Your Guide to August Festivals in New Orleans

Things are heating up for a busy summer festival season in the New Orleans metro area. Here’s your guide to August festivals and major events to mark on your calendar. We’ve mapped out some great festivals to help make planning easier. Check back for updates as we get them.

August 2017


 Red Dress Run

Satchmo SummerFest

August 4 – 6

Old U.S. Mint
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Music lovers can enjoy the three-day festival celebrating beloved New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong. This year, Satchmo SummerFest heads back to its longtime location at the Old U.S. Mint. The fest features more than 100 artists including local jazz musicians and brass bands along with seminars and food from popular restaurants. Daily admission is $5.

Whitney White Linen Night

August 5

Arts District New Orleans
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Dress in your best white for this annual block party in the New Orleans Art District. A sea of white fills Julia Street for free openings at several galleries and museums. The event is free, but patrons can purchase tickets for food and drink. The Contemporary Arts Center hosts an official White Linen Night afterparty. Admission is $10.

New Orleans Red Dress Run

August 12

Crescent Park
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Paint the city red at this popular event hosted by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers. Everyone sports a little red dress — including the men. Organizers say this year the event heads to a new location at Crescent Park. Enjoy this charity run and the fun after party. Registration fees vary. The cheaper you register, the better for you pockets.

Dirty Linen Night

August 12

Royal Street
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Break out your linens once again for Dirty Linen Night where Royal Street gets its chance to shine. The annual block party features free openings at galleries and antique shops along the popular French Quarter street. Many participating galleries and shops serve free dirty martinis or glasses of wine to patrons as they stroll according to custom. The event is free and open to the public.

Southern Decadence

August 30 – September 4

Various locations
Southern Decadence will dominate the French Quarter scene with festivities celebrating the LGBTQ community extending throughout the Labor Day weekend. Highlights include the Float Parade, the Bourbon Street Extravaganza — a free outdoor concert at the intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann and the Walking Parade. Parade routes and further details can be found at the official website.

 *All dates and information are subject to change.

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