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When is the Best Time to Visit New Orleans?

French Quarter

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.

Mardi-Gras

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!

August in New Orleans is Not Too Hot for Music, Art and Fun!

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.

Satchmo Fest in New Orleans

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.

Trombone Shorty at Satchmo Fest

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.