Celebrating the Arts in New Orleans: From Contemporary to Culinary
Summer is in full swing in New Orleans, and while a lot of cities let the heat slow things down for the season, you won’t find that to be the case in the Crescent City. In addition to the unending festivals, shopping excursions and poolside parties, summer in New Orleans also celebrates the arts – from contemporary to culinary.
Plan your trip in August, and you can experience the best of both worlds. On August 6, the epicenter of the New Orleans Arts District comes alive during Whitney White Linen Night
, an over-the-top art walk featuring world-class cuisine, an endless array of flowing cocktails and New Orleans’ favorite musicians in live performances. Be sure to pack the most stylish whites from your wardrobe so you can dress to impress while strolling through the galleries on Julia Street. At the end of the night, when you’re ready to escape the sultry summer heat and retreat indoors, cap off the event at the Contemporary Arts Center, where the 40th anniversary after-party will be the highlight of the season for locals and visitors alike.
If you’re still looking to indulge your passion for art, then look no further than the Windsor Court. The hotel boasts a museum quality collection
of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and furnishings by more than 60 artists and artisans. Dating from the 17th to late 20th centuries, the collection, which is valued at more than $8 million dollars, includes works by European masters Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Throughout the month of August, quench your culinary cravings during COOLinary New Orleans
, an event that invites everyone to partake in specially prepared prix-fixe menus from more than 60 of the city’s most renowned restaurants. At The Grill Room, guests can enjoy a gourmet “meat and three” Plate Lunch
for only $19.84. Featuring contemporary Southern cuisine with Louisiana flare, the menu includes items ranging from Crab Cakes and BBQ Shrimp to Heirloom Tomato and Watermelon Salad and Truffled Mac and Cheese.
For those looking to celebrate the city’s signature cuisine but want to visit New Orleans later in the season, mark the unofficial end of summer with a savory getaway for Labor Day weekend. The Louisiana Seafood Festival
, September 2-4, features fresh seafood fare synonymous with the state of Louisiana. With an arts village, kid’s tent and live music, this three-day event is about more than just food.
In addition to the festival, the long weekend is the perfect opportunity to take the family to visit other great attractions throughout the city, including the Audubon Zoo
and Aquarium of the Americas
. The zoo features the Cool at the Zoo
splash park, complete with the Gator Run lazy river, and the aquarium offers once-in-a-lifetime Wild Encounters
, such as the Backstage Penguin Pass and the Maya Snorkel Adventure.