Whether you’re planning the perfect family-friendly Fourth of July getaway or hoping to stop by an outdoor festival, July in New Orleans is filled with plenty to do and enjoy in the Crescent City.
Tomato lovers, fine dining enthusiasts and fans of zydeco music - July is the perfect month for you to visit New Orleans! Filled with one-of-a-kind events and festivals that can only be found in the Crescent City, no matter how you spend your visit to New Orleans in July, it's sure to be a memorable one.
The annual Creole Tomato Fest will be hosted at the French Market on July 3, 2021. Celebrate the season and city that produces this refreshingly delicious fruit. Vendors will offer a wide selection of bites that feature the glorious Creole tomato as the centerpiece. Enjoy fried green tomatoes, Creole tomato basil crepes, stuffed shrimp with grilled Creole tomato over jasmine rice, and even Creole tomato gelato.
Enjoy zydeco music and fun for all ages this July 3 at NOLA Zydeco Fest. Held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, festival attendees can party in person or tune in virtually. Hop on the dance floor, take a dance lesson, eat some delicious New Orleans food and relax to live music at NOLA Zydeco Fest.
Take advantage of dining deals starting this July in New Orleans with COOLinary. Indulge in two-course lunch, or three-course dinner and brunch deals from July 14-September 5, 2021. Past participants have included Commander’s Palace, Ralph’s on the Park, Toups Meatery and Antoine’s Restaurant.
Besides checking out some of the awesome festivals scheduled for Fourth of July Weekend, make sure to get your fill of summertime eats. What’s Fourth of July without BBQ? If you’re not hosting one of your own, check out some of New Orleans’ BBQ joints to complete your Independence Day!
Presented by Coca-Cola, the annual ESSENCE Festival of Culture is one of the city’s most-anticipated festivals. Celebrating and promoting African American music, health, food, beauty, culture and more ESSENCE Fest will be presented as a hybrid experience from June 25-27 and July 2-4. With the theme of “Live Loud,” each festival attendee will be able to tune in virtually to panel discussions, special guests and star-studded performances. Check here for the latest on festival details.
Two of New Orleans favorite local events are inspired by European history and traditions. As the U.S city with the most French influence in the country, it only makes sense that New Orleans honors its French influence with its own celebration. Celebrate Bastille Day with a block party in the Esplanade Ridge Neighborhood on July 10. Enjoy French cuisine, arts and crafts, music and a costume contest.
Once a year, Spain makes its way to New Orleans’ Arts + Warehouse District for the annual Running of the Bulls. Known as Encierro de Pamplona in Spain, a key difference between the two events is New Orleanians run away from New Orleans Roller Derby Girls instead of real bulls. This annual activity pays homage to the Spanish influence throughout New Orleans. Running of the Bulls is July 10, 2021.
Satchmo SummerFest returns July 31-August 1, celebrating the life and music of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Make your way to the French Quarter for a weekend full of good food and great music.
Hot and steamy! July is when New Orleans really starts to heat up. If you’re planning on visiting in July, opt for light and airy clothing. Make sure to bring out your best red for the Running of the Bulls! There’s a chance of a few light showers so umbrellas are a good idea just in case.
It’s never too hot for something sweet. Beignets and pralines are the perfect New Orleans treats to keep your mind off of the heat. Or treat yourself to brunch, and end it with some bananas foster, which was invented at Brennan's Restaurant. If you’re looking for a New Orleans craft-cocktail experience, check out the New Orleans Drink Lab. You can learn the histories of the city’s signature cocktails and even mix them yourself.