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August in New Orleans is Not Too Hot for Music, Art and Fun!

We don’t let the heat keep us from enjoying the city and the summer; here’s what’s coming up to keep you cool during the doldrums of August.

Satchmo Fest in New Orleans

Historic buildings, free music and food tents at Satchmo Fest!


Satchmo Fest – August 3rd, 4th, 5th

Satchmo Fest is the premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong.  You can get to this free festival by historic streetcar from our Garden District Bed and Breakfast to the French Quarter and the Old U.S. Mint.  Activities include music on multiple stages, dance lessons, kids’ activities, a traditional second line parade, and fabulous food options from local restaurants.

Trombone Shorty at Satchmo Fest

Even Trombone Shorty wears white at Satchmo Fest!

White Linen Night – August 4th

This free New Orleans block party amid the art galleries is also a straight streetcar ride from the inn to the Warehouse Arts District. You are encouraged to wear white to celebrate the historical custom of wearing white linen clothing to reflect the sunlight and beat the heat. As you stroll through the art galleries, sample world-famous cuisine from local restaurants and groove to live music in the street.

Southern Decadence – August 29th – September 3rd

Held every year over Labor Day weekend in the French Quarter, Southern Decadence has been called the largest GLBT community-based event in the South.  Non-stop music, elaborate costumes, a parade, and charity fund-raising events are just a few of the highlights of this six-day party.


Join us for some end of the summer fun! Our Buy Two Get One Free B&B Special continues through September.  Dip your toe into the French Quarter during the day and come back to our historic Garden District inn every night to relax and recover.


Satchmo Summerfest 2011

The Big Easy is excited to celebrate the 11th annual Satchmo Summerfest in honor of the American jazz legend and New Orleans native, Louis Armstrong (or who we call Satchmo in this neck of the woods). From Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7, 2011, explore the French Quarter as it celebrates the roots of jazz music from local performances to inspiring seminars. And, of course, no festival in New Orleans can go without the city’s acclaimed cuisine including Creole Jambalaya and chilling Snoballs.


New Orleans is excited to honor Louis Armstrong for his influence in jazz throughout the nation. Today we still listen to his soothing voice and lively trumpet playing with hits such as “What a Wonderful World” and “When You’re Smiling.” Not only does Satchmo Fest celebrate Armstrong for his musical influence, but his silent yet inspiring feats with racial differences during the Civil Rights movement.


Only a streetcar ride away from the four-day music festival is the Grand Victorian. It is the perfect location for couples, families, and friends to stay while visiting New Orleans. Nestled in the Garden District along St. Charles Avenue, the Grand Victorian provides the perfect location to access the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and Satchmo Fest while still being able to enjoy a restful night in a Victorian mansion.