The August humidity in New Orleans calls for light, comfortable clothes, but the summer heat never stops the fun. It does, however, tend to slow tourist season down a bit, which means deals on hotels, attractions, and more. For example, because of COOLinary, it's a great month to stay cool indoors trying out different restaurants; multiple ones will have discounted, 3-course brunches, lunches, and dinners.
Find a dance partner and head down to the French Quarter for a festival that you won’t want to miss! The annual New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival is back. Past years have been dedicated to Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba/Zouk and featured international Latin artists playing live music, over 70 hours of workshops and classes, and dance performance challenges. Organizers will have updated information about this year's festival accessible on their website soon.
It’s no secret that New Orleans is known for its mouth-watering culinary options! August is a great month to visit (and eat), because all month, over 80 of the city’s restaurants serve delicious dishes at discounted prices! Previous deals have included two- or three-course lunch menus for $20 or less and three-course dinner menus for $39 or less. Many participating restaurants are in the French Quarter or Downtown New Orleans, within walking distance from most major hotels. Organizers will be releasing details about COOLinary 2021 soon.
Blues, jazz, and delicious food sums up the Satchmo SummerFest! This annual New Orleans event is to celebrate one of the city’s most well-known, native sons, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. This 3-day event will have live performers and a lot of good food. In previous years, admission fees have been $5 and purchasable at the gate. Info about tickets for 2021 will be available soon.
HexFest 2021: A Weekend of Witchery in Old New Orleans
From Voodoo to Hoodoo to Witchcraft, the magic of Crescent City has centuries of history, which makes it the perfect place for HexFest. Head down to the French Quarter for a weekend of witchery and get a taste of the city's haunted magic. The conference will feature workshops, drumming, and a ritual at The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, a venue with a haunted history. Organizers assemble witches, rootworkers, Voodoo priests, and other magical teachers from all over to share their knowledge.
Don't miss your chance to catch the legendary comedian, George Lopez, live while he's in New Orleans. Lopez is known for his successful self-produced television sitcom, The George Lopez Show, but his stand-up and comedy touring endeavors have been just as successful. Get ready to laugh your socks off furring a night you won't forget. Purchase tickets here.
A trip to New Orleans isn't complete unless you spend your day or night drinking on Bourbon Street. There are tons of bars, clubs, pubs, and restaurants to choose from, depending on your mood. You can head to Famous Door or Sing Sing if you want to enjoy live music, or 711 Bourbon Heat or The Beach on Bourbon if you're going to dance all night long. If you want to enjoy a good meal but still have good drinks, Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak is the perfect spot to go to. Feel like doing karaoke? Cat's Meow and Maison Bourbon has got you covered. Whether you want to get wild and party all night long, or want a more laid back night, Bourbon Street has something for everyone.
Located less than 3 miles Southwest of the French Quarter, the Garden District offers a peek at some of New Orleans most beautiful and historic homes. Take a stroll through this architectural gem and be transported to a different time. A peaceful getaway, the neighborhood is lined with beautiful houses, intricate gardens, and tree-lined streets. Stop at the intersection of Prytania Street and Washington Avenue to grab a bite to eat or shop.