With long, warm days in NOLA on the horizon and special summer room rates in effect, we wanted to provide a snapshot of the many great events offering summer fun in New Orleans during the next few months. Spend your days basking in the sun near our rooftop pool, with poolside drink and food service available at Acqua Bella. Then head down to relax and rejuvenate at Spa Aria, a cozy retreat tucked within the exquisite Hotel Monteleone.
If you really must head outside of the Hotel Monteleone doors, then we recommend the following events coming to the Big Easy this summer:
Two favorite festivals among locals happen in May along the banks of beautiful Bayou St. John. Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival (May 20-22), now in its 11th year, offers free admission and features 4 stages of live music, plus local artisans, food booths and other activities. Greek Fest (May 27-29) is a celebration of Hellenic culture, with live music and traditional dance performances, plus plenty traditional Greek food, wine and desserts.
The 23rd New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 26-29) takes place during Memorial Day weekend. This culinary event is a foodie’s dream, with hands-on educational activities, seminars and tasting events galore.
Festival season stretches into summer as New Orleanians host celebrations of favorite Southern foods like fresh Gulf oysters and Creole tomatoes. The New Orleans Oyster Festival (June 4-5) and French Market Creole Tomato Festival (June 11-12) are free and open to the public, with plenty of delicious food available for purchase. The fun continues the following weekend at Louis Armstrong Park as the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 18-19) offers visitors the tastes and sounds of authentic Acadian culture at its finest, for free!
Independence Day weekend in New Orleans kicks off strong with the return of ESSENCE Festival (June 30-July 3), plus 4th of July fireworks on the Mississippi River.
Participate in a running of the bulls, New Orleans style, as the Big Easy Rollergirls skate through the streets of the French Quarter dressed as bulls to re-create the famous Spanish festival (July 8-10). Tales of the Cocktail (July 19-24) is headquartered right here at Hotel Monteleone and brings together bartenders and spirits industry professionals from around the world for 5 full days of cocktail themed events.
August offers an art-lovers delight as galleries and museums open up late for White Linen Night and Dirty Linen Night, while COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month offers visitors an opportunity to dine out for less at restaurants all over town throughout the month.
Satchmo Summerfest (August 5-7) celebrates the life and music of New Orleans’ most famous son, Louis Armstrong, with a free music festival.
Book Your Summer Getaway Today!
These are just a few of the fun things to do this summer in New Orleans. With so many incredible festivals and events taking place throughout the summer, a trip to New Orleans is a must.
Throw in Hotel Monteleone’s special summer rates (as low as $129 per night!), and you’ve got yourself a dream vacation to the Big Easy.
What exactly are you waiting for? Book your trip to the Hotel Monteleone this summer now!
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