The New Orleans End of Summer Bucket List

We can’t believe how fast summer has flown by this year. People always say that NOLA “slows down” during the summertime. That may be the case for tourism, as people can probably think of a more pleasant climate to visit, but for locals, there is just as much fun to be had as usual!

Between Running of the Bulls, Tales of the Cocktail, Fourth of July fun, Magnolia Ball , and the constant new bars and restaurants begging to be ‘grammed, we’ve been getting lit all summer. If you have been locked up in the AC and are regretting missing the fun, don’t worry. There’s six weeks of sweltering hot summer (although we all know the heat will last longer) left, and lots more activities.

Dress to Impress at White Linen Night

Saturday, August 5 at 5:30 PM | 300-700 block of Julia Street 

White Linen Night is the night for New Orleanians to pretend we’re all posh art connoisseurs. Dress up in your cutest summer white with your babes, and you’ll be feeling fab. Be sure to coordinate your photo opp before you hit the streets as your hair will be sticking to your neck, and those sweat soaked white pants showing off your panty line shortly after your arrival. Luckily all of the art galleries are opening their doors – mostly so you can see the art, but also making AC easily accessible. You will see everyone you know including your boss and her daughter here, so keep it classy until the after party. Sip on a glass of white wine while perusing the best art galleries in town, and saying “Hi, how have you been?” until you literally can’t anymore.

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Eat Somewhere You Can’t Usually Afford with Coolinary New Orleans

August 1 – 31 | restaurants all over the city 

If you are a total foodie like us, Coolinary is one of those #TooBlessedToBeStressed moments. I mean, when else do you get to eat multiple courses at one of the most boujee restaurants in town without overdrawing your checking account? Some of our personal faves in this year’s roundup include Brigtsen’s, Avo, and Cafe Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar. All the hottest new restaurants are in this year too like Public Service restaurant at NOPSI, Caribbean Room, DTB, Seaworthy and Maypop.

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Get Sloppy at Red Dress Run

Saturday, August 12 all day | French Quarter 

Find something red to wear, gather your krewe and hit the streets of the French Quarter to drink as much as you can for Red Dress Run. For the love of god, don’t wear your hair down, and don’t wear anything other than tennis shoes. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon babes, and lasting through a marathon is particularly difficult when there’s 100 degree heat and copious amounts of booze involved. Apparently, there’s actually a run associated with this event? Just kidding, there is, and it’s for charity so GEAUX, and then you won’t have as bad of a moral hangover the next day.

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Make A Splash at The Drifter Hotel

Anytime | 3522 Tulane Avenue 

It’s time to show off that summer bod you’ve been working on once and for all. The Drifter Hotel has blown up on IG with it’s photogenic backdrops that make you feel more like you’re in Palm Beach than New Orleans. The Drifter is a place to get away from NOLA when you are too busy adulting during the week to actually take an adventurous summer vacay. Tops are optional, and there are no rules. Just don’t run into your co-workers or things could get a little awkward come Monday.

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Book a Trip Somewhere Amazing when the Weather is Not Hot As 🔮‘s

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport has recently upgraded from being less than a basic babe to more of an Internet celebrity, still less luxurious than most, but finally offering something we can’t help ourselves from getting excited about. With the addition of Airlines like British Airways, Condor, and Copa Airlines in the past year, going abroad has just become a lot more easier and affordable. We have already started booking our International itinerary for the fall, getting deals like a flight for just over $500 to London from MSY in November, and to Colombia for just over $300 at the beginning of September. With the competition, airline sales are getting us more excited than shoe sales! A quick weekend trip to Nashville? Only $100. Prepare to make your followers jealous.

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Pretend You’re a Craft Beer Connoisseur at Brewsiana

Saturday, August 19th 7PM – 11:30PM | House of Blues 

Beer may not be a babes beverage of choice (lets face it, it makes you bloated and doesn’t have nearly enough alcohol content), but craft beer is in right now especially with the rise of breweries right here in New Orleans. So, we have to know the difference between a NOLA Blonde and an Urban South Charming Wit, if nothing else to impress the bros in our lives. Brewsiana is a craft beer and music festival taking place at our favorite venue in the city, House of Blues. Tickets start at $10, but you’ll probs want to splurge for the $45 for all you can drink if you’re going to endure something called the “titty tassel twirling contest.”

brewsiana summer august

Find the Fabulous Friends you’ve been looking for at Southern Decadence

Every babe needs a gay bestie in their group. Southern Decadence is seriously one of the most wild, amazing weekends in the city. Us NOLA babes are avid costumers, and the let us tell you the outfits at Decadence are some of the best you will see. It’s like a gay Mardi Gras. Nola is already pretty chill about making you not feel judged, but the gays are the real queens (no pun intended) of not judging your craziness. Rainbows, heels, wigs. We can think of so many reasons to LOVE this event. It’s the perfect way to end your summer with a bang (like 🔫, not 🍑 + 🍆– or whatever you prefer, no ones judging remember?!?).

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Well, there you have it. There’s no excuse not to have a butt load of fun this summer if you haven’t already babes!

XOXO

 

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