Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans brings with it several opportunities to honor fallen military members or simply enjoy a long weekend in the city. As always, we’re centrally located so that you can walk or find easy transportation to all the best events happening in New Orleans. Take your pick below!

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The Marine Corps Band traditionally plays at St. Louis Cathedral on Memorial Day. (Photo courtesy Marine Corps Band New Orleans on Facebook)

Head to the National World War II Museum

New Orleans is home to the country’s National World War II Museum, which will hold Memorial Day ceremonies all day long on Monday, May 30, 2016. In addition to showcasing artifacts, images and stories related to Memorial Day and fallen soldiers, the museum will host guest speakers, including Tom Tudor, who was the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia, and Clay Bonnyman Evans, grandson of 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, a Medal of Honor recipient and one of 36 Marines killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. Evans will tell the story of an archaeological dig he took part in to find the remains of those men.

The day’s events will also offer a special performance from the U.S. Marine Corps Brass Quintet, featuring their traditional military uniforms and meticulous rhythms.

Celebrate Hellenic culture on the banks of Bayou St. John at Greek Fest. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Greek Festival on Facebook)

Celebrate Hellenic culture on the banks of Bayou St. John at Greek Fest. (Photo courtesy New Orleans Greek Festival on Facebook)

Get to the Greek

Bayou St. John in Mid-City hosts the 43nd annual New Orleans Greek Festival May 27-29, 2016, featuring authentic Greek food, music, and cultural entertainment. The event is known for its live traditional Greek dancing and a huge assortment of homemade Greek desserts you can purchase to take home. Though the event isn’t walk-able from our hotel, ask our concierge for complete directions or to schedule a cab for you! If you plan to drive your own car, be aware of construction near the area.

Try Some Vino

The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience happens Memorial Day Weekend, offering participants access to rare wines, lectures from world-class sommeliers, and a vino-themed stroll down Royal Street. Check out our post on NOWFE for more information. (And remember, our on-site restaurant Criollo is participating!)

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