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Best Time To Visit New Orleans: When To Go And When To Avoid

April 17, 2021 //  by  Southern Trippers

While there are probably a thousand reasons to go when exactly is the best time to visit New Orlean s ? One of the most eccentric, vibrant, colorful cities in the South, the answer depends on you! With so much to experience, you’re going to want to plan your trip around your own interests!

Planning your trip to New Orleans last minute?

Make sure to book your hotels and tours in New Orleans in advance to ensure availability! Here are our top picks for your trip!

Top Experiences And Tours In New Orleans:

  • Evening Jazz Cruise On Steamboat (Likely to sell out!)
  • Ghosts, Vampires + Voodoo Tour (Unique French Quarter tour!)
  • High-Speed Airboat Ride (Super fun for the whole group)
  • Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark (Very popular tour with 4.5/5 stars)

Top recommendations for accommodation In New Orleans:

  • Sonesta New Orleans ES Suites (Downtown with views)
  • Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter (Chic Bourbon Street location)
  • The Brandywine Sextant (Rooftop pool!)
  • NOPSI Hotel New Orleans (5-star luxury hotel!)

New Orleans is filled with friendly citizens, incredible live music, some of the best food in the South , and attractions that will create lifelong memories.

You can always find something to enjoy here! So when is the best time to visit New Orleans?

Victoria stands in one of New Orleans' most historic street corners at dusk, the best time to visit New Orleans

When Is The Best Time To Visit New Orleans?

The answer to this question will depend mostly on whether or not you’re interested in attending Mardi Gras! If you want to get the most of the festivities, you’re going to want to visit in early spring from February to May when the celebrations are in full swing. This will make a perfect weekend getaway !

If you want to attend actual Mardi Gras Day, that day usually falls either around the very end of February or the very beginning of March. Keep in mind that hotel rates during this time of year are very expensive. Expect to book your hotel and flight reservations at least a year in advance.

If you don’t mind the heat and want to stick to a budget, keep in mind that the best time to visit New Orleans for your wallet will be during the summer months. To get the best deep discounts, plan to visit during July, August, and September.

A view down one of the historic streets in downtown New Orleans

High And Low Season For New Orleans

Spring will always be the High Season for the Big Easy. The entire Mardi Gras season, or Carnival, runs for several weeks before actual Mardi Gras Day. Spring in general has the best weather, and is considered by most to be the best time to visit New Orleans. The summers can be hot and oppressive!

Because summers in New Orleans are long, swampy, and balmy, this is generally the low season for the city. While the summer months are difficult, you can definitely still survive. Just take it slow and drink plenty of water, especially if you’re day-drinking too. The sun can and will dehydrate you quickly!

While July and August are hot, this is when you’ll find the best hotel deals . The low season means fewer tourists, so airlines and hotels want to lure in travelers on a budget. You’ll be super hot, but you’ll love the deals!

Two colorful streetcars drive through downtown New Orleans.

Visiting New Orleans In Summer

Summer in New Orleans is not for the faint of heart. Trust us, you need to be prepared for brutally hot days. But if you’re hoping to avoid large crowds while saving a few bucks, this may be the best time to visit New Orleans for you!

July and August will be the hottest months. Average temperatures are 91 degrees Fahrenheit, but June and September aren’t much cooler. The trade off will be less crowds because summer is the low season. Hotels and airfare will be cheaper as well to draw you in!

Terrence and Victoria walk hand in hand through downtown New Orleans

Visiting New Orleans In Winter

Winter is one of our favorite times to visit New Orleans! We’re not big fans of that summer heat, and even spring can be oppressive. From late November to January, the city has had time to cool off to the 60s before the springtime festivals have started.

A New Orleans winter vacation will also be easy on your wallet. Fewer tourists will be in town, which translates to big savings for your wallet. Expect to find bargain hotel rates and airfare prices. If you don’t have anywhere to be during the holidays, then you should try to visit in December during Christmastime when the city is decorated !

A streetcar in New Orleans zooms by.

Visiting New Orleans In Fall

Not quite the high season and not quite the low season, autumn in New Orleans is a strange beast. While temperature have receded back into the 80s and mid 70s, you still need to pay attention to the weather.

Late August and September are the height of the hurricane season, which lasts from June to November. While hurricanes can be predicted in advance, a sudden formation can still throw a wrench into vacation plans. However, the reduced temperatures and many cultural events still make fall one of the best times to visit New Orleans!

A sidewalk shaded by many oak trees in New Orleans

Visiting New Orleans In Spring

Ahh, springtime in the Big Easy. There’s nothing like it. Comfortably warm weather in the low 70s to mid 80s brings the most major of festivals: Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Many tourists and locals will tell you that spring is the best time to visit New Orleans.

Keep in mind that heavy tourist traffic due to these festivals means dramatically raised hotel rates and airfare. If you want to guarantee your attendance and go easy on your wallet, you’ll need to book early. Just to secure a room at all? You’ll want to book several months to a year in advance!

Remember too that if you visit in spring, many of the city’s most popular attractions will be closed during Mardi Gras. If sightseeing is a priority, then you should try to plan a trip that doesn’t coincide with the biggest events of the year.

Victoria stands in an orange dress outside as horse drawn carriages wait for passengers.

New Orleans By Month

If you still can’t decide when to go, don’t worry. We’ve broken down all the events in the Big Easy month by month so you can pick exactly when you want to vacation there! Although, with this many events and festivals happening, every month is the best time to visit New Orleans.

New Orleans In January

On New Year’s Day, check out the Sugar Bowl, the annual college football playoff game. Even if you can’t be in the Dome for the game, you can head to a local watch party at one of the sports bars downtown! You’ll see fans flooding downtown from inside.

On Joan of Arc’s birthday, January 6, you can catch the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc parades which run annually downtown. The walking parade stars a medieval-themed procession through the French Quarter, ending with the first king cake of the Mardi Gras season!

Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, also on January 6 marks the official beginning of the Mardi Gras season! The first king cake of the season will make its way into local offices and parties until Fat Tuesday. Look out for the Phunny Phorty Phellows on the St. Charles Streetcar who herald the beginning of the Carnival Countdown during the best time to visit New Orleans.

This is one of our favorite things to do and you should add it to your Weekend In New Orleans Itinerary.

A King cake is topped with green, yellow, and purple sprinkles, the signature colors of Mardi Gras

New Orleans In February

February is Black History Month, and there’s no better way to start your celebration by attending mass or visiting the St. Augustine Church. Historically this was a place of worship for the black community of Treme. Then visit one of the many Black-owned restaurants in the area!

 Look out for Mary Queen of Vietnam Church’s three-day celebration which celebrates the Lunar New Year, Tet, and Vietnamese heritage. All are welcome to enjoy live music, amazing Vietnamese food, games, dragon dances, and fireworks!

A parade during Mardi Gras, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In March

Every spring, starting in March, seasonal snowball shops reopen their storefronts and stands! Locals are incredibly loyal to their favorite stands who are neighborhood institutions. Bring cash and check out dozens of flavors at places like Hansen’s and Plum Street Snowballs!

You can also check out the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, an annual tradition reminiscent of 1920s speakeasies. You can attend sessions on topics like Bourbon History, go to grand tastings, bourbon pairing dinners, and burlesque shows!

Of course, you can’t forget BUKU, or the BUKU Music + Art Project. A music festival of EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock musicians unite in an underground/house party atmosphere. During this festival at Mardi Gras World, the best time to visit New Orleans, past performers have included Tyler the Creator, Glass Animals, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Beads hang from a fence along with masks during Mardi Gras, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In April

April is thought to be the best time to visit New Orleans, mainly because of the sheer number of festivals! First, on the first Saturday of April, check out the Freret Street Festival. Celebrating the local businesses, live music, and iconic food of the Uptown part of the city, this is the perfect way to start spring in New Orleans!

In one of New Orleans’ most beloved neighborhoods, you can catch the French Quarter Festival. From Woldenberg Park to Jackson Square, you can take in live music, incredible food, and the culture of the area! This is truly one of the Best Places To Stay In New Orleans!

Then catch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or Jazz Fest. Drawing massive crowds from all over the world, only Mardi Gras can top this festival. Over two weekends, hear live music on 14 stages and taste signature Jazz Fest foods!

The Mississippi River at sunset

New Orleans In May

Simply because of the weather, many consider May to be the best time to visit New Orleans. You can also check out the Bayou Boogaloo, whose proceeds are reinvested in the Bayou Saint John community! Enjoy fun for the entire family, local food, and craft vendors!

May 10 hails as National Shrimp Day, and the local restaurants in New Orleans do seafood the best. You can also grab a frozen margarita on Cinco de Mayo from a local spot like Casa Borrega! If you’re looking for a family vacation, Mom will certainly love being treated to New Orleans brunch for Mother’s Day weekend!

A beautiful Oak tree shadows a mansion in the spring, the best time to visit New Orleans.

New Orleans In June

New Orleans’ cuisine is famous, so you can expect great things from the city’s annual Oyster Festival. Enjoy them chargrilled, fried, and raw while enjoying live music and browsing arts and crafts vendors! June also heralds one of the best Pride parades in the U.S., as New Orleans has been voted one of the most welcoming cities!

Then get your appetite ready at the end of June for Black Restaurant Week! You can patronize and taste the food of some of the best Black-owned restaurants in the city, all who feature special menus and deals!

This is also a great time of year to visit if you want to check out some of the best beaches Near New Orelans because it is so hot!

One of the historic oak trees that lives in New Orleans

New Orleans In July

July means Independence Day, so that means gather your friends and family to watch the fireworks. You can get the best views from Crescent Park, Algiers Point, and Jackson Square! Host your own BBQ, or check out some of New Orlean’s best places!

Then check out the annual ESSENCE Fest, one of the Big Easy’s biggest festivals! Over three days, celebrate Black music, health, food, beauty, and culture with panel discussions and celebrity guests! Past performers have included Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Diana Ross!

Paying homage to the Spanish influence throughout New Orleans, head to the Arts + Warehouse District for the annual Running of the Bulls! Instead of living bulls, you’ll run away from New Orleans Roller Derby Girls!

Fireworks illuminate the New Orleans skyline for July 4th, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In August

The Big Easy has a lot of famous natives, so the best time to visit New Orleans is during Satchmo Summerfest which honors the life of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. During the first weekend of August, the three-day celebration hosts many live performances, local food, and seminars about the great trumpeter.

Then catch Southern Decadence, the largest LGBTQ event in New Orleans. The celebration lasts six days through the French Quarter and beyond. A favorite for Labor Day weekend, enjoy parties, parades, and glamorous costumes!

Then don your best red dress for the Red Dress Run. A beloved Big Easy tradition held the second Saturday of the month, runners and walkers participate to support local charities throughout the area!

Sitting at a beautiful green booth in a restaurant sipping a cocktail during a festival, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In September

September is the best time to visit New Orleans if you’re a foodie! Not only does the month bring cooler weather, but it also brings Restaurant Week from September 9-15. You can get 25% off regular prices at restaurants offering Prix-fixe menus!

St. Patrick’s Day may be in March, but in September, New Orleans celebrates Irish Fest. Across two stages and fairgrounds, this celebration of Irish culture includes arts, dance, music, food, and crafts!

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society also annually celebrates William Faulkner’s birthday with Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner, a birthday party and literary festival of sorts from September 24-27. 

Full plates of food are ready to be devoured at the one of New Orleans' festivals in September, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In October

Throughout October, head to the Deutsches Haus of New Orleans for Oktoberfest! Paying homage to German presence and culture in the Crescent City, enjoy classics like sauerbraten, cabbage, Bavarian pretzels, and of course, BEER!

Memphis may be known for their blue and BBQ, but it has nothing on the annual Crescent City Blues + BBQ Festival. With over 20 local vendors specializing in BBQ, enjoy a lineup of live brass bands, blues, and gospel musicians. You can enjoy more food and music styles at the Voodoo Arts + Music Experience over the Halloween weekend!

With over 200 films from almost 120 countries, New Orleans earns its claim as the Hollywood of the South at the New Orleans Film Festival. Attend showings during the weeklong event in addition to exclusive events, panels, and parties!

Other events to experience include the Mac n Cheese Fest, Beignet Festival, Gentilly Fest, Treme Fall Fest, Praise Fest NOLA, and many more! Don’t forget to check out some of the most Haunted Hotels in New Orleans!

Spiders decorate New Orleans during Halloween, the best time to visit New Orleans.

New Orleans In November

During the first weekend in November, arguably the best time to visit New Orleans, you can attend the Bayou Bacchanal! Celebrating Caribbean culture in the Crescent City, you can enjoy food and music from a number of Caribbean nations while the parade shuts down Canal Street!

Then get hungry for the Oak Street Po-Boy festival! Each year, Oak Street is transformed into a po-boy haven with 35 different vendors! Only you can decide who makes the best po-boy in the Big Easy! Then enjoy the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest to enjoy the New Orleans trifecta: brass bands, beads, and gumbo!

The Carousel Bar in New Orleans with its circular carousel bar as seen in spring, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In December

The holiday season is the best time to visit New Orleans with a flurry of Christmas celebrations! The Krewe of Jingle parade kicks off the season! Mr. and Mrs Claus make appearances, as well as Mr. Bingle, Rudolph, and more!

Then enjoy Celebration in the Oaks throughout the entire month. In City Park, you can take a romantic evening stroll with holiday-themed decorations illuminating the historic oak trees. Then head to the levees along the Mississippi River for the Christmas Eve Bonfires , which light the way for Santa and his reindeer!

Lights and decorations adorn a street corner in New Orleans.

There’s always a festival in New Orleans to enjoy, no matter what time of year you arrive! Even if you’re not keen on attending Mardi Gras, the Big Easy will leave your belly full, your spirits lifted, and put a song in your heart! The best time to visit New Orleans? All the time!

there are so many gorgeous cities in the south there will be something for everyone

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24 Things To Do This August In New Orleans

Non-stop fun in NOLA!

Emma Colosia

Get  your calendar out, call your closest friends and get ready for four weeks filled with outdoor activities, races, workshops, cultural events and a lot, a lot of jazz.

We’ve got you covered! These are 24 things to do this August in New Orleans:

1.Listen to live jazz at Satchmo Summerfest

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The Satchmo SummerFest is back on the first weekend of August and will feature two stages of music, a delicious culinary lineup featuring Louisiana restaurants, and an incredible indoor lecture series posted to educate guests on Armstrong’s enduring impact.  

The event is scheduled annually to coincide with Louis Armstrong’s birthday on August 4th, with the festival’s first edition taking place on what would’ve been his 100th birthday.  

2. Drink and run at the Red Dress Run

Here’s everything you need to know. Pack your red dress and your running shoes and join the Red Dress Run this August 13.

The traditional New Orleans race starts at Crescent Park in the Marigny neighborhood and continues to the French Quarter. Drink beer, enjoy live music, and spend the whole day surrounded by a great atmosphere.

3-9. Don’t miss these summer happy hours and brunches

Is summer getting too hot in New Orleans? It’s time to cool down and chill out at these seven places in New Orleans, where they’re hosting different happy hours and boozy brunches. Cheers!

  • Tujague’s  
  • Toups’ Meatery
  • Mister Mao  
  • Commons Club  
  • Birdy’s Behind the Bower  
  • Jack Rose  
  • The Bower Bar  

10. Check out this summer lobster roll pop-up

If you’re looking for some great lobster rolls in the Big Easy, Joel Griffin has just made your search easier: head out to his new lobster roll pop-up and get a taste of New England.

11. Absorb some culture at the New Orleans Museum Month

Museum Month is a collaboration between museums of all sizes across the city. It offers members the opportunity to visit all participating institutions free of charge. Check out every participating museum here.  

12-16. Enjoy a drink and the warm summer breeze from any of these NOLA rooftop bars

Nightlife in NOLA is finally picking up, and it’s time to go out and get together with friends while sipping on delicious cocktails. If you need some inspiration for your next night out, we’ve got you covered. Chin chin! Here’s the list of rooftops you need to visit.

  • Monkey Board
  • The Rooftop at Selina Catahoula  

17-19. Have a splashy summer at these waterfalls near NOLA

If you’re looking for a refreshing summertime plan that you can even turn into a day trip, pack your swimming suit and head out to any of these waterfalls. We’ve found the perfect destinations for a fun adventure with friends, family, children, and pets.

  • Clark Creek Natural Area  
  • Kisatchie Fall  
  • Tunica Hills Trails  

20-24. Explore these parks in NOLA

There are some incredible parks in New Orleans, but we’ll break down some of the best on offer. Grab a picnic, or a snoball, and head to one of NOLA’s many awesome parks to cool off in the summer heat.

  • Armstrong Park  
  • City Park  
  • Woldenburg Park  
  • Audubon Park  
  • Crescent Park

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What to Do in August in New Orleans

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This post is about things to do in August in New Orleans, including free, nighttime, as well as family-friendly events and activities. It is updated for 2024.

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  • Free Things to Do
  • Nighttime Activities
  • Family-Friendly Activities
  • Other Things to Do in NOLA
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TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS IN AUGUST

This section will focus on the top 10 things to do in August in New Orleans.

For tips on the most popular activities in New Orleans, check out our posts on:

  • Ghost Tours
  • Swamp Boat Excursions
  • Plantation Tours
  • Riverboat and Lunch/Dinner Cruises

Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist attraction concession pass .

1. Learn about Hurricane Katrina

It has been 18 years since Hurricane Katrina first touched ground in New Orleans in August of 2005.

But, the impact of this catastrophic event can still be felt throughout several neighborhoods in the city.

If you’re visiting in late August, you may want to consider honoring the victims of this tragedy, by visiting the Hurricane Katrina Memorial .

Alternatively, you could also head to the Presbytère to see their exhibit about the disaster.

In addition to these activities, you could also take our free, self-guided Hurricane Katrina Tour or our GPS-led audio tour .

We also have a two-part video tour you can take if the weather is bad. The first part is listed right above, so all you have to do is click play!

2. Attend a Summer Concert

Although there aren't a lot of concerts scheduled this month, there are at least a few notable artists performing in New Orleans this August.

  • Hot 8 Brass Band | August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • Counting Crows | August 18th
  • 3 Doors Down | August 23rd
  • Weyes Blood | August 23rd
  • Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons | August 25th
  • Led Zeppelin 2 | August 26th
  • The F.O.R.C.E. Live | August 23rd | Smooth King Center | Featuring: Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J., Wiz Khalifa, and more.

For other live music options, check out our post about live music in New Orleans .

Find more great things to do in the evening in our nighttime activities section below !

3. Attend the Theatre or a Comedy Show

If you're a fan of musicals, theatre, or comedy, it can be found in New Orleans in August.

Theatre or Musicals

  • Diva Royale Drag Queen Show | August 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th
  • Tim Heidecker | August 3rd
  • Comedy Gumbeaux | August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • Bored Teachers | August 4th
  • Jeff D. Big. Gay. Comedy. | August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • Craft Comedy | August 17th

Family-Friendly

  • Bluey's Big Play | August 26th, 27th

4. Attend White Linen Night

On the first Saturday of August, New Orleans residents don their best white linens and descend upon Julia Street in the Arts District.

During this special event, visitors are invited to hop from one gallery to the next and perhaps even support local artists by purchasing some of their work.

Although the block party is free to attend, you can also buy a food & drink tickets. There are also after-parties and a cool-down lounge.

Events take place August 5th, 2024 at 300-600 Julia Street. Visit the White Linen Night website for more information.

If you’re looking for other activities in the area to combine with this event, check our Audubon Aquarium post for more ideas.

Check out our full post on things to do at night any time of the year and/or check out our video below.

5. Grab a Bite During COOLinary Restaurant Month

Throughout the entire month of August, both locals and visitors from out of town can enjoy some pretty nice concessions at popular restaurants in New Orleans.

During this event, you’ll find over 30 restaurants serving up low-priced prix-fixe meals for lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Read our post on COOLinary for all the details on participating restaurants, prices, and more. Or visit the Coolinary website .

If you love food (who doesn't!) consider taking our pay-what-you-wish New Orleans Food Tour to sample NOLA cuisine and learn about the city's culinary traditions.

6. Attend Satchmo Summer Fest

The music and life of Louis Armstrong have meant a lot to New Orleans. Every year, they hold a music festival in his honor.

In addition to a packed music schedule, there are loads of food options to try out (think cajun seafood eggrolls, fried crawfish tacos, shrimp remoulade, and more.)

This event will take place at the New Orleans Jazz Museum from August 3rd - August 4th, 2024.

For more information, and for tickets, visit the Satchmo Summerfest website .

7. Go Out For Dirty Linen Night

Art galleries and antique shops on Royal Street hold an alternative event to White Linen Night.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy the artwork on display.

There may also be live musicians on hand, and some shops have been known to offer free martinis and dirty rice.

Events take place on August 13th in the 500-900 blocks of Royal Street. Visit the Dirty Linen Night website for more information.

8. See a Free Museum

Many of the fantastic New Orleans museums are available for free on specific (or every) day of the month!

The Historic New Orleans Collection is always free to go in and see the permanent exhibits at the Royal Street and Chartres Street locations.

And if you've seen the HBO series Treme, you'll want to see the House of Dance and Feathers , a museum dedicated to the artwork and culture of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, Skull & Bones Gangs, and Baby Dolls.

We provide a list below in the next section.

9. Take a Sightseeing Tour

August is sunny and quite warm, so it is a great time to get out and see the sights in New Orleans.

We offer many daily, pay-what-you-like walking tours .

New Orleans Walking Tours

If you are not a fan of the heat, an air-conditioned hop-on-hop-off bus tour is the perfect alternative.

If you’d rather do your sightseeing when it cools off at night, try our ghost tours that depart at 5:00 PM or later.

This would also be a great time to get out on the water for dinner and experience a view of the city from a riverboat dinner cruise .

10. Get a New Orleans City Pass

To go on all the tours and see all the museums, attractions, and plantations you can, using a New Orleans City Pass could save you time and money with fast-track or skip-the-line access and bundled deals.

Attractions Included:

  • National WWII Museum
  • Creole Queen Cruise
  • Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Audubon Aquarium
  • Mardi Gras World

FREE THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

This section will focus primarily on things you can do for free in New Orleans during August.

Other sections of this post also list free things to do, so be sure to read this post in its entirety.

For even more free activities, check out our Free Things to Do in New Orleans post

Enjoy a Free Swamp Experience

Lots of people who visit New Orleans will take an organized swamp boat or airboat tour of the local marshlands and swamps.

However, there are a few free options and two of them are in the city.

The first is City Park . The northern half of the park was designed to look like New Orleans without human development.

The other one is Bayou Sauvage , just 25 minutes from the French Quarter, which is free and where you can enjoy activities such as hunting, fishing, photography, and wildlife viewing.

Go to a Free Museum

In addition to the fact that August is Museum Month in New Orleans, there are also several museums in the city that you can visit for free either on certain days of the month or every day of the week.

  • Free exhibits every day
  • Free for LA residents every Wednesday
  • Free for Veterans every day
  • Free every day

See the Hurricane Katrina Restoration Efforts

In the years since Hurricane Katrina touched ground in New Orleans, efforts have been made to help restore the city to its former glory.

The idea was to build hundreds of new and sustainable homes in the area, and architects have successfully done just that.

These houses have very unique designs that you can see for free!

One attempt at rebuilding came in the form of Musician’s Village , a neighborhood designed for displaced musicians and families who needed affordable housing in the area.

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The development of this area included a community center known as the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music ( video ).

If touring these areas interests you, you may also want to consider a Hurricane Katrina tour .

We also cover this area in part two of our Hurricane Katrina video tour .

Take a Stroll Through Palace Market

If you’re in the mood to see some modern artwork but don’t want to go to a museum, consider a trip to the Palace Market instead.

The collection on display rotates frequently.

Visitors who want to learn more about the Palace Market and Frenchmen Street should consider taking our pay-what-you-like tour of Frenchmen Street and the Marigny .

New Orleans Travel Tips and Hacks

Attend a Free Wine Tasting

Every Wednesday night from 5 pm - 7 pm,  Faubourg Wines  provides a free wine-tasting event that includes a few different wines to choose from. 

If you’ve been interested in learning more about wine and/or trying out some new flavors, this is an excellent opportunity to broaden your horizons.

Reservations are not required for this event, so feel free to drop in and taste a few wines.

It is recommended to arrive before 6:30 pm if you want to make sure that you don’t miss out on anything.

NOTE:  If you’re interested in learning more about the most popular drinks in this city, consider taking our  New Orleans Cocktail Tour .

Free Fridays at Tipitina

Tipitinas has been popular since the 1970s and is still entertaining people every week!

On Fridays during the summer (through September 2!) patrons who are 21+ can get into the concerts for free .

The doors open at 8:00 pm and the music starts at 9:00 pm.

The events are free, but they might request a donation to help them support New Orleans's music community through various educational and instrument donation programs.

For even more free activities, check out our Free Things to Do in New Orleans post.

THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN AUGUST

In this section, we will give you a few ideas for fun things to do at night over the month of August in New Orleans.

Don’t forget to check our other sections for ideas such as attending Dirty Linen night or grabbing a bite during COOLinary Restaurant Month.

Take a Spooky Ghost Tour

New Orleans has a long and (at times) spooky history filled with tales of murder and the supernatural.

Many of the locations tied to these stories are still around today, allowing visitors to see where creepy events once took place.

We offer a pay-what-you-want ghost tour in the French Quarter which provides a lot of detail about Pirates Alley and the Hotel Monteleone.

This could be a great activity for families with older children and it’s also very affordable!

See the Swamps After Dark

For a few months every year, some of the swamp tour companies in New Orleans will offer excursions after the sun goes down.

This is an excellent and unique opportunity to see what the wildlife of Louisiana does at night.

Tour guides will use spotlights to reveal what life is like in the swamp after dark.

Boats leave at around 7:30 pm and come back at 10 pm, giving you plenty of time to experience a side of the bayou that few will ever get to see!

Check our swamp tours post for more information.

Enjoy Live Music in the French Quarter

There are a lot of great places to hear live music in New Orleans after dark.

In addition to some free performances in local venues, you may experience music simply by wandering around the city.

If this sounds like a great idea, make sure to check our post about live music in New Orleans for a comprehensive list of locations you might want to visit.

TIP: Keep an eye on this live music schedule to find performances happening during your visit to New Orleans.

Go on an Evening Jazz Cruise

Each cruise service offered at night includes live jazz music, creating a wonderful atmosphere to enjoy the view or even do a bit of dancing.

You can also choose to get dinner while on your outing, as both major riverboats in the city offer a great buffet full of fantastic local foods.

  • Tickets w/out Dinner : $50/Adults | $24.50/Children
  • Tickets w/Dinner : $95/Adults | $40/Children
  • Evening Cruise Hours: 7 pm - 9 pm
  • Duration: 2-3 hours

TIP:  This service is actually included with both major  New Orleans tourist passes , which could save you a lot of money on the normal ticket prices.

THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN AUGUST

This section will include a variety of family-friendly attractions and events in New Orleans throughout the month of August.

If you’re looking for additional activities, check out our full post of family-friendly things to do in New Orleans .

Take the Kids to Cool Zoo

The Audubon Zoo is a great place for families to visit, but during the summer their Cool Zoo water park is undoubtedly the more popular destination.

Kids can have fun in an alligator water slide called the Gator Run which will take them past some of the animals at the zoo.

There are many additional attractions here including a spider-monkey soaker and spitting water snakes.

If you need to cool off and have some fun, this is an excellent activity for the whole family.

Make sure to read our post about the Audubon Zoo for more information.

The Rock'n'Bowl in New Orleans is the perfect place to go when it is too hot to stay out in the afternoon sun.

It costs $25 per hour, per lane to bowl with a $1 shoe rental, which is a good deal for the whole family!

Oh, and dance to live music while you play.

Cool Down With a Snowball

There are a lot of wonderful snowball shops all over New Orleans offering a delicious way to cool off during the summer.

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In addition to classic flavors, you’ll also find some pretty interesting local favorites ranging from Cajun Red Hot to Creamy Tootsie Roll.

Check this list of the best snowball stands in the city.

Visit the Children's Museum

The Louisiana Children's Museum is the place that will keep your children entertained for hours.

There are a lot of hands-on activities that encourage learning, both indoors and out.

There are water activities. an edible garden, spinning chairs, toddler-focused exhibits arts and crafts, and so much more.

Visit their  website  for hours and to purchase tickets.

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Time your trip right: the best time to visit New Orleans

Mar 13, 2023 • 6 min read

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Honestly, there isn't a bad time to visit New Orleans; festivals fill the calendar year-round © Kris Davidson / Lonely Planet

The best time to visit New Orleans is whenever you're feeling like you need to add some fun and random beautiful chaos to your life, because this city manufactures good times in overdrive. Good times aside, you probably want to arrive at the fun factory when the weather is pleasant. 

When it comes to New Orleans climate, there are basically two seasons: summer and not-summer. Summer lasts from May until October but can rear its muggy head at any time of the year: 80°F (26°C) days in the middle of a 50°F (10°C) week in winter are definitely a thing. Keep in mind that most of summer also overlaps with hurricane season, which has its own climatic footnotes. Meanwhile, "not-summer" (October to April) can include a surprisingly chilly winter, bracketed by a roughly two-month long, gorgeous spring on the one end, and an autumn that lasts maybe three days on the other (we’re exaggerating, but only just).

But "best time to visit" is not just a question of climate. There are other major concerns when visiting New Orleans, namely: what festivals are happening, and how many formal opportunities will exist for overindulgence? Spoiler alert: something will be happening, and yes, you can always have too much of a good thing. Read on to find out how, and more importantly, when.

Marching band, Mardi Gras, New Orleans

January to mid-March: It’s Carnival Tiiiiiime

The above is the hook for Al Johnson’s masterpiece Carnival Time , which was recorded in 1960 and, some six decades later, remains the definitive Mardi Gras banger (OK, yes, it shares the title with Professor Longhair’s Go To the Mardi Gras ). If you're from outside Louisiana you might think Mardi Gras is a one-day party, but you'd be mistaken. While Mardi Gras  French for Fat Tuesday – is just the one Tuesday, it caps off the whole  Carnival season, which lasts from Twelfth Night/The Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) until the day before Ash Wednesday. That latter date is set by the Catholic liturgical calendar – you can get a list of upcoming Mardi Gras dates here , but the holiday always hits in February or early March.

Carnival begins with the streetcar procession of the Phunny Phorty Phellows , and then continues to grow in fever-dream fantasy, with parades like the science fiction-themed Chewbacchus , and culminates in the five days before Mardi Gras, when everything in the city shuts down, everyone throws on a costume and the greater New Orleans metro area becomes an explosion of glitter, costuming and king cake .

Which is all to say: Carnival season is a ton of fun. If you’re coming from up north, the weather will almost certainly be warmer than what you’re used to, although the high humidity of South Louisiana makes the chill of 50°F (10°C) feel a lot more bitter than you’d expect – on the flip side, 70°F (21°C) or warmer days are certainly not unknown. Rates for everything, of course, are high – and you’ll want to make any sort of bookings, be it for accommodation or dining, well in advance.

A group of musicians play at the Fritzel Jazz Club in the French Quarter during a Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 19, 2023

Mid-March to May for the best festivals 

Lent begins the day after Mardi Gras , but big communal celebrations are decidedly not on the list of things New Orleans gives up. Spring in the city heralds festival season, marked by two big-name events: the French Quarter Festival (which is free!) and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (ie, Jazzfest), and sprinkled by several smaller parties. The weather approaches chef’s kiss perfection at this time; Louisiana spring is sort of like the golden days of early summer in many other parts of the country. 

Are room rates high? Definitely, and anything that can be booked should be done so well in advance. But in return, you’re getting good weather and great live music around the clock, and the city just feels like it’s in a good mood. In addition, on the last weekend of April, Lafayette in Louisiana, some 140 miles west of New Orleans, hosts Festival International de Louisiane, a rollicking free festival that celebrates Francophone music and heritage.

The summer slog of high heat and humidity settles in around mid-May, but prices don’t drop until after Memorial Day weekend.

A large group of women, some wearing helmets with horns hold up red plastic bats while wearing roller skates during the annual Running of the Bulls in New Orleans.

June to September means summer heat and hurricanes  

Summer in New Orleans is, to be frank, interminably long and pretty miserable. Temps regularly hit the 90s (32°C), but high humidity means the real feel is often in the triple digits. It can feel hard to breathe, and being outside for longer than 30 minutes means dealing with copious amounts of sweat. The main relief comes from thunderstorms: the humidity swells and swells until it gets swept away by a dramatic storm. On top of everything, hurricane season starts, and while it technically lasts from June through November, peak hurricane time in South Louisiana is August and September.

Why visit at this time? Well, it’s as cheap as New Orleans gets. Waitstaff and hospitality workers tend to seem a little friendlier, a nod of respect to those who come here during the swelter. And there are parties, like the chichi White Linen Night, and the more down-to-earth Dirty Linen Night (both art gallery extravaganzas).

There's also the New Orleans Running of the Bulls (featuring roller derby skaters), the  Essence Music Festival , Satchmo Summerfest , and Southern Decadence (the city's most energetic LGBTQIA+ festival) takes place over Labor Day weekend. You’re a lot more likely to rub shoulders with a local during a show and there is a sweaty romance in the air on those long, sticky summer nights. Then, in September, New Orleans usually experiences a "false fall" (we just call it "Fallse") when temps drop to 70°F (21°C) before the heat comes raging back for a few more weeks.

Halloween decorations in New Orleans

October to December for the best of fall, with Halloween and Christmas 

There is no wishful thinking like the Louisiana family that hangs an autumnal wreath come late September, when the real feel still regularly tops 100 degrees (38°C). Still, by October the hellish heat gets broken up with cooler days, "cooler" here meaning 80-ish degrees (26°C). It’s not unusual for the air-con to be switched on on Halloween day, although sometimes Spooky Season in the Crescent City is decently temperate.

Either way, Halloween is fun in New Orleans, a time when costuming and silliness and defiant celebration manifests itself after the looong summer. Rates go up Halloween weekend but drop again in November, itself a generally quiet month and an excellent time for exploring the city free of the trifecta of heat, hurricane threats and high season rates. Indeed, if you’re into just having a (relatively) quiet New Orleans experience of strolling and admiring historical buildings, November is tough to beat.

Christmas is big in New Orleans, and while the weather will often top 70 degrees (21°C), there are days that drop into the 50s (10°C) and 40s (4°C), which feels cold in that humid air. December in New Orleans is all about hitting up holiday parties and celebrations, and while rates climb back up in anticipation of Carnival season, this is more or less a shoulder window with the added bonus of sincere, warm family cheer.

This article was first published Feb 12, 2021 and updated Mar 13, 2023.

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Best Times to Visit New Orleans for Great Weather and Smaller Crowds

There's no real "bad" time to visit the Big Easy, but here's when to go if you want to beat the heat, avoid the crowds, or snag a great deal.

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The Big Easy is just that: an easygoing, jovial city where you'll find incredible food, fantastic live music, and friendly locals any time of year. While there's really no bad time to go to New Orleans, there are times that are better (and worse), depending on your vacation agenda.

If you're aiming to catch a major event — Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, for instance — you'll have to plan far ahead to make sure you arrive within the specific dates, and book a hotel room before they're all sold out. Travelers seeking perfect weather, fewer tourists, and travel bargains will also find some months preferable to others.

  • High season: February through May
  • Shoulder season: September through January
  • Low seasons: June through August

Here’s what you need to know about the best times to visit New Orleans.

Best Times to Visit New Orleans for Smaller Crowds

New Orleans sees the greatest influx of visitors for major cultural events such as Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which happen on weekends from February to early May.

Plan your trip to New Orleans well in advance if you want to avoid the crowds — made up of tourists and locals alike — that come with these high-traffic, family-friendly festivals. In general, though, the sweet spots tend to be between late February (or early March, depending on when Mardi Gras is) and late April, or in the fall.

December and January are also good times to visit New Orleans if you’re looking to score solid deals on flights and hotels, experience the city with fewer crowds, and see it decked out for the festive season. The weather is relatively mild and it’s a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays or New Year’s Eve if you’re looking for a timely reason to go.

Best Times to Visit New Orleans for Good Weather

New Orleans in spring is marvelous. Humidity is relatively low and the city comes alive as the days get warmer. Try to time your trip with the French Quarter Festival in mid-April, a massive celebration of Louisiana music, food, and culture that features free tours of the neighborhood’s beautiful homes and gardens.

The weather can also be pleasant in the fall, with average temperatures falling between the mid 60s and high 70s. Although hurricane season poses a threat from June through November, severe storms are rare. Barring any major natural disasters, October and November typically see the lowest rainfall of the year — and the crowds of the festival-packed spring season will be long gone.

July and August are the hottest, muggiest, and rainiest months of the year, with average highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity typically over 80 percent. While air conditioning can make this more bearable, if you think the heat and humidity will hinder your desire to get out and enjoy the city, avoid a trip during the summer.

Winter is cooler with average highs in the low 60s and lows dipping into the upper 40s in January. And while snow is rare in New Orleans, cold snaps do occur and temperatures have been known to drop below freezing.

Best Times to Visit New Orleans for Lower Prices

If you can bear the heat, summertime is when you'll save money on a New Orleans vacation. Hotel rates tend to drop in August — perfect if you want to book a stay at one of New Orleans's best hotels — while average domestic flight prices are especially affordable from July through September. Be on the lookout for slashed rates at high-end hotels and check for summer specials, many of which include free extras like breakfast and parking.

In August, many restaurants — including NOLA institutions like Commander's Palace, Arnaud's, and Galatoire's — offer Coolinary prix-fixe deals: multicourse lunch, brunch and dinner specials for $50 or less.

Just be prepared for the intense summer weather: Avoid outdoor activities midday and seek out air conditioning whenever you can. Pack layers, too, as most air conditioners are cranked to meat locker levels.

If you can wait until September, that may be the best possible time to go, as you can still get good deals on flights and hotels but you'll have more enjoyable weather, with less rain and temperatures topping out in the 80s.

Winter is also a good time to save — not counting the holidays in December and Mardi Gras in February — as prices tend to be lower during this part of the shoulder season.

Best Time to Visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Hoping to participate in one of the biggest celebrations of the year? To really partake in all the Mardi Gras revelry , arrive the weekend before and stay through Fat Tuesday (which can fall any time between early February and early March, depending on the year). That's when you'll catch the most popular parades, including Endymion, Orpheus, Bacchus, Zulu, and Rex.

Needless to say, this is an extremely popular time to visit, so plan ahead. Reserve your hotel room a year in advance for more reasonable rates, and expect pricey airfares. Many hotels in the French Quarter and Central Business District require a four-night minimum stay, and because Mardi Gras is a public holiday, many attractions and restaurants will be closed. But you should be too busy dancing in the streets and collecting beads from parades to mind.

While Fat Tuesday is the culmination of the season, the celebrations actually begin long before, on January 6 (the Twelfth Night of Christmas). If you'd like to experience Carnival and see krewes parading through the streets, but want to avoid the madness and inflated prices of Mardi Gras, go in January. You can still catch masquerade balls and parties while enjoying thinner crowds and more hotel availability.

Best Time to Visit for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The birthplace of jazz positively shines during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival , which features a lineup highlighting different musical styles, cultural attractions, and good food. The festivities usually take place around the end of April, so the weather will be fair for your trip, even if the prices aren’t. Definitely plan ahead for this one (rooms can fill up quickly), and check the website for hotel deals and packages.

Worst Times to Visit New Orleans

Unless you want to join the hordes of revelers and jazz fans celebrating Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, avoid visiting on weekends from February to early May. Other than that, the most popular annual events linked to large crowds include the Allstate Sugar Bowl — a beloved college football championship game that’s typically held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day — and Halloween, with events taking place throughout late October.

If you're someone who can't stand humidity — or you don't want to worry about the possibility of encountering a hurricane — pass on a summer trip to the Big Easy, when the heat can be particularly intense.

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The Best Times To Visit New Orleans, Louisiana [By Seasons & Interests]

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No city in America is quite like New Orleans. Built by French colonists in 1718 prior to the Louisiana Purchase, the state’s coastal capital has been a cultural crossroads for food, music, and language for generations. This is the birthplace of jazz, a major purveyor of Creole cuisine, and ground zero for one of America’s biggest celebrations — Mardi Gras .

When it comes right down to it, though, planning your visit to the Big Easy is all about timing. Harsh winters rarely touch the American South, especially New Orleans. However, while most months of the year are calm and pleasant, weather-wise, certain windows can experience extreme rises in crowds and temperatures, causing prices (and your sweat levels) to skyrocket.

In the end, the best time to visit New Orleans depends on what you are looking for, or looking to avoid, in your trip. Here to listen to some jazz? Join the party? Escape the party? Events, weather, and crowds are all important factors when choosing the right month to go. Below, we take a deep dive into the city’s seasons, festivals, and more to help you make the best decision.

New Orleans Jackson Square

Spring is considered New Orleans’ peak season . The weather starts to warm up, some of the city’s biggest festivals get underway, the food is fabulous — hello, crawfish season! — and the blooming flowers and emerging wildlife are a serious draw for anyone looking to venture out into the bayou on a swamp tour.

If Fat Tuesday falls late in the year, the beginning of spring can coincide with Mardi Gras, or Carnival — the city’s biggest and most raucous party of the year — when tourists from around the country come to see costumed performers take to the streets, catch beads thrown by fellow revelers on ornate parade floats, and attend parties and masquerade balls through the wee hours.

While you might think Mardi Gras is where the springtime celebrations start and end, New Orleans is just getting started. This season welcomes 1 outdoor festival after another , as the fabulous weather keeps tourists out around the clock.

All of this is to say that spring is the most expensive time to visit New Orleans. For some travelers, however, the hype is worth the price.

Mardi Gras , the biggest event of the year in New Orleans, occurs 40 days before Easter, meaning it can land as late as early March. When it does, flight and hotel rates skyrocket as tourists clamber for a front-row seat to the action surrounding Bourbon Street and the historic French Quarter, where many of the parades process.

Coming off the months of winter, March tends to be the least-humid month  in New Orleans, and also less rainy than other times of the year. Beginning in March and lasting through April and May, trees and flowers begin to bloom and regain their luster in verdant neighborhoods like the Garden District and Audubon Park.

New Orleans Frenchman Street

By April and May, the focus finally shifts away from Mardi Gras and onto New Orleans’ famous incredible music scene.

The French Quarter Festival that sets up stages around the district in early April for various acts spanning blues, jazz, and zydeco is followed by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival  when musicians of varying talent and background come together in a celebration of music, food, and crafts that lasts through early May.

Temperatures continue to rise into the high 70s, making April a warm and comfortable month to stroll the city’s streets and riverfront. That said, April showers are no myth here, so be sure to pack a raincoat and some sturdy, waterproof boots if you don’t want a surprise storm to ruin the day.

May’s blooming orchids and lush, green foliage make plantation and bayou tours incredibly vibrant and colorful.

By now, alligators also start to remerge from hibernation and stick around through October — making swamp tours an especially thrilling experience for taking in the local wildlife. Temperatures reach into the mid-80s, and nights are also warm, averaging in the high 60s.

Louisiana Bayou

There’s no way around it. In the summer, the South gets hot . Heat and humidity are at an all-time high in New Orleans between June and September, particularly in July and August when temperatures consistently hit the 90s. This season is dominated by long, muggy days as well as frequent thunderstorms that send street vendors and tourists scrambling for cover.

If you’re looking to save a buck, though, you’ll find some incredible discounts during the summer . Many travelers choose to avoid traveling to NOLA this season because of its blazing temperatures, which means crowds are few and far between while hotel and restaurant deals are available and abundant.

Wildlife sightings are abundant during summer swamp tours, though the lingering humidity does attract bugs. If you plan on spending extended time outdoors, it’s important to hydrate and drink plenty of water.

Mississippi River Cruise

June signals the start of the hurricane season . Both rain and thunderstorms are frequent, making June the wettest month of the year with an average of 8 inches of rainfall. The heat and humidity start to kick in as well, with an average daily temperature of 90 degrees — though the highest temperatures hold off until July.

Along with August, July is among the hottest months of the year , with an average daily temperature of 91 degrees and nights that stay balmy at 75 degrees. Rain continues to fall as the hurricane season progresses, but that doesn’t stop the city from holding a few key events for locals and travelers less bothered by the heat.

The annual Go 4th on the River fireworks show is always a sight, when 2 barges set off spectacular fireworks displays over the Mississippi River. That same weekend hosts the Essence Music Festival , which has become the largest African-American culture and music event in the U.S.

The oppressive heat of July continues in August, and by this time, the humidity is at an all-time high . Daytime temperatures average in the low 90s and don’t let up, rarely falling below 75 degrees even at night. Light, cotton clothes and plenty of water are essential for spending time outdoors.

Keep in mind that this is the height of hurricane season, and storms pass through the city on the regular.

New Orleans Commanders Palace Restaurant

Although September can still experience the tail-end of summer’s heat, rainfall drops off considerably, making fall the driest season in New Orleans and a pleasant time to visit . In fact, October and November are considered one of New Orleans’ best travel windows in terms of weather and activities .

Because this is considered shoulder season, crowds and hotel rates start to drop as the city’s events become less and less frequent. That’s not to say nothing is going on.

On the contrary, October is one of fall’s busier months thanks to the New Orleans Film Festival, the Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, and, of course, Halloween — a perfect time to break out those costumes or embark on one of NOLA’s storied ghost tours.

New Orleans French Quarter

Don’t be fooled by fall elsewhere in the country — September feels just like summer in the Big Easy, with an average daily temperature of 88 degrees that rarely dips below the 70s, even at night. Think of September as a slightly milder version of August.

New Orleans Cemetery

By October, cooler weather and low humidity finally begin to give the city a break. Temperatures begin to fall into the low 80s, and locals start to break out their jackets and jeans. Nights get chillier as temperatures reach the low 60s.

This is still hurricane season, but on average, October is New Orleans’ driest month of the year , which might explain why the city jams so many events into its short four weeks.

The celebrations kick off with the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival , which sets up in and around Lafayette Square Park with 2 musical stages, an arts market, and dozens of food vendors. Also in mid-October, the New Orleans Film Festival has been nicknamed “the Cannes of the Mississippi” and is considered one of the best in the country.

Finally, there’s Halloween. Few places do this spooky holiday better than New Orleans, whose crumbling cemeteries with their above-ground graves and lauded ghost tours have lured tourists for decades. Around the same time, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience takes over City Park, where past performances have included Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The end of hurricane season sees days get even brisker, with an average daily temperature of 72 degrees that drops into the mid-50s after sunset. Long pants and long sleeves are now the recommended wardrobe, and you might even want a pair of gloves as you take your Sazerac — New Orleans’ signature drink — outside.

After the big-ticket events of October, November is a relatively quiet month as the city recovers from Halloween and begins to prepare for the holidays. On Thanksgiving Day, Celebration in the Oaks — one of the city’s most spectacular displays — debuts in City Park, when tens of thousands of holiday lights take over its massive oak trees.

New Orleans Holiday Decorations

Many travelers consider winter to be the best time of year to visit New Orleans.

The weather, although more unpredictable than other seasons, can be surprisingly pleasant. Daily temperatures have cooled off considerably from summer’s blazing heat and can fluctuate between requiring a heavy coat or just a light jacket. Holiday decorations begin to take over the city , too — an attraction many look forward to each year.

Despite this, winter remains an unpopular and therefore affordable time to visit New Orleans — rain is frequent and, if temperatures are cold enough, can change into sleet without warning — which means crowds are virtually nonexistent , keeping prices for flights, hotels, restaurants, and activities at an all-time low.

Although alligators hibernate until March, swamp tours are still a popular pastime and, while certainly chillier than other times of the year, benefit from 3 winter conditions — no mosquitos, bare trees (which allows you to see better and deeper into the swamp), and seasonal wildlife sightings including deer, otters, and migrating birds.

The 1 exception to the affordability rule, of course, is when Mardi Gras falls early in the year. When that happens, the end of winter becomes the busiest and most expensive time to visit the city.

The holiday spirit takes over the streets , and one of the most magical (not to mention unusual) events in New Orleans — Bonfires on the Levee — takes place on Christmas Eve, when gigantic log pyramids are set aflame along the Mississippi River.

Packing can be tricky this month, Some days call for a heavy winter coat and gloves while others can be downright warm — we’re talking 80 degrees warm. On average, though, expect to see temperatures around the mid-60s and lows in the mid to high 40s.

Mardi Gras may still be at least a month away, but in this town, the celebrations start early — almost immediately after the New Year.

January 6 is Three Kings Day, the official start of the Mardi Gras season , and from then until Ash Wednesday, New Orleans exponentially ramps up the festivities with costume parties, balls, and parades. The energy (and hotel rates) pick up in preparation for the main event.

January might be the coldest month of the year , though “cold” in the American South is a relative term. Temperatures during this month average in the low 60s, though nights can be downright freezing in the mid to high teens.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Decorations

New Orleans is in all-out party mode by February , as Fat Tuesday draws ever closer. This is the month of Mardi Gras , or Carnival, when tourists from around the world come to see costumed performers (and don costumes of their own), attend formal masquerade balls, and watch as massive parade processions shut down large sections of the French Quarter and the Marigny.

The narrow streets of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods, where much of the celebrations take place, mean crowds can be almost insufferable this time of year, but many consider Mardi Gras in New Orleans , like New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square, to be an experience worth checking off that bucket list.

Mardi Gras can land as early as mid-February or as late as early March, meaning the festivities often last all month long. Just make sure you pack appropriately, especially if you plan to stay out late. Just slightly warmer than January, daytime temperatures in February hover in the mid-60s while nights dip into the shiver-inducing teens.

Bottom Line:  The best time to travel to New Orleans is typically between October and April . Off-season rates and lower rainfall make fall a beautiful time to visit, while winter and spring festivities keep the energy high. Generally, travelers tend to avoid the city in the summer and early fall due to high temperatures and humidity, which can make long days outside uncomfortable.

The Best Time to Visit New Orleans During Mardi Gras

New Orleans Mardi Gras

Here’s a fun fact: Louisiana is the only U.S. state that has made Mardi Gras an official legal holiday . Also known as Fat Tuesday, it’s a day of celebration and indulgence before Ash Wednesday, the official start of Lent, and can land as early as the first week of February or as late as early March.

Over the years, Mardi Gras has become New Orleans’ biggest celebration of the year and has taken on a life of its own in the form of raucous street parades, eye-popping masquerade balls, and all-around revelry.

For the true experience, most previous attendees arrive the weekend before Mardi Gras and stay through the week. However, the closer it gets to the holiday, the pricier rates become. In the week leading up to the big event, be prepared for hotels to require bookings of 3 or 4 nights minimum and book out up to a year in advance.

Unfortunately, flights will always be expensive in order to take advantage of the popular travel time.

Although the excitement comes to a head on the day of and in the week leading up to Fat Tuesday, festivities are known to begin in NOLA as early as January. If you don’t care about being there on the actual day, considering flying in a few weeks before when lower-key events can still be enjoyed alongside a fraction of the usual crowd.

The Best Time to Visit New Orleans for Weather

New Orleans during July and August is notoriously hot, humid, and rainy, making summer one of the worst times to visit the city in terms of weather — not to mention hurricane season lasts from June through the fall. Other than that, though, the weather in NOLA is relatively pleasant throughout the spring, fall, and even during winter.

Spring spells warm temperatures, low humidity, fresh blooms, and emerging wildlife. Fall is equally mild. Though storms have been known to pass through, October and November experience the driest conditions all year. Fall also sees fewer crowds than spring and much lower rates across flights and hotels.

For the best weather without the crowds or high prices, time your visit for late March through April or between October and November .

The Best Time to Visit New Orleans Without Crowds

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Without a doubt the busiest and consequently most expensive time to pay a visit to the Crescent City is during its big-ticket festivals and events.

If you’re looking to stay away from the mobs, steer clear of spring — specifically the weeks leading up to and during Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, which draw thousands of tourists every year and see hotel rooms and restaurant reservations increasingly difficult to come by.

Instead, the least crowded times to visit New Orleans are during summer and winter, which hold fewer events due to their harsh or, in winter’s case, unpredictable weather and see far more affordable hotel and flight rates.

The Best Time to Visit New Orleans for Seafood

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New Orleans wouldn’t be New Orleans without its food, especially its seafood. Being on the Gulf of Mexico will do that. Luckily, you don’t have to limit yourself with specific travel dates in order to enjoy what this culinary capital has to offer. That said, some seasons feature fresher ingredients than others, while big-ticket food festivals are worth planning a whole trip around just to attend.

The best season to try Louisiana shrimp, which make their way into must-try dishes like shrimp po’ boys and shrimp remoulade, is in January and between April and November.

Oysters and crab, specifically blue crab, are mostly available year-round, though oyster peak season falls between October and April.

As far as southern food goes, it might not get more traditional than crawfish, which can be boiled or made into an étouffée (shellfish smothered in sauce and poured over rice). You can enjoy these bite-size crustaceans anytime outside July through October.

As for festivals, here are some of the biggest food events to keep on your radar:

  • NOLA Crawfish Festival
  • Oyster Festival
  • Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
  • Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

The Cheapest Time to Visit New Orleans

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It may seem like a no-brainer, but the cheapest time to visit New Orleans is during its least-crowded months, when flights, restaurants, and hotels see the lowest amount of bookings. If you can suffer through the heat and humidity, summer is the best window to experience New Orleans on a budget .

While you can find affordability as soon as late June and into early September, July and August are by far the cheapest months to fly to and stay in NOLA. Even the city’s priciest luxury hotels slash their rates to cushion their lower occupancy. Keep a lookout for special deals, too, at some of the city’s landmark restaurants.

Rates during this time are low for a reason. Many travelers can’t, or don’t want to, endure the city’s oppressive heat and humidity, which can reach into the 90s with a stifling humidity level of 100 percent.

Whether your taste buds are in need of a hearty bowl of gumbo or sugar-coated beignets, your ears are craving some jazz or blues, or your inner history buff is itching to explore the cobbled streets and colorful townhouses of the picturesque French Quarter, New Orleans is a feast for the senses.

Southern temperatures remain warm and pleasant for most of the year. Still, even the heat of summer can’t dissuade some travelers from coming out to enjoy strolls along the Mississippi waterfront or cramming into NOLA’s award-winning restaurants and storied music clubs.

Whatever season you choose to visit the Big Easy, don’t try to fit it all in on one visit. It takes multiple trips to do this fascinating, culturally rich, unique city justice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best month to visit new orleans.

The best month to visit New Orleans all depends on what you want out of your trip. We hope this article sheds light on which month best suits your preferences — be it mild weather, famous festivals, or affordable hotel rates.

What is the cheapest time to go to New Orleans?

The cheapest time to visit New Orleans is in the summer, when high temperatures and humidity levels keep most travelers away. During this season, flights and hotels are the most affordable they’ll be all year.

What is hurricane season in New Orleans?

Hurricane season in New Orleans lasts from June through November, which coincides with the city’s rainiest months of June, July, and August. Typically, rainfall tapers off considerably by October, the city’s driest month.

Because much of New Orleans sits below sea level, flooding poses a particular threat to the area. Effects are still being felt from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the city in August 2005.

Developing storms should be an important factor when making travel plans, and can be a justifiable reason to postpone a trip.

When is the rainy season in New Orleans?

Rain is a common occurrence in New Orleans throughout the year because of its semi-tropical climate, though it rarely lasts long. The summer months of July, July, and August, as well as January, experience the most rain, with June clocking in as the city’s wettest month with 8 inches of average rainfall.

How many days to you need in New Orleans?

Squeezing a quick weekend trip to NOLA is an exciting prospect, but first-time visitors will feel rushed and be limited to seeing just the major sights.

Many locals and seasoned visitors would recommend that you set aside at least 4 days to take full advantage of the city’s food and music scenes, tour its diverse neighborhoods, take a steamboat cruise along the Mississippi, and embark on a day trip to the area’s swamplands or historic plantations.

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The best time of year to visit New Orleans depends entirely on what you want out of a vacation. While the Big Easy is enjoyable any time of the year, the best time to visit New Orleans is November through December. Temperatures are plenty warm for most visitors, the city is dressed up in holiday decorations, and there are no crowds—which means cheaper rates for travel and accommodations.

Read on for more about the weather, the seasons in New Orleans, key events and festivals, and more information to help you plan your perfect trip.

The Weather in New Orleans

In New Orleans, expect long, hot, and muggy summers, with short yet sometimes surprisingly cool winters. The temperature in New Orleans typically ranges anywhere from 45 degrees Fahrenheit to upwards of 90 degrees, but rarely below. Mid-July is usually the hottest, although summer heat can last well into September. Rain is also more common during summer, contributing to the oppressive temperature and humidity.

If you're hoping to escape scorching summer temperatures, October, November. February and March tend to be the best bets. The early spring months are particularly nice when you're avoiding icy winter conditions up North, and the fall months are great for cozy, homey neighborhood street fairs and a touch of holiday festiveness. Fall is also the driest time to visit.

While Mardi Gras is among the busiest times to visit, the weather tends to be nice, making it a great time to plan a trip incorporating other activities, too, such as a day trip to the Tabasco factory or even a swamp tour.

Peak Season in New Orleans

Go ahead and come to visit at Mardi Gras, remembering that the Mardi Gras season, called Carnival, runs for several weeks before the big event, which is usually in mid-February or early March. Parades, parties, balls, and general entertainment occur from January 6 until Mardi Gras. You'll need a slightly higher budget to visit during this time of the year, but if you enjoy the festive, bustling nature of the festival, this is the ideal time. If you visit for the French Quarter Festival (early April) or JazzFest (late April to early May), expect large crowds but plenty of music, food, and fun. 

If you're on a budget, consider visiting during the summer. July and August are hot, yes, but hotel deals are abundant, and August brings COOLinary New Orleans, a month of special restaurant deals designed to lure tourists on a budget. Take advantage! You'll find that the heat makes outdoor activities challenging, but there's plenty to do indoors, and if you take it slow and drink lots of fluids, you can survive just fine outside, too.

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Key events and festivals.

Louisiana—and New Orleans residents in particular—love celebrations. With 130-plus festivals held in the state each year, there's undoubtedly something to do year-round. The most well-known festival is Mardi Gras, which spans two or three weeks in February or March. Festive "krewes" take to the street of New Orleans and surrounding cities, complete with floats, marching bands, and dance groups. Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is the most popular day for celebrations.

Other popular events throughout the year include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, and the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience.

Spring is New Orleans' peak travel season, which isn't surprising given the mild weather and packed events calendar. You'll want to book your hotels early—up to a year in advance if you're planning on visiting during Mardi Gras—and expect crowds at restaurants and other popular establishments.

Events to Check Out:

  • The Mardi Gras season runs through March, although the exact time frame varies each year. Locals and tourists alike flock to the city's streets to see parades and catch the famed beads.
  • The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival runs from the last weekend in April to the first in May. Local musicians, as well as world-renowned artists, come to perform.

Summer can be brutally hot, but if you're hoping to avoid crowds and maybe save a few bucks, a summertime visit isn't a bad idea. July and August are the hottest months, with average temperatures of 91 degrees, but June and September are quite warm too. As a perk, however, the crowds are smaller, and you'll pay less for accommodation than you will in other months.

  • On the Fourth of July, New Orleans hosts "Go 4th on the River," a celebration with fireworks shot off from dueling barges on the Mississippi River.
  • The annual Essence Music Festival, held in July, showcases performances from some of the most popular R&B and hip-hop artists.

While the city can still be hot in September, October and November in New Orleans are squarely shoulder seasons with great weather, small crowds, and reasonable hotel rates. While you won't find as many exciting events as winter or spring, it's a great time to visit.

  • The New Orleans Film Festival, one of the nation's premier film festivals, takes place in October.
  • The Voodoo Music and Arts Experience is held at the end of October. The event features hundreds of performers, including some of the biggest names in music entertainment. 

Winter is a sweet spot for a New Orleans visit. Temperatures are still pleasantly balmy (average highs are usually around 60 degrees) and bargain hotel rates can be found. Plus, if you visit around the holidays, you'll get to catch the city dressed up in Christmas decor.

  • "Celebration in the Oaks" is an annual holiday attraction in New Orleans. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, the city hosts one of the best holiday light shows in the country. 
  • On Christmas Eve, don't miss "Bonfires On The Levee." This Cajun tradition consists of fires erected on the river levees, intended to light the way for "Papa Noël," the Cajun version of Santa Claus.

If you want minimal crowds, hotel deals, and mild weather, then December and January are the best time of year to visit. If you're going for Mardi Gras, you'll want to plan for February or March—but book your reservations several months or a year in advance.

Mardi Gras lasts several weeks and the first events start on January 6. However, the biggest events and parades take place during the week leading up to Fat Tuesday, which falls sometime from mid-February to early March.

The summer humidity is oppressive, but if you can withstand the heat then this is the best time to find deals on flights and hotels in the Big Easy. July and August are the cheapest months to visit, but look for options as early as June and as late as September.

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Things to do in New Orleans in August

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August is a less popular time to visit New Orleans . The weather is usually hot, sticky, with temperatures ranging from 80—88°F (26—31°C). There are plenty of events to check out and activities to try in New Orleans during this time. Some of our top recommendations: take a swamp tour, attend the Satchmo SummerFest, take a cooking class, and more!

New Orleans has plenty to offer for visitors of all ages and interests. In this article, we tell you the top things to see and do for your August trip to New Orleans. Get inspired by the events, activities, attractions, and experiences unique to August. We’ll let you know where to explore events based on your interests, whether that’s food, culture, art, music, sport or others.

We’ll let you know everything you need to prepare for the weather in New Orleans in August. Learn about what to wear and pack for your trip, the average temperatures throughout August, temperature changes from morning to evening and much more.

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There are no holidays in New Orleans in August

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Temperatures on an average day in New Orleans in August

The average temperature in New Orleans in August for a typical day ranges from a high of 88°F (31°C) to a low of 80°F (26°C). Some would describe it as hot, sticky.

For comparison, the hottest month in New Orleans , August, has days with highs of 88°F (31°C) and lows of 80°F (26°C). The coldest month, January has days with highs of 61°F (16°C) and lows of 47°F (9°C). This graph shows how an average day looks like in New Orleans in August based on historical data.

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From Carnival to Christmas, there are so many festivals and celebrations happening throughout the year that any time is a great time to visit. It's even difficult for locals like me to keep track of everything going on. The best annual events in New Orleans offer a chance to explore the city’s food, music, art, and culture, all while surrounded by a colorful mix of locals and out-of-towners. Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest may be the most well-known, but New Orleans is always celebrating something, whether it’s the history of the cocktail, the legacy of Louis Armstrong, the bustling art scene, or centuries-old holiday traditions.

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Whether the Sugar Bowl stands as a vital game for college football’s national championship or merely a battle for bragging rights, it’s always a good time. The game is played at the Superdome on January 1 each year, preceded by a weekend of festivities. The city hosts a Sugar Bowl parade, Fan Fest, and other events in the French Quarter supporting the teams playing in the bowl. But, surprisingly enough, the kickoff to the Sugar Bowl begins in August, with the annual Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff headlined by top country artists.

Mardi Gras isn’t just one day, it’s a whole season of parades, balls, parties, and plenty of king cake. Carnival season begins on January 6 (known also as Twelfth Night) and lasts until Mardi Gras—Fat Tuesday—which changes every year based on the date of Easter. The two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras feature parades almost every night. Elaborately decorated floats with costumed riders roll through the streets—most of the parades roll on St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street, so plan your accommodations accordingly—joined by marching bands, dance troupes, flambeaux, and other fanciful figures. As a local, my best advice is this: Remember it's a marathon, not a sprint.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in New Orleans range from a block party on the actual holiday to a parade in the Irish Channel on the closest Saturday. And this is no ordinary parade: float riders dole out cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, and bars of Irish Spring instead of beads and other trinkets. Parades are also held in the French Quarter and Metairie. Given how the city has strong Italian heritage as well and St. Joseph’s Day is close to St. Patrick’s Day, there are parades honoring Irish-Italian heritage too.

Super Sunday

Every year on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph’s Day, Uptown Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together in Central City to strut their stuff one more time after Mardi Gras. Beginning and ending at A.L. Davis Park, the tribes will stroll through the surrounding neighborhood and engage in friendly competition with dancing, chanting, and other rituals. It’s a chance to admire the tremendous amount of work and skill that are put into the hand-sewn suits.

Hogs for the Cause

This annual BBQ extravaganza held on the Lakefront is a festival and competition that pushes the boundaries of traditional BBQ. Sample meaty magic from more than 85 teams—like Piggy Stardust, Aporkalypse Now and Mr. Pigglesworth—as they compete in categories like Ribs, Pork Shoulder and Whole Hog. You’ll find everything from bourbon-glazed ribs and pulled pork tacos to inventive sides like bacon praline egg rolls and bacon boudin sushi. The aroma of smoked meats is enhanced by live music from local and national bands. Aside from the incredible food and fun, Hogs for the Cause raises millions for pediatric brain cancer care.

French Quarter Festival

April 10–13, 2025

French Quarter

Smaller festivals like this often get overlooked in favor of Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest for tourists. But locals like me know French Quarter Fest is the place to be. More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter host performances that span genres from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, and cabaret. The best part? It’s free! Catch local legends like Soul Rebels, Tank and the Bangas, Partners-N-Crime, Ivan Neville, Irma Thomas, and so many more. But that’s not all. The fest features dance lessons, demos, crafts, and more. Plus, the culinary offerings are stellar, with classic restaurants serving up longtime favorites alongside upstart pop-ups.

Easter in New Orleans means bonnets, bunnies, brunches, and parades. Show off your holiday finery at a pair of parades: the French Quarter Easter Parade rolls in the afternoon, while the Gay Easter Parade , which features horse-drawn carriages with participants wearing their showiest Sunday best, departs in the evening. After the parade, Good Friends Bar hosts an always-lively Easter bonnet contest that’s a local favorite.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Jazz Fest is the pinnacle of NOLA’s annual festival season, drawing around half a million attendees to celebrate the music, food, and culture of New Orleans. The Fest plays host to big name acts alongside some of the best bands in the city on more than a dozen stages spread throughout the Fair Grounds in Mid-City. You’ll hear everything from jazz and zydeco to hip-hop, funk, brass, gospel, and more. Multiple food areas feature vendors selling some of the best dishes in New Orleans and Louisiana—several of which are exclusive to the event. Folklife and heritage are on display as well as interviews, cooking demos, cultural exhibits, and more. Trombone Shorty, a New Orleans native and regular fest performer, says his best piece of Jazz Fest advice is this: “Make sure that you’re rested because it just doesn’t stop. We get close to 24 hours of music a day during that time in New Orleans with just a small window to sleep. So rest up and be sure you check out everything the festival has to offer.”

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

This is Running of the Bulls, NOLA-style. The famed Spanish event is reinterpreted here with members of the Big Easy Rollergirls, wielding plastic bats, standing in for the bulls. Participants clad in white with red scarves run (as fast as one can on a sweltering summer day) through the French Quarter to avoid getting smacked. The run starts at the crack of dawn, then it turns into an all-day celebration with live music, food and drinks. The next day brings a welcome hangover-curing burlesque brunch called El Pobre de Mí . Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from this vibrant fiesta go to charity.

Tales of the Cocktail

This week-long celebration of cocktails and mixology is also a chance to educate and support the industry. Headquartered at the Ritz-Carlton with satellite events taking place throughout the city, it’s geared toward cocktail professionals and enthusiasts and there’s something for everyone. Workshops, seminars, competitions, networking opportunities, and, of course, parties pack the event schedule. This year’s theme is “Inspire,” a call to action that challenges the global drinks industry to embrace future thinking. There is no shortage of cocktails, spirits, and other booze to try at Tales, but I suggest you mix in a water or two. It is July in New Orleans afterall.

Essence Festival of Culture

Essence Fest takes over the Superdome, Convention Center, and various venues around the city each July with music, workshops, panel discussions, marketplaces, and more. This year, the Fest welcomes Janet Jackson and will also be celebrating 30 years of the Cash Money Millionaires, featuring hometown favorites Juvenile, Birdman, and their crew. The full lineup has yet to be revealed but it always includes some of the biggest names in entertainment.

White Linen Night

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Don your finest white linen and head to the Arts District for the biggest gallery night of the year. Julia, Camp, St. Joseph, and Magazine Streets will be buzzing as galleries open their doors to show off new exhibits. Out in the streets, stroll past live art installations and music performances, sip on fabulous cocktails, and pick up a bite to eat at local food vendor stations. Spill some wine on your outfit? No worries—you’re all set for Dirty Linen Night the following weekend along Royal Street in the French Quarter.

Satchmo Summerfest

For true New Orleans locals, it’s never too hot for a music festival. And Satchmo Summerfest proves that year after year. The festival at the New Orleans Jazz Museum honors the life and legacy of one of the city’s most beloved sons, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. The celebration includes plenty of live music, food, drinks, and a series of “Satchmo Seminars” led by historians and Armstrong biographers so you can learn more about this music icon.

Southern Decadence

This bawdy, celebratory event feels like a mix of New Orleans Pride and Gay Mardi Gras. Needless to say, it attracts revelers from around the world each Labor Day weekend to party down the streets of the city in their best rainbow attire. The extravaganza features parties, concerts, club events, and a parade through the French Quarter.

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Art for Art's Sake kicks off the fall arts season on the first Saturday of October as more than 100 galleries and shops along Magazine Street stay open after hours. Enjoy wine, snacks, live music, special gallery openings, trunk shows, and more as you stroll along the idyllic six-mile stretch of businesses, restaurants, bars, and neighborhood charm.

New Orleans is steeped in supernatural lore throughout the year, but things kick into high gear for Halloween. It’s the perfect time to take a ghost tour , check out real haunted houses , or stroll through hauntingly beautiful cemeteries . Frightening haunted house experiences like The Mortuary and New Orleans Nightmare pop up each year, and events like Ghosts in the Oaks and Brews & Boos , both at City Park, add a little fun to the spooky season. The highlight of Halloween is the Krewe of Boo parade through the French Quarter and downtown—it’s like Mardi Gras with a touch of the macabre.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Celebrate music, culture and food in the historic Armstrong Park in Treme. This festival is all about the gumbo, so it’s your chance to try as many different versions as you can, all in one spot. Whether it’s traditional seafood or chicken and andouille gumbo or a modern take with a twist, these gumbos range from classic and comforting to totally surprising. There are even vegan versions that have wowed the staunchest of carnivores. Aside from the gumbo, the fest features local vendors selling crafts and of course a lineup of some of the best brass bands in the city.

For this annual festival of light, art, and technology, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Pedestrian Park is transformed into a runway for illuminated artwork and fashions. Hourly projections on the building will honor the power of costumes, while light-based artworks spread along 7.5 acres of the park will celebrate the creativity of costumes and culture. Each night will also feature local food vendors, drinks, an arts market, and other glowing features.

Thanksgiving Classic at the Fair Grounds

November 28, 2024

While the track opens mid-November, Thanksgiving is a big day at the Fair Grounds, kicking off the season in earnest. Don your most fabulous hat or fascinator and head out for a day filled with mint juleps, racing, and a whole lot of fun. The clubhouse hosts a holiday dinner with all the trimmings, or you can dig into the big holiday buffet. Be sure to make a reservation, as both fill up quickly.

Bayou Classic

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The annual showdown between Grambling State and Southern University is a highlight of the Thanksgiving weekend. The historic rivalry between the Tigers and the Jaguars has morphed into one of the biggest annual sporting events in the region. Much more than just the game at the Superdome on Saturday, the weekend includes the epic Battle of the Bands on Friday featuring the two universities’ marching bands as well as a slate of events and parties around the city celebrating the matchup.

Celebration in the Oaks

City Park’s annual celebration of the holidays is an enchanting spectacle of lights, as the glorious oak trees are decked with more than a million lights, and light sculptures are scattered throughout the park. Tour the park by bike, on foot, or in a car. The Botanical Garden features even more holiday cheer, with plenty of Instagrammable photo ops.

Révellion Dinners

Restaurants around town participate in the Creole tradition of Révellion dinners, offering special menus for the holidays. While the original tradition was a dining event following midnight mass on Christmas, you won’t have to wait that late nowadays. Traditional restaurants like Commander’s Palace , Tujaque’s , and Arnaud’s participate, elevating their already exceptional menus for the season.

New Year’s Eve

New Orleans knows how to throw a party, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The main event is the Fleur de Lis Drop atop the old Jax Brewery building in the French Quarter. The countdown is coordinated with a fireworks show on the Mississippi River. The city also plays host to numerous parties and events around town, from the annual Big Night New Orleans bash to Galactic’s legendary New Year’s Eve show at Tipitina’s and revelry of all sorts in between. Want more Thrillist? Follow us on  Instagram ,  TikTok ,  Twitter ,  Facebook ,  Pinterest , and  YouTube .

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Best Time to Visit New Orleans

Explore the best times for Southern culture in New Orleans! From ideal travel months to avoiding the heat & crowds, plan your perfect trip with our guide.

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New Orleans is among the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. You won’t find any other U.S. city with such unique cuisine, culture, and nightlife. So, what is the best time to visit New Orleans?

The best time to visit New Orleans is January because flights are 27% cheaper than the rest of the year on average. February-May is the best time to go to New Orleans with family, especially if you go after Fat Tuesday when Mardi Gras ends. July and August aren’t the best months to go to New Orleans as a tourist because of the extreme heat and humidity.

Hurricane season is a dangerous time in New Orleans between June 1st and November 30th. New Orleans is a great vacation destination because there are events and festivals each month of the year. Follow along as we explore the best time to visit New Orleans.

When Should You Not Go To New Orleans?

July and August are the best times to avoid New Orleans because of how hot and humid it gets . There are still plenty of festivities during the summer, but the heat can be exhausting. This is also the peak of hurricane season in New Orleans which adds an extra element of danger that can taint the trip.

You also may want to avoid New Orleans during January if you want to sidestep all of the craziness surrounding Mardi Gras. Over 1 million tourists flock to Mardi Gras during February in New Orleans, and that means  hotel rates and flights are expensive . The excessive crowding also makes it difficult to enjoy the city if you don’t want to partake in the parade itself.

July and August may be a great time for locals in New Orleans, but the opposite is true for tourists. You can experience lower rates which may be tempting, but the heat is a major deterrent. New Orleans involves a lot of walking, and it can be too much to handle during the heat of late summer.

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Cheapest Month To Go To New Orleans

You can book the cheapest hotel reservations and flights to New Orleans  during January.  Flights to New Orleans are typically  27% cheaper in January . This is primarily because January isn’t a major time for tourism in New Orleans as it’s before the major festivities kick-off.

You can find rooms for as cheap as  $60 per night  during January in New Orleans. High-end hotels still cost over $200 per night even in January, but that’s a bargain compared to March and April.  Harrah's in New Orleans  is one of my favorite hotels to stay when I go. Families need to budget at least $200 per day in New Orleans during January for hotel, food, and transportation costs.

New Orleans is a cheap city to vacation in, particularly during January, but there is a lot to spend money on. Book your flight and hotel room for a January reservation far in advance to get the best possible rate. Airlines recommend that you book your flight up to  3-4 months before you fly  to New Orleans to get the best rate.

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January: best time for king cake.

King Cake is a timeless tradition in New Orleans, and January is the best time to get it. January marks a special transition period in New Orleans as the city kicks off the carnival season. New Orleanians begin making and purchasing king cakes and preparing for festivities to come.

Martin Luther King Day is another big staple of culture in New Orleans and the community comes together. The Twelfth Night, also known as the epiphany, is on January 5th and  Mardi Gras begins the next day . Temperatures average 45-64 degrees during January in New Orleans.

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February: Best Time for Parades

February may be the most fun month to be in New Orleans, and the festivities don’t stop. Mardi Gras runs until Fat Tuesday, but the 2 weeks leading up to that are an endless party. Whether it be the  Krewe de Joan D’Arc or Krewe of Trucks , the streets are never empty in New Orleans during February.

Visitors will become familiar with the various Krewes in New Orleans. Krewes are organizations that exist solely to celebrate the rich culture of New Orleans during the carnival season. The average temperature in February ranges between 47 and 66 degrees.

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March: Best Time for Music

The weather warms up as Mardi Gras ends and March ushers in a new wave of festivities in New Orleans. Celebrate French history in New Orleans with the  Se Faire Une toile au French Film Festival.  The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is another big event in New Orleans during March for tourists and residents alike. Temperatures heat up in March and get up to 75 degrees.

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April: Best Time for Festivals

The warm weather and humidity kick into high gear during April in New Orleans. Events such as  Wednesday at the Square  and the Freret Street Festival keep the celebrations going all month. The Spring Garden Show is a mellow event at the famous City Park’s Botanical Garden that is perfect for families.

French Quarter Festival is one of the most tourist-friendly events in New Orleans. April 29th kicks off the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It gets hot during April in New Orleans and temperatures average 61-79 degrees.

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May: Best Time to Learn

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival runs through the first week of May. It is a great way to experience the  history, music, and cuisine  in New Orleans as a tourist. New Orleans residents also celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th with all of the food and music that go along with it.

National Shrimp Day is May 10th and it celebrates one of the city’s most beloved foods. The  Crawfish Festival  is another event to celebrate shellfish in New Orleans during May. You can expect temperatures between 68 and 85 degrees in May in New Orleans.

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June: Best Time for Food

June is a popular time for tourism in New Orleans and the streets are packed.  Restaurant Week officially celebrates the city’s world-renowned cuisine. Fun events like the  French Market Creole Tomato Festival  are just as fun for tourists as they are for residents.

The weather gets quite hot in New Orleans during June as the cloudy skies and rain of the spring fade away. New Orleans celebrates history and diversity with  New Orleans Pride and Juneteenth . Temperatures get up to 90 degrees in June with high humidity.

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July: Best Month for Culture

The festivities don’t stop in July when you visit New Orleans. Events such as  Life fest, NOLA River Fest, and the Fourth of July  celebrations are a unique blast. Music-lovers would enjoy the annual ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans which celebrates African American culture and history.

New Orleans even has its own Running of the Bulls each July which Spain is traditionally known for. The key difference is that there are no bulls, and the festival instead features roller derby girls. July weather in New Orleans brings temperatures  between 76 and 92 degrees .

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August: Best Time to Dress Up

New Orleans is home to many significant museums, and the city celebrates them for the entire month of August.  The Red Dress Run is one of the most unique events in the city  and encourages attendees to wear a dress and run to the French Quarter. White Linen Night takes place in the Arts and Warehouse districts with plenty of food, music, and art to satiate your appetite.

HexFest is a celebration of the long tradition of witchcraft and voodoo in New Orleans every August. The Salsa Bachata Festival is another opportunity to experience the vibrant culture, nightlife, and cuisine in New Orleans. August is among the hottest months in New Orleans with highs in the mid-90s.

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September: Best Time for Football

Locals will tell you that the best thing about September in New Orleans is that  the Saints begin their season . Nothing compares to being at a bar or restaurant in New Orleans as the locals cheer on their home team. Southern Decadence is an event that takes place in the French Quarter and has gone on for over 40 years.

Spanish Heritage Month runs from  September 15 th  to October 15 th  in New Orleans. It is the perfect opportunity to explore the Hispanic history and cuisine in the city. Luckily, the weather cools down a bit in September, but you can still expect temperatures in the upper 80s.

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October: Best Time to Get Scared

Oktoberfest is a big deal in New Orleans and the festivities run throughout the whole month. The football season is in full swing during October, and you can feel it at every bar and restaurant in October.  New Orleans is one of the best places to be on Halloween , and festivities begin on October 27th.

New Orleans is home to several haunted houses, such as New Orleans Nightmare and The Mortuary which operate in October. NOLAxNOLA is a unique music festival every October that runs from October 7th-17th. Temperatures drop in October and 62-80 degrees is normal throughout the month.

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November: Best Time to Avoid Crowds

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is a perfect destination for tourists in November. Día de Los Muertos is another fun event on November 1st that you can’t miss. The fun never stops in November in New Orleans between Saints games and street festivals. Temperatures get as low as 53 degrees during November in New Orleans.

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December: Best Time to Celebrate the Holidays

New Orleans celebrates Christmas throughout the entire month. The Christmas Even Bonfires are a breathtaking display of how New Orleans values the holiday. Temperatures fluctuate between the 40s and 60s during December giving visitors and residents a break from the heat.

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Best Time to Visit New Orleans With Family

The best time to visit New Orleans with family is anytime between February and May . Endless festivities such as Mardi Gras and the French Quarter Festival take place during this time. The heat and humidity that New Orleans is known for aren’t overbearing from February-May.

Adults and children alike can have fun in New Orleans during these festivities because there is so much to do and see. Some parents are apprehensive because of the partying that goes on during Mardi Gras, but it is all avoidable. Neighborhoods like the French Quarter are safe for families during this period as there is a heavy police presence.

However, a January New Orleans vacation is a great alternative if you want to avoid the craziness with your family. That way, your family can experience the unique culture and cuisine in New Orleans without navigating crowded parades.

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Best Time to Visit New Orleans to Avoid Crowds

October-November is the best time to visit New Orleans to avoid crowds . Events like Oktoberfest don’t draw crowds from across the country in the way that Mardi Gras does. You can still have plenty of fun in New Orleans between October and November without having to brave large crowds.

This allows you to experience New Orleans in the way that locals typically do. You won’t have to worry about the extreme heat and humidity that New Orleans is known for during October and November.

March and early April are also great times to visit New Orleans to avoid crowds. However, late spring can get hectic in New Orleans because of the spring break crowd. Tourists can navigate the city without massive crowds in early spring and experience the weather and culture with the right timing.

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Be Careful of Hurricane Season in New Orleans

Hurricane season runs from June 1 st -November 30 th  in New Orleans and can be a dangerous time . Historical hurricanes like Katrina caused unforgettable damage to the city and you can still feel its presence. Hurricane Ida is the most recent example and it caused devastation from August 26th-September 4th 2021.

Hurricanes are among the most devastating tropical storms, and New Orleans sadly is at high risk for them. New Orleans sits below sea level which puts the Crescent City at a particular disadvantage. Hurricane winds start at  74 miles per hour  and can cause extreme damage to buildings.

The winds reached over 170 miles per hour during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Flooding and excessive winds in New Orleans have caused  over $160 billion in damages .

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25 Best Places to Visit in August USA (2024)

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Published On: July 8, 2024

Wondering where to go for your August vacation? This guide to the best places to visit in August USA edition highlights perfect destinations for the ultimate summer experience. Whether you’re looking for scenic national parks , vibrant cities, or relaxing beach towns, find the spot that suits your summer plans.

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Top places to visit in August USA

August is the month for outdoor adventures and festivals across the USA. Each place has its own menu of exciting activities. For example, Hawaii’s Big Island is a snorkeling and hiking paradise, Glacier National Park is for wildlife spotting and backcountry adventures, and San Francisco is festival central and full of iconic landmarks.

Mackinac Island has history and natural beauty in spades, and being car-free is a bonus. Asheville is festival-central and full of art and music, and Memphis has a music scene and foodie delights. So whether you want to relax, explore, or indulge in local culture, August in the USA has got you covered.

1. Big Island, Hawai’i

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The Big Island of Hawai’i is a paradise in itself with its many landscapes and activities. Warm weather in August makes exploring its beaches and white sand shores even more thrilling. Island hopping and snorkeling in the clear waters are at their best this time of year, with predictable conditions for underwater adventures. Imagine swimming with marine life with the sun shining overhead, and every moment is a photo op.

If you love to hike, the Kilauea Iki Trail in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is for you. Not only are the views stunning, but it’s also a great stargazing spot. The trail, with its unique volcanic landscape, becomes a celestial wonderland at night. And don’t forget the island’s environmental diversity with 8 of the 13 climate zones, so every corner of the island is a new adventure waiting to be had.

2. Glacier National Park, Montana

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Glacier National Park in Montana is a nature lover’s paradise. With trails cleared of ice and snow in August, it’s the perfect time to see the park’s highlights. You can hike glaciers, mountains, and scenic views, and don’t miss the Sun Road, Granite Park Chalet, and the Continental Divide. These are some of the most spectacular sights and landscapes in the US.

Outdoor types can include hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. The Swiftcurrent Lookout hike is a must-do and has one of the best views from the Continental Divide. Wildlife spotting is also a highlight, with mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, and bald eagles.

For those who want to get away from the crowds venturing into the backcountry, it is a peaceful and less crowded experience that is perfect for horseback riding.

3. San Francisco, California

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August brings history, festivals, and waterfront views to San Francisco . The city’s Mediterranean climate means pleasant weather to explore landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Downtown is festival central with the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in Golden Gate Park, which is music, food, wine, and activism all rolled into one.

Local festivals are part of the fun. The Chinatown Music Festival has free performances by traditional and contemporary artists, and the San Francisco Fringe Festival has a variety of stage shows. Whether you’re strolling through the charming cobblestone streets of Chinatown or enjoying the waterfront views from Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco has an August adventure for you.

4. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Yellowstone National Park has geothermal wonders and wildlife in abundance. August’s weather is perfect to hike over 900 miles of trails. Famous sights like Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River are a must see and a geological wonder.

The park has the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states, including bears, wolves, bison, and elk.

Educational programs at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will give you a deeper understanding of the park’s wildlife and ecosystem. Whether you’re a hiker or a wildlife buff, Yellowstone has endless to discover.

5. Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville , nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a nature and art lover’s paradise. Some of the top attractions in Asheville are the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers scenic drives with views, and Mount Mitchell Summit, which offers cooler temperatures and views. Hiking trails abound, with trails to beautiful spots like Schoolhouse Falls and Skinny Dip Falls.

August is also festival time. The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is all about local music and dance and a peek into the region’s heritage. Art and food festivals are part of the fun and make Asheville a perfect summer vacation spot.

6. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Scenic view of Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is car-free and takes you back in time. Bicycles, boats, and horse-drawn carriages are the main modes of transportation and add to the island’s charm. August’s weather is perfect for biking around the island or taking a boat ride on Lake Michigan.

The Mackinac Island Fudge Festival is a sweet highlight, celebrating the island’s reputation as the Fudge Capital of the World. Public ferries provide easy access from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, making it a convenient and delightful summer destination.

7. Olympic National Park, Washington

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Olympic National Park has it all. Coastal, forests, mountains, glaciers. August is the time to get out and enjoy it all through hiking, fishing, camping and kayaking.

The park has everything for every nature nut. Whether you’re hiking through old-growth forests, fishing in the clear waters, or camping under the stars, Olympic National Park will be an adventure to remember.

8. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Cape Cod is all about unspoiled beaches and natural beauty. In August, the beaches are at their peak, with top-rated beaches like Nauset Beach, Coast Guard Beach, and Sandy Neck Beach drawing visitors from far and wide. Whale-watching tours give you the chance to see these giants up close, and lavender farms in Harwich are in full bloom.

Mayflower Beach in Dennis and Race Point Beach in Provincetown are great for family time, with calm waters and vast tidal flats. If you want to get a little more adventurous Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet has dramatic cliffs and a beach bar, ‘The Beachcomber’. Cape Cod in August is relaxing and exciting, and it is the perfect summer getaway.

9. Bar Harbor, Maine

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Just outside Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor becomes the hub of adventure in August. Kayaking, paddleboarding, and biking are ways to see the coastal and forest landscapes. Whale-watching tours give you the chance to see these giants in their natural habitat.

Acadia National Park has plenty of hiking opportunities and ranger led programs to guide you through. Wildlife spotting is a big plus with deer, red fox and numerous bird species to see. Bar Harbor in August is a nature lover’s paradise.

10. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada

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Lake Tahoe becomes a summer playground for water sports and beach activities. August is the perfect time to get out on the water kayaking, paddleboarding, and parasailing. Rent a speedboat or jet ski and explore the hidden beaches and coves and add some adventure to your visit.

The South Lake Tahoe Bike Path is a scenic ride with access to the best beaches and is family-friendly. For a more chill experience, sunbathing and beach games on Tahoe’s sand beaches are the way to go. Lake Tahoe in August is all about fun in the sun.

11. Park City, Utah

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Park City nestled in the Utah mountains is a mix of thrill and tranquility. Hot air balloon rides give you breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and nearby lakes offer water activities like stand-up paddleboarding and fly fishing.

The Deer Valley Resort has a free early summer concert series on Wednesday nights where you can enjoy live music and picnics in the August weather. Park City in August is a sweet spot for everyone.

12. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder is a vibrant city with a wealth of cultural experiences and outdoor activities. Bands on the Bricks is a live concert series that runs through mid-August. The series features all kinds of music, from reggae to rock. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival also runs through mid-August, so you can get your cultural fix.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Royal Arch Trail and Enchanted Mesa are hiking trails with great views and challenging hikes. Craft beer lovers can try local brews at the Boulder Craft Beer Fest. Boulder is a fun and diverse destination in August.

13. Acadia National Park, Maine

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Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island is a nature lover’s haven. August is the high season to visit with ocean views, forest trails, and wildlife spotting. The park’s 45 miles of motor-free carriage roads are perfect for biking and a peaceful way to see the landscape.

Hiking, kayaking and driving on the scenic park roads are popular activities. Cadillac Mountain and the Gorham Mountain Loop are the must see natural attractions with stunning views and experiences. Acadia in August is a nature lover’s paradise.

14. San Diego, California

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With sunshine pouring down, San Diego is a paradise in August, with beautiful beaches and world-class attractions. La Jolla Shores and Coronado Beach are the places to sunbathe and swim, and they have perfect summer weather. The San Diego Zoo, with its many animals and gardens, is a must-see.

Balboa Park is home to the zoo and the peaceful Japanese Friendship Garden and is a cultural hub with many museums and performing arts venues. San Diego in August is good for families and solo travelers alike, and it offers endless fun and relaxation.

15. Door County, Wisconsin

Door County in Wisconsin has history and natural beauty. With 300 miles of shoreline, it’s a water and beach lover’s paradise. The area has been inhabited since the 1600s with French explorers like Jean Nicolet passing through.

Cherry picking is a big deal in August as Door County is one of the top cherry-producing regions in the world. The history and natural beauty make it a unique summer destination.

16. Seattle, Washington

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August in Seattle is a mix of urban and outdoor excitement. The city has concerts with big name artists like Alanis Morissette and Foo Fighters. The Seafair air show with the Blue Angels is a big event that draws crowds.

For outdoor lovers, the Mount Rainier Day Tour has hiking opportunities with departures from downtown Seattle. The Duwamish River Festival has kayak rides and kids’ activities to celebrate river restoration in a fun way.

Seattle in August is something for everyone.

17. Portland, Oregon

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In Portland August is a month to get immersed in the Pacific Northwest culture. The Pickathon music festival has a diverse lineup of artists and a lively atmosphere. The PDX Adult Soapbox Derby has carts racing down the hill and is a fun summer event.

Foodies will love the Jade Night Market with over 100 international vendors and food, music and goods. The Elephant Garlic Fest near Portland has garlic ice cream, a must see for adventurous eaters.

Portland’s Dahlia Festival has beautiful flowers and adds color to the summer landscape.

18. Glynn County, Georgia

Glynn County has history and natural beauty. The historic Fort Frederica National Monument on St. Simons Island is a must-see and a glimpse into the past. The Brunswick Old Town Historic District is another area with historic buildings and charming streets.

Nature lovers have plenty to explore in Glynn County. The Jekyll Island Historic District is a National Historic Landmark that’s definitely worth a visit. Then there’s the St. Simons Lighthouse, which offers not only beautiful views but also a slice of history. And don’t miss the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, a rice plantation from the 1800s that gives you a glimpse into the past.

These are just a few of the gems you can discover. So if you’re into history and nature, Glynn County in August is the perfect spot for you.

19. Outer Banks, North Carolina

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The Outer Banks has unspoiled beaches and lots of activities. August has seasonal events like the Outer Banks Pirate Festival and Watermelon Festival. Families can do Corolla Horse Tours, mini-golf and dolphin tours.

Water sports enthusiasts can kayak, deep sea fish and kiteboard. Local museums like the Wright Brothers National Memorial and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum are a cool escape from the summer heat. Vacation rentals have private pools and beach access so the Outer Banks is a summer vacation paradise.

20. The Smoky Mountains, Tennessee & North Carolina

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The Smoky Mountains have breathtaking views and lots of outdoor activities. August’s warm and sunny days with afternoon rain showers are perfect for getting out. The park has over 2,100 miles of streams and rivers to cool off in and wildflowers in the meadows.

For hikers, the Gregory Bald Trail and Ramsey Cascades Trail are great, with beautiful scenery. Fontana Lake is great for kayaking, and Cades Cove Loop Road is a peaceful bike ride on vehicle-free mornings.

The Smoky Mountains in August is a mix of calm and adventure in the mountain towns.

21. The Berkshires, Massachusetts

In August, the Berkshires become a cultural and outdoor haven. The Berkshire Theatre Group and Williamstown Theater Festival have performances all month. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the longest-running international dance festival in the US, adds to the region’s cultural fabric.

If you’re into outdoor activities, the Berkshires won’t disappoint. You can hike the Appalachian Trail, ride mountain coasters, zipline through the treetops, or even go whitewater rafting for a thrill. And if you’re a music lover, Tanglewood is a must-visit. It’s the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and hosts concerts by popular artists, making music an integral part of the Berkshires’ experience. In August, the Berkshires is where culture meets nature in the best way possible.

22. Cape May, New Jersey

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Cape May is a charming beach town with perfectly preserved Victorian architecture and beaches. The streets are lined with colorful houses and are fun to walk and explore. The beaches have soft sand and are great for sunbathing and swimming.

Whale-watching cruises are also available in August, allowing visitors to get up close to and interact with marine life. Boutique shops and restaurants add to Cape May’s charm, making it a great place for a summer vacation. Cape May in August offers history, beauty, and relaxation.

23. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis has music, food and culture. Elvis Week in August draws fans from around the world with concerts, film screenings and more celebrating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The city’s barbecue is legendary with culinary experiences that will delight your taste buds.

Farmers’ markets often have live music, so shopping is fun. Memphis has music everywhere with many festivals featuring local and national talent. Memphis in August is a city that’s alive and delicious.

24. Boston, MA

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In August, Boston will have a mix of historic landmarks and lively neighborhoods. The Freedom Trail links many sites of the American Revolution and is a history walk. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a fun place to shop and dine, and it hosts free public events and concerts.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway, a new park from the North End to Chinatown, has art, a carousel, and seasonal beer gardens. Historic Downtown Boston has taverns and Irish pubs with live music and nightlife. Boston in August is a city that has both history and modern fun.

25. South Haven, Michigan

South Haven, Michigan , in August, is a real treat. I’ve been, and it’s like walking into a summer fantasy. The weather is just right—warm enough to enjoy the beach but not so hot you’re sweating. The beaches are gorgeous, with soft sand and clear water that makes you want to jump in. You can spend your days lounging by the lake, soaking up the sun, and maybe even trying your hand at water sports.

But it’s not just about the beach. It has this relaxed, laid-back feel to it that makes you feel right at home. The downtown area has cute shops, great eateries, and cozy cafes where you can grab a coffee and watch the world go by. There are also some amazing local wineries and breweries if you want to do a little tasting tour.

One of the best parts of August is the National Blueberry Festival. It’s a hoot – live music, parades, and all the blueberry goodies you can imagine. Seriously, if you love blueberries, you’ll be in blueberry heaven. And the sunsets over Lake Michigan are pure magic.

So, if you’re looking for a place to relax, have fun, and soak up some serious summer vibes, South Haven in August should definitely be on your list. You won’t regret it.

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What makes August a good time to visit these destinations?

August is a great time to visit these destinations because you can enjoy warm weather, fewer crowds, and a range of festivals and outdoor activities. It’s the perfect month for travel!

Are these destinations affordable?

Yes, these destinations are designed to be affordable, offering various activities for different budgets.

Can I expect good weather at these destinations in August?

Yes, you can expect good weather in August for outdoor activities and exploration in most featured destinations.

Are these destinations family-friendly?

Yes, these destinations are family-friendly as they offer a variety of activities suitable for a summer vacation with family.

How can I find more information about these destinations?

To find more information about these destinations, visit the official tourism websites or local visitor centers for detailed insights on each location.

The USA has a ton of affordable places to go in August. From the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod and the charm of Cape May to the natural beauty of Yellowstone and the culture of Memphis, there really is something for everyone. Each place has its own special experience, whether you want to relax, get excited, or a little of both. So pack your bags, hit the road, and make some summer memories.

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Late summer is generally marked by hot days and the desire to squeeze in one more vacation. That's why U.S. News evaluated attractions, events and weather (among other factors) to bring you this list of the best places to visit in August. From mountain reprieves to lake getaways , there's a destination on this ranking for every traveler to enjoy. Vote below to help determine next year's list.

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Fiji is an excellent place to visit in August. Although this month falls within Fiji's cooler, drier season, daytime temperatures commonly sit in the low 80s, so you can spend the bulk of your vacation sunbathing on its white sand beaches and swimming in its vibrant blue water. Plus, several of the country's 333 islands – including Taveuni, the Mamanucas and the Yasawas – offer ample opportunities for water sports like surfing and scuba diving. The rich Fiji culture also features all kinds of unique traditions, such as kava and firewalking ceremonies.

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When it comes to summer vacations, why settle for one lake when you can visit two? Interlaken – a scenic Swiss town whose name means between lakes – is set in an idyllic spot between the dazzling lakes Thun and Brienz and surrounded by mountains. August temperatures in the mid-70s will allow you to take in the area's natural beauty while hiking, boating or paragliding, though you'll want to pack some rain gear for occasional wet weather. What's more, if you plan your visit around Aug. 1, you'll be able to participate in the area's Swiss National Day celebration, which includes bonfires, a folk festival and a parade.

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While a case can be made for a quieter shoulder-season trip, Lake Como is in its prime at the height of summer. Visiting during the high season may mean more tourists and higher room rates, but you'll be able to take in the lakeside towns, villas and beaches at their most lustrous. Take a boat cruise across the lake to stroll through the blooming gardens of iconic villas like Villa Balbianello. Sample peak produce at open-air markets or freshly caught fish in the many dining venues with a view. Or simply see and be seen on one of the area's beaches or lakeside pools.

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A trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in August will ensure almost all trails will be accessible and the weather will be pleasant, so you'll have every opportunity to take in the park's mountainous beauty. Wildflowers dot the meadows and bighorn sheep are commonly seen this time of year, too. Popular hikes and vistas become busy this time of year, and you'll need to reserve a timed entry permit available on July 1, but you can easily find quieter options among the park's 355 miles of trails. Combat the crowds by arriving early in the day and taking the park's shuttles instead of driving.

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Vancouver, the most populous city in British Columbia, is a vibrant destination that offers something for all visitors. As one of the driest, warmest months (think: temperatures in the low 70s), August is a superb time to take it all in. Thrill-seekers can cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or hike the grueling Grouse Grind (both just north of the city), while those who prefer a more leisurely outdoor experience can take a Vancouver Harbour cruise or relax on some of the city's beaches. Vancouver Pride Festival also takes place early in the month and features a parade and performances to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

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The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has a lot to offer beyond its beaches, including a myth-laden history, but a visit during one of the hottest months of the year will make its sandy stretches look pretty enticing. Sun seekers can bask under cloudless skies, and when the temperatures get too warm (think: 90 degree averages), visitors can cool off by Jet Skiing, swimming and paddleboarding. Later, beach bums and water lovers alike will want to treat themselves to some fresh Cypriot cuisine paired with local wine (including some of the oldest named wine in the world).

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August brings some of the warmest temperatures of the year to Montenegro, as well as throngs of travelers looking to bask on this Balkan country's beaches. Montengro's coastline on the Adriatic Sea and its inlets boasts scenic towns like Budva and Kotor, where you'll find charming old towns and blissful stretches of sand. To cool off and escape the crowds, retreat to the country's mountainous interior to hike in destinations like Durmitor National Park and Biogradska Gora National Park.

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Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa's most frequented safari destinations , especially in August when wildlife viewing opportunities are superb. August is usually a great time to catch the Great Migration, an annual journey by more than 2 million wildebeest, zebras and other animals from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park into Masai Mara. What's more, the reserve is a year-round haven for additional animal species, including the big five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes), earning it a reputation as one of Africa's most diverse areas.

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Head to Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada's Yukon region if you want to enjoy an unconventional summer vacation. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll discover the world's largest nonpolar icefield and Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan. Sign up for a flightseeing tour to view Kluane's glaciers from the air or take advantage of the mild, incredibly long summer days by exploring the park on foot. A boat ride around Kathleen Lake or a rafting excursion down the Alsek River are also fun ways to admire your surroundings.

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America's Finest City is warm and dry in August, giving you ample opportunities to soak up some sun. If you're eager to spend time at the beach, you'll find 70 miles of coastline  ideal for everything from surfing to swimming to paddleboarding. Away from the shore, there's Balboa Park, where you can admire beautiful architecture, check out various museums and explore the world-renowned San Diego Zoo . Plus, San Diego is home to an exceptional dining scene and a plethora of live music venues to round out your trip.

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Summer is peak season in this Croatian town, so you'll likely rub elbows with other travelers during an August visit. However, Rovinj's beauty will more than make up for the influx of tourists. In August, you can comfortably walk along the car-free cobblestone streets of Rovinj's Old Town thanks to daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s. This month is also a great time to explore Grisia Street, which hosts an open-air art exhibition in August. If you need a break from the town's throngs of people, take a day trip to one of 14 nearby islands.

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Plan an Outer Banks vacation in August to enjoy toasty beach weather (think: average highs in the mid-80s) and fun festivals like the Outer Banks Watermelon Festival and the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. These North Carolina barrier islands are ideal for all kinds of beach activities, including sailing, surfing and sunbathing. Plus, some of them are rich in history. Head to Kill Devil Hills to visit Wright Brothers National Memorial (where the famous pilots took their first flight), or venture to Roanoke Island to check out Roanoke Island Festival Park's exhibits about what life was like in the 16th century.

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Trade your ski poles for a hiking stick and visit New Hampshire's White Mountains in summertime, when the area's gorges, bike trails and more than 100 waterfalls are at their most lush. Action-seekers can climb Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, where they'll be rewarded with views of five states. Meanwhile, those looking for a more easygoing summer afternoon can go for a scenic drive or take in the views with a cocktail in hand on the terrace of Omni Mount Washington Resort . With August averages in the 60s and 70s, the weather will be ripe for any outdoor adventure.

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Curacao is the perfect destination for those seeking a late summer Caribbean getaway thanks to its location outside the hurricane belt. Sustained daytime temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s mean you'll likely spend most of your vacation lounging on the beach or swimming past marine life, coral reefs and shipwrecks while scuba diving. But the charming, colorful Dutch colonial architecture found in the UNESCO-certified capital – Willemstad – is worth exploring, too. Plus, with fewer mega resorts and more boutique resorts and bed-and-breakfast establishments, Curacao has a more relaxed feel than other Caribbean destinations and is a great place to reset.

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With festivals, prime weather and outdoor activities galore, Coeur d'Alene is the perfect destination for a summer send-off. This northern Idaho city boasts easily accessible golf courses (including one with a unique floating green), bike paths and parks, while its eponymous 26-mile lake is ideal for boating and fishing come August. The city ushers in the month with popular events like the Coeur d'Alene Street Fair and Taste of Coeur d'Alene, which showcase local shops, breweries and crafts. Coeur d'Alene also caters to a variety of budgets, with accommodation options ranging from campsites to cabins to amenity-filled resorts.

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  17. Best Time to Visit New Orleans for Weather, Prices, and Crowds

    The best time of year to go to New Orleans if you want to save money in general, and not just on your flight, is July and August. However, prices start to drop steadily in the middle of June and will be more affordable in September. July and August have lower crowd levels, so hotels, restaurants, and even some tourist attractions will have ...

  18. Things to do in New Orleans in August

    Temperatures on an average day in New Orleans in August. The average temperature in New Orleans in August for a typical day ranges from a high of 88°F (31°C) to a low of 80°F (26°C). Some would describe it as hot, sticky. For comparison, the hottest month in New Orleans, August, has days with highs of 88°F (31°C) and lows of 80°F (26°C).The coldest month, January has days with highs of ...

  19. 23 Things You Have to Do in New Orleans This Year, From Southern

    St. Patrick's Day 2025 dates TBD. Multiple locations. St. Patrick's Day celebrations in New Orleans range from a block party on the actual holiday to a parade in the Irish Channel on the ...

  20. Best Time to Visit New Orleans

    The best time to visit New Orleans is January because flights are 27% cheaper than the rest of the year on average. February-May is the best time to go to New Orleans with family, especially if you go after Fat Tuesday when Mardi Gras ends. July and August aren't the best months to go to New Orleans as a tourist because of the extreme heat ...

  21. 29 Top-Rated Things to Do in New Orleans

    Many of the city's top cemetery tours stop in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 shelters the graves of local musicians like Ernie K-Doe and Danny Barker, plus it's the burial site ...

  22. Event & Festival Calendar

    Mardi Gras. Beginning on Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, the city is obsessed with eating, costuming, bead-tossing and parading that increases in intensity as Ash Wednesday nears. Read More. Fourth of July Easter Labor Day St. Joseph's Day Thanksgiving Memorial Day Mother's Day Halloween Events In New Orleans - New Orleans & Company Christmas New Year's ...

  23. New Orleans August 2024: Events, Concerts, Clubs & Things to Do

    Red Dress Run. On August 13th, put on your best red dress, regardless of your gender, and join in the Red Dress Run. This event is a NOLA favorite, a 2-mile run, drink in hand, through the French Quarter. Once you've finished, celebrate the achievement with live music performances and more drinks.

  24. Celebrate 20 Years of Culinary Delights with COOLinary New Orleans 2024

    COOLinary New Orleans 2024 celebrates 20 years of affordable fine dining from August 1 to September 15, ... Wild New Travel Trends. ... New Orleans & Company is pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year's event is a resounding success. With a comprehensive marketing campaign including paid media, public relations efforts, and social ...

  25. New Orleans Celebrates July 4th with Spectacular Events and Festivities

    For more information, visit lcm.org. July 4th Celebration with the New Orleans Concert Band. Kick off the day with a rousing performance by the New Orleans Concert Band and members of the American Legion Band (Post 350) at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a program filled with patriotic favorites, a salute to ...

  26. Hurricane Beryl

    Applicable fare difference may apply for new travel dates. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity. *When rescheduled travel occurs beyond July 04, 2024, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue.

  27. 25 Best Places to Visit in August USA (2024)

    August is the month for outdoor adventures and festivals across the USA. Each place has its own menu of exciting activities. For example, Hawaii's Big Island is a snorkeling and hiking paradise, Glacier National Park is for wildlife spotting and backcountry adventures, and San Francisco is festival central and full of iconic landmarks.. Mackinac Island has history and natural beauty in ...

  28. 4th of July fireworks shows in New Orleans metro

    Celebrate at the Ogden Museum with the New Orleans Orleans Concert Band at 12:30pm. It's free. Food trucks will be set up at the Moonwalk and Crescent Park too, which both have views of the river fireworks show. July 4 Mississippi River cruises (Tuesday, July 4) The Steamboat Natchez is doing Fourth of July jazz cruises.

  29. 15 Best Places to Visit in August 2024

    #13 in Best Places to Visit in August 2024 Trade your ski poles for a hiking stick and visit New Hampshire's White Mountains in summertime, when the area's gorges, bike trails and more than 100 ...

  30. RT New Orleans to Raleigh NC and Vice Versa $158 Airfares on American

    American Airlines have round trip airfares travelling to and from New Orleans (MSY) and Raleigh NC (RDU) for $158, making 1 stop. These are basic economy fares, a restricted-type fare that allows a pe ...