Southern Decadence (8/31-9/5) started forty years ago as a simple going-away party. As a top gay Labor Day Weekend destination, it has evolved into one of our world’s major annual events. One of the largest annual celebrations and festivals in New Orleans, it has become known as the Gay Mardi Gras. People begin to arrive on the Wednesday before Labor Day, and generally don’t even think about stopping or going home until the following Tuesday. With over 110,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender participants, and an economic impact estimated to be in excess of $125 million, the city has recognized the festival’s importance with an Official Proclamation to welcome the event.
EVENTS (compiled by our friend Mary @ The Banana Courtyards!):
8/4-7: Satchmo Summerfest, is FREE! It’s a great festival not many people but locals know about, so crowds are not too large. Stay with us, stroll 8 short blocks and enjoy some of the best jazz music in the world. This FREE weekend is packed full of events for everyone – parades, religious services, music events, art showings, and of course more jazz than anyone thought possible. There are programs for children, for adults, for families. And the best part….we have only 2 rooms left!
8/5/2011 SATCHO CLUB STRUT: a music club crawl along Frenchmen St. Street is closed to vehicles, clubs feature special performances in the spirit of Louis Armstrong to kick-off the Satchmo Summerfest weekend. Strutters purchase a wristband ($30) that allows entrance to various venues to enjoy the live jazz music or a VIP Balcony Party wristband ($80) that allows entrance to all venues including Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro and VIP balcony parties overlooking the fun on Frenchmen Street. Fundraiser for NOJC’s outreach programs. (504) 309-JAZZ (5299)
White Linen Night (art walk and street party) in the Warehouse District. From 6-9pm on Julia St. (300 – 700 blocks) and throughout the Warehouse District, it’s a FREE open air celebration. NUMEROUS art galleries have exhibit openings. Afterward, at the Contemporary Arts Center food, wine and beer, plus free live music. 9pm-midnight — Admission fee. 900 Camp St. (504) 528-3805 or 523-1216. USUALLY FIRST Saturday of August. www.cacno.org
8/11-14: ‘Six String Music Songwriters’ Invitational. Guys and gals with guitars, strutting and strumming their stuff. Event focuses on musicians, not the bands they usually play with.
8/12-14/2011, Hercules Festival on the Bayou and Fishing Rodeo (by car, Houma, LA): food, drinks, rides, arts and crafts, raffles, auction, jambalaya cook-off, fishing rodeo & live entertainment. $25 admission includes T-Shirt. @ the Air Base Agriculture Pavilion, 121 Moffet Rd. 985-852-9507
8/13/2011 Hash House Harriers’ RED DRESS RUN: afternoon of Dirty Linen Night. Wear a red dress, run (or actually, WALK, in most cases), and drink beer–what better ??? (see http://www.neworleanshash.com/
8/13/2011 DIRTY LINEN NIGHT: 600-1000 block of Royal St. The French Quarter’s irreverent response to White Linen Night, previous week. Gallery hop, with vendors serving cocktails and N’Awlins appetizers. 6-10pm. 523-7945. ALWAYS SECOND Saturday of August after White Linen Night.
8/17-21; Delcambre Shrimp Festival: (by car) rides, food, music, a shrimp cook-off, a water fight, and a blessing of the fleet. Always 3rd weekend Aug. http://www.shrimpfestival.net/
8/25-28, Gueydan Duck Festival (by car), voted the 2010 Festival of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals. Duck calling, skeet shooting, music, cook-offs, rides, queen’s pageant, and parade!
8/25-28/2011 GUEYDAN DUCK FESTIVAL (by car): Goose calling, skeet shooting, dog trails, amusement rides, crafts, Cajun food & music.337-536-7858, 888-536-6456. http://duckfestival.org
8/25- 26/2011 The Fete Rouge in Baton Rouge, capitol of LA, (by car, 1.25 hour drive) is the premier Louisiana celebration of food and wine, with lots of music to dance off each course! http://www.visitbatonrouge.com/promos/fete/
8/27/2011 KREWE of OAK MIDSUMMER MARDI GRAS PARADE + BALL: You’ll find very few tourists who know about this event! Parade usually starts around 9pm with ‘ball’ after. Cover charge for ‘ball’. Sponsored by Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., 866-9359. (Usually LAST Saturday August) http://www.kreweofoak.org
9/1-5/2011 THE LOUISIANA SHRIMP & PETROLEUM FESTIVAL: (by car) Morgan City, Berwick, and Patterson, LA. Music, food, carnival, bass tournament, car expo, motorcycle race, horseshoe tournament, fireworks, cultural and heritage expo, children’s activities, arts& crafts, and more. Nothing gets us down, not even an oil spill! http://shrimp-petrofest.org/
9/5/2011 Labor Day National Holiday: `1st MONDAY September. There is usually free music at several French Quarter locations during the day.
9/9-11/2011 NEW ORLEANS SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: live music and food from many famed, local restaurants. Event is FREE @ Lafayette Square across from Gallier Hall. http://www.neworleansseafoodfestival.com
9/15-17/2011 New Orleans Burlesque Festival held at various venues throughout and near to the French QUARTER. http://neworleansburlesquefest.com/
9/16-17/2011 PONDEROSA STOMP: The Ponderosa Stomp is an American roots music festival dedicated to recognizing the architects of rock-n-roll, blues, jazz, country, swamp pop, and soul @ House of Blues. http://www.ponderosastomp.com/about_the_knights.php
9/21-24/2011 Cane is king at the Louisiana Sugar Festival in New Iberia (by car): a sugar cane, celebration everyone will love! When you are staying at the B&B, ask us about other fun things to do in the area. Acadiana is an area full of surprises: go to a fais do do, see the Evangeline Oak, listen to the lilting, charming accent of native born Cajuns. http://www.hiSugar.org.
9/23-25/2011 Alligator Festival: (by car) in Luling, LA 70070. The Alligator Festival has live entertainment, craft show, poker run, local food delicacies, more than 20 amusement rides and a golf tournament. St. Charles Parish Westbank Bridge Park at the foot of the Hale Boggs Bridge, I-10, exit 7, sponsored by the Rotary Club. 985-785-4545 http://www.stcharlesrotary.com
9/24/2011??? STORMIN’ OF THE SAZERAC: 12:00pm noon until ?? Reinactment of when women were 1st admitted to the bar 61 years ago. Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel. Sazeracs for the ladies, a vintage glamour costume contest +informal hat modeling. Guests encouraged to dress in late-1940s attire. Complimentary valet parking available if you dine at Sazerac Restaurant. 648-5486. 123 Baronne St., just off Canal St.