It’s Mardi Gras Time Again! 18 Jan 2016, 12:07 pm
Well, here we are mid-January and we have just a few rooms left for Mardi Gras – check our availability calendar or call us at (504) 488-5896 to get yourself all fixed up! We are in an excellent location to see all that Mardi Gras has to offer, so close to the streetcar line. You’ll have an authentic New Orleans experience when you stay with us!
Mardi Gras is on February 8th this year- but the fun starts way before that! You’ll probably want to take part in the extended weekend before Fat Tuesday (February 5- 9) so you can enjoy as much as you can on your vacation. You can see parades starting in early January all the way through February 9th – check the excellent Parade Schedule put out by MardiGras New Orleans.
When in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, make sure to keep yourself happy and safe by following a few tips:
1- Make sure you have plenty of water to drink – the weather could be anywhere from the 40s to the 80s, and you’ll be walking all around the city. Don’t get dehydrated, especially if you are partaking in adult beverages.
2- Speaking of adult beverages – you’ll want to be safe- don’t get yourself so befuddled that you can’t make it back to your lodging or make yourself a target for the less-friendly elements that lurk about. Bourbon Street is the center of the sloshed, but the rest of the parades and parts of the city are full of families that want to have a good time just like you!
3- Choose the parades you want to see and get yourself a spot in advance- find a place to stand or sit- check for proximity to bathrooms, especially if you have kids. Don’t show up 10 minutes before the parade and expect to find a great spot- you’ll be disappointed!
4- What out when you’re grabbing for beads, doubloons and other throws – you might consider stepping on the prize, then picking it up when you’re pretty sure nobody’s going to stomp on your fingers.
5- Bring some sacks for your stuff- the throws from the floats, the souvenirs you pick up, your water bottles – an empty backpack works great!
6- Leave valuables at your lodgings, not in your parked car with out-of-state plates. Bring cash and keep it safe – you might even consider pinning it to an interior pocket- don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket.
7- Wear comfy shoes and clothing – layer for warmth and coolness, and bring sunscreen. Keep in mind you’ll be among huge crowds – you’ll want to wear your old shoes that you won’t mind getting dirty.
8- Best advice – take it easy! Let the good times roll! You’re dealing with crowds, chaos and a city that it unfamiliar – you might get a little lost, or be a little late – don’t let the stress get to you – laugh and have a great time
Do some research before you come and you will have a wonderful time at the most festive time of the year in New Orleans – MARDI GRAS!!!
Happy Holidays from 1896 O’Malley House! 1 Dec 2015, 3:57 pm
We just can’t get over it! This year seemed to fly past, and now we’re at the end of 2015 ready to start the holiday celebrations. We’ve got a great list of fun events for you and your family when you’re visiting our beautiful city this December!
December 3 through January 3, Celebration in the Oaks is a must-do every year. City Park is filled with incredible light displays. You can walk through or ride the miniature train. You’ll love the view of the whole shebang from the ferris wheel, or take a whirl on the century-old Carousel, or any of the eight amusement park rides. It’s best to buy tickets early and print them at home. The Celebration is open Sunday – Thursday : 6pm -10pm and Friday & Saturday: 6pm -11pm. Keep in mind that the last entry is 20 minutes prior to closing and get there a bit early. The event is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Eves.
On the 5th, the Krewe of Jingle Parade rolls through Downtown at 1pm. The parade starts at Lee Circle, wends it way down St. Charles to Canal Street, then back down Baronne, ending at Howard Ave. You’ll see Christmas floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, maybe even catch a glimpse of the Man in Red himself!
Since 1946, the Sunday evening before Christmas has found thousands packing Jackson Square for caroling. This free event is magical, with candles filling the square as joyful songs rise up from the huge crowd. Gates open at 6:30, and singing starts at 7, but you have to get there early, as the number of people sometimes exceeds the venue’s capacity. Candles and song sheets are graciously provided by Patio Planners, who also host the French Quarter Holiday Home Tour on the same day.
Our last wonderful holiday event is a distinctly Louisiana affair. The Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee are a tradition that can’t be missed. Huge bonfires, as much as 20 feet tall, are built and lit at dark to guide Papa Noël on his yearly flight, or lead you to church for Midnight Mass, depending on who you talk to. Maybe both! You’ll travel to St. James Parish. where you can usually park and then walk down the levee, or even better, take a narrated excursion on a tour bus, which gives you great “seats” without the hassle of driving through traffic.
No matter how you celebrate the holidays, all of us at 1896 O’Malley House wish you joy and love this holiday season!
November is a Great Month for Food Festivals! 3 Nov 2015, 4:42 pm
New Orleans has always been known for its festivals. We are entering the prime months for outdoor entertainment and tons of fun to be had around the delicious, unique foods to be found in our beautiful city and state. Since the centerpiece of November is Thanksgiving, it only seems right to talk about the wonderful food festivals taking place this month.
This Saturday, November 7th, 2015, travel to the Bywater from 11am to 7pm for the Mirliton Festival, a celebration of the humble squash, also known as chayote. The Mirliton (pronounced: mer-la-ton) is a pear shaped, light green squash that can be used a myriad of ways, but is especially beloved as a vehicle for seafood and breadcrumbs in these parts. The festival will feature several restaurants’ takes on the wrinkly fruit, as well as live music and arts.
On Friday the 13th, you’ll have great liuck at the Boudin, Bourbon and Beer Festival at Champions Square. This is a big event, with over 50 chefs bringing the boudin, musical acts, Abita Amber and Turbodog from Abita Beer, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, and cigar tastings by several premium brands. All proceeds benefit the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $99 and are available at Ticketmaster.
After the boudin, you can take part in the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival. The fun runs from 11am until 7pm on both days at Armstrong Park and has free admission. Several excellent local Jazz bands will play as you partake of the multiple Gumbo offerings. Choose from filé gumbo, chicken and sausage gumbo, seafood gumbo, and dark roux gumbo. Never fear, you can even get vegan gumbo!
Sunday the 22nd, head down to Carrollton for the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. This family-friendly day takes place from 10am to 6pm, with over 50 vendors bringing their incredible po’ boy creations. Some of the more interesting varieties are duck, gumbo, Cochon de lait, Mexican cheesesteak (!), and the Creole Bánh Mì – there is truly a po’ boy for every appetite! You’ll be able to shop at the Oak Street merchants while you swing to live music.
After all of that, Thanksgiving will be better than ever! We at 1896 O’Malley House wish you and yours a wonderful holiday full of love, laughter and delicious eats!
Oktoberfest and Halloween in the Big Easy 2 Oct 2015, 9:03 am
Ahhhhh, October! Mardi Gras happens in February, but the festival season starts to really take off in early fall. The weather has cooled off to a lovely 80 degree average, so outdoor festivals are comfortable. We eagerly await two big events, Oktoberfest and Hallowe’en!
You wouldn’t expect New Orleans to do Oktoberfest on a small scale, and we don’t! Taking place over three weekends at the Deutsches Haus (which is easily reached via a 25 minute bus ride from 1896 O’Malley House), Oktoberfest is a celebration of German heritage, which includes delicious Bavarian foods like Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, Krautwickel and Sauerkraut, among others. Don’t miss the giant pretzels! You’ll enjoy rivers of beer and tastes of German wines and liquors – have you ever tried Buttershot Schnapps? Mmmmmmm, tasty! There is even a Kinderecke, or Kid’s Corner, to entertain the wee ones. Depending on which weekend you attend, events include the 4th Annual Dachshund Dash, a Swordfighting Performance, Disco Amigos, a 5K run, the Beer Holding Contest, and the 610 Stompers, billed as “Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Moves”. Here’s a sample:
Oktoberfest will be held Friday and Saturday, October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27.
Halloween is celebrated in a big way in N.O., just like everything else! The spooky festivities start on October 24th in the Vieux Carre as the Krewe of Boo rolls the Halloween Parade! This amazing spectacle combines fantastic floats with incredible, locally-produced throws (candy, souvenir cups, coffee pacs, light-up medallion beads, VooDoo doll pins and magnets, children’s grab bags, Chee Wees and MORE!). This year’s parade King is the dashing and handsome Sidney Torres IV. The parade runs from Chartres and Elysian Fields, down Decatur/Peters, up and down Canal, then up Tchoupitoulas, St Joseph and Convention Center and then on to Mardi Gras World, where the Monster Mash After-Party will start at 9pm.
From October 29-November 1, 2015, New Orleans celebrates Halloween LGBT Style with events over the course of the “extended weekend”. 2015’s theme is “Fall of the Pharaohs,” and means that we will see a lot of beautiful Cleopatras and hunky pharaohs haunting the the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets in the French Quarter. Events include: Thee Lazurus Ball, Silent Auction and Wine Raffle on Thursday, Republic New Orleans with DJ Grind on Friday, Contemporary Arts Center with DJ Gauthreaux on Saturday and a Brunch, Jazz and Gospel Entertainment at House of Blues, followed by a Second Line on Sunday.
The big night itself, October 31st, is a fun time for all. Take part in Haunted Tours, Cemetery tours in the “Cities of the Dead”, VooDoo Shops, and street parties, especially on Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny and the French Quarter – people watching will be the best pastime, as locals and tourists alike dress in the most outlandish costumes to celebrate!
Southern Late Summer – September in New Orleans 3 Sep 2015, 10:15 am
It’s starting to cool off, just a little, here in the Crescent City, which means the Festival season is just around the corner. The city’s B&Bs will start to fill up earlier, as people venture out to places unknown. New Orleans is an excellent spot for those wishing to extend the summer a bit, and we’ve got lots of adventures in store for you.
Starting on the second, Southern Decadence is one of the largest, premier events in New Orleans. Commemorating its 44th year, this celebration of gay culture brings joyful events to the city, such as Gay New Orleans Walking Tours each evening at 5:30, parades, starting with the Knights of Decadence on Friday at 7pm, and the 41st Annual Official Southern Decadence Parade, kicking off at the Golden Lantern at 2pm on Sunday. There are too many events to list here, from block parties and dance parties and so much more – check the events schedule for a full line-up.
This weekend is the Louisiana Seafood Festival, a free event held in City Park, just a few minutes from 1896 O’Malley House. The free event takes places Friday-Sunday from 11:00am to 7:00pm, and provides what is the staple of the best of NOLA’s fests: music and food! There are 25 food vendors from which to sample seafood delicacies, live music from 15 different acts, a kids tent and live seafood cooking demonstrations, not to mention the Art Village, a great place to pick up unique souvenirs to take home.
The 5th Annual Restaurant Week flies under the banner “We Live to Eat”. It’s a fitting motto for the home of the Po’ Boy, the Muffaletta, and Oysters Rockefeller. From the 14-20, you can enjoy prix fixe menus at some of the city’s most iconic (and expensive) restaurants, at a 25% discount – participating restaurants will be offering two-course lunches for under $20 and three-course dinners for under $39.
Our final uniquely New Orleans event is the Seventh Annual Burlesque Festival, held September 17-20. There will be workshops, parties, a book signing, burlesque shows, and a grand ball to honor the Queen of Burlesque. Since the events are all held in different venues, tickets must be purchased separately. These are adults-only events, so plan accordingly.
1896 O’Malley House is a great headquarters for all of your adventurous gallivanting! We offer comfortable rooms, a delicious breakfast, free beer and wine 24/7 and a relaxing courtyard for your downtime.
Bowling in New Orleans 23 Jul 2015, 2:01 pm
You might think that bowling would be last on your list of Things to Do in New Orleans, but as with most things, New Orleans does bowling a little bit different and might I say, a little bit better than most places.
Just a little more than a mile from 1896 O’Malley House is the famous Rock ‘N’ Bowl. Now in a newish location on South Carrollton Avenue, the place is so much more than a bowling alley. Since this is NOLA, you will have live music, a dance floor, delicious bar food and drinks. The music is generally Wednesday through Saturday nights and some Sundays, and consists of names you know, like Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Horace Trahan and so many more. The dance floor is “sprung”, which means it has more than one layer to make it softer to the foot, so you can dance longer and harder than usual!
The bartenders are known for their friendliness and ability to make drinks of all kinds. The food is not what you’d expect from a bowling alley – how about a house grind burger, on a Leidenheimer onion bun? You can also choose from fried treats, a chicken with greens salad, and even Boudin Douzaine. Wait- what was that? Yes – a basket of delicious, deep-fried sausage balls. Wash it all down with a beer, then try the Bread Pudding Po’ Boy for dessert. Don’t worry about the calories! You’ll dance and bowl them right off!
When you’re in New Orleans, you want to visit the most iconic spots in the city, and Rock ‘N’ Bowl will not disappoint!
Satchmo SummerFest – New Orleans, July 30 – August 2, 2015 3 Jul 2015, 11:01 am
Satchmo SummerFest has become a hot ticket in New Orleans in more way than one! The blistering days of summer combine with the sounds of cool jazz to create a musical storm to wash away the doldrums and bring out the crowds to the grounds of the Old U.S. Mint.
This will be the 15th annual SatchmoFest, which started as a one-off in 2001 to honor one of New Orleans’ most famous denizens, Louis Armstrong, otherwise known as Satchmo. It was such a huge success that it has occurred every year since. The event brings together Jazz fans of all ages to appreciate two live music stages outside, featuring Deacon John, Jewel Brown, Bill Summers, Rebirth Brass Band, Yoshio Toyama, Kermit Ruffins and over 40 more.
Concessions will be available for drinks and food, and plenty of fun for the children, including a book nook, coconut decorating, instrument making and even a Kids Second Line Parade! How fun!
Indoors, Jazz aficionados will take part in seminars inside the Old Mint, in the Cabaret Theater. You can learn all about Satchmo himself, as well as history of jazz, and presentations on other jazz greats.
In addition to the festival events listed above, you can also take part in a screening of High Society at Le Petit Theatre, the opening reception at the Omni Hotel on July 30 at 8pm, the exciting and fun Opening Day Second Line Parade at Washington Artillery Park , starting at 10:30am and a Jazz Mass and Second Line Parade from the Church of Sidney Bechet on Sunday, August 2nd.
Make sure to reserve your rooms as soon as possible, the city sells out early for this amazing summer spectacle!
Bastille Day in New Orleans – July 11-14, 2015 12 Jun 2015, 9:59 am
Bastille Day is celebrated in France much like we celebrate Independence Day in the US. It commemorates two days – July 14, 1789, in which the Bastille was stormed and overcome by French citizens, and July 14, 1790, The Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French Nation, and peace following the violence of the former year. In New Orleans, which is also known as “Most French of American Cities”, Bastille Day is celebrated as well!
On July 11th, the Alliance Française of New Orleans, and partners, the French Consulate and French-American Chamber of Commerce are throwing the Bastille Day Fête in Spanish Plaza from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There will be live music, French cuisine vendors, lots of fun for the kids, and a “French Dog” contest. This is a free event.
On the 12th at 11am, the CitroëNOLA French Car Club will have a parade from the Bywater neighborhood area, along Chartres Street to Canal and through the French Quarter area to their final destination parked along the 700 block of Frenchmen Street along Washington Square Park. The cars and their knowledgeable owners will be available for viewing and visiting from noon-4pm. Juts before 4pm, make your way to Decatur Street between Jackson Square and the French Market for the Bartender and Waiters Race. After the race, attend the awards ceremony and enjoy live music.
Monday the 13th features the Alliance Française French Cooking Class at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. This is not a free event, and registration is required. Also on the 13th, Encore Aznavour! will take place right here in our neighborhood at the Mid-City Theater. Featuring the music of the legendary Charles Aznavour, this is an elegant evening you won’t want to miss!
The Festivities come to an end on Tuesday the 14th at 10am, as the Council of French Societies lays a ceremonial wreath at the Statue of Jeanne d’Arc at the French Market. A celebratory glass of wine (soda for kids) will be offered by the Council of French Societies.
No matter when you come to New Orleans, you will find unique and fun activites going on!
New Orleans Pride – June 18-21, 2015 28 May 2015, 4:36 pm
New Orleans Pride, one of the fastest growing pride celebrations in the nation, is taking place the third weekend in June this year. So many events make up this festival! Some are family-friendly, others are decidedly adults-only, so keep that in mind as you decide which to attend.
Patrick McDonald brings his one-man show to the Bourbon Pub on Thursday the 18th – be ready to laugh as you hear the travails in Hollywood and the Pacific Crest Trail of Polly Cockit and her Pocketbook, Barbara. After all… what doesn’t kill you, only makes you blonder!
The big kick-off party will be held on Friday the 19th at Harrah’s Hotel Ballroom. The party runs from 9-11pm. You can have a chance to meet this year’s Grand Marshalls, Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, a.k.a. the “Broadway Boyfriends” and stars of Survivor. Enjoy buffet style foods and a cash bar, and a keynote address by Ryan Sallans. The party celebrates the New Orleans Transgender community and will include a fashion show and entertainment by the Big Easy Buddies: Jersey Buddies.
Also on Friday is the Pride Girl Party at the The Always Lounge. The Girl Party consists of a variety show, followed by a Dance Party. You’ll love the drag, burlesque, comedy and so much more!
An All-Faiths Prayer Service on Saturday June 20, 2015 from 10:30am -11:30am kicks off the New Orleans Pride Festival in Washington Park. Following the service is Family Day in the park from 11am – 4pm. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy live music and over 50 vendors of food, drink and crafts. Take a rest after Family Day and come back in the evening for the Pride Parade, which rolls through the Historic French Quarter, starting at 7pm. After the parade, take the kiddies home and jump into the fun at the Pride Dance Party with DJ Blacklow at 10pm at Oz New Orleans.
Pride weekend winds up on Sunday the 21st with the Pride T-Party at The Bourbon Pub and Parade. Doors open at 3pm $10 cover includes Drink and Drown from 6-8PM. You’ll probably want to stay over in New Orleans on Monday to recover! Stay with us at 1896 O’Malley House to have a comfortable spot to sleep and enjoy our delicious home-cooked breakfast before you set out to relish the festival!
New Orleans Mid-City Bayou Booga-loo – May 15-17, 2015 8 May 2015, 12:41 pm
If you are in New Orleans the 3rd week of May, you won’t want to miss the annual Mid-City Bayou Booga-loo! This event was started 10 years ago by the Mothership Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging social change and improving the quality of life for Louisiana residents through the promotion of arts, culture and recreation. The Booga-loo is a main fund-raising event for the foundation, which uses the profits from the festival to plant Southern Live Oak trees in the city that were lost to Hurricane Katrina. This worthy endeavor is made even more special by it’s location in the Mid-City neighborhood, in which 1896 O’Malley House is located, making it very convenient for our guests to attend!
The Booga-loo will run Friday the 15th from 5pm to 9 pm, Saturday the 16th from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday the 17th from 11am to 8:30pm. The festivities start on Friday evening with three different music stages presenting six different acts.
On Saturday morning, the Zulu-Bayou Boogaloo 5K Run
starts at the intersection of
Broad and Poydras at 8:30am and finishes at the Festival. The
1/2 mile fun walk takes place within the Festival grounds. The
winner of the 5K gets to ride on the world famous Zulu Parade on
Mardi Gras Day! Now that is a worthy prize!
From 8:45am to 2pm on Saturday, take part in the 2015 MCVG Bayou Boogaloo Bicycle Pub Crawl for a donation of only $20 and visit six bars, finishing at the festival. What a way to start the day!
At the festival, you will be amazed at the sheer number of musical acts, performing on two stages. There is a wonderful Kid’s Tent, with tons of great activities for the littles. You can spend hours browsing the Arts Market, where dozens of artists will be displaying their wares.
Of course there will be food! Did you even have to ask? Several purveyors of fine festival eats will be available, including jambalaya, alligator, Po’ Boys, BBQ, Brats, even vegetarian delights – you won’t walk away hungry!
The Boogaloo is a free event, but to make it extra-special, you can purchase VIP tickets, which involve side-stage viewing, air-conditioned restrooms, cooking demos, shady seating, food and a private bar.
Parking for the festival is the not-fun part. Leave your car with us and feel free to take advantage of NOLA’s excellent bus system, bike, walk (it’s less than a mile from the inn!), or ride a streetcar. The festival is held on the banks of Bayou St. John, official address is 500 N. Jefferson Davis Parkway. The Art Market is across Orleans Avenue from the festival.
No matter how you get there, you will enjoy this uniquely NOLA festival!