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August Events, Festivals, and Things to Do in New Orleans

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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.

1. Coolinary New Orleans - Restaurant Summer Sale

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.

2. Red Dress Run

The Red Dress Run is crowd of beer-drinking, red-dress-wearing MEN and women who run through downtown every August. And don't forget the After-Party. It's open to everyone who registers and wears a red dress. And the crazy event raises money for charity too. Check out the details by clicking above.

3. Satchmo Summerfest

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.

4. White Linen Night

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.

5. Dirty Linen Night

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.

6. 2 Film Festivals: Children's International & French

Two of the annual Film Festivals of the New Orleans Film Society are in August 2012: The International Children's Film Festival which is FREE and the French Film Festival.

7. Great American Seafood Cook-Off

Chefs from states across the nation compete using seafood native to their home state in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off which is held annually in New Orleans. One top competitor is the current Louisiana Seafood King or Queen who won the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off which is held during the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience.

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.

9. Southern Decadence

This annual gay celebration is centered on Labor Day Weekend in New Orleans and features a variety of events in the French Quarter.

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