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Weekend Picks: COOLinary, Museum Month, Louque at Hotel Peter & Paul, and More

Visit the New Canal Lighthouse during Museum Month (Photo: Paul Broussard)

August is all about the deals and specials in New Orleans, so this weekend, we’re heading out to enjoy specials at some of our favorite restaurants and museums during COOLinary and Museum Month. Enjoy sweet summer sounds with Louque at Hotel Peter & Paul, and celebrate a night of peace and music at the Vintage Rock Club. Indulge in a special Rosé Soirée at Copper Vine or get a taste of the world at NOLA International Foodie Fest. There’s lots to do this weekend in NOLA.


Louque at Hotel Peter & Paul – Dustan Louque and Margaret Hebert are back in New Orleans for one last show before hitting the road for their east coast tour. If you haven’t seen this magical duo perform, now’s your chance. They will take the stage at the beautiful renovated Hotel Peter & Paul on Friday at 7 p.m. Join guests for after-show drinks at The Elysian Bar inside the hotel. There is a $15 suggested donation at the door.

1 Night of Peace & Music – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival at the Vintage Rock Club this Friday. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., stop by to enjoy music from the era along with food and drink. Tickets are $20 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be dedicated to the Wounded Warrior Project.


NOLA International Foodie Fest – Get a taste of the world’s cuisine at Deja Vieux Food Park this Saturday. From noon to 9 p.m., local food trucks, restaurants, and pop up chefs will be serving up specialty drinks and dishes at the food park. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and admission is $10 at the door.

Copper Vine (Photo courtesy of Brustman Carrino PR)

Copper Vine’s Rosé Soirée – Copper Vine’s summer wine dinner series comes to a close with the Rosé Soirée. Enjoy a menu of chargrilled oysters, skewers, melon, and bone in beef rib while sampling Rosé’s from around the world at sunset. The dinner benefits Dress for Success, and tickets are $55.


Sunday Swim Society – There’s no better way to cool off in August than by jumping in the pool. The NOPSI Hotel welcomes both locals and visitors to Above the Grid, their rooftop pool and bar, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Live music from 3-6 p.m. transforms the space into a summer soirée. Admission is free.

Enjoy a meal from GW Fins during COOLinary (Photo: Paul Broussard)


COOLinary – August is the perfect time to try a new restaurant (or support an old favorite). COOLinary is a citywide incentive where with over 100 restaurants offering specialized brunch, lunch, and dinner menus for a fixed price. For a full list of participating restaurants, see here.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Museum Month – Enjoy art in New Orleans all month long. Museum Month is a special program running throughout August, with one museum membership providing access to over a dozen different New Orleans museums. Participating museums include the National WWII Museum, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and more. See the full list of participants here.

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