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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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Stir Up Some Fun at Tales of the Cocktail 2015!

June 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Tales of the Cocktail LogoWhether you’re a professional mixologist or just a fan of them, New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail festival, scheduled for July 13th through the 20th, 2015, is not to be missed!

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Attend Essence Festival 2015!

June 10th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Essence Festival 2015 logoEssence Magazine and New Orleans come together once again for the 20th annual Essence Festival – a celebration of African American musical talent, July 2nd through the 5th, 2015.

Essence Magazine held the first Essence Festival in New Orleans in 1995. 20 years later it has proven to be a match made in heaven as we can’t imagine a summer in New Orleans without an Essence Fest, nor an Essence Festival held outside the Big Easy – it just wouldn’t be the same!

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Celebrate FestiGals 2015!

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

FestiGals 2015Are you ready for a four-day, women-only weekend in a festive, culturally-rich city that never sleeps? If you answered yes then get ready for New Orleans FestiGals: June 11-14, 2015!

FestiGals is a New Orleans girlfriend getaway like no other. A festival created by women for women, FestiGals is a four-day weekend dedicated to celebrating fashion, food, friendship, giving back to the community, and – of course – women!

This year’s theme is “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Journeys” and will provide a number of cocktail parties, tastings, seminars, luncheons, competitions, and more, all centered around New Orleans’ famous French Quarter.

FestiGals organizers call their event “The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway” and “A Party with a Purpose” – here are some 2015 FestiGals schedule highlights to let you see why:

Thursday, June 11:
Welcome Cocktail Reception at a private French Quarter penthouse

Friday, June 12 – FestiGals Empowerment Day:
”Heels on the Ground: Women Who created a Storm of Change After Katrina” Continental Breakfast featuring Anne Milling, Denise Thornton, and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell
Power Luncheon with Daily Success Expert Dayna Steele
Sip & Shop Evening of demos, cocktails and tastings with over 30 local vendors
Dinner Demo at Southern Food and Beverage Museum with Harriet Robin and Anne Leonhard

FestiGals 2015Saturday, June 13:
“Get to Know your Girls” Breakfast with Dr. Veronica Gillespie, OBG/YN
Bloody Mary Mixer
Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction featuring Christine Clifford
NOLA Insider’s View Private Home Tour
Stiletto Stroll Pre-party and Second-Line Parade with an After-Glow Party at Masquerade at Harrah’s Casino with music and cocktails

Sunday, June 14:
Hangover Hospital refresh and regenerate
Saints & Sinners Brunch at Muriel’s Restaurant with Vatican Lokey and Tara Truby

And that’s just barely scratching the surface of the 2015 FestiGal festivities! FestiGals offers events with food and libations throughout the weekend as well as optional tours and activities designed to make your New Orleans girlfriend getaway weekend the best it can possibly be – don’t miss out!


FestiGals 2015 LogoJune 11-14, 2015
For a full schedule, tickets, and package options, be sure to visit:

New Orleans FestiGals Lodging
Make your ladies weekend out to New Orleans even better with a stay at a locally owned and operated New Orleans bed and breakfast inn! You’ll get no better taste of the true New Orleans experience from any other accommodations – and what accommodations! New Orleans bed and breakfast inns boast locally knowledgeable concierge services, lush amenities, true Southern hospitality and often hot, home-cooked breakfasts served to you in historic homes – try getting those kinds of perks at a hotel or motel …