The summer season, especially in New Orleans, is a period marked by community and care-free celebration. As daylight stretches into the late hours of evening, every corner of the city buzzes with excitement and activity. Dining out at New Orleans’ endless list of restaurants fills food-lovers’ weekend itineraries, and travel bugs get their fix with summer getaways to neighboring states and coastlines. Art lovers enjoy free admission to a host of museums, while tourists and locals alike can explore the roster of festivals lined up throughout the summer. Browse the following list to explore just a few of this summer’s endless happenings. 


 

Destinations

St. Joseph Plantation & Felicity Plantation 

Visit two homes on one property that have remained a thriving sugarcane farm for over 135 years. Learn about the sugarcane industry and its regional significance at St Joseph and Felicity Plantations. Learn about H. H. Richardson of the Priestly family, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important 19th century architects. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, Felicite and Josephine, to whom he gave St. Joseph Plantation and neighboring Felicity Plantation. Discover the stories of the enslaved that lived here and the work they did. 

Additionally, see where scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed. Explore St. Joseph Plantation, and Felicity Plantation (by phone appointment only). Visit stjosephplantation.com, or call 225-265-4078.

Visit Vicksburg

In Vicksburg, Mississippi, you’ll find Southern hospitality in its most authentic form. A city that harbors U.S. history at some of its most poignant turns, Vicksburg features art at its most creative angles, food at its finest flavors, and outdoor adventure at its most thrilling turns. Vicksburg is a place bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment, and outdoor adventure.

With sweeping views of the Mississippi River, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. From four world-class casinos and upscale shopping, dining, and spas to some of the most fascinating historic sites, architecture, and homes in the nation, Vicksburg offers an authentic Southern experience you don’t want to miss.

Just relax—it all runs on river time in Vicksburg. From restaurants and shops to historical sites and museums, you’ll find destinations, events, and lodging for your next adventure at VisitVicksburg.com.

Vermilion Parish

A warm welcome and affordable family fun awaits you in Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish. Here, you’ll feast on seafood straight from the Gulf waters or on Cajun favorites made just like grandma prepared. From over-stuffed poboys and raw oysters to fresh boiled seafood, there’s always a plate waiting for you.

The communities of Delcambre, Erath, Abbeville, Kaplan and Gueydan are linked by the Cajun Corridor that crosses the parish to reveal peaceful towns, cattle, rice and sugarcane farms, bayous, historical attractions, and more. Travel south along Hwy. 82 and find salt and freshwater marshes teeming with wildlife and some of the best birding in America.

Whether it’s shrimp, ducks, flowers or eggs—just a few of Vermilion Parish’s festival focuses—these communities celebrate with great music, flavorful food, and plenty of dancing. Vermilion Parish is located just two hours from New Orleans, so take the easy jaunt and join the fun.

Call 337-898-6600 or visit mostcajun.com to discover more ways to experience “The Most Cajun Place on Earth!”

Historic Pensacola

Experiencing Historic Pensacola is a must-do for any spring getaway to America’s first multi-year European settlement. Located downtown, just minutes from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches and emerald-green waters, the Historic Pensacola site is nestled within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts as well as in the heart of today’s waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment scene.

The walkable complex shares the stories of Pensacola’s rich heritage through museum exhibits, guided home tours, and engaging, period-dressed living history interpreters. This nine-acre site includes the Pensacola Museum of History, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola Children’s Museum and much, much more. You can enjoy seven days of Historic Pensacola experiences through the “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing plan.

For hours and ticket information, visit historicpensacola.org.

 

Art

Art For All courtesy of The Helis Foundation

Louisiana residents may enjoy free admission to some of New Orleans’ most beloved cultural institutions on select days this summer and all year long courtesy of The Helis Foundation, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Louisiana Children’s Museum, and Contemporary Arts Center. 

 Art for All is one of many cultural programs presented by The
Helis Foundation providing access to the arts for anyone in the community. Learn more about Art for All and other initiatives at thehelisfoundation.org. #ArtForAllNOLA

 

Dining

Briquette

Welcome to summer—with our Shaken Up NOLA Craft Cocktail classes with lunch & brunch—with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-to-find wines and spirits and recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list.

Add to the lunch experience by learning how Briquette’s award-winning cocktails are made with Shaken Up NOLA Craft Cocktail Classes. Enjoy the two hour experience complete with craft cocktail tutorials, a history of each drink, and recipe cards to take home. Classes available to book every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Briquette is currently open for dinner Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. until close. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. Book your table today by calling the restaurant at 504-302-7496 or via OpenTable. 

New Orleans Creole Cookery 

Summer is here, which calls for dining al fresco in the beautiful French Quarter courtyard at New Orleans Creole Cookery. Owner Anna Tusa, also known for modern coastal eatery Briquette, presents diners a menu featuring classic New Orleans flavors in a fresh, reimagined space. Embodying the culture of Southern Hospitality, Tusa pairs great service with innovative food to provide guests an unforgettable experience.

Soak up the spring weather in New Orleans Creole Cookery’s courtyard and treat yourself to New Orleans classics like Jambalaya, Crawfish Étoufée, and Shrimp Creole. Located just a three minute walk from Jackson Square, head over to their weekday Oyster Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., or get a head start on the weekend with Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get a taste of the city’s world-famous food at New Orleans Creole Cookery, located at 508 Toulouse Street. For more information, reservations, or to book a private event, call the restaurant at 504-524-9632 or visit neworleanscreolecookery.com.