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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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Hogs for the Cause 2016

February 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Hogs For The Cause 2016, April 1 -2Hogs for the Cause – April 1–2, 2016 – is two days of mouth watering BBQ and foot-stompin’ live music in New Orleans’ City Park, with all proceeds going towards the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Can it get any better?

Hogs for the Cause 2016, marks the 8th annual return of this popular charity barbecue competition and Americana music festival. Held in New Orleans’ City Park, Hogs for the Cause 2016 will once again bring out numerous, 6-person teams – more than 90 registered so far! – to compete in a variety of categories for the honor of being awarded the title of High on the Hog Grand Champion!

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Don’t Miss Buku Music + Art Project 2016

February 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Buku Music + Art Project 2016New Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project, scheduled for March 11-12, 2016, takes its name from “beaucoup,” French for “plenty” – and that’s just what Buku Music + Art Project is: a two-day festival with plenty of live music, eye-popping art, amazing food, and much more.

Held on the New Orleans riverfront, Buku Music + Art Project celebrates pop culture and the New Orleans underground arts community. The festival features local and national acts performing EDM, hip-hop, and sub-genres of indie rock as well as visual artists from around the region and world, and outstanding New Orleans food vendors.

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New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2016

January 22nd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Rock 'n' Roll Marathon LogoThe New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (formerly the Mardi Gras Marathon), scheduled for February 28, 2016, is one of the most popular of the 800-plus marathons held around the world each year.

An annual event since 1965, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon draws thousands of participants and supporters to New Orleans from all over the world. Originally hosted by the New Orleans Track team as the independent Mardi Gras Marathon, the event was renamed when the Competitor Group took it over in 2010, adding it to their Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.

Beyond the name and a few other organizational changes, the Mardi Gras / Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is still the same race it has always been: scheduled two weekends before Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras themed, and including a 10K, a full marathon (26 mile 385 yard), and a half marathon.

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Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night

January 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night - French Quarter at nightNew Orleans Carnival doesn’t kick off without it, yet it is the thread of an ancient practice only recently revived (if 1870 seems recent to you). What is the tradition Twelfth Night?

January 6th may seem like just another day to most folks out there: Christmas and New Year’s Day are passed, so the 6th of January is just another day to get on with. For the devout Christian, however, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

In New Orleans it is this as well – but also Twelfth Night: the start of Carnival.

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Visit the Beauregard-Keyes House

December 18th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

General PGT Beauregard - the Beauregard-Keyes House

General PGT Beauregard

Dating back to 1826, New Orleans’ Beauregard-Keyes House Museum is a French Quarter landmark that has served as home to a series of famous and influential personalities.

The Beauregard-Keyes House, located at 1113 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, may have a colorful history, serving as home to a number of personalities and purposes over the years – but it bears the names of a Civil War general and the author who ultimately saved the building from ruin.

The house, itself, was commissioned by auctioneer Joseph LeCarpentier in 1825, designed by François Correjolles and built by James Lambert. The design combines elements of a Creole cottage with Greek Revival features, includes a central hall, and is fronted with a Palladian façade.

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A New Orleans New Year’s Eve!

December 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

a New Orleans New Year's Eve

It seems like, no matter the date, there’s always a reason to celebrate in New Orleans – but when a national holiday rolls around? Look out. The Big Easy knows how to do it right – and a New Orleans New Year’s Eve is no exception!

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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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