Looking to plan a trip this summer, but still narrowing down your options? While many like to visit New Orleans during the winter months, when other areas of the country are colder, don’t miss out on the magic that comes with plenty of summer events in New Orleans. No city has a more unique and exciting array of summer fun to offer than New Orleans.
On top of all these wonderful events, you’ll experience the incredible culture of a city that is unparalleled. Need more incentive to visit us this summer? Take advantage of our special summer vacation rates. Book your summer getaway now!
See below for a month by month look at some of the best events and festivals that take place in the Big Easy this summer. You don’t want to miss out!
May in New Orleans offers two fun festivals that are favorites among locals: Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival (May 20-22) and New Orleans Greek Fest (May 27-29). Both events take place along the banks of scenic Bayou St. John and offer live music and entertainment, food and other activities.
The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May 26-29) features over 1,000 wines from around the world, with dozens of area restaurants hosting special events.
There are 3 different free festivals in store for visitors in June, sharing a taste of the best in Southern cuisine and Louisiana music. The New Orleans Oyster Festival (June 4-5), French Market Creole Tomato Festival (June 11-12), and Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival (June 18-19) offer an opportunity to experience the best of New Orleans hospitality at a fraction of the price of other annual events.
ESSENCE Festival (June 30-July 3) returns to the Superdome on Independence Day weekend, but whether you plan to attend or not, you’ll be able to take in a fireworks show on the riverfront on the 4th of July.
New Orleanians host a version of the famous Running of the Bulls with a unique spin: instead of bulls, the Big Easy Rollergirls chase participants through the streets of downtown New Orleans for San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (July 8-10). Later in the month, bartenders and cocktail industry professionals converge on our sister property, Hotel Monteleone, for Tales of the Cocktail (July 19-24), which features 5 days of cocktail themed seminars and special events.
Local art lovers take to the streets for Whitney White Linen Night (August 6) and Dirty Linen Night (August 13) which feature gallery openings and special events. Satchmo SummerFest (August 4-7) celebrates New Orleans’ favorite son, Louis Armstrong, with a weekend of music, food and fun, while the Red Dress Run (August 13) offers participants an opportunity to party in style for a good cause. Meanwhile, COOLinary offers savings at area restaurants all month long, with specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.
Book Your Summer Vacation in New Orleans!
Bienville House is a great home-base for enjoying all of the summer events in New Orleans. Our French Quarter location is the perfect place to start your summer fun in the Big Easy!