Though it may not seem like the most obvious time to visit New Orleans, August is full of free and cheap events, dining specials, and innovative ways to keep cool in the summer heat.
Hear that Satchmo Sound
Satchmo Summerfest is a French Quarter festival that commemorates Louis Armstrong’s birthday. With great local jazz, food, and drinks, you can party all weekend from August 4 to 6. Bonus: entry is only $5!
Learn how to spot prized antiques
Hosted by the Historic New Orleans Collection, The New Orleans Antique Forum is a great event for both novice and experienced antique collectors. This year’s event takes place August 4-6 and explores the creative masters of Southern decorative art.
Eat some oysters
While August may not be part of NOLA’s traditional oyster season, we still think you should celebrate National Oyster Day with us on August 5. Check out one of our favorite oyster happy hours!
Wear White Linen…
Whitney White Linen Night happens the evening of August 5 in the art galleries along the Warehouse District’s Julia Street. Galleries offer discounts and stay open late while refreshments are served in the streets – all you need to do is wear white!
…then wear Dirty Linen!
The next Saturday (August 12), stroll down to the Royal Street art galleries for the Dirty Linen Night event, starting around 7 pm. In theory, you’re supposed to wear your dirty linens from the week before, but you can wear whatever you want… we won’t tell on you!
Be a kid again at the Cool Zoo
Cool Zoo is a splash park located in the heart of New Orleans that boasts highlights such as Gator Run, spider monkey soakers, jumping water spouts, and water-spitting snakes. The park is open seven days a week until August 11 and on weekends during the rest of the month.
Don a red dress
The annual Red Dress Run is also happening on Saturday, August 12. Put on your favorite red dress (or one purchased from a NOLA thrift store) and run or walk through the French Quarter. Registration starts at $60 and benefits local charities.
Taste every dish at COOLinary
For the whole month of August, more than 80 restaurants all over New Orleans offer special prix-fixe menus and deals as part of COOLinary. Choose which meal you want to eat: brunch, lunch, or dinner. Then peruse the menus to see which strikes your fancy (and wallet) just right.
Cool off with an iced coffee
“New Orleans-style iced coffee” has gained popularity all over the country, and what better way to cool off from the August heat than to try one of these eye-opening pick-me-ups right from the source.
Make the most of Museum Month
NOLA is full of iconic museums, such as the National World War II Museum, NOMA, and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. During the month of August, you can visit any museum for free if you’re a member of just one! Not a member? You can sign up during your visit!
Sip a daiquiri
While daiquiris aren’t unique to New Orleans, we certainly have our own take on this tasty frozen beverage. Try one of our iconic drive-thru daiquiri spots like New Orleans Original Daiquiris or opt for something a little different like one of St. Lawrence’s ever-changing flavors.
Start your day with yoga at the Cabildo
Join fellow yogis for a yoga class in the historic Cabildo at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The $15 admission fee includes entry to the Cabildo Museum, or you can also become a member and the class is only $10. (See Museum Month above!)
Enjoy a free concert at Tipitina’s
Feel like a free concert in one of NOLA’s iconic venues? Tipitina’s has you covered with its Foundation Free Fridays summer concert series. During August, catch artists like the IKO Allstars and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes.
Explore the great indoors
Whether you’re seeking shelter indoors due to rain or heat, New Orleans has plenty to do away from harsh weather. With activities such as cooking classes and spa days, we’ll show you how to take advantage of the great indoors.
Southern Decadence (sometimes called Gay Mardi Gras) start August 30 this year! Check out this fun, free weekend of costume contests, parades, and block parties in the French Quarter.