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Insider's Look at Upcoming New Orleans Summer Attractions

Events for Every Taste: 5 Reasons to Visit New Orleans This Summer

Make this summer unforgettable with a spectacular visit to New Orleans. Delight in the sights, sounds, tastes and cultures of the Big Easy as you discover enchanting world-class restaurants and artistic expression. Whatever your taste, we have an event you’ll love.

1.  Food

Travel to the “Food Capital of the World” to experience influences that range from elegant French dishes to exquisite Spanish flair and everything in between. Fresh seafood is our specialty, but it’s only the beginning. Go on a delicious adventure through a variety of cuisines at any number of events, from the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience to the French Market’s annual Creole Tomato Festival.

Throughout the month of August, COOLinary New Orleans invites locals and guests to partake in specially prepared menus from some of the city’s most renowned restaurants, including The Grill Room, Galatoire's and August to name a few. An offshoot of the famed Tales of the Cocktail series, Tales Restaurant Week makes choosing where to eat even easier with tasting menus paired with signature cocktails at legendary venues. 

2.  Music

Experience the sounds of summer in the birthplace of jazz. On July 4th weekend, join thousands of attendees at the world famous Essence Music Festival, a celebration of African-American music, culture and artistry. If you’re a fan of the classics, stop by Satchmo Summer Fest on July 30th to hear tributes to the legendary New Orleans jazz musician Louis Armstrong. And while the Bayou State is known for jazz, it also delivered Cajun music and its offspring, Zydeco, which can be experienced in full at the Cajun-Zydeco Festival in June. Indulge in the rhythms and melodies of this truly unique city.

3.  Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day in spectacular fashion with fireworks on the riverfront. Go 4th On the River is a New Orleans tradition that features two dueling barges in one dazzling fireworks display. During the day, explore the city’s shops, restaurants and famous hotspots, then grab a seat and view this one-of-a-kind extravaganza from anywhere on the river.

4.  Culture

The Big Easy is known for its blend of arts, food and unique personalities. Languages overlap, musical genres collide and food is reinvented. See for yourself where New Orleans gets its reputation for culture. If you’re craving something a little different, you might enjoy the 42nd annual New Orleans Greek Festival on Memorial Day weekend, where Greek music, food and history are celebrated on the grounds of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. On August 1, make sure you visit Whitney White Linen Night, an occasion to don your best white ensemble while leisurely strolling through galleries, sipping cocktails and sampling world-class cuisine in New Orleans’ Warehouse Arts District.

5.  Avoid The Crowds

If you find yourself seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, or you just need to beat the heat and escape into the cool calm of air conditioning, there are plenty of quiet, cool, relaxing spots to enjoy. Get lost in the expansive National WWII Museum in downtown New Orleans or catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring art collections at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Relax and indulge at The Spa at Windsor Court, one of the city’s only Forbes four-star rated spas. Or cool off with your favorite cocktail by Windsor Court’s serene rooftop pool. Find solace in elegance.

There’s no shortage of things to do in New Orleans during the sultry summers, but the best way to learn more is to experience the Crescent City first-hand.