For what’s likely to be a sweaty, debaucherous Saturday, downtown New Orleans will be the site of both the annual Red Dress Run and Dirty Linen Night on the same day (Aug. 13).
Do you have the fortitude to make it to both? Beginning early in Armstrong Park, the annual “run” – more accurately a two-mile “run, walk, stroll, crawl,” as the event organizers say – draws droves of boozed up revelers in red dresses. Registration includes food, unlimited beer and a concert featuring The Topcats and the Mixed Nuts, and supports local charities (sign up at NOLARedDress.com). Take a nap and get ready for Dirty Linen Night; a less formal art walk than its more pristine counterpart the weekend before happens in the French Quarter arts district (information, Facebook.com/DirtyLinenNight). But don’t forget: it’s going to be hot.
State of Art
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosts its annual Louisiana Contemporary exhibition, a juried show showcasing works by contemporary artists from all over Louisiana. Art is displayed in a vast array of mediums, from the traditional to the new media-centric, with what’s “contemporary” left to the interpretations of the jurors. It opens Aug. 6 for White Linen night and is open until Sept. 18. Information, LouisianaContemporary.org
Horses, Ostriches and Zebras, Oh My!
You might not want to place any bets on some of these animals, but it’s guaranteed fun: On Aug. 27, the Fair Grounds hosts a race featuring some exotic guests: ostriches and zebras. The jockeys mount the ostriches – or at least attempt to – and zebras take to the track, too. There is a regular horse race for purists. Information, FairGroundsRaceCourse.com
Aug. 1-31. COOLinary New Orleans, citywide. Information, CoolinaryNewOrleans.com
Aug. 4, 11, 18 & 25. Thursdays at Twilight concerts, City Park Botanical Gardens. Information, NewOrleansCityPark.com
Aug. 5. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Peter Frampton in concert, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square.com
Aug. 5, 12, 19 & 26. Foundation Free Fridays concerts, Tipitina’s. Information, Tipitinas.com
Aug. 5-7. Satchmo SummerFest, Jackson Square. Information, FQFI.org/Satchmo
Aug. 6. Whitney White Linen Night, downtown arts district. Information, CACNO.org
Aug. 13. Deerhoof in concert, Gasa Gasa. Information, GasaGasa.com
Aug. 14. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in concert, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com
Aug. 17. Alice Cooper, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com
Aug. 20. Big Easy Rollergirls, UNO Lakefront Area. Information, Arena.uno.edu
Aug. 20. Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon and Tesla in concert, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square.com
Aug. 26 & Sept. 1. Saints pre-season games, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information, NewOrleansSaints.com
Aug. 31-Sept. 5. Southern Decadence, French Quarter. Information, SouthernDecadence.net