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Weekend Picks: Satchmo SummerFest, White Linen Night, and More

Summer Satchmo Fest
Summer Satchmo Fest takes place from August 2-4, 2019 (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, get all dressed up for the 25th anniversary of White Linen Night. Before you head out to peruse the galleries, stop by Satchmo SummerFest, the annual celebration of Louis Armstrong’s birthday, which we’re celebrating all weekend long. Enjoy the first weekend of August by partaking in a month-long COOLinary dining special, or check out a new exhibit for the start of Museum Month.

Satchmo SummerFest takes place August 2-4, 2019. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


Satchmo SummerFest – Satchmo SummerFest celebrates the life and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong in true New Orleans fashion – with food, drink, and music at a festival in the French Quarter. From August 2-4, enjoy music from local jazz and brass band artists like the Preservation Hall Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Robin Barnes & the Fiyabirds, and more. Enjoy classic New Orleans cuisine like red beans & rice, shrimp remoulade, and jambalaya. Admission is $6.

Matilda the Musical – Channel your inner child with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre’s production of Matilda the Musical. Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda follows a young girl with special powers as she fights back against evil adults. Catch the show at Dixon Hall from August 1-4. Tickets start at $28.


A Celebration of Cuban Dance – Enjoy the New Orleans Ballet Association’s summer concert, A Celebration of Cuban Dance, this Friday at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall. This celebration of Cuban dance and music will feature students alongside Dandara Veiga and Jared Bogart of Ballet Hispanico. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $28.

Whitney White Linen Night (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Whitney White Linen Night – Throw on your best white outfit and head to the Warehouse District for White Linen Night. This event invites patrons to visit the art galleries along Julia Street while enjoying food, drink, and music. Afterwards, head to the after party at the Contemporary Arts Center for more food, drink, and music (tickets are $10 in advance and the party begins at 8 p.m.). White Linen Night is free and begins at 5:30 p.m.

During White Linen Night, stop by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to view their latest exhibit in collaboration with 23 student artists attending Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana. Known as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Art Showcase, this exhibit will be at the Museum through mid-October. Admission to the Museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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: Paul Broussard)

Museum Month – Museum Month is a special program running throughout August, where  one museum membership provides 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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