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.
COOLinary New Orleans, July 14-September 5, Citywide
Love New Orleans food? Then you’re going to love COOLinary New Orleans. Restaurants all across the city are offering prix-fixe menus at special prices. Participating restaurants include Andrea’s, Tujague’s (pictured), Court of Two Sisters, Commander's Palace, The Pelican Club and Crescent City Brewhouse. Learn more.
Satchmo SummerFest, July 31-August 1, 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 2021 Satchmo SummerFest Music Lineup. View the Culinary Lineup.
Museum Month, August 1-31, All Over Town
Once again, August is Museum Month in New Orleans. When you purchase membership to one participating museum or are already a member, you can visit any of the following for free: The National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the new Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, the Contemporary Arts Center, the New Orleans African American Museum, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the Sazerac House, the Louisiana Children's Museum, Studio Be, and Beauregard-Keyes House. Learn more.
White Linen Night, August 7, Warehouse/Arts District
Every year, the Warehouse/Arts District becomes a sea of white for Hancock WhitneyWhite Linen Night. Art galleries on or adjacent to Julia Street open their doors to lovers of New Orleans art, food, cocktails, and live music. Learn more.
The Red Dress Run, August 14, French Quarter
NOTE: ON AUGUST 9, THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED DUE TO COVID.
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.