Things to do in New Orleans this summer

July 3 2014 | News

It’s summer in New Orleans, and there are plenty of things to do to keep busy.  Here are a couple of events we recommend attending if you're staying with us:

Fourth of July weekend

The city of New Orleans celebrates Independence Day with its yearly Go 4th on the River celebration.  Besides getting great discounts at local stores and attractions (like reduced priced tickets at Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium!), there will be fireworks shot off “dueling barges” on the Mississippi River at sunset.  It’s a firework show like you’ve never seen before. 

Running of the bulls

Every year, thousands of people flood the streets of New Orleans to run from the “bulls” – a.k.a. The Big Easy Rollergirls and their rollergirl friends.  Participants dress in white with red handkerchiefs while the rollergirls – complete with sparkly horns and decorated bats – roll through the streets and tap those who are going too slow.  

The actual run is Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m., but there will be events associated with it happening all weekend long.  Everything kicks off Friday night at the Txupinazo at The Sugar Mill.  After the run Saturday, there’s the La Fiesta de Pantalones at Maison on Frenchman Street.  Participants finish off the weekend at the El Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) event.

Satchmo Summerfest

What started as the celebration of the great Louis Armstrong’s 100th birthday in 2001 has now evolved into a yearly event, and it’s one of our favorites.

From July 31 through August 3, the city’s top musicials perform on several stages set up outside on the edge of the French Quarter between the French Market and Esplanade Avenue.  Festival goers can sign up for lectures and seminars given by some of the most knowledgeable authorities on Armstrong and his music.  Smaller concerts will also be happening inside the Old Mint!

Remember, if it gets too hot and you need to cool down, we have a beautiful swimming pool in our courtyard area.  It’s exclusively for guests, and it’s surrounded by beautiful landscaping and typical New Orleans balconies. It’s also steps away from our bar, where you can grab a cool drink.