Light in August is more than a novel by one-time New Orleans resident William Faulkner. The way we see it, the light in August is the fact that some of the city’s hottest festivals and events take place this month, which makes braving the heat and humidity absolutely worth it. Here’s what up this month.
New Orleans Museum Month, August 1-31, All Over Town
This event gives museum members the chance to visit 7 participating institutions free of charge in August. Join one museum and see them all. Participating museums include the New Orleans Museum of Art, the National WWII Museum, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and more. Learn more. Photo by Ryan Hogdson-Rigsbee courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
COOLinary New Orleans, August 1-31, Citywide
Love New Orleans food? Then you’re going to love COOLinary Restaurant Month. Close to 70 restaurants all across the city are offering special prix fix menus at special prices all month long. See a list of our favorite participating restaurants.
Satchmo SummerFest, August 3-5, Old U.S. Mint, French Quarter
Join us way down yonder in New Orleans for Satchmo SummerFest, an annual tribute to New Orleans’ favorite son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. Head down to the French Quarter for the Jazz Mass featuring the Treme Brass Band and the Satchmo Salute second line with Zulu, “Carnival Time” Johnson and many others. See nearly 40 of New Orleans’ favorite musicians on stage, including local legends like Ellis Marsalis, Irma Thomas, the Preservation Hall Brass Band, John Boutte and Charmaine Neville. Nosh on dishes like Fried Chicken and Beignets, Roast Beef Debris Mac N Cheese in a Bread Cone, Plum Street Snoballs, and Satchmo’s beloved Red Beans and Rice. See music line-up. Photo credit: satchmsummerfest.org
White Linen Night, August 4, Warehouse/Arts District
Every year, the Warehouse/Arts District becomes a sea of white for White Linen Night. Art galleries on or adjacent to Julia Street open their doors to lovers of New Orleans art, food and live music. This year, the event will feature food and cocktails from more than 20 of your favorite local eateries. Learn more.
The Red Dress Run, August 11, French Quarter
Baby, put your red dress on and join hundreds of men and women running through the streets of the French Quarter for good times and good causes. This fun event is hosted by The “Hash House Harriers” – a “drinking club with a running problem.” Learn more.
Dirty Linen Night, August 11, French Quarter
The 17th annual Dirty Linen Night is the French Quarter’s answer to White Linen Night. Come celebrate the art scene on Royal Street, nurse a dirty martini, nosh on dirty rice, get down to your favorite local bands and more. See details.
NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival, August 24-25, Old U.S. Mint and Venues in the Lower French Quarter, Frenchmen and St. Claude
Part of a larger Cutting Edge CE Conference and Events, this festival is free and open to the public. You’ll find live music focusing on emerging artists, food trucks, swing dance lessons, found art, classic cars, pop-up shopping, social volunteerism and more. View musical lineup.