August and September in the French Quarter
Beauregard-Keyes House, New Orleans by Louisiana Travel on Flickr
Museum Month, August
If you’re in town this August, be sure to take advantage of the Museum Month deal. During the month of August, you can visit any of the 8 participating museums FREE OF CHARGE. This is a great opportunity to explore on the budget. Participating museums in (and near) the French Quarter include the Beauregard Keyes House, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Contemporary Arts Center, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Photo courtesy of Coolinary New Orleans
There’s no better time to try out an award-winning restaurant during your visit than in August. For the whole month of August the COOLinary dining program offers discounted dining deals at participating restaurants located all over the city.
COOLinary kept growing in size and popularity. This year’s restaurants run the gamut from the iconic to the smaller, more casual ones. The list includes the famous Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Bayona, Commander’s Palace, Domenica, and Galatoire’s.
Photo courtesy of David Fary
Southern Decadence, August 30 – September 3
It’s going to be a busy couple of months in New Orleans this August and September. If you’re in town over the Labor Day weekend, check out Southern Decadence. This popular festival celebrates LGBTQA culture and attracts participants from all over the world. What started as a simple going-away party in the 1970s is now considered the fifth largest event in the city after Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Essence Festival, and the French Quarter Festival.
The festival’s annual hub, Bourbon Pub/Parade, will be open 24/7. Just like in the previous years, it will serve as an epicenter of the Bourbon Street Extravaganza, a free show/block party happening on Saturday at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets. The annual Southern Decadence Grand Marshal Parade on Sunday will also end up there.
New Orleans Burlesque Festival, September 20-23
A lot is going on in New Orleans in September. If you’re in town, check out the annual Burlesque Festival, an international event that brings together the best of local talent and some big international names. Dancers, emcees, comics, singers, and variety-act performers will be doing nightly shows at Civic Theatre and House of Blues.
Burlesque was one of the main attractions in the French Quarter in the 1940s-60s, featuring the largest concentration of burlesque clubs than anywhere in the country. It’s made Bourbon Street famous and launched many careers. Now the city is the epicenter of the modern-day burlesque revival, with this festival carrying on the tradition of the golden age of burlesque since 2009.
National Fried Chicken Festival, September 22-23
September brings a lot to the table in New Orleans, and National Fried Chicken Festival promises to be one of the highlights. The free fest will have three outdoor stages, two for music and one for the cooking demos. The stellar food vendor lineup includes 35, with the well-known fried chicken vendors coming from all over the region to represent different cooking styles of this classic Southern dish.
Photo courtesy of NOLA on Tap on Facebook
NOLA on Tap Beer Fest, September 22
September in New Orleans is packed with events. If you’re in town and love beer festivals, head to the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds for NOLA on Tap Beer Fest. It’s the largest fundraiser for the Louisiana SPCA and the largest beer fest in the area, with more than 400 beer offerings from the local and national breweries and homebrewers. Wine, margaritas and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. The festival is kid-friendly, and dogs are welcome as well. Admission is $5, and you’ll have to purchase tickets for drinks (food is cash or credit). Drink ticket packages that include admission are available online. Kids 12 and under get in for free.