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Enjoy A New Orleans Christmas Getaway

November 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Christmas Celebration In the OaksThere’s always something to do in New Orleans, and once Christmas rolls around, there’s almost too much to do! If you’re hoping to enjoy a New Orleans Christmas getaway, here’s a short guide of just a few New Orleans Christmas traditions you may not want to miss.

Celebration in the Oaks – You really haven’t enjoyed a New Orleans Christmas unless you’ve taken in the beloved, traditional Celebration In The Oaks: a month-long event in City Park including thousands of colorful lights, Storyland, amusement rides, displays, activities, even a two-mile long, miniature train you can take a ride in!

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Get a Taste of the South at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

November 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Southern Food and Beverage MuseumThe Southern Food and Beverage Museum – also know as the SoFAB Institute – celebrates the food and drink of the American South. Best of all, when you visit you can, too!

Creole, bourbon, grits, and po’boys. It’s easy to overlook and even undervalue the heritage of food and drink when it’s right in front of you – at that point, all you really want to do is dig in! – but the culinary identity of the American South is as important a part of the region’s past, present, and future as its visual art, music, history, or any other aspect of a culture, which you would find in a museum.

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Discover the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

October 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival 2015 LogoA two-day smorgasbord of gumbos and live music in Armstrong Park’s Congo Square celebrating the neighborhood known as the birthplace of jazz: that’s the 8th annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, scheduled for the weekend of November 14th and 15th, 2015.

Despite the name, the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is really more a celebration of the Tremé neighborhood’s heritage than it is a celebration of gumbo – but don’t get too despondent: there’s plenty of gumbo involved in the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, too. Why, there’s even a vegan gumbo cook-off!

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A New Orleans Halloween!

October 8th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Halloween - Jack o' lanterns

Halloween and New Orleans seem made for each other and, sure enough, when the spooky, autumn holiday rolls around, the Crescent City comes to life with a number of crazy and fun ways to enjoy a New Orleans Halloween!

A New Orleans Halloween is second only to Mardi Gras when it comes to turning the city upside-down with celebrations, wild costumes, good music, delicious food, and flowing drink. Halloween revelers of all ages and tastes will find something fun to do, N’awlins style – here are just a few of our suggestions for your New Orleans Halloween adventures:

New Orleans Halloween Street Parties
Let’s start at the beginning – you’re in New Orleans: how about a street party! There will be many to choose from but one of the biggest celebrations during a New Orleans Halloween is held on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood: costumed revelers will take over the street to celebrate in outrageous and elaborate costumes – and yes: you can (and should!) be one of them.

Costume – Dress For Excess
Speaking of costumes, you’ll probably want one if you didn’t pack one – but hey, no worries. You’re in N’awlins: we got this. As you may imagine, New Orleans has a costume shop or two – just a few – and they can help to outfit you no matter whether you’re looking to be something typical, like a clown, or something atypical, like a three-legged, cross-dressing, French-Victorian, vampire clown.

Krewe of Boo and the New Orleans Halloween ParadeNew Orleans Halloween Parade
A New Orleans Halloween would not be complete without … a parade! Held Saturday October 24th at 6:30pm, the Krewe of Boo’s official New Orleans Halloween Parade will frighten and excite with masks, costumes, and massive, eye-popping papier mâché and fiberglass creations. Starting off from Elysian Fields in the Marigny, the parade will progress through the French Quarter, on through North Peters and Decatur to Jackson Square, and then make its long way to the Convention Center. Read more about the New Orleans Halloween Parade here.

Take a Haunted New Orleans Tour!
They call New Orleans “The Most Haunted City in America” – so why not enjoy a haunted tour? “Haunted” houses, buildings, streets, and cemeteries abound – as do New Orleans tour companies eager to tell you the city’s hair-raising tales as they guide you from one spooktacular destination to the next. Here’s a link to some haunted tours around the Big Easy this Halloween!

New Orleans HalloweenVisit a New Orleans Haunted House!
As you can imagine, N’awlins will gain a large and temporary population of haunted houses around Halloween, attractions organized by both private groups and community organizations. It’s a little early (as of this writing) to point you in the direction of any specific haunted houses but local listings will begin to appear in the newspapers as the date approaches. Remember: unless otherwise noted, these private haunted houses can be very effective and are not for the faint of heart. You have been warned – mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

What Kind of Voodoo Do You Do?
The French Quarter has quite a few Voodoo shops that can be both fun and interesting to peruse, whether you’re looking for a little something to spice up your New Orleans Halloween or if you’re just interested in the practice. There are shops for vampires, too – no, really. Around Halloween, of course, many of these shops host special events or sales to celebrate.

Speaking of Voodoo – the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is timed to coincide with the nearest Halloween weekend (Friday, Oct. 30th through Sunday, Nov. 1st, this year). The second most popular music festival in the city, Voodoo Music & Arts Experience brings in some big names and is always a rocking good time – you can read more about it here.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of what a New Orleans Halloween can be – but we hope, at the same time, you can see just how much there is to do – now all you need …

New Orleans Halloween Lodging
Once your witching hour is over, why not crawl back to accommodations that are truly welcoming – a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn should fit the bill nicely: locally owned and operated by folks who live and love N’awlins, so they can help you to maximize your time in the city.

Voodoo Music & Arts Experience is Coming!

September 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Voodoo Music & Arts ExperienceVoodoo Music & Arts Experience – October 30th through November 1st, 2015 – is three days of top-tier, pop-music acts in America’s favorite festival city, New Orleans!

If you’re not aware of the New Orleans Voodoo Music & Arts Experience festival you should be. In just 15 short years, the festival whose motto is “Worship the Music!” has become THE festival to go to in New Orleans, second only to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in attendance and popularity – and that’s saying something!

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Celebrate Music at The Ponderosa Stomp

September 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Ponderosa Stomp 2015

The Ponderosa Stomp Festival in New Orleans bills itself as “three days of the best music you’ve never heard of.” Attend and discover some of the unsung legends behind American Music: October 1-3, 2015.

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Visit New Orleans’ Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium!

August 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium LogoDid you know there are around 20,000 different species of butterflies in the world – and that you can see many of them at New Orleans’ Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium?

They may be tiny in comparison to you or I but we’re outnumbered by insects, Earth’s largest group of animals. While we tend to think of the bulk of them as pests or just plain “icky,” they’re actually crucial to the ecosystem and are the building blocks of all life on our planet. Plus, if you give them a closer look, many are beautiful and all are extremely fascinating.

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Louisiana Seafood Festival 2015

August 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Louisiana Seafood Festival LogoLouisiana knows seafood and New Orleans knows festivals – so it’s only natural that there is a Louisiana Seafood Festival held in New Orleans – September 4-6, 2015 – and that it is not to be missed!

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Keep Cool – COOLinary New Orleans, that is!

July 20th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 COOLinary New Orleans LogoCool may be mostly wishful thinking when it comes to New Orleans in August but COOLinary New Orleans does its best by offering unprecedented savings at some of New Orleans best restaurants all month long!

An August tradition, COOLinary New Orleans is a great way to gain a little respite from the oppressive heat as well as the cost of dining out: enjoy 2-course or 3-course lunch menus for $20 or less and 3-course dinner menus at $39 or less – and all at many of New Orleans award-winning restaurants.

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Satchmo SummerFest 2015

July 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Satchmo SummerFest LogoSatchmo SummerFest – on for the weekend of July 30th through August 2nd, 2015 – may very well be the most popular summer festival New Orleans throws – and how appropriate for one of its favorite, famous sons: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong!

15 years in, Satchmo Summerfest continues to be hugely popular – the highlight of the summer! – for the thousands of guests who attend and why not? Satchmo Summerfest has it all!

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