Beat the heat or at least reflect it by wearing white on Saturday for the annual Whitney White Linen Night along Julia Street: galleries stay open late to much revelry, and admission is free (food and drink available for purchase, although many galleries offer it gratis). Wish Louis Armstrong a happy birthday with Satchmo SummerFest in and around Jackson Square this weekend, toast oysters with happy hour deals, indulge in prix fixe prices at some of the city’s best restaurants, and channel your inner child/chocaholic with screenings of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Prytania Theater. Details on all picks below!
1. Whitney White Linen Night — Julia Street is ground zero for White Linen Night, the artsy block party where guests browse galleries and show off their purest, whitest garments (not required, but definitely encouraged). Food and live entertainment are also a part of this event starting at about 6 p.m. Free.
2. National Oyster Day — Get your oyster on at raw bars all over the city, from Grand Isle to Curious Oyster Co. inside Dryades Public Market. Superior Seafood is offering an extended (11 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.) oyster happy hour with these briny pearls priced at just 50 cents a pop…erm, a slurp. Prices vary.
3. Satchmo SummerFest — Hear local and regional musicians honor Louis Armstrong (whose birthday is Aug. 4) in and around Jackson Square in the French Quarter from Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7. Admission is $5.
5. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Prytania Theater — The beloved 1971 classic plays at this charming theater Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. Tickets $6 (candy concessions not included).