8 August festivals to mark on your calendar now

Well, this summer is already hot — more like scorching, but the summer festival season also heats up in August. From Satchmo SummerFest to to the Red Dress Run, 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 and to keep you partying all the way through Labor Day. Check back for updates as we get them.

August 2018


Photo courtesy: Frank Aymami

Satchmo SummerFest

August 3 – 5

Old U.S. Mint
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Music lovers can enjoy the three-day festival celebrating beloved New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong. Satchmo SummerFest features more than 100 artists including local jazz musicians and brass bands along with seminars and food from popular restaurants. Daily admission is $5.

New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival

August 3 – 6

Le Meridien New Orleans
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Learn some new techniques or put your dance moves to the test at the New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival this weekend. The city’s largest Latin dance event is a three-day festival at the Le Méridien New Orleans. The schedule features more than 60 hours of workshops, classes, dance challenges, social dancing and shows by international Latin artists. Festival-goers can explore salsa, bachata, kizomba and zouk dance genres. Ticket prices vary, starting at $30.

Hancock Whitney White Linen Night

August 4

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 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is free, but patrons can purchase tickets for food and drink. The Contemporary Arts Center hosts an official White Linen Night “Party After Dark” from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission for the after party is $10.

Soca Fete Mini Festival

August 4

Roux Carre
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The creators of the NOLA Caribbean Festival keeps the Caribbean vibes going this summer with the new, high-energy Soca Fête Mini Festival. The celebration of Caribbean culture takes place at Roux Carre at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The festival celebrates Soca music and mouth-watering tastes of Trinidadian street food and Caribbean drinks. The festival features performances from top Caribbean DJs, New Orleans DJ legend DJ Raj Smoove and international Soca artist Imani Ray. Arts and craft vendors will also be present. General Admission tickets are $10. Advanced tickets available at the website.

New Orleans Red Dress Run

August 11

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. 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 11

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.

NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival

August 24 – 25

New Orleans Jazz Museum
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The NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival happens in conjunction with the Cutting Edge Conference. The fest will feature two-days of film screenings, music, dance, art and pop-up shopping at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, formerly the Old U.S. Mint, across two stages.

Lil’ Weezyana Fest

August 25

Champions Square
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This year marks the 10th anniversary of New Orleans-bred rapper Lil’ Wayne’s Grammy Award-winning album, “Tha Carter III.” Lil’ WeezyAna Fest is renowned for its all-star special guests and surprise performances. 2018’s lineup of special guests should be equally spectacular. Tickets are $65.50 for general admission and $95.50 for general admission in the front pit section.

Southern Decadence

August 30 – September 3

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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