Many cities celebrate the warm weather summer months with an abundance of festivals, and New Orleans is no exception. Not only do we provide summer festivities, we do it in a way that no other city in the country can offer. A prime example of a uniquely NOLA summer event is the Satchmo Summer Fest!
New Orleans most famous son is Louis Armstrong, the iconic musician, actor, and lasting cultural icon who was born and raised in New Orleans. Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong transformed the way the world saw jazz. “There are two kinds of music,” he once told. “The good and the bad kind. I play the good kind.” It would be hard to come by a single soul who didn’t agree.
Here in New Orleans, we celebrate Satchmo with his very own festival. Satchmo SummerFest runs from August 4-7, 2016. Take a look at what’s happening during this fun, affordable ($5) festival located just blocks from our hotel.
The fest features more than 100 artists on two stages, most of which are local brass bands as or jazz performers (both contemporary and traditional). And if music makes you want to dance? No problem. Take advantage of free swing dance lessons happening twice-daily.
What to Eat
New Orleans festival food is always a great excuse to chow down. Choose from classic dishes like red beans and rice, crawfish bread, fish beignets, po-boys and many other dishes to choose from. You can also wash it all down with a mango daiquiri (head over to Latitude 29 for even more tropical concoctions.
In addition to exciting music programming, you can attend several special events going on during the festival. Head to the Old U.S. Mint (it’s right next to the music stages) for a new exhibit called “Satchmo: His Life in New Orleans” that explores Armstrong’s formative years in New Orleans and his lasting connection to the city. On Friday at noon on the third floor of the Mint, visitors can attend a lecture dedicated to “Musical First Responders,” the people who made sure New Orleans historic music scene stayed top of mind in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
How to Get There
All of Satchmo SummerFest (including two stages, food, exhibits, and more) happens in and around the Old U.S. Mint next to the French Market on Decatur Street. It’s a straight shot from our hotel and full of scenic sights, like Jackson Square, along the way.