August – Tourist in my Hometown New Orleans
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Being a tourist in your town is one of the best things you can do if you cannot get away on a trip or a vacation. The month of August is always hot and steamy, and organizations will do everything and anything to get us out of our air conditioning and into the streets celebrating.
There is always a festival going on in New Orleans, in fact, there are over 130 festivals in New Orleans each year, and Nola.com wrote an article asking if there are too many festivals in New Orleans. Each year new festivals pop up, and many locals are on boards promoting these festivals. I’m even a board member for the King Cake Festival that happens each January.
Festivals are a way of Life in New Orleans and in August.
Every August, my friends look forward to partying in the street at Red Dress Run. This year Red Dress Run is on Saturday, August 12th and I am ready!
Each year, the Hash House Harriers, a drinking club with a running problem hosts Red Dress Run throughout the French Quarter. Over the years, the starting location and format has changed a little bit, but this year’s event will start at Crescent Park.
Red Dress Run is not only an event where men and women dress up in their finest red dresses, but it is an all day festival raising money for a good cause. Many locals begin the day starting their day drinking early. The gates to Crescent Park open at 9 am, and the run is at 12:30 pm. Tickets for the event begin around $50 earlier in the year and increase by $5 monthly concluding at $80 day of registration. This fee gives participants fun swag, and proceeds benefit dozens of different charities and organizations up to $5,000 each.
This adult only event is a great day to wear a red dress, give back to the community, and have an exciting day exploring the city in a unique way.
Other festivals to attend Dirty Linen Night, NOLA Downtown Music and Arts Festival, and Southern Decadence.
Coolinary is a New Orleanian’s favorite because of all month long the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau works with local restaurants to bring delicious lunch, dinner, and brunch opportunities at a discounted price! Most lunches are $20 for two courses, dinners and brunches are $39 for three courses.
This year, over 100 restaurants are participating in neighborhoods all over the city including Marigny / Bywater, Garden District / Uptown, and Warehouse / Arts District. Cuisines including Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary Creole and more!
This year I’m going to try my hardest to visit Muriel’s. The lunch, dinner, and brunch menus are all different, but there are so many mouthwatering dishes I want to try. For lunch, I would opt for the Stuffed Mirliton, Chicken and Andouille Etouffee or the Wood Grilled Beef Tenderloin Salad. For dinner, the seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, and Double Cut Pork Chop are all calling my name.
No matter where you decide to dine, you will want to make reservations a head of time to ensure a smooth dining experience.
Other menus that look delicious: Commander’s Palace, Katie’s, and The Fountain Lounge.
During the month of August, the New Orleans Museum Month is a collaboration between many of the museums in New Orleans. The concept behind this promotion is if you are a member of one museum you may visit any other participating museum free of charge using the current membership.
If you are not a member of a museum, participation is easy – just sign up to be a member and enjoy your free membership!
One of my favorite museums to visit is The National WWII Museum on Magazine Street. The WWII Museum is open every day from 9:00am-5:00 pm. There are many exhibits and two shows to watch – Beyond All Boundaries and Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience.
Other museums to visit: Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectariums.
If you need help planning your staycation (or vacation) for the month of August, please leave a comment below, and I can help guide you in the right direction for which festival, restaurant, or museum would best suit your needs!
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