically held every second Saturday of August. Runners (or walkers) are invited to dress in their best red dresses and participate to support local charities throughout the Crescent City. The “run” itself begins at 9 a.m. in Crescent Park and ends in the French Quarter. This year, Red Dress Run will take place on August 10.

Rebecca Todd
Brigtsen’s - COOLinary menu

What is the weather in August in New Orleans?

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. 

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Poolside Fun

What foods should I try in August in New Orleans?

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. 

Additional August Resources

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. If you happen to get caught in one of those sudden summer showers, our rainy day itinerary has options for you to stay dry and have some fun all over New Orleans.