New Orleans Festivals: A Few of Our Favorites!

Posted on: December 10, 2012 | Posted in: Specials

New Orleans Festivals 2013: A Few of Our Favorites! Festivals are all about great music, food, art, crafts, and being outdoors. New Orleans has some of the best in the world, and each year more and more visitors come to the city for these festivals.  Here are a few of our favorites:

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: The largest outdoor concert event in New Orleans, typically falls on the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May and is held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds. With 12 stages of soul-stirring music: ”jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more.” The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a singular celebration. In between stages, be sure to check out the Fest's "Food Fair," as well a hundreds of arts and crafts.

French Quarter Festival: Happening in mid-April each year, you can enjoy 250 hours of free entertainment featuring more than 150 musical performances on fifteen stages throughout the French Quarter over a three-day weekend. Nearly 60 food and beverage booths located in Jackson Square, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint will make up the "World's Largest Jazz Brunch," a signature event, featuring authentic local cuisine from renowned area restaurants.

Satchmo SummerFest: "What a Wonderful World" you'll discover during an entertaining and educating weekend in the French Quarter honoring New Orleans' native son, Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. The Satchmo-inspired program includes musical performances, lively discussions, jazz exhibits, a jazz mass, activities for budding young jazz fans, a club crawl, "red beans and ricely yours" foods, and a star-studded line-up of performances that would have made Louis smile.

Essence Music Festival: This 4th of July weekend festival takes place in the Superdome, with one main stage and four 'Superlounges,' which are smaller, nightclub-like settings for more intimate shows. The five-stage format ensures that you'll always be able to find the right music and crowd for your mood.

Tennessee Williams Literary Festival: The festival is an annual five-day celebration throughout the French Quarter held in late March, which showcases national and regional scholars, writers, and performing artists. Programs include panel discussions, theatrical performances, a one-act play competition, lectures, literary walking tours, musical performances, and a bookfair.

While in town enjoying the festivals, stay with us in the French Quarter!  Centrally located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Hotel St. Pierre and Andrew Jackson Hotel are steps from world famous Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, French Market and the parade routes. French Quarter Inns welcomes you to enjoy delightful guestrooms located amid centuries-old, landscaped courtyards & fabulous, authentic Creole architecture. Our courtyards are in bloom so come on down, we have budget minded New Orleans French Quarter Hotel 2013 Hot Rate specials all year long. Some restrictions apply; book early for best availability. Easy on-line reservations or call us at 504-524-4401 or 1-800-225-4040!

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