This weekend in New Orleans is a time for culture, jazz, food, and costumes as we carry on the reputation of being one of the coolest cities in America. Things you’ll need to make the best of this weekend in New Orleans include, but are not limited to, dancing shoes, 1920s costumes, white linen, a love for food, and an open mind. Get out and join the parties, because there are plenty, and you’re always welcome in New Orleans.
1. Satchmo SummerFest – Summer’s about to get even hotter this weekend with Satchmo SummerFest. This New Orleans festival is a weekend-long jazz and brass band party dedicated to the memory of one of New Orleans’ jazz heroes, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Local bands like Rebirth Brass Band and Treme Brass Band will be playing on multiple stages all weekend, accompanied by thoughtful discussions and seminars with Satchmo friends and experts. There will be food from the best New Orleans restaurants in town, kids activities, and a good ol’ fashioned New Orleans second line.
2. Farm To Table International Symposium – For foodies and folks who like to know where their food comes from, the inaugural Farm To Table International Symposium is in New Orleans this weekend. On top of events including chef-curated dinners and farm-to-table exhibits, this epic conference is an educational and inspirational exploration into food and farming topics like aquaculture, sustainability, food security and safety, food law and policy, food science and GMO, artisanal and slow food and drink, and fair trade. It’s a great way to learn more about current trends in international food movements, as well as being a great networking event for folks in related industries.
Friday, August 2
3. Speakeasy at the NOMA – New Orleans loves themed events and if you’re going to live or visit here, you had better have several costumes on hand at any given moment. This Friday, suit up in your 1920s gear and get to the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art for a Speakeasy. A classy night of prohibition-era entertainment and education, as well as yummy New Orleans food and a 1920s costume contest will help celebrate the final day of the NOMA’s exhibit “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the Worlds Fairs, 1851-1939.” Catch the exhibit, along with film, comedy, and swanky jazz music all night long.
Saturday, August 3
4. White Linen Night – This Saturday, join thousands of New Orleans locals and visitors for White Linen Night, a huge block party in the Warehouse District celebrating new art openings at a ton of New Orleans art galleries all at once. In the streets, there will be live music, New Orleans food, drinks and parties, and in the galleries, the best in contemporary art. Slip into something cool, white and linen, and check out the list of artists, performers, restaurants, and parties.
Friday and Sunday
5. 48 Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings – Last weekend, teams of New Orleans filmmakers got together to make magic. At the beginning of the 48 Hour Film Project, participants are given a list of criteria that needs to be included in their short films and they have 48 little hours within which to create and submit a short film. This Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., join the filmmakers and artists for the premiere screenings of their masterpieces at the Solomon Victory Theatre at the WWII Museum. It’s a kick to see what folks come up with in such a short amount of time, and you can schmooze with them and pick their brains at the wrap party Sunday night.