In New Orleans, it's never too hot to fest - head out to enjoy some music, some local food, and a few cold and refreshing beverages. (Just stay hydrated and apply sunscreen!) This weekend two August traditions will be coming downtown - Satchmo Summer Fest in the French Quarter (August 1-3) celebrates the legendary Louis Armstrong's birthday with three days of music, food, and fun, and White Linen Night on August 2 on Julia Street in the Warehouse District celebrates...it being really hot outside.
Satchmo Summer Fest, put on by the non-profit group French Quarter Festivals Inc., has a great lineup of local musicians, with at least a dozen bands new to this year's festival, reports Ashley Rouen with NOLA Defender. You'll find The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Brass-A-Holics, John Boutte, Glen David Andrews and many more on the two festival stages, the Red Beans and Ricely Yours Stage and The Cornet Chop Suey Stage. Rouen reports, "Food from local New Orleans staples like Antoine's, Crepes a la Carte, Plum Street Snoballs will be served around the clock, including donuts from Wink's Bakery, Beasts of the Southern Wild actor Dwight Henry's new place on Decatur." More vendors can be found here. Daiquiris from New Orleans Original Daiquiris, beer from Abita, and cocktails will be available as well. Also Meltdown Popsicles, which will be sweet relief indeed.
The New Orleans Arts District's White Linen Night comes from an effort to rejuvenate the Warehouse District and make it a destination for art lovers, by resurrecting the tradition of white linen wardrobe traditions to hold a block party among the many art galleries on Julia Street. Grab yourself a complementary Whitney's Bank paper fan and check out the art while eating food from vendors like Broussard's, Charcoal's Gourmet Burger Bar, GG's Dine-O-Rama, GW Fins, Le Foret, Marti's Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, MOPHO, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Phil's Grill, Pinkberry, Rue 127, Saucy's BBQ, Seed, and SoBou.