Even when the weather is steamy, New Orleanians will throw a party! You can always find fun and food and of course, MUSIC in the City that Care Forgot. This month there are some uniquely NOLA events going on, starting with Satchmo SummerFest, which takes place at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave), through Sunday. Originally planned as a 100th birthday celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the festival has become an annual affair, with bands playing Jazz music on several stages, some of New Orleans’ best restaurants setting up around the fest and Pop’s Playhouse for the kids, among other fun stuff!
On August 2, the Warehouse District presents White Linen Night, where people dressed in their coolest white linen will stroll and shop the art galleries along Julia Street and then get their groove on at the Contemporary Art Center’s White Linen Night After-Party.
Starting on August 7th, the “biggest little Red Dress event in the world” starts up with the Red Dress Expo, happening at the Fairgrounds Clubhouse (1151 Gentilly Blvd). The Red Dress Run is an adults-only event put on by the Hash House Herriers, a “drinking group with a running problem”. You must register to do the run and the party, and you must be over 21. With your registration, you get to run in your red dress finery, an “endless supply of beer, a great catered meal from Corky’s, giveaways (if you sign up early enough), two nationally known bands (Five Finger Discount and Flow Tribe), dancing and partying the day away”
Save your laundry for after August 9th, when the annual DIRTY Linen night occurs along Royal Street, Jackson Square and Dutch Alley. Gallery and Boutique shoppers are encouraged to don their slightly soiled linen from White Linen Night as they sample dirty martinis and dirty rice from the vendors along the route.
Finally, Labor Day weekend brings the 43rd annual Southern Decadence. This year’s theme is “Under the Big Top – Welcome to the Gayest Show on Earth”. Mostly taking place in the French Quarter, there are parties and celebrations going on non-stop for the entire weekend (and when we we say weekend, we mean Wednesday through Monday!). Keep up to speed with the list of events.
Don’t let the Southern Summer deter you from enjoying the frivolity of August in New Orleans! Stay with us at the inn for a comfortable bed and a fabulous breakfast to rest yourself between parties!
Larry Watts, Innkeeper