4th of July Celebration: July 4th – New Orleans puts on a pretty good fireworks show downtown on the river with a wide open space to park your lawn chair & bring your favorite beverage. This isn’t as big an event as it could be, but perhaps that’s because the city is pretty dead during the summer. Our secret tip, especially for people with young kids, is to head over to the Westin’s upstairs lobby. They have amazing floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river – it’s an amazing view of the fireworks without the loud noise.2. Running of the Bulls: July 12-15th – For the past 6 years, New Orleans has played host to a truly unique take on the traditional running of the bulls. Our New Orleans version has local roller girls chasing bystanders through the Quarter. The ‘bulls’ are equipped with foam bats – and the bystanders are equipped with healthy doses of alcohol.3. Tales of the Cocktail: July 25-29th – This event has grown larger every year, and with it, comes more mainstream touristy type events & attendees. However, it’s still a pretty damn cool event all in honor of the world’s favorite beverage, the cocktail (alright, we made that stat up). Due to it’s size, the event happens across the city, mainly downtown in the Quarter which is the most walkable from the various hotels in the area. If you’re really committed to experiencing this event, try to find at least one of the private dining events. They’re pricey, but give you an intimate dining experience with some of New Orleans’ best chefs.4. Tipitina’s Foundation Free Friday’s: Any Friday in July – Summer is our slow season here in New Orleans. Most of the folks who are in town are locals, so we really consider Tipitina’s Foundation Free Friday’s a way to give back to the local community. Here’s their Friday schedule in July:

  • July 6 – Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes
  • July 13 – Good Enough for Good Times + TBA
  • July 20 – Honey Island Swamp Band + Dave Jordan Band
  • July 27 – IKO Allstars Feat. Billy Iuso, Reggie Scanlan (of the Radiators), Willie Green (of the Neville Brothers), Sam Hotchkiss (of Juice), Michael Fouquier (of Gravity A), CR Gruver + TBA

5. NOMA Where Y’Art: Every Friday until 9pm – This event isn’t free like Tipitina’s, however, it’s a great way to enjoy the beautiful works at New Orleans Museum of Art while listening to live local music.]]