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New Orleans in August - 9 Events You Don't Want to Miss

Have the most unique New Orleans experience by attending these events!

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Arguably nothing is better than New Orleans in the summertime. No amount of heat scares away the fun of New Orleans. August is the perfect time of the year for tourists and locals to explore the city! There are a plethora of festivals, outdoor activities, deals & offers throughout the month of August, it's hard to pick which ones to attend. This is why we have created this guide to the NINE events throughout New Orleans in August that you will not want to miss out on!

Now, what are you waiting for? Book a trip to New Orleans in August to visit these exciting events. If you're looking to stay in an affordable hotel that gives you a taste of New Orleans' fun and unique culture, we highly recommend that you stay with us at the Degas House! Our guests love our gourmet breakfasts and the elevated, romantic vibe of our world-famous bed and breakfast
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Satchmo Summerfest 2022

#1 - Satchmo Summerfest 2022


The Satchmo SummerFest is a festival held annually to honor Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, a jazz musician who was born and raised in New Orleans. Satchmo is known throughout the nation for his raspy voice and his incredible instrumental skills. Satchmo revolutionized jazz music and his influence is still prevalent in the genre today.

Satchmo Summerfest 2022 Dates:

The Satchmo Summerfest is being held this year on August 6th and 7th. The weekend will include live music, food, drinks, and other special activities.

Satchmo Summerfest 2022 Location:

The Satchmo Summerfest 2022 will be held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. All the outdoor events at the festival will feature live bands on three different stages. Come see the best of New Orleans' musicians! Most of these musicians will be playing jazz inspired or written by Satchmo. Inside the museum, there will be a plethora of other activities including food, international speakers, and live music. To see the full itinerary, check out the schedule here!

Satchmo Summerfest 2022 Cost:

It costs just $7 each day to enter the festival. Anyone under the age of 12 can enter for free!
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HexFest 2022: A Weekend of Witchery in Old New Orleans

#2 - HexFest 2022: A Weekend of Witchery in Old New Orleans


New Orleans has a magical history, especially in the Crescent City. Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Witchcraft all overlap here to weave an enchanting spiritual extravaganza. Each year, the Witches of New Orleans host the HexFest. It is a weekend of workshops, rituals, and history. Come and enjoy this magical experience in New Orleans. It is certainly one you will never forget.

HexFest 2022 Dates:

HexFest 2022 will be held from August 12th to August 14th. The weekend will hold a variety of magical activities. View the schedule for the weekend on their website here!

HexFest 2022 Location:

HexFest 2022 is to be held at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. 

HexFest 2022 Cost:

Registration includes admittance to all rituals, performances, dining, workshop, and more! The festival is open to both local residents and tourists. Admittance is $350 for the entire weekend. A hotel stay is not included in the ticket price. Stay at the Degas House to further explore New Orleans and learn about its exciting and rich past. 
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Coolinary New Orleans 2022

#3 - Coolinary New Orleans 2022


Millions of people travel to New Orleans each year to get a taste of the world-famous New Orleans cuisine. Each year, restaurants across the city take part in this culinary tradition. Some of the finest dinings in New Orleans offer special menus with great pricing. You will be able to experience traditional Creole and Cajan cuisine from the most iconic New Orleans restaurants. Whether it's the jambalaya, gumbo, or shrimp po' boy sliders you're after, you're in for some of your best food!

Coolinary New Orleans 2022 Dates:

The Coolinary Festival is held from August 1st to 31st. 

Coolinary New Orleans 2022 Location:

A variety of restaurants participate in the Coolinary. Check out their website to see the restaurant lineup here!

Coolinary New Orleans 2022 Cost:

The cost of this delicious food festival varies depending on the establishment. Typically 2-course lunches are $25 or less, and 3-course dinners and brunches are $45 or less. Truly unbeatable pricing!
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Dinner Detective New Orleans 2022

#4 - Dinner Detective New Orleans 2022


Want to experience a night of mystery, thrill, and fun? Attend America's largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner theatre show in New Orleans. You get to solve a mystery all while eating a delicious dinner. Anyone in the room could end up being a part of the show! As the night goes on, clues will be revealed and the detectives will help you solve the mystery. All mystery experiences are set in the present day.

Dinner Detective New Orleans 2022 Dates:

The shows run 2-3 times a month year-round. In August there will be a show on the 6th and 13th. Each show runs from 6-9 pm and includes dinner.

Dinner Detective New Orleans 2022 Location:

The show takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans Airport.


Dinner Detective New Orleans 2022 Cost:

The cost for admission is $59.99 per person. This covers admission and dinner. There is an optional add-on of $21.99 to be included in the show as a suspect!
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New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival 2022

#5 - New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival 2022


This August, let's get those hips to work and learn to dance the bachata during the Salsa Bachata Festival! The festival includes zesty live performances, interactive workshops, Latin-themed parties, and exciting concerts. Each day of the festival begins with instructional lessons by top instructors followed by non-stop dancing and partying.


New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival 2022 Dates:

The festival begins on Thursday, Aug 11th, and continues through Monday, Aug 15th. Each day is filled with dancing, music, and fun. Prepare to have the time of your life!


New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival 2022 Location:

The festival is located in the heart of New Orleans in the French Quarter. An overnight stay is not included in the ticket price. Stay at the Degas House! We would love to have you.


New Orleans Salsa Bachata Festival 2022 Cost:

The cost for full-access admission is $160. Individual evening passes can be purchased for $40-$55 depending on the night of choice. Check out the event schedule and pricing here!


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NOLApalooza Summer Show 2022

#6 - NOLApalooza Summer Show 2022


The NOLApalooza Festival is a summer music festival that features musical artists from the last three decades that have performed at the Lollapalooza festivals. Lollapalooza takes place each August in Chicago, but this year the School of Rock Metairie/New Orleans is bringing NOLApalooza to New Orleans. Enjoy musical artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and many more!

NOLApalooza Summer Show 2022 Dates:

The festival will take place from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm on Sunday, August 7th, 2022.

NOLApalooza Summer Show 2022 Location:

The NOLAoalooza Summer Show will be held at the Rock'N'Bowl New Orleans. As with most of these events, the Degas House is nice and close to NOLApalooza - a great home base to relax and recharge as you experience the fun of New Orleans! Our cultured hotel includes a free museum and breakfast that you will absolutely love.

NOLApalooza Summer Show 2022 Cost:

Tickets start at $10. This is an unbeatable price to see these iconic rock n roll music artists perform. Get your tickets here today!
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New Orleans Gift & Jewelry Show 2022

#7 - New Orleans Gift & Jewelry Show 2022


The New Orleans Gift and Jewelry Show is one of the largest shows of its kind. It began in 1952 and has grown today to attract 13,000 buyers and 400 booths. You must be over the age of 12 to access the show. It is a cash and carry show so be sure to bring cash along with a bag to hold your new purchases!

New Orleans Gift & Jewelry Show 2022 Dates:

The New Orleans Gift & Jewelry show is only open to the public on Saturday, August 20, 2022, and Sunday, August 21, 2022. Doors are open both days from 10 am to 5 pm.

New Orleans Gift & Jewelry Show 2022 Location:

The New Orleans Gift & Jewelry Show is hosted at the New Orleans Earnest North Morial Convention Center.

New Orleans Gift & Jewelry Show 2022 Cost:

For those ages 12-15, admission is free. For those 16 years and older, the cost of entry is $15. Tickets can only be purchased with cash. There is free admission on Sunday the 21st for all military and front-line workers.
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Arts Market New Orleans 2022

#8 - Arts Market New Orleans 2022


The New Orleans Arts Market is the longest-running art market in the city! A market is held each month that features artwork made by New Orleans and Gulf Coast artists. All the artwork that is featured is affordable and handmade. Art ranges from paintings to photography to handmade clothing. You are bound to find something at the Art Market that you can't live without!

Arts Market New Orleans 2022 Dates:

It is open from 10 am to 4 pm.

Arts Market New Orleans 2022 Location:

The Arts Market is located outdoors on the Great Lawn of City Park.

Arts Market New Orleans 2022 Cost:

It is completely free to attend the Art Market, however, you will most likely buy something special from one of the local artists!
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Night Moves 2022: Burlesque You Can Savor

#9 - Night Moves 2022: Burlesque You Can Savor


Enjoy a night of talent, art, and explosive entertainment by attending Night Moves. It features vivacious burlesque dancers performing to exciting and vibrant music. You will feel the energy from the performers quite literally electrifying. Come to experience the best performance artists in New Orleans! Dress in "fabulous attire" and step back in time to enjoy a dance performance at New Orleans' favorite cabaret.

Night Moves 2022 Dates:

Night Moves 2022 is on August 24th from 8-10 pm.

Night Moves 2022 Location:

Night Moves 2022 is to be hosted at the Allways Lounge & Cabaret in downtown New Orleans.

Night Moves 2022 Cost:

Tickets for this night of burlesque start at $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP admission. Get your tickets here! Tipping is also recommended.