Tales of the Cocktail, July 18-23. Join us in New Orleans for five days of culture, cuisine, conversation, and the best cocktails ever made at a festival.
Satchmo Summerfest, August 4-6. Celebrate our native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, featuring live music, second line parades, a jazz Mass at St. Augustine Church, Satchmo’s birthday party and so much more.
Whitney White Linen Night, August 5. Drape yourself in cool white linen and join 16,000 art aficionados in the Arts District for the artiest night of the summer. Stroll through the galleries, sip wine and hear some of the city’s most exciting bands.
Red Dress Run, August 12. The Annual Red Dress Run through the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans is another of those uniquely New Orleans fun events. The event will feature excellent food, fun bands, and great amounts of beer. Wearing a red dress is an absolute requirement, participation is open to anyone over 21, male or female. By registering for the event, you will support local charities.
Dirty Linen Night, August 12. Not to be outdone by White Linen Night, Royal Street merchants decided to stage a gallery walk of their own in the French Quarter. Pick up some amazing art and antiques at an event that’s become very popular in its own right.
Held the second Saturday of August every year – a week after White Linen Night – this event takes in roughly five or six blocks of Royal Street and parts of adjoining cross streets, which are blocked off to vehicular traffic so strollers can take in the scene at their own pace. To make the event even more memorable, many of the participating galleries and shops give away dirty martinis and dirty rice (for the uninitiated, Cajun-style white rice with chicken livers and giblets). Laundry baskets outside the participating businesses add yet another touch of whimsy to Dirty Linen Night, along with suggestions by the Royal Street merchants for people to wear the linens they might have soiled the week before during White Linen Night.
Chef’s Taste Challenge, September 8, Foodies and chefs, take note! Ten chefs from various geographical regions across the United States will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from a pantry of seasonal ingredients donated by State Agricultural Departments. Attendees will enjoy tasting portions of each chef’s creation and will vote on a “Fan Favorite.”
Southern Decadence, August 30-September 4. One of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, it has become known as the “Gay Mardi Gras”. The event features parades and DJs, and while most events are in the street and free, VIP passes are available for purchase.
Louisiana Seafood Festival, September 1-3. The Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates our extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with everything fresh from the water, our famous chefs cook up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab and alligator.
Ponderosa Stomp Festival, October 5-7, The music fanatics of the Stomp bulldoze the slick detritus of contemporary music to find the rawest, deepest stuff out there, simmering under the surface, waiting to be rediscovered before it’s too late.
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, October 13-15. Get ready to eat up and then boogie down at tenth annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. In a city best known for its music and food, this free festival gives locals and visitors alike a weekend-long opportunity to experience some of the best the city has to offer. Performers include: Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Denise LaSalle, Swamp Dogg, Lurrie Bell, Jarekus Singleton, Kenny Neal, Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Man,” Little Freddie King, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, An Excello Records reunion featuring: Lazy Lester, Carol Fran, Classie Ballou and Jockey Etienne, plus Li’l Buck Sinegal and Lee Allen Zeno.
Voodoo Art + Music Experience, October 27-29, Voodoo takes place every year in New Orleans’ historic City Park, amid lush lagoons, bayous and one of the largest collections of mature oak trees in the world in the city about which Bob Dylan once famously stated “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better.”
Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, November 18-19. New Orleans jazz and R&B by Tremé artists, gumbo-cooking demos, crafts and Jazz Fest memorabilia.