Festivals to Attend in New Orleans in July

Let’s be honest, New Orleans in July is hot

However, airfare and hotel rates are the cheapest this time of year, so pack your light clothing and plan a trip. There typically aren’t as many tourists in the summer months, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty going on! Here’s a list of a few of our favorite festivals and events happening in New Orleans in the steamy month of July!

1. Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks

The Independence Day “Go 4th on the River” celebration features patriotic music and dueling fireworks barges on the Mississippi River. There's live music at Spanish Plaza from noon to 9pm, when fireworks start. Admission to this event is free!

2. ESSENCE Festival

ESSENCE Festival is a celebration of contemporary African American music and culture which features the best of R&B, hip-hop, jazz and more. Held over Fourth of July weekend at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this three-day party combines powerful music performances with inspirational speakers and provocative conversations about race, gender, culture, and art.

3. San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

Ever dreamt of attending the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona? Here's your chance! Well, sort of. The San Fermin en Nueva Orleans is a more local (and safer) alternative to the Spanish festival. To read more about this festive occasion, click here!

Joan of Arc Replica in New Orleans.  Photo  by  jcsullivan24  via flickr.

Joan of Arc Replica in New Orleans. Photo by jcsullivan24 via flickr.

4. Bastille Day Fete

French culture has had a major and lasting influence on the city of New Orleans since its foundation  in the 17th century. Named after the Duke of Orléans, La Nouvelle-Orléans, or New Orleans, stands unique among all American cities and is the most Francophone city in the United States. From the French Creole architecture to the unmistakable cuisine and our city's strong personality, French influence can still be felt throughout the city today. It is no surprise that New Orleanians enjoy celebrating Bastille Day, the French National Holiday every July! To read more about this event, click here!

5. Tales of the Cocktail

Cocktail lovers rejoice! Tales of the Cocktails returns to the city every July! This boozy event brings together the most respected talents in mixology for six days of special events throughout the city. There's something for everyone at this world-renowned festival including a jam-packed schedule of seminars, tastings, and special events that highlight cocktails, cuisine and culture.

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