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Celebration in the Oaks – A New Orleans Christmas

November 26th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas New Orleans’ style means a lot of different and wonderful things – but one thing it has meant since the late 80’s is the Celebration in the Oaks.

Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing through New Years’ Day, Celebration in the Oaks is a glittering extravaganza of light and color in City Park.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon comes to New Orleans

February 12th, 2013 by insideout

On February 24 the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon returns to the Crescent City, attracting thousands of participants from all over the world.

Formerly known as the Mardi Gras Marathon, this endurance event is extremely popular. The course is flat because of the city’s low-lying elevation and the weather in New Orleans this time of year is usually pleasant for runners: cool and comfortable with low humidity. As a bonus, runners are rewarded at the end of the route with a New Orleans-style street party featuring live entertainment, food, drinks and fun!

The race starts at 7:00 a.m. in the heart of the city’s Central Business District at Poydras and Camp streets. The course takes in a wide expanse of New Orleans between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.

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Voodoo Music Festival 2012

October 12th, 2012 by insideout

By the last days of October, much of the nation will be pulling out their winter jackets to fight the chill. But the weather in New Orleans is just perfect in the fall. Sunny all day and just cool enough to want something on your shoulders at night, late October is the perfect time of year for a music festival in the Crescent City.

New Orleans Voodoo Festival 2011

Me and a friend at Voodoo Fest 2011

Voodoo Fest 2012!

The Voodoo Music Experience is a combination art and music festival taking place in City Park in New Orleans on over the weekend of October 26-28, 2012.
City Park is a large venue – the whole park is designated for the festival- so there are five stages for music. The festival’s website allows you to create your own lineup and itinerary based on the artists’ you prefer to see.

Ticket prices range from $500 for the ‘Loa Experience’ VIP ticket (which includes in and out privileges, drink specials, upgraded restrooms and more) to $90 for a single day pass.

Voodoo Festival Lineup

A wide variety of musicians are performing, including Neil Young, Green Day, Jack White, Nas, Kaskade and Coheed and Cambria and of course traditional New Orleans brass music provided by the Treme Brass Band and Preservation Hall Brass Band.
As you can see, there is music for nearly everyone’s taste.

Voodoo Festival New Orleans 2011

Ozomatli at Voodoo Fest 2011 at the Bud Light tent.

Voodoo Music Fest is Family Friendly

The event is very family-friendly, especially during the daytime. There are interactive art installations where children can play ( at least that was the case in 2011 when I attended), plenty of shade and eateries.
In the evening, the music gets more adult-oriented and you are more likely to see patrons imbibe and get a little crazy.

Voodoo Festival Art

“Voodoo has established itself as one of a handful of festivals worldwide that are major destinations for art lovers. People now go for the ‘Voodoo Experience,’ where they enjoy world-class performing artists, multimedia art installations, parades, light shows, craft and food booths, and a variety of activities. A surreal playground of sculpture and multimedia exhibits incorporate the natural landscape of New Orleans’ City Park and engage festival-goers. The stellar cast of artists that create these installations has turned heads in the art community.” – from ARTWALK by Simonette Berry

Some art installations will return from 2011; some will be replaced by innovative new works made for this year’s Voodoo.

Looking for a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast?

Take a moment to peruse our bed and breakfasts in New Orleans. Some B&Bs are within walking distance of City Park; many others connect easily via streetcar, so you don’t even need to drive or worry about parking for the festival!


The Leisurely Side of New Orleans

February 17th, 2012 by bbnola

Bayou St. John, New Orleans

Bayou St. John.

Visitors to New Orleans come here to celebrate Mardi Gras with outrageous parades and cocktails in the street. They come to listen to some of the finest musicians alive play in dark, intimate bars. They come here to feast on po-boys, beignets, and gumbo, to admire the architecture, to experience the culture.

Many people don’t think about experiencing New Orleans from the water. They should. It’s a wonderful way to see the city from a different perspective.

Bayou St. John meanders past many New Orleans attractions. To paddle the bayou is to experience the area the way some of the first people did; it is easier to approach the city from the Gulf of Mexico through Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou St. John than to fight the current of the Mississippi River. Plus it’s fun.

Kayak tours of the bayou lead past the vast and serene City Park, the Spanish Custom House, and the Pilot House. Paddlers will float past the New Orleans Museum of Art and St. Louis Cemetery #3, with it’s spectacular above-ground tombs. In addition to New Orleans landmarks, kayaking along Bayou St. John provides excellent viewings of wildlife: herons, pelicans, and other water fowl being most predominant.

Mardi Gras may be in full swing, but it’s still possible to find serenity in New Orleans. Check in to a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and look into kayak tours. They’re a wonderful way to round out any New Orleans vacation.