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. Check out these August events in New Orleans.
New Orleans Museum Month, August 1-31, All Over Town
This event gives museum members the chance to visit participating institutions free of charge in August. Join one museum and see all sixteen! Participating museums include the Beauregard-Keyes House, the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium, the National World War II Museum and Longue Vue House & Gardens. Learn more.
COOLinary New Orleans, August 1-31, Citywide
Love New Orleans food? Then you’re going to love COOLinary Restaurant Month. Restaurants all across the city are offering prix-fixe menus at special prices all month long. Participating restaurants include Andrea’s, Café Degas, Gordon Biersch, Messina’s Runway Café, Pascal’s Manale, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill and Tujague’s.
Satchmo SummerFest, August 2-4, 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 Jazz Mass featuring the Treme Brass Band and the Satchmo Salute second line. See many of New Orleans’ favorite musicians on stage, including local legends like Charmaine Neville, the Preservation Brass, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Jeremy Davenport, Doreen's Jazz and Cyril Neville's Swamp Funk. Nosh on your favorite NOLA dishes and some that soon will be. See the 2019 Satchmo SummerFest Music Lineup. View the Culinary Lineup. Photo credit: satchmosummerfest.org.
White Linen Night, August 3, 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 your favorite local eateries. Learn more.
The Red Dress Run, August 10, 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 10, French Quarter
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.
Running of the Bulls, August 23-25, Warehouse District
Come experience New Orleans' version of Spain’s Encierro de Pamploma (spoiler alert: there are no bulls). Thousands gather in Downtown New Orleans for a chance to be chased by the New Orleans Rollergirls on with plastic bats. Learn more.