Think August is slow? Think again. In New Orleans, higher temperatures and longer days don’t discourage us from our usual festivities. In fact, August features several events worth penciling into your calendar. Here’s the scoop:

Whitney White Linen Night is a free block party in downtown New Orleans mixing art and entertainment. (Photo via Flickr user John W. Schulze)

Whitney White Linen Night is a free block party in downtown New Orleans mixing art and entertainment. (Photo by John W. Schulze via Flickr)

White Linen Night

On Saturday, August 5, 2017, Julia Street in the Warehouse District will become a catwalk for patrons wearing all white. White Linen Night is when New Orleanians (and visitors) stroll along Julia Street and admire works of art from local galleries while dressed in all white. Four blocks of the street are closed to vehicular traffic as three stages of music are set up for a block party featuring some of New Orleans’ best entertainers.

A pure-white outfit isn’t required, but dressing the part is definitely encouraged. There will also be food, drinks, and live entertainment on hand to give the evening a festive feel. The main event is free to attend and takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is followed by the Official Whitney White Linen Night After-Party, held at the Contemporary Arts Center. The after party runs from 9:00 p.m. until midnight and general admission is $10 per person.

One of the highlights of Satchmo SummerFest is the ‘Satchmo Salute’ Second Line Parade honoring Louis Armstrong. (Photo courtesy Derek Bridges via Wikimedia Commons)

One of the highlights of Satchmo SummerFest is the ‘Satchmo Salute’ Second Line Parade honoring Louis Armstrong. (Photo by Derek Bridges via Wikimedia Commons)

Satchmo SummerFest

The same weekend as White Linen Night, New Orleans also celebrates its most famous son, Louis Armstrong, with a three day festival. Satchmo SummerFest takes place August 4-6, 2017, within walking distance of our French Quarter hotel.

This lively music festival features three stages of local brass bands and jazz performers, plus special events including informational presentations about the life and times of Armstrong. There will also be kid’s activities and free swing dance lessons.

Dirty Linen Night

The following weekend, Dirty Linen Night takes over the French Quarter on Saturday, August 12, 2017. This art event is similar to White Linen Night, but patrons are encouraged to wear the same white linen from the previous weekend now that it’s dirty. Shopkeepers and art gallery owners along Royal Street often give away themed food and drink like dirty rice and dirty martinis, but if you can’t find a drink, no problem: head to the Carousel Bar & Lounge where a bartender will make you a dirty martini to your exact specifications.

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Red Dress Run participants enjoy Dirty Linen Night later that same evening. (Photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans via Flickr)

Red Dress Run

Before Dirty Linen Night gets started, you can enjoy another NOLA tradition: Red Dress Run. Open to men and women alike, Red Dress Run does require participants to dress up (in a red dress, of course). Registration is $60 between July 1 & August 7; and $80 (cash only) day of the event, with proceeds benefiting dozens of charities in the city.

Choose from two delicious desserts on Criollo's COOLinary lunch menu, including our Mile High Chocolate Parfait.

Choose from two delicious desserts on Criollo’s COOLinary lunch menu, including our Mile High Chocolate Parfait.

COOLinary

Our personal favorite of all the New Orleans August events is COOLinary, for a couple reasons:

  1. It lasts all month, so you can enjoy prix fixe brunch, lunch, or dinner at select, award-winning restaurants for a fraction of the normal price.
  2. Our on-site restaurant, Criollo, is participating.

This year, Criollo will be serving up COOLinary specials for both lunch and dinner. You’ll have your choice of options like Spanish Style Gazpacho, Mile High Parfait, Grilled Octopus, and Grilled Cobia with Blue Mussels and Saffron Rice. View the full menu options here.

Where To Stay In New Orleans This August

Planning a trip to the French Quarter before summer ends? Take advantage of our special summer rates and book your room today!

August in New Orleans brings plenty of summer fun. From White Linen Night to Red Dress Run, add these festive events to your New Orleans vacation plans.