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Algiers Riverfest

March 12th, 2013 by insideout

Directly across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter is a section of the city sometimes called “New Orleans’ best kept secret” known as Old Algiers. Founded only a year after the city proper, in 1719, Old Algiers is situated on a sharp bend of the river. Because of this geographic feature, the area is commonly called Algiers Point.

Although somewhat isolated from the rest of the city, Old Algiers knows how to celebrate in typical New Orleans fashion! The Old Algiers RiverFest, taking place this year on April 6 & 7 is two days of street festivals featuring music, food and cultural offerings.

This festival continues to expand but holds fast to its goals: preserving the traditional jazz and indigenous music that came of age along this bend of the Mississippi River. It is an authentic New Orleans cultural experience that any visitor should feel proud to attend! Old Algiers Riverfest features performances by some of the top names in traditional jazz, gospel choirs, brass bands as well as the renowned Mardi Gras Indians. Of course there will also be local cuisine, arts and crafts and children’s activities along the levee near the Canal Street/Algiers Ferry landing. This festival is free to attend!

It may be a bit off the beaten track, but Algiers Point is worth the ride across the river – which is also free for pedestrians. Plus, the trip across the Mississippi offers some amazing views of the city’s skyline.

Lodging in New Orleans and Algiers Point

Stay in a charming Algiers Bed and Breakfast, like this one!

We have member bed and breakfasts all over the city of New Orleans. We also have several Algiers Inns as well that would love to host you during your visit to the Riverfest, or any time you come to the Crescent City. Look forward to seeing you!

Free Outdoor Concerts in New Orleans

June 22nd, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans brings much to mind: parades, dancing in the street, po-boys, jazz, oysters, the blues, lovely old buildings, coffee and beignets, and more.

People travel to New Orleans once to experience it. They come back because they fall in love with the city and its culture. Some can’t resist the food. Others can’t resist the music. Few can resist the city’s many charms.

Guests of New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts are often seduced by the city’s generous inclusivity. Nothing exemplifies this trait better than the parades and outdoor concerts that draw spectators off the sidewalk and into the fray. It’s hard to stand still when good music walks by, but it’s easy to fall in step.

Tonight, Wednesday June 22, 2011, marks the start of a summer concert series that is sure to win the city yet more fans. “Wednesdays on the Point” concerts take place at the Ferry landing in Old Algiers, or Algiers Point. Ride the ferry from Canal Street to Algiers for a mere dollar, disembark, and you’re there. Concerts run between 6 and 9 p.m. Food and beverages are available on site.

The schedule for Concerts on the Point is as follows:
•    June 22: Glen David Andrews, Sasha Masakowski
•    June 29: Luther Kent, The Mumbles
•    July 4 (5-9 p.m.): Bonerama, The Stooges Brass Band, Lil’ Red & Big Bad
•    July 6: (no shows due to 4th of July show)
•    July 13: The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Pinebes Brass Band
•    July 20: Flow Tribe, Higher Heights Reggae Band
•    July 27: Irvin Mayfields “Purple Disrespect” Funk Band, E. Company Band
•    August 3: Latin Night featuring Otra, Javier & Elegant Gypsy
•    August 10: Amanda Shaw, Christian Serpas & Ghost Town

The Canal Street – Algiers Ferry stops running at midnight. If you happen to be staying at one of the Bed and Breakfasts New Orleans in Algiers Point, this will pose no problem. Otherwise, a cab will take you back to the the other side of the Mississippi River.

Old Algiers in New Orleans

May 20th, 2011 by bbnola

New Orleans - Algiers: Welcome to Old Algiers

Visit Old Algiers in New Orleans

Old Algiers, or Algiers Point, sits across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. It is one of the oldest sections of New Orleans, offered as a gift by the King of France to Jean Baptiste LeMoyne Sieur de Bienville, the city’s founder, in 1719.

There are several New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts in Algiers Point, and the neighborhood is connected to the French Quarter by ferry. The Canal Street Ferry runs between 6 a.m. and midnight every day, carrying both pedestrians and cars across the Mississippi River. Pedestrians ride for free, and cars must pay only $1 round trip. That’s right, 1 dollar. The views of New Orleans alone are worth more than that!

Once in Algiers Point, notice the architecture. The Arts and Crafts style dominates, but there are still fine examples of other styles: single and double Shotgun, Creole Cottage, Greek Revival, Victorian, Cambleback, and French Colonial Plantation. Many an architecture buff travel to Algiers Point to stroll the streets and admire the homes.

There is also abundant green space in Algiers Point. Both the Bike Path to Gretna and the land along the levee afford fantastic views of the city of New Orleans, and are good spots to walk and bike. Confetti and Delcazal Parks are great for people-watching.

There are several good spots to grab a bite to each and enjoy a drink in Old Algiers. Crown and Anchor English Pub is a great spot for a pint, and the Old Point Bar offers live music. Have lunch at Aunt Leni’s or Tout de Suite, and dinner at the Dry Dock Bar and Café.

Old Algiers is a little off the beaten path. Visitors come in April for the Old Algiers RiverFest, but often forget about it the rest of the year. Whether staying in an Old Algiers New Orleans Bed and Breakfast or at an inn in a different part of the city, take time to take the ferry to Old Algiers.