Spring in the New Orleans French Quarter
You are thinking about that long-awaited journey to New Orleans, but can’t decide on when to come. Do you like crowds or quiet balconies? Parades or garden tours? Festivals or concert halls? Here are a few tips from the Grand Victorian staff to help you decide.
SUMMER for the amazing deals
Summer is hot and so are the special deals you can find to design that economical vacation or stay-cation to enjoy all that the city has to offer. COOLinary menus allow you to try 2 and 3 course lunches and dinners for low prices. The festivals continue with Creole Tomato, Cajun-Zydeco, Essence, Satchmo and weekly free summer music offerings in our incredible parks. The Grand Victorian also offers great summer rates for a cool respite after your sizzling summer days.
MARDI GRAS for the bucket list
You have to experience it at least one time in your life, and we can help you make it the experience you will enjoy. There are many ways to experience Mardi Gras – parades, costumes, family picnics and ribald entertainment from the masses. We do Mardi Gras family style in the Garden District, where our home is right on the parade route for over 50 parades during the two-week season. When you’re tired of the crowd, just jaunt over to the porch to enjoy the pageantry from afar. It is usually during February or March, check the calendar as the date changes every year.
SPRING for the music festivals
If you love the live local music like we do, then April is for you! French Quarter Festival and Jazz Festival are the weekends we enjoy most in the city. An abundance of musical talent on 10 or more stages plus an over-abundance of restaurant food tasting choices can tempt even the most solitary traveler. Make the festival one of your own design by choosing which musical acts to enjoy or which food booth to park your chair near. Great spring weather added onto these elements make spring the easy choice for your next New Orleans vacation.
The Grand Victorian tends to book early for Mardi Gras and the spring festivals, but we always have good deals in the summertime! Make this historic New Orleans bed and breakfast your home away from home this year!
We don’t let the heat keep us from enjoying the city and the summer; here’s what’s coming up to keep you cool during the doldrums of August.
Historic buildings, free music and food tents at Satchmo Fest!
Satchmo Fest – August 3rd, 4th, 5th
Satchmo Fest is the premier American jazz festival dedicated to the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. You can get to this free festival by historic streetcar from our Garden District Bed and Breakfast to the French Quarter and the Old U.S. Mint. Activities include music on multiple stages, dance lessons, kids’ activities, a traditional second line parade, and fabulous food options from local restaurants.
Even Trombone Shorty wears white at Satchmo Fest!
White Linen Night – August 4th
This free New Orleans block party amid the art galleries is also a straight streetcar ride from the inn to the Warehouse Arts District. You are encouraged to wear white to celebrate the historical custom of wearing white linen clothing to reflect the sunlight and beat the heat. As you stroll through the art galleries, sample world-famous cuisine from local restaurants and groove to live music in the street.
Southern Decadence – August 29th – September 3rd
Held every year over Labor Day weekend in the French Quarter, Southern Decadence has been called the largest GLBT community-based event in the South. Non-stop music, elaborate costumes, a parade, and charity fund-raising events are just a few of the highlights of this six-day party.
Join us for some end of the summer fun! Our Buy Two Get One Free B&B Special continues through September. Dip your toe into the French Quarter during the day and come back to our historic Garden District inn every night to relax and recover.
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.