Despite the heat - and the humidity - August 2011 in New Orleans offers lots of fun summertime events. Highlights include the Satchmo Summerfest, art at White Linen Night, more art on Dirty Linen Night, a "drag" race, and even a Mardi Gras parade.
August is the month to go out to eat in New Orleans because you can get more bang for your buck at some of the best restaurants in the world. Because there's a dip in business during August, many New Orleans restaurants offer special deals via the Coolinary promotion to lure in locals. The official Coolinary New Orleans promotion lists a large number of participants including some of the most famous New Orleans restaurants like Galatoires, Emerils, Court of Two Sisters, and Antoines. Dinners are usually $35 or even less and lunches at $20. Check it out and make your reservations.
This hot summer festival is named after New Orleans native Louis Armstrong, aka Satchmo, and includes music (of course), food, seminars, and more. It's held at the Old US Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, in the French Quarter,. This year, the dates are Aug. 3 - 5, 2012.
White Linen Night in the a href="http://neworleans.about.com/od/neighborhoods/a/Warehouse-District-Profile.htm">Warehouse District, aka Arts District, has grown into a uber New Orleans art event. It's the first Ssturday in August. This year, that's August 4, 2012.
The crowds in the streets seem to reach Mardi Gras levels, although they are generally better dressed. Art gallery openings, fancy food and drinks, live music in the street, and more. There are about 20 galleries and 20 restaurants involved. It's all free, except for the reasonably priced after-party at the CAC, Contempoary Arts Center in Camp Street.
Wear white if you can.
This the French Quarter artists response to the White Linen Night in the Warehouse District the week before. And it always happens on the August Saturday seven days after White Linen Night.
You are suppose to wear your now-dirty white linen outfit from the previous week. Wander around the French Quarter and your can't miss the participating New Orleans art galleries, many on Royal Street. Shops are open late, usually until about 11 p.m. It's free and lots of fun.
8. Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade
The Krewe of OAK hold a Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade on the last Saturday in August, just when you least expect it. (They also parade during Carnival, but just can't wait a whole year between parades.) The Mid-City night parade, with decorated golf carts, bands, and more, makes stops at a couple of Carrollton neighborhood bars.
This annual gay celebration is centered on Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans and features a variety of events in the French Quarter.