Hot Fun in the New Orleans Summertime 17 Apr 2015, 3:53 pm
People often think the only time to visit New Orleans is around Mardi Gras, and that we don’t have anything going on the rest of the year. Nothing could be farther from the truth! NOLA is a city that never stops having fun – even in July, when the sun is hot and the music and festivities are even hotter!
We start the month with a big celebration of our nation’s birth- the annual and world renowned Go Forth on the River – wherein thousands gather on the banks of the Mississippi to watch Dueling Barges, each with an amazing fireworks display choreographed to patriotic music, and visible from both sides of the river.
The same weekend is the acclaimed Essence Music Festival, July 2-5, 2015. The lineup for this event is incredible, with musical superstars such as Usher, Mary J Blige, and Missy Elliot. Comedians include Kevin Hart and Luenell. The inspiration contimues with speakers Deepak Chopra, Shaun T, Kim Burrell and many more. Most of the event will be held at the Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It’s recommended to come to town on Wednesday the 1st and leave on Monday the 6th so you don’t miss any part of this powerhouse festival.
The following weekend, on July 11th, a uniquely New Orleans affair takes over the streets of the French Quarter. Patterned after the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the San Fermin en Nueva Orleans still has runners with their red sashes, but substitutes Roller Derby dames for the steers. Which is more dangerous? You decide! Stay for the whole festival though, it starts on the 9th with a wine dinner, continues on the 10th with El Txupinazo, the kick-off party, crescendos with the La Fiesta de Pantalones party and finishes with Pobre Mi party, all benefiting Animal Rescue New Orleans. What not to like!?
Takes of the Cocktail is an event for pub professionals and partakers alike. This year it’s held July 15-19, 2015 and is a week-long libation celebration. Taking place at different venues throughout the city, there are tastings, workshops, classes and demonstrations. And we can’t think of a better place for it than New Orleans!
The hot month of July finishes with the Satchmo Summerfest in the French Quarter July 30 – August 2. There will be music, food, music-history seminars, a jazz mass, a second-line parade, an art contest and more. No true jazz aficionado would dream of passing up on this commemoration of New Orleans native son, Louis Armstrong.
Make your plans and book your stay soon, so you don’t miss out on any of the hot New Orleans fun in the summertime!
Summer in New Orleans – Events and Festivals of June 2015 27 Mar 2015, 10:14 am
If you are looking out the window at snow drifts, you might be dreaming of a summer that is hot in more ways than one! Make your plans for June now (so you don’t miss the chance to stay with us!) and be in New Orleans for some unique events that can only take place in the Crescent City!
Fans of the celebrated HBO series Treme will find their joy in the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, which is produced by the same people who put on Jazz Fest. the Cajun-Zydeco fest will be held at Louis Armstrong Park in Treme on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2015, from 11am. to 8:30pm. both days. The festival features artists from all over Louisiana, dance lessons, a crafts fair and of course, food – both cooking demonstrations and vendors. This IS New Orleans, after all!
This year’s Festigals has the theme, “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Journeys!”. The festival will be June 11-14, 2015, with events at different locations throughout the city. How about “Bodacious Bras For A Cause Luncheon and Auction“? This fun fest promotes networking, support of women’s causes and female empowerment.
If baseball is more your thing, attend Star Wars Night at Zephyr Field in Metarie. Wearing Star Wars themed gear gets you into the game for just $5. Meet and take photos with Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. The first 1000 fans get a free light saber. After the game, enjoy an intergalactic fireworks display!
This is not your mama’s tomato festival – The Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival is dedicated to the delicious red fruits grown in the rich Mississippi Delta soil and vine ripened to give you that fresh and rich taste you remember from childhood summers. You’ll enjoy wonderful dishes made with the pomme d’amour, three music stages and a “Best of the Fest” contest.
Don’t let summer pass you by without some fun in the sun (or shade) at one of our Louisiana festivals!
April Showers Bring Awesome Events to New Orleans! 6 Mar 2015, 3:08 pm
It doesn’t actually rain more in April than other months in New Orleans, but sometimes those showers are welcome as we head into the warmer months! April is chock-full of fun events for visitors to our lovely city!
The first weekend in April brings two distinctly New Orleans events: The Crescent City Classic and the Freret Street Fest. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic is one of the oldest 10K races in the US! It’s one of New Orleans’ fine annual traditions. After the race, you can attend the Freret Street Fest, an annual festival presented by the Freret Market to showcase the vendors and products of the neighborhood. Both events take place on Saturday, April 4.
Easter Sunday is on April 5th this year – and of course, we celebrate with parades and festive fun! The French Quarter has three parades, one at 10:30, which ends at St. Louis Cathedral for 11:00 a.m. Mass. At 1pm is the Chris Owens French Quarter Easter Parade, followed later in the afternoon by the Gay Easter Parade. At 9am, meet up in City Park for a huge Easter Egg Hunt.
April 9-12, 2015 brings the famous French Quarter Festival, also known as “The World’s Largest Block Party!”. Four days, over 1600 Musical Acts, more than 60 Food and Beverage Vendors, entry fee, 0 dollars- it’s free to get in! Make sure to purchase official fest beverages to help keep this a free festival for all!
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a HUGE music festival that takes place over 7 days in two weekends. The headline acts are amazing this year – Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Elton John and so many more! This fest takes place at Fair Grounds Race Course. Get your tickets in advance!
Golf fans will love the Zurich Golf Classic the week of April 20-26, 2015. The action takes place at the Tournament Players Club. Top flight golfers from the PGA Championship Tournament Circuit will be playing, to the delight of spectators.
Anytime of year is great in NOLA, but April brings temperate weather, fun festivals and even a few rain showers- make sure to be here for the fun!
It’s the 2015 Festival Season in New Orelans! 19 Feb 2015, 8:50 am
Mardi Gras has now come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fun and festivities have stopped in New Orleans! With the Fat Tuesday crowds dispersed, you can enjoy many more great events in our beautiful city, in the cooler Spring months before it gets really hot around here, weather-wise!
We’ve already talked about May in another article, but we don’t want to forget March, which is prime-time for festivals. The third month brings the Buku Music and Art Project on the 13th &14th, followed by that good old NOLA tradition of Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday on the 15th. You don’t want to miss St. Patrick’s Day Week (end), which brings block parties and parades galore that extend all the way into April! The weekend of the 21st starts a whirlwind of activities, starting with the Congo Square New Worlds Rhythm Festival on Saturday and Sunday, the New Orleans Spring Fiesta, which includes French Quarter Home Tours, a parade and a festival, all week long, the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival from the 25th through the 29th, Foodfest, an incredible street festival at the French Market on the 27th, the wonderfully-named Hogs for the Cause on the 27-28th at City Pork, er, Park, and finally, the Louisiana Oyster Jubilee in the French Quarter on the 29th. Plenty of music, food, parades, games, and fun for everyone!
To help you plan for St Patrick’s Day:
Experience New Orleans in May – Festivals and Events for Spring 2015 29 Jan 2015, 2:37 pm
You might say it’s much to early to be thinking of things to do in May, but we want to be thinking ahead to the last month of Spring 2015 in the Crescent City! The weather is still comfortable, with an average high of 85 degrees and some lovely rain to cool everyone off when it gets too warm. You can wear your shorts and seersucker, as long as your shoes are comfortable, and bring along an umbrella if you don’t want to get too wet.
Starting with the first weekend in May, we have the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, or as it’s known locally, Jazz Fest. Held at the Fair Grounds Race Course, the festival takes place from 11am to 7pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I am not exaggerating when I say there are hundreds of musical acts lined up for the full event, as well as lots of vendors and tons of food. Parking is non-existent next to the park, so use public transportation to reduce frustration.
On May 15-17, the Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo returns for the 10th year to the shores of bayou St. John. There will be a lot of music, as well as food, crafts, and art vendors. You won’t want to miss the Rubber Duck Derby, the bicycle Pub Crawl or the Bicycle Second Line. Being a Mid-City event, you can easily walk over to the festival from 1896 O’Malley House.
Next on the list is a four day celebration of the culinary scene! May 20-23, at various locations throughout the city, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience brings joy to foodies and wine cognoscente. Events include The Big Gateaux Show, Vinola and the Royal Street Roll. Make sure to get your tickets early!
The same week, Greek Fest kicks off Memorial Day weekend (May 22-24) with a commemoration of Greek Culture and food at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Treme. Free admission on Sunday to anyone wearing a toga, along with a Best Toga contest on Sunday evening. It’s a family event, so keep it classy, folks!
Finally, to close out the month, Oyster Fest takes place May 30 & 31 at Woldenberg Park. It’s everything Oyster, from all kinds of amazing dishes, oyster shucking and eating contests, music, vendors and all the wonderful things you love about festivals in the Big Easy!
Make sure to reserve your rooms in time to stay with us in comfort and to enjoy true Southern hospitality for these uniquely New Orleans events!
Mardi Gras 2015 – Let the Good Times Roll! 9 Jan 2015, 11:17 am
It’s time again for all the frolicking fun of the carnival festival season in New Orleans! Although Mardi Gras isn’t actually until Tuesday, February 17th, you can see parades starting as early as January 31st! The first New Orleans parade is the Krewe du Vieux at 6:30 in the French Quarter. You can see parades almost every day from Saturday, January 31 through the Big Day itself in NOLA and the surrounding areas. Make sure you come prepared to enjoy yourself and take in all the crazy sights and sounds of Mardi Gras in the Crescent City!
Mardi Gras New Orleans provides all the parade routes, times and dates, as well as information about the Krewes. Take advantage of this wonderful FREE site to get all the insider scoop!
Two parades that we love are the Orpheus and Rex. Rex has held more parades than any other Krewe, having been formed in 1872. They originated the traditional Mardi Gras colors of Purple, Green and Gold and the collectible commemorative Dubloons. The Rex parade rolls mainly down St. Charles Avenue on February 17th at 10am with its theme “Wars That Shaped Early America.” Orpheus follows a similar route on the 16th at 6pm. Orpheus is a more modern SuperKrewe, founded in 1993 by Harry Connick Jr. They are famous for their celebrity guest monarch. Monarch for 2015 is comedian and actor John C Reilly. Dierks Bentley, country superstar, will headline the big Orpheuscapade party, also held on the 16th. Attend both Rex and Orpheus, for a taste of the new and the old, as well as a chance to catch some amazing throws!
No matter which parades you attend, you are sure to find a good time in NOLA at Mardi Gras. To make the most of it, spend the nights with us at 1896 O’Malley House to be assured of a comfortable sleep and a great homemade breakfast to fuel you for the day’s (and night’s!) adventures!
August Events in New Orleans – 2014 1 Aug 2014, 11:28 am
Even when the weather is steamy, New Orleanians will throw a party! You can always find fun and food and of course, MUSIC in the City that Care Forgot. This month there are some uniquely NOLA events going on, starting with Satchmo SummerFest, which takes place at the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave), through Sunday. Originally planned as a 100th birthday celebration of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the festival has become an annual affair, with bands playing Jazz music on several stages, some of New Orleans’ best restaurants setting up around the fest and Pop’s Playhouse for the kids, among other fun stuff!
On August 2, the Warehouse District presents White Linen Night, where people dressed in their coolest white linen will stroll and shop the art galleries along Julia Street and then get their groove on at the Contemporary Art Center’s White Linen Night After-Party.
Starting on August 7th, the “biggest little Red Dress event in the world” starts up with the Red Dress Expo, happening at the Fairgrounds Clubhouse (1151 Gentilly Blvd). The Red Dress Run is an adults-only event put on by the Hash House Herriers, a “drinking group with a running problem”. You must register to do the run and the party, and you must be over 21. With your registration, you get to run in your red dress finery, an “endless supply of beer, a great catered meal from Corky’s, giveaways (if you sign up early enough), two nationally known bands (Five Finger Discount and Flow Tribe), dancing and partying the day away”
Save your laundry for after August 9th, when the annual DIRTY Linen night occurs along Royal Street, Jackson Square and Dutch Alley. Gallery and Boutique shoppers are encouraged to don their slightly soiled linen from White Linen Night as they sample dirty martinis and dirty rice from the vendors along the route.
Finally, Labor Day weekend brings the 43rd annual Southern Decadence. This year’s theme is “Under the Big Top – Welcome to the Gayest Show on Earth”. Mostly taking place in the French Quarter, there are parties and celebrations going on non-stop for the entire weekend (and when we we say weekend, we mean Wednesday through Monday!). Keep up to speed with the list of events.
Don’t let the Southern Summer deter you from enjoying the frivolity of August in New Orleans! Stay with us at the inn for a comfortable bed and a fabulous breakfast to rest yourself between parties!
Larry Watts, Innkeeper
San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) – July 10-13, 2014 19 Jun 2014, 3:10 pm
You don’t have to travel all the way to Pamplona to run with the bulls, you can come on down to New Orleans! The San Fermin en Nueva Orleans Festival is our special version of the Spanish festival without the risking of your life part! There are horns involved, but they are on the helmets of the wonderful ladies of the Big Easy Rollergirls, plus friends from other roller derby leagues across the country. These bulls won’t gore you, but if you run too slow, you might get whacked with a whiffleball bat. I won’t say that some people like to get whacked, but there are some mighty slow dawdlers along the course!
If you run, you have to wear a white pants and shirt, as well as a red bandana. This being the Big Easy, not everyone keeps to the traditional look. You’ll see costumes like matadors and bulls, of course, but you also may see some luchadores and who know what else!
The runners start bright and early at 8am on Saturday, but the
festival starts on Thursday with the Marqués de Cáceres Wine Dinner
at the Hotel Mazarin, which includes wine tastings, dinner, Spanish
guitar by Riccardo Crespo, and a special guest from the 18th
century! On Friday, enjoy El Txupinazo (pronounced el
choo-pee-naht-so), a free pre-party at The Sugar Mill from 5-9pm,
with a chance to meet the Rollerbulls, delicious cuisine and live
music. On Saturday, the running is preceded by the procession of
San Fermin, and followed by the post encierro party, where you can
enjoy live music and food. Saturday night is La Fiesta
de Pantalones (pants party), where you can listen to music and sip
cocktails. Sunday finishes off with the appropriately titled, El
Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) party; a tapas brunch, Ernest
Hemingway-inspired contests, readings from The Sun Also
Rises, live music and a few other entertaining
surprises. El Pobre is free and open to the public. The
Saturday events are ticketed, and you’ll want to buy early. You can
take a look at the different offerings HERE.
We have plenty of rooms for the weekend at 1896 O’Malley House! Call us for reservations or just check our availability calendar on the website.
“Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.” – Hemingway
Essence Music Festival – July 3 – 6, 2014 – Stay with Us! 16 May 2014, 2:43 pm
The Essence Music festival is one of the premier music festivals in the United States. The featured artists are at the top of the R&B industry, which draws thousands of people each year. Held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome, these three days over the July 4th weekend will be the hottest (in more ways than one!) scene in New Orleans!
This year is the 29th anniversary of the Fest, and on the 4th, the main stage will feature His Royal Purpleness, PRINCE! Buy your tickets as soon as possible, they sell out early for this fabulous festival. Among the many excellent artists are Mary J Blige, Nas, Jill Scott, and Lionel Richie.
In addition the the concerts, for which tickets are required, there are several free events with such diverse speakers as Alicia Keyes, Bishop TD Jakes, Donnie McClurkin and Rep. Maxine Waters! All of these presenters will be speaking on the subject of Empowerment.
After a full day of concert-going, come back to the 1896 O’Malley House for some relaxation in our courtyard with a glass of wine or beer before slipping off to sleep in your comfortable bed. Wake to a delicious home-made breakfast before you’re off to the day’s festivities. We will treat you right with our Southern Hospitality!
Summer Fun in New Orleans – May and June 2014 Festivals 15 Apr 2014, 5:42 pm
New Orleans is heating up in May and June! Despite the warm weather, the city is firmly entrenched in the festival season. We’ve got a list of some of the best festivals available for visitors and denizens of the City That Care Forgot:
The final weekend of Jazzfest is the first weekend in May (May 1-4). As of this writing, we have very limited availability at the inn, please call us if you’d like to check on rooms!
On May 10th, the Crawfish Mambo:Cookoff & Music Festival will take place at the UNO Lakefront Campus – enjoy loads of all-you-can-eat crawfish and live local New Orleans music while you stroll the grounds of the lovely campus. The entrance fee is $25 at the gate and proceeds benefit the students of UNC via the Alumni Association.
The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo – this wonderful free festival on May 16 – 18 features music, an Art Market and food, of course, and is found along the banks of Bayou Saint John. Our guests can walk or take the streetcar to The Boogaloo from 1896 O’Malley House!
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a festival unique to our City. Taking place over 4 days (May 21 – 24) and venues throughout NOLA, you can try wine dinners, or how about a Pastry competition that features champagne and burlesque? Make sure to get your tickets early!
The final weekend in May gives two opportunities for food and fun. The New Orleans Oyster Fest is May 31 – June 1 at Woldenburg Park. Over 24 restaurants will be showcased, along with an oyster eating and shucking contests and much more. Taste at the Lake will be held May 31st in the evening at the West Lakeshore Center. This is an adult event that has a wonderful benefit: your ticket will provide you with unlimited food, wine, and spirits from every vendor! Tickets range from $45 for Attendee Level to $100 for Patron level.
A lovely event help at the French Market on June 7th and 8th is the Creole Tomato Festival. You can sample all kinds of tomato-based foods and drinks as well as fresh Creole tomatoes. You’ll have the opportunity to listen to bands on two different stages and cool off under misting fans, and of course, a tomato-eating contest!
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take place June 14-15, 2014, at Louis Armstrong Park. The fest is an excellent way to sample Cajun music at its finest, including the famous BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. You can also feast on the more extensive food offerings. They are hinting that Shrimp may be a major component this year.
The third weekend in June brings Festigals, an empowering weekend event for women starting on June 19 through the 22, with several events in different venues throughout the city. June 20-22 is Pride Weekend in New Orleans, featuring a kickoff party, All Faiths Worship Service followed by Family Day at Duncan Plaza, with bands and food vendors, with the culmination of the weekend being the big parade starting at Washington Square. There are other events to be announced.
Don’t hesitate to visit us in the summer. The B&B is ready to give you a home base from which to venture forth to the many events in the city, then welcome you to comfy beds and a delicious breakfast with the hospitality you deserve!
Your Friendly Innkeeper