Established by the Arts Council of New Orleans, LUNA (Light Up NewOrleans Arts) Fete is a festival that shines a light on New Orleans' artists and works of art, past and present. This spectacle celebrates the intersection of art, architecture, technology and community engagement. The city of New Orleans and its' iconic historic architecture are used as a canvas for tech based outdoor light and sound installations. Make it a point to walk through Lafayette Square and check out the installation at Gallier Hall, always a highlight of the fete! This event runs today though Saturday, December 10th.
Did you know that Treme (the neighborhood, not the tv show!) is home to the oldest African-American parish in the United States? Located just a couple of blocks outside of the French Quarter on Henriette Delille st., this Catholic Church has a rich history in the black community and was recognized as the most integrated congregation of its time. Among its parishioners were civil rights activists Homer Plessy and A.P. Turead, as well as famous jazz musician Sidney Bechet and Mardi Gras Indian Chief Tootie Montana. It’s no surprise that St. Augustine still has one of the best gospel masses in town!
This weekend the Historic Faubourg Treme Association will host its second annual Treme Fall Festival, a fundraising event to benefit the St. Augustine Church and other historic properties in the neighborhood. The FREE street festival will feature food, art and of course music in true NOLA fashion. For more info and to see the artist lineup visit the Treme Fall Festival website here.
Few cities in the world can throw a party to rival those of the Big Easy, and this Labor Day weekend, we will have 5 days in a row of parties in celebration of the LGBT community (and anyone else who likes to party, dance, drink, and wear costumes!) It’s almost like Mardi Gras in September! If you’re interested in participating in the decadent festivities, check out the scheduled of events from August 31-Sept 5th here. If you need a break from the downtown craziness, try one of our small group tours of the city, or take a ride with us out to Cajun country to visit the antebellum plantations! You can see all of the tours we offer here. For last minute bookings, please call our office at 504-398-0365 for availability. Happy Labor Day Weekend to all of our visitors (and locals)!
Another FREE festival this weekend! Bayou Boogaloo which is being set up for the next 3 days on the banks of Bayou St. John will feature culinary delights of New Orleans’ Mid City restaurants, local New Orleans music, and local arts and crafts. Been to the French Quarter already? Venture out to one of the city’s most beloved neighborhoods and party with the locals!
If you are visiting New Orleans over the next two weeks and planning to attend Jazz Fest at least one of the days, these tips are for you:
1. Skip breakfast and try as much of the food as you can! You can sample dishes from many local restaurants. (Some people go just for the food!)
2. Wear walking shoes! (Or rain boots, depending on the weather). The fest goes on rain or shine!
3. Getting a cab may take longer than expected. Consider other methods of transportation like renting a bicycle, riding the bus, or taking the streetcar.
4. Definitely check out at least one show at one of the smaller stages. It’s a great way to discover local talent.
5. If you’re going to see a big act, make sure to get a good spot EARLY, it will get very crowded.
The 33rd annual French Quarter Fest is here! What a great event for visitors and natives of New Orleans! This local festival was established in 1983 and had its first year in action in 1984. Since then, the French Quarter Fest has grown into the biggest FREE music festival in the U.S.!! Over the next 4 days, there will be over 1700 world-class local musicians performing throughout the Vieux Carre. Whether you want to dance outside in the gorgeous weather or sip a cocktail in an air conditioned bar, you can do so, while listening to a wide range of Louisiana music, including jazz, zydeco, and blues. Check out the full lineup of scheduled artists and venues here. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)