The Mississippi River is seen in New Orleans as tropical storm Barry approaches on July 11, 2019. - Tropical storm Barry barreled toward rain-soaked New Orleans on July 11 as the city hunkered down for an ordeal that evoked fearful memories of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Seth HERALD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SETH HERALD/AFP/Getty Images)

One year in, and all the things are happening 🎂

We beat Barry in the city for the most part and now it's time to beat the brutal burning heat of the summer.

by Clint Durrett | July 18, 2019

We beat Barry in the city for the most part and now it’s time to beat the brutal burning heat of the summer. The scorching heat makes is hard to find ways to stay cool. Perhaps the coolest thing we can think of is that WE ARE 1 YEAR OLD TODAY! OK, maybe that’s really hot. Take it either way. And all the things are happening. So much can change in one year. We’ve seen our audience grow just from the awesome people like you sharing our content and spreading the word of how rad you think we are. There’s a lot more in store for our next full year of servicing your desires to hop around town and love our city. Now let’s get to what you REALLY need right now — beating this blazing summer.

Beat the heat with art and AC

There’s plenty in this city that needs to be temperature-controlled to survive. Think art! Think artifacts! Think penguins! Our museums and other cultural institutions are already protecting New Orleans’ treasures from the elements. Maybe they can protect us, too? Get cool and cultured here.


“Pool” your resources

There are hotel pools and city-run pools. University pools and bars with pools. Pools for swimming laps and pools for taking naps. Some have luxurious amenities that will cost you a pretty penny, but there are also plenty that don’t have to break the bank. Let’s take a look at a few pools you can enjoy without straining your summer budget too hard!


Stuck in the house? Start a 100-day challenge.

Instead of binge-watching that show you’ve seen 100 times, how about starting a 100-day challenge? Juliet Meeks hustle has led to partnerships with brands like Anthropologie and Birchbox, and it all started with 100 days she gave herself to dive into being a full-time artist. Click here to read more about her journey.


What’s Happening This Weekend

Fri. July 19, 2019

Waterworld: The Musical | 7 p.m. | 926 Pauline St., New Orleans, LA 70117 | $20

Imagine enjoying these hot summer nights indulging in a pool party with delicious food and drinks and experiencing a spectacular theatre production. WaterWorld, the Musical is a hilarious, interactive, swimming pool-based play adapted from the 1995 post-apocalyptic cult favorite/flop movie “Waterworld.” Audience members are encourage to participate in the show by “seating” in the pool, though dry seating outside the pool is available.

Midnight Noodle Returns | 5 p.m | Where: 810 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116 | $35

After being in the Catahoula Hotel, Midnight Noodle is starting a dinner residency at Pax on North Claiborne Avenue. A six-course menu consists of old favorites like cumin seitan hand-pulled noodles and newer items like vegan chicken and chive XO dumplings.

Sat. July 20, 2019

Q93/Morris Bart School Supply Giveaway | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Rosenwald Recreation Center | Free

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, iHeartMedia, Morris Bart Attorneys and more are sponsoring their annual school supply giveaway for students ages 5-13. Your child must be present to receive supplies.

Illuminated Headpiece Workshop | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | NOLA Craft Culture | $65

Learn to electrify your costumes with simple electronic elements such as fairy lights. In this workshop you will learn the basics of soldering and wiring your lights all while crafting a beautiful headpiece.

Sun. July 21, 2019

Vegan 2 the Soul Festival | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Lemann Park | Free

Vegan 2 The Soul (V2S) is a free outdoor festival that brings food, lifestyle choices & music together to celebrate and enjoy!

Family Day at A.L. Davis Park | 12-4 p.m. | A.L. Davis Park | Free

Family day includes food, hot dogs, a school supply giveaway, music and entertainment for the entire family.


What Else You Should Know

Clint Durrett

Clint Durrett

Hi. I’m Clint.
I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year.
I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home.
I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care about to live your best life here in one of the best cities on the planet.
I love finding things to do here – concerts, food, drinks, nerding out, etc. And I love sharing those things with others.
Contact me via email. Gimme a shout on social. If you see something you think we should know about, hit me up. If you see something that needs fixing on the site, ditto. I want this website to be yours, too. Not just one I manage, but one we as a community and New Orleanians use to help us live our best lives.

Download the Very Local app to stream all of the Very Local original series for FREE!

Download the Very Local app to stream all of the Very Local original series for FREE!