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Weekend Picks: Running of the Bulls, Midsummer Mardi Gras, and More

Running of the Bulls (Photo: Zack Smith)

The summer may be slowing down, but New Orleans is heating up. Running of the Bulls is this Saturday, and it’s worth heading out to see how New Orleans puts a twist on the well-known Spanish event. Sample summer cocktails at the Seven Three Showdown, and see just how much heat you can handle at the Daddy Hot Bird pop-up. For carnival revelers who just can’t wait until February, Midsummer Mardi Gras is upon us. Restaurant and museum specials continue with COOLinary and Museum Month as we dive deeper into August. Let’s play.


NOLA Downtown Music & Arts Festival – Head down to Duncan Plaza this weekend for the NOLA Downtown Music & Arts Festival. Featuring local and national talent, on this year’s lineup you’ll catch artists such as CASME’, Lilli Lewis Project, and Henry Turner, Jr. & Flavor. This festival is a part of the larger Cutting Edge Conference, which brings musicians from around the globe to New Orleans. The NOLA Downtown Music & Arts Festival will take place from 4-7:15 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Photo: Zack Smith


Running of the Bulls – Postponed due to Hurricane Barry, the anticipation has been building for Running of the Bulls, New Orleans’ take on the Spanish event of the same name. Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, runners will fill the streets as they’re chased by the Big Easy Roller Girls – equipped with bats – throughout the Warehouse District. The party doesn’t stop there, with an after-party and a next-day recovery brunch to follow. Check out the full schedule of events here

Midsummer Mardi Gras – For those of you who just can’t wait for carnival season, Midsummer Mardi Gras is here. Queen Anne & King Robustus XXXIII will march through the streets and party like the royals they are. The parade will start at the Maple Leaf and then head up Carrollton to Palmer Park and then turn around and go down Carrollton back to Oak Street. The theme is Wild in the Wetlands, so get your costumes ready. The krewes line up at 6:45 p.m. and the parade rolls from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Photo: Brock Seabrook

Daddy Hot Bird at Company BurgerDaddy Hot Bird, a Nashville-style hot chicken pop-up, is setting up at Company Burger this Saturday for one night only. The menu will feature various levels of hot chicken along with comfort sides, chocolate chip cookies, and ice cold milk. The pop-up begins at 6 p.m. at the Company Burger Downtown. 

Seven Three Showdown – Watch as New Orleans bartenders battle it out for the title of best summer spritz cocktail at the Seven Three Showdown. Featuring bar talent from Bar Marilou, St. Roch Market, Brennan’s Roost Bar, The Vintage, and more, patrons can taste and vote on their favorite cocktail while enjoying snacks and a live DJ. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Seven Three Distilling Co. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  


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 New Orleans Museum of Art (Photo: Zack Smith)

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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