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Three August Festivals to Attend in New Orleans

This blog post was updated on October 26, 2018.

As the calendar turns over to August, most travelers are trying to squeeze in one last summer trip. To get the most bang for your buck, New Orleans is always a good idea during August, specifically for its unique festivals. The city continues the summer spirit with a variety of events, from a race of red dress wearing runners to delicious dishes at special prices at some of the city’s most prized restaurants. Taking advantage of New Orleans in the summer is truly easy with these August festivals and events.

Red Dress Run:  In zany New Orleans fashion, August is also the time for the annual Red Dress Run. Held traditionally each year on the second Saturday in August, the Red Dress Run is put on by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, a club that tends to celebrate the city with wacky events all while raising money for worthy causes in the process. As described as a drinking club with a running problem, the Red Dress Run is an event for those who are 21 and older in the Big Easy. It features an annual run through the French Quarter and Downtown New Orleans, with all participants clad in red dresses. Live music is featured before and after the race and registration profits go to a variety of charities. It is a unique New Orleans event with plenty of imbibing, all for a good cause. This year’s Red Dress Run will take place August 10th.

French Film Festival: For true French flare in New Orleans, August is also the time for the annual French Film Festival. The festival celebrates French culture through film in easily the most French city in the United States. Several different French films are shown each day throughout the week. Put on by the New Orleans Film society, the French Film Festival is in its 16th year. This year’s festival will span August 2nd to August 8th, with all of the films shown in the Prytania Theater in Uptown New Orleans. You can see a full listing of the films being shown on the New Orleans Film Society website. General admission costs $11.

Coolinary New Orleans: Throughout the month of August in New Orleans, you can experience some mouth-watering dishes at reasonable prices. Coolinary New Orleans honors dining in the Big Easy, specifically by showcasing unique Creole and Cajun cuisines. Held throughout the month of August, the event features two to three course lunch menus at countless restaurants in the city for just $20. Three course dinner menus are also offered for $35 or less. These special menus are featured at over 50 award winning New Orleans restaurants. The goal of Coolinary New Orleans is to celebrate the history, fabric and culture of New Orleans through food. You can see a full listing of participating restaurants on the Coolinary New Orleans website.


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