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.
Art lovers, cocktail enthusiasts, and culture-seekers - July is the perfect month for you to visit New Orleans! The middle of summer is 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 will surely be memorable.
Check out some of the awesome events and festivals scheduled for Fourth of July Weekend. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks at 4th Fest in Crescent Park at the French Market before watching Go Fourth on the River, the annual dueling barges fireworks display along the Mississippi Riverfront. What’s Fourth of July without BBQ? If you’re not hosting one of your own, swing by one 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 events. Celebrating and promoting African American music, health, food, beauty, culture, and more ESSENCE Fest returns to NOLA from June 29 – July 3. With the theme of “It’s the Black Joy for Me,” attendees can expect a truly joyful, star-studded weekend of live music performances, delicious food, career advancement opportunities, and so much more. Check here for the latest festival details.
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, where you can 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, runners from near and far come to New Orleans to participate in the race. This annual activity pays homage to the Spanish influence throughout New Orleans. Running of the Bulls and surrounding events are July 14-16, 2023.
The world’s largest cocktail conference returns to the Crescent City on July 23-28, 2023! This five-day event is a cocktail lover’s dream – with tastings, workshops, seminars, competitions, and more, all celebrating the global drinks industry. Sip your way through the history of cocktail in the place it was born – New Orleans!
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, pralines, and of course, ice cream (National Ice Cream Day is July 17) 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. Cool off and quench your thirst with your squad over brews from one of the city’s microbreweries. Whether you’re a hops connoisseur or are looking to for a chill spot to hang, there’s a brewery out there with a cold one waiting for you.