Whether you’re planning the perfect family-friendly Fourth of July getaway or hoping to create your own Girls Trip experience at ESSENCE Fest, July is New Orleans is filled with plenty to do and enjoy in the Crescent City.
Craft cocktail connoisseurs, European enthusiasts and fans of R&B, hip-hop + funk - 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 is sure to be a memorable one.
Assemble your family or hang out with your friends - there’s always something to do for the Fourth in New Orleans. Watch the sky light up with firework viewing all throughout the city. Crescent Park, Algiers Point and Jackson Square are some of the best places to catch the magic. 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 Fest is one of the city’s largest festivals. Celebrating + promotion African American music, health, food, beauty, culture and more ESSENCE Fest is a three-day event filled with panel discussions, celebrity guests and giveaways during the day and an all-star music lineup in the evening. Past performers have included Prince, Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross and many more.
Ready to plan the perfect ESSENCE escape? Browse our Ultimate Guide to ESSENCE Fest for everything you need to know!
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. Bastille Day Fete is a weekend-long event presented by the Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans. Enjoy French cuisine and cooking demonstrations, music, activities and more!
Once a year, Spain makes its way to New Orleans’ Arts + Warehouse District for the annual Running of the Bulls. Known as Encierro de Pamploma 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.
Hurricane, the Sazerac, Pimm’s Cup and more - New Orleans is known for its classic cocktails. In New Orleans fashion, it’s only right that they have their own celebration. Tales of the Cocktail is a week-long event geared toward celebrating and educate attendees on craft cocktails and bartending. The seminars, workshops and panels are designed to appeal to both industry professionals and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
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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 missed Tales of the Cocktail but you’re still 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.