The holiday events near our New Orleans bed and breakfast just keep rolling with 85 events listed, 50 of which are free, and many great specials still available to make your holiday a festive one.
Take a peek into quiet courtyards in the French Quarter, conveniently located near our bed and breakfast in the Garden District, and private homes in the Garden District with these holiday home tours: The Preservation Resource Center hosts its eagerly awaited 38th annual Garden District Tours, December 14 and 15. The Grand Victorian is proud to welcome the tour fans to our neighborhood each year. The residents of the French Quarter open their garden gates on December 22 with the Patio Planters self-guided walking tour.
Cathedral Concerts Holiday Series
St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, hosts free concerts until Christmas Eve, featuring New Orleans’ best in jazz, gospel and classical holiday music. Just outside St. Louis Cathedral you’ll find a decades old tradition of Caroling in Jackson Square. It is a truly moving holiday tradition beloved by locals and visitors held by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas. December 22, 7pm.
Also moving, but in a slightly different way is the annual festival and pub crawl, Running of the Santas. An anticipated 4,000 costumed revelers will jingle their way around the business district on December 14.
Running of the Santas pub crawl on Dec 14
Finally, add a new tradition to your holiday experience. On Christmas Eve, take a drive along the Mississippi River west of the city to view the bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our Papa Noel special at our New Orleans bed and breakfast for your last minute getaway to the city that helps you “Follow Your Joy” this holiday season!
Go for the music or go for the food, but get yourself downtown on Wednesday evenings for the annual free concert series, Wednesdays at the Square.
Lafayette Square on a lovely Wednesday Evening
Sponsored by the Young Leadership Council, concerts are held at Lafayette Square on St. Charles Avenue every Wednesday from March 6 to May 22, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, rain or shine.
Coming Up: Marcia Ball, Irvin Mayfield, the Meters Experience, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and more.
No pets or outside food; concession sales keep it free!
No need to look for parking downtown, the streetcar that passes in front of the Grand Victorian B&B will put you right in the heart of everything! Mid-week rooms available so you can hear your favorite artist, or meet a new one.
All photos courtsey of YLC’s Wednesday at the Square.
New Orleans…home to Jazz music, Mardi Gras, and the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast...will now see its streets inhabited with the sounds of music as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest 2012 is dawning! The Jazz Fest cubes have been out for awhile, now that the French Quarter Festival is over, it’s time to turn our attention here as the New Orleans Jazz Fest begins April 27 – May 6, 2012. What are the cubes? As Chris Rose says, they are…
“…those hallowed, nearly mystical linear graphic guides to whom is playing when and where at the Fair Grounds on any given day.”
|Marcia Ball – an annual Do Not Miss performance for Grand Victorian Innkeeper
Locals spend hours pouring over and researching what acts to see at what times. Here are Wesley Hodges’ special picks for each day. The highlight is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many special guests including Ani Defranco and Bonnie Raitt, would be taking over the coveted responsibility of closing down the Gentilly Stage on the festival’s final day. The spot was previously held by The Radiators, who played their Jazz Fest farewell set on May 8, 2011.
|Artist Anders Osborne
There have been many changes in the lineup; this NolaVie blog has links to previous concert appearances by some of the fill-ins that may help you decide. The loss of Levon Helm, Eddie Veddeer and Jill Scott has made for some interesting fill-ins.
Offbeat Magazine has the cubes for download, a new and improved iphone app and the best guide to pick up when you’re in town or once you get to the hallowed Jazz Festival gates.
For other suggestions on “Jazz Feasting” and other delectable items to tempt your tastebuds at this year’s Jazz Fest, check out this Gambit article for all Foodies as it provides a superior overview.
We would love to have you come by and visit us at the Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast to tell us about your experience at this year’s Jazz fest!
Photos by Masahiro Sumori
Get your music, food and French Quarter cravings met all in one place at French Quarter Fest, the largest free music festival in the South. For four days (April 12–15, 2012) you can hear over 800 local musicians on 21 stages plus taste delicious food from over 65 of New Orleans finest restaurants, also known as “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.”
The French Quarter Fest is keeping traditional jazz music alive with Louisiana musicians as well as an International Stage where traditional jazz bands from all over the world will perform.
For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, fireworks on the river are back on Saturday night. Sit along the banks of the mighty Mississippi and watch the show!
You can also learn to dance at the French Quarter Fest. Learn the Charleston, Swing, Zydeco and how to second line at various stages in between music sets.
All of the French Quarter Festival events are free and accessible by the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar which will drop you off at the front steps of our New Orleans bed and breakfast. Elegant peaceful rooms in the Garden District offer a lovely complement to your fun vacation at the French Quarter Festival.
The Big Easy is excited to celebrate the 11th annual Satchmo Summerfest in honor of the American jazz legend and New Orleans native, Louis Armstrong (or who we call Satchmo in this neck of the woods). From Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7, 2011, explore the French Quarter as it celebrates the roots of jazz music from local performances to inspiring seminars. And, of course, no festival in New Orleans can go without the city’s acclaimed cuisine including Creole Jambalaya and chilling Snoballs.
New Orleans is excited to honor Louis Armstrong for his influence in jazz throughout the nation. Today we still listen to his soothing voice and lively trumpet playing with hits such as “What a Wonderful World” and “When You’re Smiling.” Not only does Satchmo Fest celebrate Armstrong for his musical influence, but his silent yet inspiring feats with racial differences during the Civil Rights movement.
Only a streetcar ride away from the four-day music festival is the Grand Victorian. It is the perfect location for couples, families, and friends to stay while visiting New Orleans. Nestled in the Garden District along St. Charles Avenue, the Grand Victorian provides the perfect location to access the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and Satchmo Fest while still being able to enjoy a restful night in a Victorian mansion.
We didn’t think it could get any hotter in New Orleans, but Essence Fest will bring up the heat July 1-3, 2011. The annual music festival celebrates contemporary African-American music and culture and is the largest of its kind. In the past, award-winning artists include Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Chris Rock, and Mary J. Blige have taken the stage in the New Orleans Superdome.
This year, New Orleans is excited to welcome Usher, Charlie Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men, and Nephew Tommy as they headline at the 2011 Essence Music Festival.
After the festival, join the Big Easy in celebrating Independence Day. The Crescent City always puts on a firework show off of the Mississippi. Get a close-up view of this spectacle on New Orleans’ Paddlewheeler Creole Queen or the Steamboat Natchez. Just a streetcar ride from all this excitement is the Grand Victorian, which can provide you and your family and friends the perfect place to stay while in New Orleans.
The Radiators, also referred to as The New Orleans Radiators, will be performing their farewell concert at Tipitina’s on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Featuring the original band members Camile Baudoin, Frank Bua, Dave Malone, Reggie Scanlan, and Ed Volker, the farewell concert will include the bands’ hits and thousands of covers from their start in 1978. The Radiators look to its New Orleans roots for a unique rock and R&B sound they coined as “fish head.” They began playing weekly at Luigi’s Pizza Parlor and soon became the consistent entertainment for the Krewe of Mystic Orphans and Mystics’ ball during Mardi Gras season.
Most recently, The Radiators have been seen on MTV, VH1, and CMT for their performances at a benefit concert helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. They have also held a coveted spot as the closing performance on a main stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival annually for over a decade.
The Radiators will commemorate their history at the venue where they recorded their first album, Tipitina’s. Enjoy the sounds of swamp rock at The Radiator’s final performance while staying at the Grand Victorian. Less than 2 miles away from Uptown Tipitina’s, it’s the premier place to stay for the original New Orleans’ band’s farewell concert. There is still availability for the weekend of June 11, but book quickly before the Grand Victorian has no vacancy!