There’s nothing better than wrapping up summer with a festival. August Festivals in New Orleans are definitely cool because they’re a mix of everything. Arts, Witchery, music, decadence, drinks and fun.  Get out there and enjoy them while they last!

Satchmo  Summerfest

Friday, August 3rd- Sunday, August 5th at the New Orleans Jazz Museum,  4000 Esplanade Ave., in New Orleans, $5 daily.

Presented  by Chevron, Satchmo Summerfest honors  the life and legacy of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong who influenced so many people, including young children, in his lifetime. Irma Thomas headlines the extensive  music lineup this year, in addition to many culinary and brewery favorites serving up NOLA specialties.

New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival

Friday, August 3rd- Monday, August 6th at Le Méridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St, in New Orleans. Get your tickets to groove to the largest latin/salsa dance festival in NOLA. Enjoy artists, shows, workshops, classes and of course dancing!

Soca Fête Mini Festival

Saturday, August 4th from 5pm-10pm at Roux Carre, 2000 Oretha Haley Blvd., in New Orleans, $10. Celebrate Trinidadian street food and the vibes of the Caribbean with DJ Raj Smooth and Soca artist Imani Ray at Soca Fête. Get your tickets by the New Orleans Caribbean Festival.

Whitney  White Linen Night

Saturday, August 4th from 5:30pm-9:30pm between the 300 and 700 blocks of Julia St. in the Arts district of New Orleans.

Enjoy DJs, Photo Booths, a Virtual Reality Lounge, vehicle displays, vendors, cocktails, cuisine and much more throughout the night stretching over the 5 blocks of fun. In addition, exhibition openings at more than a dozen galleries will take place.

Finally, if you’re not ready to let the party end, attend the after dark portion for only $10 or free for CAC members

Dirty Linen Night

Saturday, August 11th from 6pm-9pm between the 200 block and 1000 block of Royal St. in NOLA, $20.

Come experience New Orleans at its best with music, art, food and drinks. With 40 galleries participating, walk the streets of the quarter and experience what some of the most talented artists have to offer.

Red Dress Run

Presented by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, a local “drinking club with a running problem” The run begins at Crescent Park in the Marigny on Saturday, August 11th and moves throughout the French Quarter. Drinks are always in hand, and proceeds go to  local charities.After the race, the rest of the day is spent celebrating with drinks and music. Most noteworthy, all of this is done in a red dress, so don’t forget to get dolled up.  

NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival

Friday, August 24th- Saturday, August 25th. Most notably, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, but many other lively venues throughout the city host important and emerging artists,  popular artists, music legends, art, classic cars, food, pop–ups, documentaries, dance lessons and so much more.

Artists performing were selected based on their accomplishments  and personification of the entertainment industry as a whole.

Hex Fest

August 10th-August 12th in the hheart of the French Quarter. Meet up for a Weekend of Witchery that includes rituals ,workshops, history, hauntings, Witches, Voodoo Priests and more. Register, because spots are limited.

Southern Decadence Festival

Thursday, August 30th- Monday September 3rd. Join the 5th largest celebration NOLA has to offer. The epicenter of fun is St. Ann and Bourbon where the DJs  keep spinning because the party never stops. The French Quarter will be packed all weekend I can assure you, however, the parades take place at 7:30pm on Friday and 2pm on Sunday!  Sunday’s walking parade will have the Grand Marshall and be the big celebration of DecaDANCE Fest.

August Festivals In New Orleans