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Best Summer Events in New Orleans – July & August

Top Things to do in New Orleans This Summer

Even when it’s warm, the fun never stops in New Orleans! Check out these events for July and August and plan your visit now. Stay at our New Orleans bed and breakfast and catch the streetcar, which passes directly in front of the B&B.

hot summer events in New Orleans

July 2017

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

July 7-9, 2017

Though this event commemorates the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, our “bulls” will never be called “bulls”. They are the Big Easy Rollergirls, who are joined by participants from other roller derby leagues across the country in the annual run.

Bastille Day Fete

July 14-15, 2017

Bastille Day Fête celebrates the French National Day in New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the French culture of New Orleans at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which is the main location for the festival. There will be live music, food and drinks for this family-friendly event, with activities for the kids.

Tales of the CocktailTales of the Cocktail NO

July 18-23, 2017

This is the festival which caused cocktails to take their rightful place in the world of beverages. The international spirits industry is welcomed each year to New Orleans for a week of tastings, seminars, networking events, and more.

August 2017

Satchmo SummerFest Satchmo SummerFest New Orleans

August 3-6, 2017

This 3-day local music showcase will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Mint at 400 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. It focuses on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass band music. It features “Red Bean Alley” with food booths operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants.

Whitney White Linen NightWhitney White Linen Night

August 5, 2017

The Warehouse District of New Orleans, also known as the Arts District, is the location for this festival. Four blocks of Julia Street will be closed to traffic for a three-hour New Orleans-style block party. Art galleries nearby will open their doors and music stages will be set up. Attendees are encouraged to wear as much white attire as possible.

Red Dress Run red dress run new orleans

August 12, 2017

Get your red dress ready and join in this 5k(ish) event. The run is sponsored by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, who proclaim themselves as the “drinking club with a running problem”. But it’s not just about the alcohol. It doubles as a fundraiser with the proceeds going to charity. The event also features live music.
Dirty Linen Night

August 13, 2017

Dirty Linen Night promotes the art galleries and antique shops on Royal Street. Dirty martinis and dirty rice are given away by many of the merchants. Attendees are encouraged to wear the white linens they may have soiled during the White Linen Night held a week before on Julia Street in the Warehouse District.

NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival

End of summer – date to be announced

This end of the summer street party is held in the Downtown Warehouse District and features music, food and art.

Southern Decadence New OrelansSouthern Decadence

August 30 to September 4, 2017

Nicknamed “Gay Mardi Gras” this festival celebrates the LGBT culture. Participants wear elaborate costumes and high fashion. The walking parade takes place Sunday afternoon during the festival.

Celebrate June in NOLA!

New Orleans! There is no place in the world like it. If you have been here, you understand. If you have never been here, you just have to come and experience the city to appreciate it. New Orleans has more to do in any one day than you can possibly get to, but hopefully this list will give you a few suggestions on what might interest you. Though New Orleans offers 365 days of fun, here are ways to celebrate June in NOLA near our New Orleans Garden District bed and breakfast.

New Orleans getaway

  • New Orleans Pride Festival (http://www.neworleanspridefestival.com/)

This celebration promotes the history and future prosperity of the LGBT communities in the New Orleans and the Gulf Coast areas. Held in the French Quarter, it includes many fun activities.

  • Creole Tomato Fest (https://www.frenchmarket.org/event/30th-annual-creole-tomato-festival/)

It is said that New Orleans celebrates everything, so why not Creole Tomatoes! This festival is held in the French Quarter for the purpose of recognizing the importance of tomatoes in many of New Orleans’ most famous dishes. The festival includes cooking demonstrations, live music, a parade and more!

  • Father’s Day

Don’t forget Father’s Day! New Orleans is the perfect place to bring dad. There’s so much going on in New Orleans that he can choose whatever way he wants to enjoy the day and feel special. The National WWII Museum (http://www.nationalww2museum.org/?referrer=https://www.google.com/) would be our recommendation. Book a room now at Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast (https://www.gvbb.com) and dad will be able to catch the streetcar to head out to wherever he desires to go.

  • Summer Soltice

Summer Soltice is the longest day of the year. Watch a sunset from the banks of the Mississippi River or City Park.

  • Festigals (http://www.festigals.org/)

Created by women for women and nicknamed “The Ultimate Girlfriend’s Getaway”, this festival includes professional development conferences, speakers, food, drink and, of course, shopping. The proceeds are donated 100% to women’s causes.

summer in New Orleans

  • Louis (https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco) iana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (https://www.jazzandheritage.org/cajun-zydeco)

This free festival is the only New Orleans event that celebrates exclusively Cajun and Zydeco music with an awesome lineup of musicians. Food, an arts market and activities for the kids are also included.

  • NOLA Caribbean Fest (http://www.nolacaribbeanfestival.com/)

Enjoy Caribbean music, a queen’s contest, take drum lessons and more!

  • Annual Essence Fest (http://www.essence.com/festival-2017)

festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans has been chosen for this annual 3-day event which showcases contemporary African American music and culture and features hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B. Includes speakers, arts and crafts and more.

New Orleans Food and Wine Experience

New Orleans Food and Wine Festival

Experience the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience May 20-23, 2015.  Now in it’s 23rd year, this nationally recognized festival boasts 52 wineries, 53 restaurants, 24 exhibitors, and 26 special guests – plus numerous special events and seminars spread out over 4 days.

Since its inception, this non-profit festival has raised over 1 million dollars for local non-profit organizations, such as food banks and culinary schools!

Royal Street Stroll - New Orleans

Most events are held in the French Quarter and Convention Center, a 10 minute historic streetcar ride from our New Orleans Garden District bed and breakfast. Except for the Vintner Dinners, which are hosted at restaurants around the city with wine pairings and reasonable price fixe menus. See if your favorite restaurant is on the list, or fall in love with a new restaurant.

New Orleans Festivals

Highlights from this year’s events include:

  • “Grand Tastings” at the Convention Center match New Orleans’ finest chefs with wines from around the world plus the crowning of the “King of Louisiana Seafood” on Saturday.
  • Stroll down Royal Street with the Krewe of Cork and take in the live music, wine offerings in the art galleries, and the beautiful French Quarter architecture.
  • The Big Pastry Competition with burlesque ballroom hosts features pastries paired with champagne and spirits.

So, “Come to Your Senses” and stay with a local who will help you get the most out of your days of eating and drinking good wine at our peaceful Garden District bed and breakfast.

Photo credits: Chris Granger