2016 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

2016 Fall Festivals in New Orleans

It’s hard to beat fall in New Orleans. The weather is gorgeous, the windows are open, and plenty of incredible festivals make their debut, offering a chance to soak up even more of the wonderful fall weather. In order to help you plan your fall visit to the Big Easy, here is preview of the upcoming fall festivals in New Orleans set for autumn 2016: Eat Up: New Orleans Festivals for Foodies New Orleans is a mecca for food lovers, and there’s no better time to indulge and imbibe than in the fall. First up is the Louisiana Seafood Festival (September 2-4), a family-friendly event welcoming all to celebrate seafood, one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies! The event is held in City Park and features live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and many more fun activities. If you are a lover of everything and anything seafood, whether it’s oysters, crawfish, or shrimp – this is the festival for you. Two brand-new food-themed festivals make their debut this fall in New Orleans: the Fried Chicken Festival (September 25) and Beignet Fest (October 8). Meanwhile, local favorite Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (October 23) moves a month earlier than its traditional date to take advantage of October’s beautiful weather. Just blocks away from the Hotel Monteleone, enjoy the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 14-16) at Lafayette Square in the CBD. Featuring two stages of incredible live music, delicious barbecue, and an entry price of $0 – this is an event worth bookmarking! Also nearby and equally enjoyable is the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (November 12-13), which takes place in Louis Armstrong...
French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

French Quarter Festival Returns to New Orleans’ Most Historic Area for 2016

From Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, 2016 French Quarter Festival will celebrate the culture, food, history, and people of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood. With more than 1,700 local Louisiana musicians on 23 different stages throughout the French Quarter and Woldenberg Park, French Quarter Fest is definitely a place for incredible free music. While French Quarter Fest began in 1984 as a way to bring locals back to the French Quarter, it has since expanded into an internationally recognized event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the historic neighborhood each year. The event features so many musicians, food vendors and extra activities that it is impossible to see everything, but we have a few recommendations to make this year’s French Quarter Fest a memorable event: What To Eat at French Quarter Festival 2016 Wherever there’s a festival in New Orleans, there’s food, and French Quarter Festival offers a bountiful assortment of Louisiana delicacies. Sample traditional New Orleans cuisine like cochon de lait po-boys, barbecue shrimp, and crawfish as you walk through Jackson Square, Royal Street, Bourbon Street, and back down to the riverfront. Classic French Quarter Fest favorites include the Crawfish Louise & Turtle Soup combo from Court of Two Sisters and the Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes from Muriel’s, which both have food booths in Jackson Square. Head to the Old U.S. Mint to sample a few of the newest food vendors, including The Big Cheezy, serving up The Crawgator (Alligator Crawfish Sausage with Cheddar, Pepper Jack & Green Peppers), and The Blue Crab, offering BBQ Shrimp Stuffed Po-Boys and Crab Cakes. If you can’t make it back in...
Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival 2016: Read All About It

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival 2016: Read All About It

Beginning March 30, 2016, New Orleans will celebrate renowned author Tennessee Williams with its annual literary festival. As one of the major hosts of the festival (after all, Williams featured Hotel Monteleone as a symbol of New Orleans in his play The Rose Tattoo and often stayed at the hotel), we are honored to be a part of such a storied literary tradition. Read on for a detailed outline of this year’s Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The Speakers This year’s speaker lineup includes plenty of New Orleanians, including award-winning author Tom Piazza, culinary writer Poppy Tooker, geographer Richard Campanella, “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia and Alys Arden, whose recent debut novel, The Casquette Girls, began in serialized form on the Internet and garnered over 1.2 million reads online before being picked up for a publishing deal. View a complete list of speakers here. Get all the details on Tennessee Williams Festival! @TWFestNOLA Click To Tweet The Venues Of course, our hotel is one of the main venues of the festival, but several other area businesses are opening their doors to welcome Tennessee Williams Literary Festival participants. The Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum and research center in the French Quarter, will host master classes for writers looking to improve their craft and presence. Look for live music and theatrical performances at The Palm Court Jazz Café, Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré and and Southern Rep Theatre. Other venues include the Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, The Williams Research Center, and more. How to Participate You can purchase tickets for the literary festival via their...