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This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. To celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans, here are eight awesome things to do in the Crescent City right now.

1. Hop on a bike: New Orleans is both flat and bike-friendly. Take a spin with Confederacy of Cruisers — These laid-back tours roll through several scenic traditionally Creole neighborhoods, including the old Faubourgs; Marigny, Treme, and down into the Bywater. They offer a culinary tour, 9th Ward tour, and a cocktail tour.


2. Hit up a festival: The Crescent City Blues & BBQ FestivalEmeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, and Voodoo Fest are all upcoming favorites.


3. Step out of the French Quarter: Check out areas like the Bywater for great music (we love Vaughan’s on Thursday night) or head Uptown for fantastic dinner spots like Coquette, La Petite Grocery, and Salu Bistro & Bar.

4. Eat a Sno-Ball: The line is long at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, but it’s worth the wait — especially during the dog days of summer. Our favorite flavors are satsuma and cardamom with condensed milk.

5. Hear some live music: Preservation Hall, Frenchman Street, or in the Bywater — it’s what gives this city so much soul. See our favorite venues here.

6. Have a drink at the Windsor Court Hotel: For the month of August, this stunning hotel will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of its new cocktail, Elysian Fields Forever, to the St. Bernard Project.

7. Indulge in Jazz Brunch: Brunch and jazz go hand-in-hand in this city. Commander’s Place and Atchafalaya both do a fine version. And, naturally, cocktails will be served.

8. Visit SoFAB: The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a non-profit living history organization that celebrates food and drink culture of the South. And there’s a mighty fine restaurant attached next door.

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