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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?

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 three-day celebration that includes a host of live music performances, local food and “Satchmo Seminars,” led by Armstrong biographers and historians. Satchmo SummerFest is July 30-August 1, 2021.

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Red Dress Run

Red Dress Run

*Editor's Note: Red Dress Run has been cancelled.

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. Red Dress Run is tentatively scheduled for August 2021, but please check back for more updates as the event gets closer. 

White Linen Night

*Editor's Note: White Linen Night has been postponed indefinitely. However, select galleries will remain open on August 7 from 6-9 p.m.

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 7, 2021.

Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence is the largest LGBT event in New Orleans. This multi-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. Southern Decadence will be held from September 2-6, 2021. 

Rebecca Todd
Brigtsen’s - COOLinary menu

Deals in August

In addition to a host of events, activities and celebrations, August is also known for its lineup of exclusive deals and month-long specials. 

COOLinary is the perfect way to beat the August heat with New Orleans eats. 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 is July 14-September 5, 2021.  

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. Gear up for Southern Decadence with this New Orleans LGBT Itinerary, which includes some of the best local hangouts for Labor Day Weekend.