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Weekend Picks: Red Dress Run, Dirty Linen Night, and More

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Red Dress Run on Bourbon Street (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, enjoy a French celebration at the New Orleans Museum of Art, an art stroll along Royal Street, and month-long arts and culinary deals and specials. The Saints kick off their preseason on Friday night, taking on the Minnesota Vikings in the Superdome. Saturday morning is Red Dress Run, where runners dressed in red will take to the streets for a good time. Month-long dining and museum specials make New Orleans the place to be in August.


New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival – For three days, salsa dance, music, and culture will take over the French Quarter for the New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival. The festival features international Latin artists and over 70 hours worth of workshops, classes, dance performance challenges, and social dancing. Tickets start at $15.

Catch the Saints in their preseason opener this Friday at the Dome against the Vikings (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Saints vs. Vikings – Football season is back, and the first game in the Saints preseason is against the Minnesota Vikings this Friday in the Superdome. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here.

Tipitina’s Free Fridays – Corey Henry & the Tremé Funktet along with Soul Project NOLA and James Martin Band will take the stage at Tipitina’s on Friday, Aug. 9. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show is at 10 p.m. The show is 21+ and free.

French Fête at the New Orleans Museum of Art (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Friday Nights at NOMA: French Fête – Enjoy a celebration of French culture at the New Orleans Museum of Art this Friday night. Enjoy food trucks from Crêpes à la Cart, Bonafried, and Frencheez, music from Susanne Ortner’s Ambiance Française, an Artful Palate cooking demonstration featuring a browned butter and peach tart, a film screening, and more. French Fête is from 5-9 p.m. and admission is $15 for non-members.

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Red Dress Run (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Red Dress Run – A sea of red will flood downtown on Saturday morning when hundreds of men and women in red dresses take to the streets for the Hash House Harrier’s Red Dress Run. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., runners will gather at Crescent Park before taking off through the French Quarter at 11:30 a.m. Following the run, lunch is served at noon back at Crescent Park where the real party begins. Tickets are $65 and includes lunch, drinks, and music. 100 percent of proceeds go to local charities.

Dirty Linen Night – Throw on your white linen from last weekend for Dirty Linen Night. From 6-9 p.m., stroll the art galleries along Royal Street in the French Quarter while enjoying food, drink, music, and more.


Orpheum Summer Film Series: Down by Law – Enjoy a free screening of Down by Law, the 1986 comedy about three men trying to escape prison in New Orleans. Catch the movie at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Orpheum Theater (doors open at 6 p.m.).

Visit Picnic Provisions & Whiskey during COOLinary (Photo: Justen Williams)


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.

Visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during Museum Month (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Museum Month – 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 here for the full list of participants.

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