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Opa! It’s New Orleans Greek Festival 2016

April 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016If you’re a fan of Greek food, drink, culture, and music, then you’ll want to head to Bayou St. John, Memorial Day weekend – May 27th through the 29th – for the 2016 annual New Orleans Greek Festival!

New Orleans is nothing, if not a melting pot of culture. As with many other groups, the Big Easy has long been home to a sizable Greek community. Every year, for the past 43 years, members of this colorful community have put together a festival celebrating one of the Western world’s oldest cultures: The New Orleans Greek Festival.

Gyros, souvlaki, baklava, moussaka, spanakopita, olives, roast lamb, wine – who wouldn’t take the opportunity to savor the annual New Orleans Greek Festival, with all of its unique and mouth-watering foods? As a matter of fact, this year’s New Orleans Greek Festival is celebrating the humble yet delightful dolmades: stuffed grape leaves. Yum!

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016 - DolmadesNew Orleans Greek Festival is more than just food, though. Along with all the food and drink, there will also be traditional Greek dancing: Hellenic Dancers in colorful costumes moving to the distinctive sounds of a live Greek band. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself caught up in the rhythm, too – but that’s okay: it’s a festival! Join in!

Other attractions include the Agora outdoor marketplace with vendors selling local, imported, and handcrafted Greek-style clothing, jewelry, and other gifts. The Greek grocery will be offering delectable cheeses, dips, spices, as well as holding cooking demonstrations, such as how to roll your own dolmades.

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016 - roast LambAttendees may also purchase an official, 2016 New Orleans Greek Festival poster, t-shirt, and sportswear – and be sure to register for the $1,000 Entrance Raffle. Other random drawings during the festival will reward lucky ticket-holders with trips to Greece and the fabled Grecian islands of the Aegean and Mediterranean. And on Sunday, the 29th, if you come to the festival in a tasteful toga, you’ll get in free!

NOLA Greek Fest takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, with its magnificent, Byzantine-style dome on Robert E. Lee Boulevard, adjacent to Bayou St. John. Founded in 1866, the cathedral is reputed to be the first and oldest Greek Orthodox congregation in the United States – and during Greek Fest you can – and should! – tour it. You’ll marvel at the beautiful and distinctive, Eastern Orthodox style of the frescoes, stained glass windows, and decor.

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016

Memorial Day Weekend – May 27th, 28th, & 29th
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1200 Robert E Lee Boulevard, New Orleans, LA
For tickets and a full list of scheduled activities for the 2016 New Orleans Greek Festival, be sure to visit them online at: www.greekfestnola.com

New Orleans Greek Festival Lodging
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Celebrate at Freret Street Festival 2016

March 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Freret Street Festival 2016New Orleans’ annual Freret Street Festival is a colorful start to New Orleans’ celebrated festival season, with live music on 3 stages, food & drink, and over 200 vendors: April 2, 2016 – 11am to 6pm.

Held the first Saturday, every April, Freret Street Festival celebrates the street’s lively culture. Considered a gem of the Uptown district, Freret Street is home to singular cocktail bars, eclectic boutiques and galleries, and to-die-for restaurants.

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New Orleans Spring Fiesta 2016

March 1st, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Spring Fiesta 2016The 80th anniversary of the annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta, March 5-6, 12-13, 2016, is an excellent opportunity to explore the interiors of 20 privately owned, historic New Orleans homes!

Begun in 1937 by the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, New Orleans Spring Fiesta is a multi-faceted event encompassing the first two weekends of March and celebrating the arrival of spring with a parade of horse-drawn carriages through the French Quarter, historic home tours, a special brunch at Antoine’s Restaurant, and presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court at Jackson Square.

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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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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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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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