Honor Louis Armstrong at Satchmo Summerfest
Friday August 2 - Sunday August 4
New Orleans Jazz Museum at the former U.S. Mint
Legendary jazz trumpeter, composer, and vocalist Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong gets his well-deserved time in the sun at Satchmo Summerfest, which brings two stages of live music, local food vendors, and seminars to the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Not holding this weekend-long event at Armstrong Park feels like a missed opportunity, but we imagine the Hades-like climate may have something to do with it.
Saturday August 3
300-700 blocks of Julia Street
Let’s be real: Even the gauziest linen, coldest champagne, and biggest handheld fan won’t save you from the heat at this block party-cum-gallery-opening, which attracts thousands of people to Julia Street’s galleries, museums, restaurant, and bars. But they sure are nice distractions.
Friday August 9 - Sunday August 11
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Witches are having a moment in popular culture -- chokers, black-winged eyeliner, and crystals haven’t been this ubiquitous since The Craft came out in 1996. But underpinning the rise of Instagram-influencer witches is an ancient, earth-based belief system that predates Christianity. And what better place to celebrate that than New Orleans? HexFest brings “witches, rootworkers, and other magical teachers” (and yes, probably an amethyst choker or two) to a creaky, haunted French Quarter hotel for workshops, tours, panel discussions, and fellowship.
Saturday August 10
Royal Street, French Quarter
French Quarter gallery and business owners created Dirty Linen Night as a sly, tongue-in-cheek response to the Warehouse District’s White Linen Night -- and a way to drum up business during the slow summer months. Don your grungy linen garb (extra points for sweat and Chardonnay stains), grab a dirty martini, and check out even more art.